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I joined BowHaven as a Trustee in June 2014 and since June 2017 I have been Chair.
My professional background has been as a Lecturer in further and higher education and I have also worked as a HR professional in a range of private and public sector organisations. I currently work for a national charity as Head of HR.
I find the communities in East London vibrant and engaged and I feel that despite our many challenges, we are a welcoming and warm community.
As Chair, I am determined to ensure BowHaven survives and thrives as we continue to meet the needs of our local communities, and with the help and support of BowHaven staff and Trustees, I know we can!
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going to the gym and walking in our beautiful local park – Victoria Park!
Being part of an international firm of corporate treasury consultants for over twenty two years gave me the opportunity to work both with and for a huge number of different and talented people, as well as providing the chance to visit many interesting places around the world. Since retiring at the end of November 2017, I have taken a number of voluntary roles, and was pleased to be able to join the board of trustees of BowHaven in April 2019. I am delighted to be part of an organisation that has a skilled and dedicated team who work hard to provide BowHaven’s vital services in the Tower Hamlets community. Outside my volunteer work, I enjoy walking, travelling, and am an enthusiastic gardener.
I have worked in the events industry for most of my professional life and been very fortunate to have travelled extensively, organising and managing large scale events for corporate clients. After volunteering for AGE UK and VSO I decided that I wanted to be a trustee in my local area for a worthwhile cause. Becoming a trustee is an important commitment in terms of both time and responsibility, but as soon as I walked into BowHaven, I knew it was very special. I am proud to be a part of this unique, inspiring and much needed space in the area.
I have been co-facilitating a peer support group at BowHaven for over three years. The group, Cool To Believe, offers a safe space for those struggling with paranoia and distressing beliefs. In addition to the core role of facilitating the group weekly, I also organise external training and social activities for the members. I have been a long-term user of East London mental health services, and consider BowHaven as extremely valuable to my personal recovery journey.
I have been a volunteer at the Maytree Suicide Crisis Centre for over four years, and as part of this role, I deliver training on suicide awareness for external organisations.
In addition to my volunteer work, I work as a web developer for the digital music start-up Byta and in my spare time I regularly run, practice yoga and write and self-publish poetry. I am also a founder member of the Limehouse Writers’ Circle.
I have lived and worked in Tower Hamlets for over 30 years now, almost entirely in the voluntary sector. I started my working life as a social worker, but as my political awareness developed I moved into community work and public health.
Eventually the two came together and most things I’ve done can be described as public health action, and I’ve never moved far from my base in Tower Hamlets.
I’ve been involved with BowHaven since its founder, Rita Dove, recruited me to support taking over a Social Services Mental Health Day Centre (William Place) to transform it into a User Run resource for positive well-being (BowHaven). She challenged the establishment to hand over the venue to its users, and it worked!
I would like to continue my involvement with BowHaven as a Trustee for as long as possible.
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BowHaven is a registered charity (no:1114194) and limited company (no:5756374).