Meet the Team
Senior Management Team
Andrea joined Buckinghamshire Mind as Chief Executive in September 2015. Following a career working in the university sector and a consultancy practice, Andrea started work in the voluntary sector helping to set up the award-winning social enterprise Blue Sky. Having experienced mental health challenges in a caring role, Andrea is driven to develop further community services that reach out and touch the lives of more people across the county.
Favourite things:- Anything to do with music, spending time with my husband and 3 children and walking the dog on a sunny day.
Teresa joined Buckinghamshire Mind in March 2015 in the new role of Operations and Business development Manager. Teresa has over twenty years of experience of working in the voluntary sector. She has managed contracts, projects and staff teams at service level, area level and most recently at a national level within a business development directorate. In addition to this she has substantial knowledge and skills in training and development; person centred working practices, quality assurance, business development and high level safeguarding leadership, training and management.
Teresa is an avid reader of broad and eclectic tastes, often reading 2 or more books a week. She also enjoys drawing and spending time with her family.
Tony Mardell joined Bucks Mind as Business Development Manager in September 2018 having previously worked in many commercial and charitable organisations in the past. He has broad management experience in sales, services, partnerships and fundraising. Having run his own consultancy of fifty people he is aware of the way businesses operate. He also has major corporate experience from working at Nokia & BT. More recently he has managed teams at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and the British Red Cross. He is passionate about helping those in need and making the lives of those affected by mental health issues more sustainable, supported and complete.
He spends his spare time entertaining his young family, off-roading his Land Rover Defender and playing music.
Buckinghamshire Mind is governed by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for overseeing all of the work we do as a charity. Trustees contribute their skills, knowledge and expertise to ensure that the organisation is run to the high standards expected as a registered charity. This includes ensuring the organisation complies to all relevant legislation and regulations, whilst safeguarding the vision, mission and values of the organisation. The Trustee Board is responsible for ensuring our business plan is delivered and for making key strategic decisions to take Buckinghamshire Mind forward. The Trustee Board meets four times a year with Sub Committee meetings in between.
Tori Roddy (Chair)
Tori works at Stowe in Buckinghamshire where she responsible for marketing and recruitment. She started her career in the education sector working for the University of Oxford and over the last 20 years has specialised in fundraising and marketing. With family experience of mental health illness, the work of Bucks Mind is very important to her and in particular tackling the stigma attached to mental health problems.
In her spare time she uses her training as a forensic archaeologist and anthropologist to volunteer on a number of research projects and she enjoys walking with friends.
Martyn Walsh (Vice Chair)
Martyn has progressed from a service user, to volunteer and now brings his own personal lived experiences to board level. He has spoken to groups and in schools about his own recovery journey and is keen to increase public awareness of mental illness and its effect on everyday life. He retrained as a psychotherapist and has been working for the past 3 years for two youth counselling services.
Roger currently works for the British Heart Foundation where he is responsible for developing the ecommerce business. He has previously worked for the National Trust, managed a voluntary sports National Governing Body, and run a social enterprise providing development opportunities for young people facing rural isolation.
Ira has worked in Research and Development for many years and currently works in Joint Commissioning in Buckinghamshire County Council. Ira has lived worked in 4 continents: Asia, North America, Australia and Europe. She specialises in post 16 teaching, project management, procurement, social return on investment and needs analysis. Ira also serves in Governing bodies in schools and as trustees in other charities in Aylesbury Vale. She advocates for women’s issues and works for community engagement and promoting diversity.
Ira loves travelling, reading, gardening and painting. She supports causes on environment and conservation. Her family and friends continues to be her source of strength.
I have just retired after a varied 35-year career with Lloyds Banking Group, mainly in the Commercial Bank. I have extensive business integration, operating model and systems change experience, which I gained in a number of senior leadership roles.
- Team leadership
- People development
- Project and Change Management
- Stakeholder management
- Planning and Organisation
I am also a Non-Executive Director of Swan Credit Union covering Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, Thame and Didcot, which aims to provide affordable financial products to those who may be excluded from mainstream financial services.
My wife, Alison, is a director of a local business, and we have one daughter, Anna, who has recently started University studying Dietetics.
I enjoy travelling, sport (especially cricket), gardening and travel. I am relishing the freedom and sense of liberation that comes from escaping the daily rat race of commuting and working.
I began my career in Research and Development (R&D) in the oil and gas sector due to my love of chemistry. However, I chose to move into the associated commercial field, which subsequently led me into mainstream management consulting. I now operate as an independent business consultant for commercial and business transformation.
- Act as a sounding board to the board in my professional life
- Commercial/contractual experience
- Recruiting for specialised staff
- Delivering complex programmes
- Enabling business development and networks.
I’ve maximised the opportunity for walking and peak climbing on my travels, sometimes throwing a mountain bike into the mix – I do my best thinking at the top of a mountain. I have two active teenage sons and I am heavily into cricket and rugby, which I passionately support as I once passionately rowed.
With personal experience of depression and the associated impact, I am keen to broaden the public discussion on mental health, both within the workplace and schools. I see early intervention with regards to school age children as a priority.
James’ career history has always been around sport with time spent working for The FA, secondary schools, and Local Authority sports development services. Most recently, James has been working in the third sector by running a successful Community Interest Company in the sports development, physical activity and health sector across a number of counties.
- Relationship management
- Entrepreneurial skills
- Team leadership
- People development
James enjoys playing a lot of sport, with football and the gym in the winter being replaced by baseball and softball in the summer. After becoming a father in the Summer of 2017, James now tries to spend as much time with his family as possible. Experiencing various stresses with work and family pressures have only heightened the importance of sport in relation to his own mental health.