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.
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 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 4 times a year with Sub Committee meetings in between.
Dave Pugh (Chairman)
Dave is a retired Trades Union Official with over 20 years of experience of involvement in the mental health sector. He has been a Trustee of Southwark Mind and Chair of the Bi-polar Organisation. He also has worked with the Department of Transport’s Disabled Persons Advisory Committee and the Disability Rights Commission, promoting the aspirations of people with mental health problems. Dave currently works at the London Central Employment Tribunal and is a Director of Healthwatch Bucks.
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.
Jan has worked in mental health for many years – a matter very close to her heart. She specialises in team building, staff development and project financial management. She is an experienced mental health practitioner and counsellor, qualified in person-centred counselling. Currently Jan works as a Project Development Manager for the Big Lottery Funded Community Advice Network (CAN). Bucks Mind is an active partner in the CAN project and helps to support our clients who have mental health issues.
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.
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.