Diversity and lived experience of mental health issues are valued within our team.  All of our service leads have a wealth of experience within their respective fields.  We work in partnership with the NHS and local community groups.

Our members of staff, passionate about making a difference, are supported by an extensive team of volunteers and Trustees.  We are proud to provide opportunities for people beginning their careers in mental health.

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for our governance and strategic direction. The Board is accountable for everything we do, including setting our strategic direction, scrutinising our performance and supporting and empowering our Executive Team.

Meet the trustees….

Gurjit Mahil

Gurjit is Chair of RB Mind.

Gurjit has been working operationally and corporately within healthcare for several years in various different organisations within London, Kent and Medway and also abroad in the UAE. With over fifteen years of healthcare management experience, Gurjit has been able to ensure strong operational delivery as well as developing and embedding strong clinical and corporate governance in all areas. In her senior Board roles, she also ensures there is always appropriate communication and relationships with all internal and external stakeholders.

A key focus of her roles has included culture and change management, ensuring that staff are engaged across teams on the vision and values of the organisation. By using a range of quantitative and soft data available to the organisation, joint staff and management action plans have been put in place to ensure appropriate engagement with staff at all levels. Within every organisation she has worked in she has provided strong visible leadership through various activities and roles including coaching, mentoring, being a well-being champion and executive lead for dignity at work.

Kim Tasso

Kim runs a consultancy business serving professional practices across the UK and acts as a Non-Executive Director for property businesses. She is qualified in management, marketing, psychology and counselling. She is also a journalist, author of six books and co-editor of a thriving local community Facebook page. She has lived in Twickenham for over 30 years and raised her two children there as a single mum. Kim is passionate about improving access to mental health support – particularly for young people.

Samuel Hopcroft

Samuel is a civil servant working in the Department for Education. He brings experience in strategy and delivery across the public and third sector. Samuel grew up in the Richmond area and has experienced struggling with mental health problems. He is passionate about making improvements to the mental health system and previously led on mental health strategy at National Mind.

Monika Waller

Monika is a consultant working in the IT industry. She’s degree educated and received her MA in HR Management from London Metropolitan University. She’s been working in various HR roles in the corporate environment for over 18 years and gained experience supporting large HR and business transformation programmes. Monika is currently studying for her MSc in Applied Positive Psychology as she’s very interested in psychological wellbeing and mental hygiene.

Lisa Leonard

Lisa is a Chartered Physicist (CPhys), having held roles across academia, industry, and government organisations. She is currently a Program Manager in Baxter Healthcare International. Prior to this, Lisa worked at the National Physical Laboratory and in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy specialising in Levelling Up. She is passionate about open discussion and acceptance of mental health in connection with Equality, Inclusion and Diversity especially Neurodiversity and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sector.

Jack Carling

Jack is a Chartered Accountant (CGMA, ACMA) and has worked in finance roles such as Supply Chain, Field Operations & Cost Transformation across UK Telecoms firms of Sky & VMO2. This is Jack’s first role within the charity sector but has experience from University as Treasurer for the Leeds Undergraduate Business School which was Leeds University’s largest departmental Society. He is passionate about removing barriers to all those in need of improving their mental health. 

Tracy Cherrington 

Tracy has recently transitioned from a 38-year career in the Financial Services sector where she held executive roles including Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director. Leveraging her extensive experience and her core strengths in leadership, governance, risk management, control, and operations, she has moved into trustee positions within the charity sector. Throughout her career, she has engaged in leadership initiatives with a focus on Diversity and Inclusion, talent development, mentoring, and coaching. Her passion lies in empowering and supporting others to achieve their full potential and succeed. Tracy has lived in South West London for 18 years and is keen to use her experience to support local charities. 

Reema Kotecha 

Reema has 15 years’ Financial Services experience, both as a Strategy Consultant and as a Chief Operating Officer at a FTSE 100 company. Prior to this, Reema spent time volunteering in the Public and International Development sectors and completing degrees at London School of Economics. She brings experience in strategy, business development, operations and change management. Reema believes everyone deserves access to mental health support and is a strong advocate of the work charities do to provide this, as well as their work in removing stigma from the conversation.

Dr Sarah Talbot

Dr Sarah Talbot has been working in a busy London GP practice for over 20 years. She has specialist interests in mental wellbeing, safeguarding, inclusion health and Lifestyle Medicine. For the last two years she has run a volunteer GP clinic at the local homeless charity SPEAR as she is passionate about providing fair access to healthcare for all. 

Murray Cook

Murray is a General Manager of a Golf Club in Twickenham and has been in the golf sector for over 20 years. He brings an all-round knowledge of business but with particular experience in fundraising with the aim to ensure there is sustainable income for Richmond Borough Mind. This is his first role in the charity sector. However, having worked with volunteers his whole career in the golfing world, he has experience of the needs and demands. He wants to ensure barriers for those who require mental health support are reduced ensuring those who need help get help. 

Vikram Yadav (Treasurer designate) 

Vikram has a Masters Degree in Finance and worked in the Financial Services sector for almost three decades, based out of different countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has a strong track record delivering strategy, capability and governance, leading cross-functional teams, managing stakeholders and regulatory relationships. He has lived in the Borough for over 15 years. He is passionate about mental health and learning disabilities, especially motivated by the desire to improve outreach and support for adolescents and young adults. His interest and enthusiasm are shaped by personal experiences dealing with mental health conditions and related issues within his own family. He has been involved in the voluntary sector focused on learning disabilities since 2020, previously as a Trustee/Treasurer of a local charitable organisation.