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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….

Richard Hurst

Richard is Chair of RB Mind. Richard has had an eclectic career as a director of companies in a variety of fields. He has also served as a Trustee of several charities, including ten years with RADA, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He enjoys working as a volunteer with several local arts organisations. He has a personal interest in mental health issues, particularly in opening them up for discussion and greater understanding.

Philip Congdon

Philip is Treasurer of RB Mind. He is a Chartered Accountant and has been finance director of a number of companies, mostly in the high-tech sector. He has recently moved to the charity sector and spent two years as Treasurer of StreetInvest, a local Richmond charity, before joining RB Mind. He is passionate about improving mental health and is currently also studying for a BSc in psychology and counselling at the Open University.

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.

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.

Nasrin Farahani

Nasrin is a senior leader in a large academy with schools across the UK. She began her career as an interpreter and then as the Head of Commission for Racial Equality in Hammersmith. She found her vocation in teaching English as a second language to support students to integrate fully into society and lead fulfilling lives. She went on to have over two decades experience of leading and managing large, complex and multi-faceted voluntary organisations, supporting mental health service users, schools, further and higher education colleges in urban and rural settings. As a head of school, she witnessed the diverse range of mental health issues that young people were grappling with. As her awareness of mental health issues grew, so did her passion and enthusiasm to support. She is training to become a qualified counsellor to directly support individuals but also joined as a Trustee with RB Mind to make a difference at a strategic level.

Jaz Bains

Jaz has lived in Whitton for over 20 years . He has a Business degree and comes from a finance background in the pharmaceutical industry and is currently an Operations Project Manager. Jaz’s passion is particularly men’s mental health as he has lived through his own experience.  Jaz wants men to see it as normal to talk about mental health an do activities together in the community to encourage wellbeing. He also teaches English abroad because he loves seeing people’s confidence grow and enjoys learning about their culture as well as teaching them about our great culture. He has a strategic approach to simplifying information and driving events with a can-do attitude whilst having fun and serving the community.  

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.

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.