Trustee Board and Advisors

meet our trustees

Wayne orr

Trustee and Treasurer

Wayne is a qualified chartered accountant, with a long career as a senior finance professional, building that career in both the private and public sectors over the past 15 years. Having commenced his career with two social enterprise charities in south London, Wayne went on to work for Sodexo justice, Virgin Group, Mitie, NATS, HMRC, MOJ, and Interserve. In 2014, Wayne re-entered the charity sector, joining Catch22 as their Commercial Director. Wayne has stayed in the charity sector, most recently as COO at The Prince’s Trust, where he joined from Parkinson’s UK. Wayne is passionate about seeing young people succeed, particularly those with a challenging background, and being part of their journey to help them fulfill their potential. Outside of work, Wayne has mentored young entrepreneurs, including one who went on to become a stylist for the Jamaican Olympic team. He has also run inner-city youth groups, community football teams and set up a youth night club event in South London.

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sarah bickerstaffe

Sarah has worked across the health and care sector spanning regulation, government, parliament, research, consultancy, commissioning, and delivery. She is currently the Director of Policy & Strategy at the Care Quality Commission. She was previously a Fellow in Health at IPPR, Political Adviser to the Shadow Health Secretary, and Private Secretary to the Health Secretary.

Sarah has always had a strong interest in mental health. Her work in Government included managing the national roll-out of new psychological therapy services (IAPT), and she has also worked to deliver the training course Mental Health First Aid.

Sarah holds a Masters degree in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Psychology from Sussex University. She was part of the 2012 Obama Fellowship Programme.

Lucy carmody

Following her MSc in geography at Cambridge, Lucy’s career led from investment banking in Asia and NYC to ESG research for global institutional investors. Most recently she has worked with hedge funds and a family office in London, alongside investing in various social enterprises. Lucy has senior-level experience in operations, communications and strategy in entities ranging from scrappy start-ups to global investment managers. She is most happy with strategic brand building and has enjoyed plenty of high-level experience with regulatory compliance, boards, charitable foundations, ESG and sustainability. Currently studying for her second MSc at Imperial College in Climate Change Finance and Management, Lucy spends her free time offering support to exceptional leaders in non-profits, freeing them to focus on mission, strategy and partnership development.

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NKASI STOLL

Nkasi is doing a PhD in Psychology at King’s College London titled: “Mental Health and Wellbeing of Black (Black African, Caribbean, Mixed) University Students in the UK” which is funded by ESRC LISS-DTP and supported by Student Minds. She holds an MSc in Mental Health Studies from King’s College London and a BSc (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Nottingham. Nkasi is the Co-Founder of Black People Talk and Chapter Lead of Black Students Talk, which provides peer wellbeing support groups for Black university students in the UK. Nkasi has over 10 years of clinical and research experience working in mental health and wellbeing services. Nkasi’s passion for research and setting up and improving services comes from her own struggles with depression, anxiety, and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder whilst studying at university. Upon completion of her PhD, Nkasi hopes to work in university student services to improve wellbeing services for under-represented and marginalised students. Nkasi is Jamaican and Guyanese, from London.

SARAH shaikh

Chair of the Youth Advisory Board

Sarah is a mental health campaigner and an ambassador for the #iwill campaign, through which she promotes youth empowerment and social action. She is a huge advocate for peer mentoring as it is how she grew her knowledge of severe mental illness support and suicide prevention. Sarah‘s campaigning is rooted in policy reform for education so that schools and universities can be more conscious of how to prevent and identify students struggling with their wellbeing. Her areas of focus are LGBTQIA+ and BAME support as she draws from personal struggles growing up, and how she got through them. Sarah‘s family emigrated from India when she was young. Since then, she has lived in London and now is studying International Relations in Coventry, and pursuing a career in human rights and peacebuilding.
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meet our advisors

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gian power

Gian Power ACA is an ex-Deutsche Bank and PwC employee and today is the founder and CEO of TLC Lions an organisation on a mission to ignite emotion in workplaces through storytelling. Gian started TLC Lions following a personal tragedy and today his work supports over 150 organisations globally. Gian sits on the board of This Can Happen and is the winner of the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Award 2019 and named as one of the EMpower top 100 Ethnic Minority Executives.

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robin banerjee

Robin Banerjee is Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. As a Professor of Developmental Psychology, he leads the CRESS (Children’s Relationships, Emotions, and Social Skills) research lab, which investigates social and emotional development in children and young people. Robin works closely with practitioners and policymakers in the areas of education and mental health.