Richard Spence – Chair
An Executive Coach, Facilitator and writer with global corporate and media experience. Richard coaches senior leaders, boards and top teams across the UK, Europe, US and Asia-Pacific to deepen trust, accountability and high-quality thinking. Previously, a film director and screenwriter in the UK and America, he is a former co-director of Central London Samaritans with 15 years experience as a volunteer.
Heather Barker – Deputy chair
Has been a volunteer at Central London Samaritans for 43 years, during which time she was the first volunteer Director for 3 years, as well as becoming Chair of trustees.
Originally recruited to the oil industry, Heather now works as an independent consultant. She is involved in a range of activities that include strategy development, team development, facilitation, mediation and training and works with companies and organisations across the private, voluntary and public sectors.
Heather has also had a long involvement with the voluntary sector. Whatever the charity, there is a common theme – the provision of accessible emotional support in a place and at a time that meets the needs of those experiencing stress, distress and suicidal feelings.
Sarah Anderson CBE
Was a volunteer at Central London Samaritans for 35 years, during which time she spent 3 years as Director.
Sarah has run a number of businesses and social enterprises in the past and is currently a Non-executive Director for a medium sized business.
Previously, she was a Public Appointments Assessor, where she chaired the recruitment for Chairs of Public Bodies for many Government Departments. She was also a non-executive director of JobCentrePlus, ACAS and the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, as well as being the author of The Anderson Review for Government.
Has been a volunteer at Central London Samaritans for 32 years, during which time he was Chairman of the Trustees.
Following a career in Corporate Communications particularly in the Financial sector, Terrence has taken on a number of Trustee Board roles, joining the NCB board in October 2004. He is also currently Chair of Trustees for Maytree – a Sanctuary for the suicidal in London, a Board Member of St Christopher’s Hospice in South East London, and was a Trustee and Board Member of British Red Cross 2004 – 2011.
Dr. Sarah Davidson MBE
Dr Sarah Davidson is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in a specialist, nationwide NHS service for children and families at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
She is also the Head of Psychosocial for the British Red Cross where she leads on psychosocial approaches, programmes and strategy for the support of clients and the workforce. She is currently Chair of the International Federation of Red Cross’ and Red Crescent’s European Network for Psychosocial Support which includes 52 national societies. Her 14 years on charity boards include being Vice Chairman of the British Red Cross, Vice Chair of Interhealth and Vice Chair of the National Children’s Bureau.
She was awarded an MBE in 2008 for service to the Red Cross having supported the Red Cross and Foreign Office response to those involved in the South East Asian tsunami in Thailand in 2005
Robyn was appointed as Chief Operating Officer for the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust in November 2013 after assuming the role of Director of Operations since November 2008. Robyn qualified as a registered psychiatric nurse in New Zealand in 1983. She has held a number of positions in management of various mental health, addiction and learning disabilities services in New Zealand, Australia and England.
Robyn started working for CNWL in 1988, and has worked in most directorates across the Trust. In 2005 she completed her MSc in Change Agent Skills at Surrey University.
Studied at Watford School of Art, Canterbury College of Art and Bradford University School of Management. Spent over thirty years in advertising holding many senior positions. Paul was a Director of Bates Dorland, Managing Director and Chairman of KMM, Executive Managing Partner and Vice Chairman of Ammirati Puris Lintas, and an International Managing Director at Ogilvy & Mather, and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather in London. Throughout his career Paul has been involved in working with major worldwide brands, and the management of advertising agencies.
Also an Independant Non-Executive Director of Aga RangeMaster plc, chairing the Remuneration Committee, and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, and the Nominations Committee.
A volunteer at Central London Samaritans and leader of the Samaritans team in Brixton prison.
Paul sits on the board of a newly-launched ethical fashion brand.
Paul has spent the past twenty years working in marketing communications. As European Creative Director for TBWA in the late 90’s, Paul was responsible for the pan-European advertising of Canon, Nissan and Apple. From there he held Creative and Executive Creative Director roles in a number of UK-based Marketing Communications PLCs where he was responsible for turning around under-performing businesses and growing the client base.
He was also a founding partner of Crave London, an agency that specialised in retail fashion and which was responsible for, among other things, the 2006 rebrand of Marks and Spencer to M&S as well as its world-renowned CSR initiative, Plan A.
Paul was a Samaritan volunteer for many years in Yorkshire and Central London.
Alex has a legal background, after 10 years of practising as a barrister from chambers in Lincoln’s Inn, dealing with a wide range of disputes and some non-contentious work. This included acting through the Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Chancery Litigants in Person Support (CLIPS) scheme. He has experience of governance and regulatory issues affecting corporate entities, including in the charitable sector.
Alex is in the process of changing career towards becoming a psychotherapist and is currently a student at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.
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