Our Board of Trustees
Valerie Michie – Chair
Valerie Is CEO of The Huntercombe Group, a specialist healthcare provider that delivers healthcare through a hospital network focused on brain injury and mental health.
Before joining Huntercombe Valerie ran Serco Health, where she developed and delivered a global health strategy. Prior to that she was COO of Alfred McAlpine Business Services following a varied consulting and accounting career with KPMG.
Previously Valerie was Trustee and Chair of the audit committee of PRIME, The Princes Initiative for Mature Enterprise.
Dr. Sarah Davidson MBE – Deputy Chair
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
Margot Crowther – Treasurer
Margot has been an accountant for over 25 years. She started work in a professional firm and then moved into internal audit. After a while, she then moved to working in the creative and film industry. For the last few years she has worked for a national charity. Over the years she has also been a voluntary treasurer for a number of small charities.
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.
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.
Richard Spence – Trustee
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.
Alex is in training at the Institute of Psychoanalysis and works part time at Camden Psychotherapy Unit. He has in the past been a volunteer at both Samaritans and The Listening Place.
He 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. He has experience of governance and regulatory issues affecting corporate entities and an interest in the charitable sector.
Alex also sits as a Trustee of the Mrs Smith and Mount Trust, which makes grants to beneficiaries in various fields, including mental health.
Other Board Members
Sarah Anderson CBE – CEO
Sarah set up The Listening Place in July 2016, having recognised the gap in statutory services. She was a volunteer at Central London Samaritans for 37 years, during which time she spent 3 years as Director. She has been running The Listening Place as the unpaid CEO ever since!
Sarah has worked in the private sector, public sector and now the third sector: having originally worked in HR in a large private sector company, Sarah has run a number of businesses and social enterprises in the past, as well as being a NED for many businesses in the commercial sector.
Previously, a Public Appointments Assessor, where she chaired the recruitment for Chairs of Public Bodies for many Government Departments; she was also a Commissioner for the Commission for Equality and Human Rights and ACAS and a non-executive director of JobCentre Plus. She was the author of The Anderson Review for Government. She used to chair the SME Council of the CBI, where she sat on the President’s Committee.
The only roles outside The Listening Place that she now holds are as a member of the State Honours Committee; as a Chair of Judges for the annual Everywoman awards for women running their own businesses and as lay advisor to the Independent Investigation into discrimination in the Conservative Party.