Meet our Trustees

Our services are overseen by a board of trustees who meet regularly and work closely with our CEO and staff team.

Jill Thompson – Chair. Jill is a perinatal psychotherapist and relationship therapist with over 30 years’ experience. Her career has included assessing and supporting families who were engaged in fostering and adopting children in care in Lambeth and setting up, delivering and expanding a perinatal mental health service for Battersea Counselling Centre. Jill also worked as a school counsellor at a Wandsworth SureStart Centre and as a visiting clinician for the Tavistock’s Parenting Together Service.

Julie Ferguson – Treasurer. Julie is COO/Partner of Ashenden Capital Management LLP, a London-based, FCA-authorised investment advisory company. She has steered the business through strategic changes including FCA regulation of the management company, negotiation of legal contracts, company legal and tax structuring, and set up of all procedural and compliance documentation.

Dr Gertrude Seneviratne. Trudi is lead consultant for the specialist perinatal psychiatric service at the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Trust. She is a member and Vice Chair of the National Clinical Reference Group, NHS England and an active member of the ‘All Party-Political Group (APPG) 1001 Critical Days Campaign’. Working with charities such as NSPCC and Best Beginnings Trudi has contributed to the development of national guidelines and protocols for perinatal mental health services in UK. Currently Chair of the Perinatal Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Trudi leads the work on perinatal services, training/education and research.

Clare Harland. Clare is a counsellor whose previous career includes research and advisory work at New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), a consultancy and think tank that supports charities, social enterprises and funders to maximise their social impact and grant management for a charity that funds education, health and livelihoods projects in South Asia.

Ann Marshall. Ann is Head of Central Greenwich Children’s Centres and has been working with young children and families in Greenwich for the past 38 years. She is a qualified nursery nurse, holds the National Professional Qualification in Children’s Centre Leadership, and has worked in a variety of early years and educational settings.

Victoria Wright. Vicki is Head of Finance and Operations for Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest. She has experience of overseeing financial processes and ensuring compliance with SORP and Charity Commission guidance and has a track record of securing high value tenders, trust and grant income. She is also a former trustee of Charlton Toy Library.

Mercy Browne. Mercy is a specialist perinatal mental health nurse for Oxleas Mental Health Trust, who has been working in the perinatal field since 2007. She has also been Lecturer in the Transcultural Effect of Perinatal Mental Illness at Glasgow University.

Dr Nupur Yogarajah. Nupur is a GP who qualified from Royal Free and University College Medical School in 2006. Over the years she has developed an interest in women’s, children’s and mental health. Nupur is the South East London Perinatal Mental Health Champion 2019, which has given her the opportunity to raise awareness of Perinatal Mental Health with primary care teams locally. She also works for Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group, giving her knowledge of local health structures and funding.

Eimear Mallen. Eimear has worked as a psychiatric social worker in adult and children’s mental health services and for a pioneering assessment and education service for children with learning disabilities in Ireland in the 1960s. She was  a member of the executive of SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society), was a Public Governor for the Royal Borough of Greenwich and has served as a Governor for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

Kirsty Dunne. Kirsty is a full-time mother and qualified teacher with previous experience of setting up and running small charities, including five years as director of a small London charity, involvement in setting up two small international charities, and acting as Chair for another Greenwich charity.