Our Executive Board

Wellingborough Mind is governed by a board of trustees drawn from our local community. We speak for a diverse community, and aim to have that diversity reflected in our board of trustees.

The most important role of our board of trustees is to ensure that the organisation is acting at all times in pursuit of its mission. The board achieves this by meeting regularly to discuss Wellingborough Minds current activities and future strategic plan.

Biographies

Juliet Smith – Chair
In most of her working life Juliet Smith worked in the mental health field, locally, in the Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark London and in the USA. She was qualified both in the fields of Occupational Therapy and Counselling. She has worked both clinically and in management .Whilst working for the NHS she was trained in many areas of management She spent many years in the area of community mental health but does have experience working on a variety of in patient units. Since she has retired she has furthered her knowledge attending courses related to development in mental health and management related to Trusteeship. She is a keen gardener, paints, likes the theatre and cinema as well as cooking so inevitably has to go to the gym.

Susie Fitzgerald – Vice Chair
On leaving school I spent a number of years in the banking and insurance industry. Once I gained my BSc degree in Psychology, I returned to London as a senior management consultant for KPMG. This afforded me with the opportunity to travel extensively in Europe and the US during my employment.
Due to starting a family, I decided to seek employment closer to home and I started work in a senior management capacity at Kettering General Hospital some 10 years ago.
I now work on a self-employed basis and enjoy the much needed family time. This has also given me the opportunity and privilege to work for Wellingborough Mind. I have met some fantastic people and it has given me an invaluable insight into how charities such as Wellingborough Mind can make a difference to both the individual and our community. Mental health is not something one should face alone and I am proud to be part of an organisation that is doing everything it can to make sure that people don’t have to.

Hugh Murphy – Treasurer
I graduated from Sheffield University and have over 30 years Information Technology experience, most recently working on processes and systems for NHS Trusts and international health organisations. I believe mental health is, as important, and goes hand-in-hand with physical health, and want to support people in Wellingborough with mental health needs. I live in Wellingborough with my family and in my spare time enjoy watching Northampton Saints and playing chess to British Championship standard.

Daniela Sacco – Secretary
I graduated from University with a BA and an MA in Modern History and shortly after began working as a delivery planner for Royal Mail. In January 2012 I began minute taking for Wellingborough Mind and I am now secretary and trustee at the Charity. I enjoy travelling and spent 3 months working at a girls summer camp in America and travelled around the country afterwards. I try to visit lots of places, in the past year I have been to Amsterdam and Berlin as well as fitting in plenty of day trips around the UK. I am studying for an A Level in Italian in my spare time, having obtained an A for my GCSE, and I enjoy keeping fit and go gym 3-4 times a week. In the past I have suffered from depression, and currently have an ongoing battle with trichotillomania so I have a personal interest in the charity and what it does.

Anne Peilow – Trustee
After obtaining a degree in Chemistry, Anne was employed, for 32 years, by Unilever Research working on projects as varied as speciality oils for chocolate and enzymes in washing powders. Whilst there she met her husband Alan and they have one daughter. Her hobbies include anything active out of doors especially gardening, cycling, bird watching and walking and she has run the London Marathon. After talking early retirement Anne volunteered at Wellingborough Mind she is now the facilitator for the art group , helps with the swimming and yoga sessions and regularly joins the bring and share lunches.

Tony Locock – Trustee
I have an in-depth knowledge of management practice, am results driven and a strategic thinker with a good eye for detail. In addition I am hardworking, honest, reliable and a ‘people person’ capable of working successfully within teams as well as being an independent multi-tasker. My varied working experience comes from a successful career with HMRC and my willingness to take on opportunities that present themselves via a wide range of roles.
I have experience of strategic leadership, running large projects; management consultancy; worked at senior levels in Human Resources; run an office of 250 people and am a committee member of Benenden Health Care, the largest health care mutual in the UK.
I have also spent time working with a Trade Union gaining a totally different perspective on business and the way it’s conducted. I left HMRC in 2012 to set up a new business with my wife, subsequently designing, planning and running a successful bistro.
These three very different working environments have shaped my outlook, giving me a realistic but optimistic approach to life and confidence in my ability to quickly adapt to working in different fields.
At age 62 I’m lucky enough to have retired early, enjoying voluntarily contributing to causes close to my heart.
I have always had a strong social conscience and believe passionately that health care should be freely available to all and am a Governor for the Northants NHS Mental Health Foundation Trust. I am also a qualified cricket umpire in an effort to give something back to a sport I have played and loved for most of my life.

Bill Giles FinstF(Cert) – Trustee
I have been a professional fundraiser since January 1993 and moved to the charity sector after 25 years in sales and marketing roles with a range of commercial organisations ranging from FMCG to B2B sales.
My fundraising career covered a range of charities including NCH, Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities, Contact a Family and WAGGGS (The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts).
In 2009 I decided to offer my services on a freelance basis and have been doing this for the last 7 years working with smaller charities, community groups, schools and sports clubs who have great projects and ideas, but no money to develop them.
I was a Licensed Assessor for the Institute of Fundraising’s Certificate in Fundraising Management for 11 years and was a lecturer at London Southbank University on their MSC – Management in Civil Society (Marketing and Fundraising) Course. For two years until I moved to Rushden in 2014.