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Helen Davey

Helen Davey

Chief Executive Officer

Helen has more than 30 years’ experience working in the charitable and local authority sector. As well as overseeing Mind in Bradford’s strategy and operations, she represents the charity at district-wide boards and forums and is currently co-chair of the Mental Health Providers Forum and the Health & Wellbeing Forum, and a member of the Mental Wellbeing Programme Board. She is driven by improving health and wellbeing for all and her passions include being outdoors, enjoying great food and being an auntie to 12 nieces and nephews.

Christina Collins

Service Director

Christina is responsible for monitoring and developing our services to meet the mental health and wellbeing needs of people across the district. Before joining Mind in Bradford, she worked for Rethink Mental Illness and has 10 years’ project management experience working with vulnerable and at-risk children, young people and adults experiencing mental health difficulties. Her roles have been in a range of settings such as Children’s Social Care, Youth Offending Team, Prisons and Schools. Outside of work, Christina has recently become a new mum!


Helen Ioannou

Service Director

Helen is a qualified Social Worker with over 10 years’ experience working with adults, children and young people in Bradford District and Craven, through the local authority and voluntary sector. In her role as a Service Director she enjoys being Safeguarding Lead and supporting our Service Managers to ensure performance and quality are of the highest standard and our services effectively meet the needs of the people we support.

Heather Butcher

Service Manager

The Sanctuary

This welcoming team of understanding staff receive ongoing training in mental health and safeguarding so they can support people experiencing a crisis. Many have lived with mental health problems themselves so can understand how you may be feeling.

Suzanne Jacob

Service Coordinator

Suzanne has been at Mind in Bradford since 2019 as a Recovery Worker for the Sanctuary. Prior to that she worked for a relationship charity for 12 years and has a background in product management. She is currently studying a diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and she wants to help people overcome struggles so they can live the best life they can. Suzanne is passionate about offering the best service possible to clients so that no one has to struggle on their own. She believes that: ‘We all have a unique story, people can go through very dark times. I endeavour to show them some light and bring a bit of hope into their story.’

Philip Woodward

Guide-Line and Wellbeing Manager

Phil’s background has been primarily in the Substance Misuse sector and he has worked in the community, delivering 1:1 interventions in primary care settings and also managed a recovery centre. He also worked in HMP Leeds as a Throughcare and Aftercare Worker, supporting people for release from custody. He has experience in delivering training and really enjoys this part of his work. Phil has a degree in Counselling and Psychology and strongly believes that we should try to understand people’s life story before judging them, saying: “A little bit of humanity goes a long way”.

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We have a team of empathetic staff and volunteers who man this telephone support service who have been trained to listen, understand and advise on mental health matters. All of them live in the district and can pass on information about other local services which could help you.

Emma Murray

Service Coordinator

Emma joined our wellbeing team after working as a youth worker and family support worker in the community and now runs our welcome and wellbeing groups such as WomensZone. She is interested in developing programmes to help people who have experienced trauma and is passionate about helping people reach their own potential. She loves being with her family and in her spare time enjoys baking and going to the gym.

Alan Wilson

Wellbeing Practitioner

Alan has many qualifications around mental health and understanding human behaviour. He is hugely passionate and believes education in mental health theory is key to recovery. Alan runs a host of groups and activities ranging from exercise to psychoeducation.

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Tracey Halliday

Wellbeing Practitioner

Tracey first came to Mind in Bradford on placement as a student social worker. Her current role is Wellbeing Practitioner and she also facilitates the Maastricht interview for people who are experiencing hearing voices. Tracey’s particular interests are around how adverse life experiences affect mental health and looking at the individual human experience to facilitate change and recovery. Tracey’s spare time is taken up by her five children, partner and dogs. She also enjoys swimming, cooking, eating and socialising.

Nyree Jordan

Wellbeing Practitioner

Nyree joined us in March 2019 in a role which she hopes will empower her to instill hope and positivity while promoting wellness in those who live with a mental illness. She grew up abroad before returning to England in 2012 to study occupational therapy at Bradford University. She has always worked in care, mainly with adults with learning disabilities. As she has struggled with her own mental health, she has gained a passion for helping others as she has been helped by services within Bradford and Keighley district.

James Crump

James Crump

Wellbeing Practitioner

James is a former service user and has long-term experience of mental health issues. He has a background in philosophy and previous roles include office and charity work. James facilitates our Hearing Voices wellbeing group and is a Maastricht worker. He is passionate about psychoeducation and helping people find solutions to their problems, using methods such as voice dialoguing. His hobbies include reading, sitting in coffee shops, walking and looking after a formerly stray cat.

Jo-Louise Keenan

Wellbeing Practitioner

Jo joined Mind in Bradford in April 2020 and has since worked across our Extended Access, Community Companions and WISHH. services She currently co-facilitates the Hearing Voices group and is a Maastricht Interviewer. She is a qualified counsellor and has always had an interest in mental health, with lived experience through a close family member. She is passionate about empowering people to work towards change. Outside of work, Jo is a mum of two girls, with two step sons, three dogs and a husband.

Catherine Smith

Wellbeing Practitioner

Catherine joined Mind in Bradford in November 2020 to work with the Wellbeing Team. She is a qualified Careers Adviser with over 20 years of experience. She has volunteered in peer support in the voluntary sector for over 15 years, facilitating groups and offering support to others. She is in the final stages of gaining a postgraduate qualification in Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is interested in attachment and trauma and developing self-compassion. Catherine has two older children and in her spare time loves to get outdoors for long walks with the family dog and enjoys finding peace at weekly yoga sessions.

Shabnam Butt

Wellbeing Practitioner

Shabnam joined Mind in Bradford with an aim to empower and support people into taking charge of their wellbeing. Shabnam has a background in supporting young people and families with their mental health within the Bradford community. She is currently working as a Wellbeing Practitioner delivering sessions on confidence and self-esteem.

Asiya Ali

Office Manager

Asiya is responsible for the smooth running of our city centre HQ and is often the first point of contact for enquiries. As well as administrative duties, she assists with HR and health & safety. She is also a qualified counsellor and works as one of our Recovery Workers.

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01274 730815

Sara Hardman

Finance Manager

Sara is a chartered accountant and tax adviser who has previously worked for KPMG and PwC. As Finance Manager she is responsible for all aspects of finance at Mind in Bradford, including receipts of funding and donations, and payments of invoices.

Lisa Jakimciw

Business Development Director

Lisa joins Mind in Bradford with over 15 years’ experience of working with third sector organisations to lead business development functions and ensure financial stability and growth. She has previously worked across the Mind network and with charities such as Diabetes UK to develop new income streams and drive forward fundraising activity. Lisa is passionate about working with flagship organisations to facilitate the delivery of work that improves people’s circumstances and really benefits communities.

Lydia Gray

Fundraising and Development Officer

Lydia has a background in charity income generation, specifically in events management and is passionate about developing connections between members of the public and incredible organisations like Mind in Bradford. She loves a strong cup of Yorkshire Tea and a piece of cake!

Hayley Smith

Communications and Marketing Manager

Hayley joined Mind in Bradford in January 2022 with six years’ experience in Leisure, Drone, Travel and Property Marketing. This is Hayley’s first role in the Charity sector and she’ll be using her experience to make a difference to a cause close to her heart. Hayley enjoys coming up with creative campaigns to communicate life-changing messaging and outside of work likes climbing up rock faces and mountains!

Hollie Griss

PR and Communications Assistant

Hollie joined Mind in Bradford in November 2020 with previous communications experience in publishing, heritage and the public sector. She enjoys tailoring communications to different audiences and thinking of new and creative ways to reach people, and enjoys doing this in her role at Mind in Bradford to make the biggest difference to as many people as possible.

Rosema Nawaz

Rosema Nawaz

Digital Doorway Project Officer

Rosema has worked on the Digital Doorway for 2 years previously to joining Mind in Bradford in August 2020. She is passionate about people being able to easily find the help and support they need for their mental health, when they need it.

Donna Hudson

Volunteer Coordinator

Donna joined the team in March 2019 following a career of seven years in fundraising and community activities at the Yorkshire Building Society. She has a qualification in running fundraising events and Level 2 Health & Safety. As Volunteer Coordinator, she is responsible for the recruitment, training and well-being of volunteers for Mind in Bradford ([email protected]) as well as for the Community Companions project ([email protected]).

Mobile: 07734407210

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Jas Kaur

Project Administrator on the Loneliness Fund Project

Jas has previously worked in post-16 education, predominately teaching and mentoring learners with learning disabilities and emotional health difficulties. She holds a degree in Psychology. In her free time she enjoys walking, especially in green spaces. She is passionate about the benefits of movement as well as music on mental health and wellbeing. Jas has been volunteering as a Mind in Bradford Community Companion telephone befriender since April 2020 and has recently become the administrator for our Loneliness Project.

Charlotte Talbot

Service Manager and Youth in Mind Programme Lead

Charlotte is one of our service managers and leads our children and young people’s work. She is passionate about delivering a quality, evidence based programme that delivers real impact. She formerly worked as the physical health programme manager, as well as a wellbeing practitioner for Mind in Bradford, delivering our 12-week WRAP courses and many of our wellbeing groups.

Sophie Jackson

Sophie Jackson

Project Coordinator for the Children and Young People's service

Before joining us in May 2020, Sophie worked in a range of psychology-based roles including treatment co-ordination, research and school based mental health support and gained a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Development. Sophie is excited about her new challenge at Mind in Bradford and is looking forward to implementing the Children and Young People’s project to improve the lives of the young people in Bradford.

Beth Webber

Beth Webber

Children and Young People's Community Wellbeing Worker

Beth is passionate about helping young people thrive. Having worked in both formal and informal education settings, she has over 10 years of experience supporting children and young people through a range of therapeutic interventions. In her Wellbeing Worker role, she delivers engaging evidence-based programmes that draw on her love of the outdoors and empathic practice.

Kelly Munro Fawcett

Kelly Munro-Fawcett

Children and Young People's Community Wellbeing Worker

Kelly has over 10 years of experience working in community development and as a creative workshop practitioner. Founder of Redbobble Arts, Kelly has regularly run sessions through the mediums of drama, mime, mask, movement, voice and circus skills to create spaces that are nurturing, playful and safe for improved emotional health outcomes. A specialist in working in low socio-economic areas, Kelly is passionate about equality for all and empowering children and young people.

Masira Hans

Serious Mental Illness Programme Manager

Masira has a background in psychology and counselling and has previously worked in community engagement and development. Masira is passionate about ensuring the voices of diverse communities are heard and that people are always at the heart of what we do. She enjoys thinking of new ways to engage with people and actively reduce stigma attached to mental health. She is excited to be a part of the team to help drive the message of how mental health is just as important as physical health. Masira is also the Chair of the Women’s Health Network and enjoys writing, reading and exploring new places.

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