CornerHouse has a board of Trustees who provide robust and professional direction over the performance of CornerHouse and its senior management team in the delivery of high quality and effective services. Trustees provide oversight, change management support, leadership development and accountability.
If you are interested in becoming a Trustee, you can help us ensure CornerHouse continues to develop. We are always interested in potential new Trustees who have skills that will enhance our work, particularly people with experience in legal matters, performance management or public sector commissioning.
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David Rye has a comprehensive history working in the mental health field. He has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and admitted to the Fellowship of the RCN for Services to Nursing Education. Some of his experience includes being a Director of Nurse Education, a Fellow in the Organisation of Nursing Management, Director of Professional Activities at the Royal College of Nursing and has undertaken various clinical posts in General and Psychiatric Nursing. His experience spans many organisations including NW Surrey Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Bournewood Community and Mental Health NHS Trust amongst others.
Currently David is the Chair of Trustees at CornerHouse as well as being honorary President of Woking Mind. Since 1994 David has been Visiting Professor to the Faculty of Health and Society at Buckinghamshire New University and in 2015 was awarded an honorary fellowship there.
I am originally from the US state of Arkansas and came to the UK in 2005 to do a Master’s degree. After five years of working in London and then Surrey local government supporting council decision-making and scrutiny committees I moved to a completely different role delivering the Surrey dementia strategy and contributing to the Dementia Friendly Surrey project. This sparked a passion for mental health and gave me the opportunity to move into the NHS, to North West Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group, as a mental health commissioner. While there, I enjoyed working closely with CornerHouse to support them delivering the Woking Safe Haven. I now work for the NHS in South West London, managing their mental health transformation programme. Organisations such as CornerHouse have a valuable role to play in supporting people to recover from mental ill health. I’m proud to provide my expertise to CornerHouse to help them continue providing services to the people of north west Surrey.
Cath joined the Board as a Trustee in March 2016 having been the CornerHouse Chief Executive for the previous 2 years. Prior to working in the charity sector, Cath spent 21 years in the NHS primarily in health informatics. Cath worked at a number of acute Trusts and her last role was as Head of Information Services. Her work also included leading on modernisation programmes and project management.
I am a retired chartered surveyor having worked most of my career with the Prudential. I acquired my interest in mental health from my son who had built his interest at school. He bequeathed to me the chairmanship of Woking Mind. My experiences there showed me the enormous gap between the services that the statutory sector can offer and what is actually needed. From this grew the concept of CornerHouse, a concept developed through the skills and expertise of others. My interests lie in music, the study of science and religion and helping my wife run her dog rescue charity.
I’m passionate about raising mental health awareness in both the community and the workplace. My personal experience, along with my 25 years in a range of diverse business settings at both the sharp end and behind-the-scenes, (including stations, call centre, depot, client offices and head office) has enabled me to understand the mix of challenges individuals and workplaces face. There’s certainly no one-size fits all when it comes to recovery, and It’s been a privilege to be part of the CornerHouse family as a volunteer facilitator and see the contribution and empowerment that their support groups provide.
I’m a founding member of our Linking Minds initiative which looks at ways to break down stigma in the workplace and community, promote best practice and the goal that no one should be more than a conversation away from getting support, and raise funds for Cornerhouse. As a trustee I can help ensure the voice of those on the ground is heard.