Brendan Bergin

Brendan trained and qualified as an architect but spent most of his working life working in local government managing housing services. Before moving to Norfolk in the 80s he was Assistant Director of Housing with London Borough of Camden, responsible for one of the largest house building and modernisation programmes in the country. He had a number of roles at Great Yarmouth Council, the final position being Director of Social Policy, covering all housing and building services, as well as council tax collection and benefits. Throughout his working career, he was heavily involved in dealing with social deprivation and inequalities. At work he had a clear understanding of the invaluable and essential work of Julian Support in helping support tenancies at risk, and on retirement, readily accepted an invitation to become a governing board member.

Anthony Brice

Anthony joined the board of trustees early 2015 and chose to work with Julian Support to be part of an ethical organisation that provides invaluable services to those suffering from mental health. As a qualified accountant and registered auditor, Anthony is particularly interested in financial oversight and governance. Anthony has his own accountancy and audit practice and is involved with a number of charities and not for profit organisations both in a professional capacity and as a volunteer at board level. Anthony lives with his wife and two young children near Diss on the Norfolk-Suffolk border and in his spare time enjoys activities with his family.

Marilyn Evans

Marilyn Evans has spent her career in education, training and working in London and then running a Field Centre in Kent for children from a deprived area of London.  After a break to have a family she taught in Norwich and for the twenty years before her retirement, worked with children with special educational needs, latterly advising schools on how they could best support these children.

Marilyn is a member of the local supporters group for Save The Children and is involved with fundraising and speaking to groups about the work of Save the Children, especially her trip to Bangladesh to visit emergency, education and health projects.  She has a national responsibility for promoting trading, mainly the sale of Christmas cards. 

She hopes that both her work as a teacher and as a volunteer have made a difference and that the skills she has acquired will prove valuable to Julian Support.

 

Clive Gardner

Clive Gardner has spent in excess of 20 years involved in the Affordable Housing sector. He practised as a solicitor in the Affordable Housing sector acting for housing providers such as Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, Peabody Trust, Circle, Family Mosaic, Orbit Group, Victory Housing Trust, and others. He has also served as a Board Member and Chair of Leeds Federated Housing Association Limited. He has practised in the private sector throughout his working life having run his own legal practice, been a partner in a large regional firm based in Yorkshire and finally undertaking a senior role in an international legal firm. He is currently a non-executive Director of Havebury Housing Partnership a 6000 unit Housing Association based in Bury St Edmunds serving as a Strategic and Operations Board member. Further, he is a Lay Member of the Governing Body of North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group, including being Chair of the Patient Experience Safety and Quality Committee and the Community Engagement Panel. He is also a volunteer instructor at Nancy Oldfield Trust a local charity that makes waterborne activities available to mentally and physically challenged individuals. Julian Support adds a new dimension to his interests and he has found the work that Julian Support undertakes extremely worthwhile and fundamental to a caring society. He hopes that his private sector business experience is useful to this organisation.    

Pat Holman

Pat Holman has spent her working life contributing to improving services for people who are experiencing the disabling symptoms of mental illness. She trained as a nurse in the 70s and then as a tutor of nurses. She has worked in hospitals, social services and the community in many parts of England, eventually ending up in Norfolk. Here she was the Chief Executive of the mental health Trust for nine years. In that time she thinks she saw the greatest changes. It has always been Pat’s desire to see much better coordinated services between the statutory services and the charitable sector.  Julian Support has had a great reputation in Norfolk for some time, so when the opportunity arose first to be a Trustee and then the Chair, she was delighted to join them.

Chris King

Chris King is a solicitor and partner at Quality Solicitors Clapham & Collinge, specialising, among other things, in charity law. Trustee of Julian Support since 1995. Chris is married to Hilary, and has two children and four grandchildren. Outside work he's interested in railways, birdwatching, and doing one's bit to improve things, especially through the medium of the Rotary movement worldwide.

Dr. Kate Nash

All of Kate’s working life has been spent as a Doctor working in the NHS, mostly in Norfolk. She started in General Practice and then moved to psychiatry and finally to Contraception and Sexual Health. In all these areas she has been keenly aware of the interdependence of physical heath, mental health and social situation and the importance of practitioners being able to listen, acknowledge and respond to the issues that are most relevant to the individual. Julian Support has an excellent reputation in supporting and responding to personal needs and she, therefore, welcomes the opportunity to join the organisation.

Paul Rao

Paul's involvement with Julian Support started in 2011 when, following a serious mental illness, he was a service user on the Discovery Quest outdoor therapy programme. As his recovery allowed, he joined the JS service user group, and went on to Chair it. He joined the Board as a trustee in 2015. He gives hands-on time to help with the JS Recovery Into Work (gardening, horticulture and training) project. Paul is a member of the JS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and also offers his own perspective on ideas for future JS projects. Paul volunteers with the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust where he is involved as a peer tutor and peer facilitator with the Recovery College, with a particular focus on service user engagement. Paul is also working on a grassroots plan to create a unique, peer-led mental health recovery community and café in Norwich. As a keen photographer, Paul thinks of this as his mindfulness. He is developing ideas to use this as a wellbeing tool for other people visualise their own strengths, a life beyond illness, and hope.

 

 

Mark Taylor

After 31 years in the NHS, I have recently stepped down from the post of Chief Officer of NHS North Norfolk CCG, and am busy exploring a new post NHS life. Over my NHS career I have held a number of senior roles: I originally trained as an accountant and worked for 10 years as a Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive of Norfolk & Waveney Mental Health NHS Trust; thereafter I was Chief Executive of Broadland PCT, worked jointly for Norfolk PCT and Norfolk County Council on the integration of NHS, social care and voluntary services, and spent the last 4 years of my career as Chief Officer of the CCG, delivering improved services alongside significant financial savings in the context of very limited funding and serving what we proudly claimed to be the oldest population in England (it’s actually Eastbourne…but hey who checks).

I am not new to Julian Support as I was a Trustee between 2005-2012 which I found fascinating and hugely rewarding. I am passionate about improving mental health services having spent a significant part of my career working in them and also, like so many others, having seen the devastation mental illness brings to individuals and their families.

I am passionate about joining up services between professions, sectors and organisations to deliver better outcomes for people and value for the tax payer, and greatly enjoyed developing people and partnerships to that end.

I am married to Jo with whom I have a 23 year old son, and live just outside the beautiful city of Norwich. My first significant decision of my new life is trying to learn to play the guitar.