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.

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.

 

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.

David McNeil

David worked at national policy level for the Department of Health, working directly with Health Ministers as a private secretary and with the NHS CEO and Permanent Secretary as a principal private secretary. 

He has worked at a strategic level in two Health Authorities and at local level in NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and most recently at a national Charity (Action on Addiction) where he works as Head of Integrated Governance and chair of the Health and Safety Board.  He has previously worked as a non-executive director at a CCG (responsible for patient safety & engagement and Chair of various committees), a Trustee at a Hospice and a public Governor at a Foundation Trust. 

In addition to his work in governance he is an accredited executive and life coach and mentor, obtaining qualifications in coaching, a master practitioner in Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) and psychosensory therapy.

 

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 is a member of the JS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and joined the Board as a trustee in 2015. He helped to set up the JS Recovery into Work (gardening, horticulture and training) project, where he also enjoyed taking part in weekly activities. In an ‘expert-by-experience’ role, Paul worked for several years with the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust where he was involved with the Recovery College; Peer Support; Trust improvements; and strategy. He now works in adult mental health and social care. Paul is also a keen photographer and uses this as his own form of mindfulness. With service users and carers at the heart of everything we do, Paul works hard so people can build their own strengths, a life beyond illness, and hope.

 

 

Helen Stratton

I am an accountant, recently retired from the NHS where I was the Chief Finance Officer for North and South Norfolk CCG. During the 40 years in the NHS I have held various financial roles in NHS commissioning and NHS Trusts. I have owned my own businesses in retail and am currently working part-time for a GP provider organisation. I also own a property renovation business with my son which although is a completely different field for me, is very rewarding.

I am married to John, have 3 children, 4 step children and lots of grandchildren and although officially retired I am very busy with little time for hobbies! Originally from Yorkshire I now live in Happisburgh on the North Norfolk Coast and love the tranquillity of this part of the world.