Group Leadership Team

Our Group Leadership Team brings together a wealth of experience working to help drive forward our objectives. Each Director has specific expertise in their areas of responsibility.

  • 1. DEREK CAREN, GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE

    Derek’s career started in frontline social work within community based mental health teams and in clinical teams on acute admissions and rehabilitation wards of NHS hospitals.

    As part of the ‘Care in the Community’ drive in the 1980s, he was heavily involved in the re-provision of outdated psychiatric hospitals into new community based alternatives, working with housing associations, local authorities, health authorities, service users and their relatives.

    For the last 15 years he has held senior positions in large national organisations, providing diverse services to a range of people from women fleeing domestic violence and children leaving the care sector to ex-forces personnel.

     

  • 2. JUNE RILEY, GROUP DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

    June has developed her career within the public sector and completed an accredited MBA with Manchester Business School to add value to her career as an Accountant.

    She started by training in Accountancy by entering the NHS as a graduate trainee shortly after leaving University and has worked at a senior level in the housing sector for over 20 years, with a wealth of experience operating at a strategic level in charitable organisations.

    June’s served in a voluntary capacity on several Boards, including Newham Homes Ltd where they were managing over 27,000 homes before going back into Council control. She is currently serving as a Senior Independent Director (SID) on The Barnet Group (TBG) board and as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association (ISHA).

    The provision of good, affordable social housing, and quality care and support is a key concern of June’s, and she uses her skills and experience to facilitate improvement and initiate change in this capacity where it’s needed.

  • 3. TIM ANDERSON, GROUP DIRECTOR OF PEOPLE AND ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    Tim is responsible for leading on people issues to enable Recovery Focus to deliver on its Group Strategy. This includes ensuring we recruit and retain skilled employees to deliver services across the Group as well as facilitating effective people management to a workforce of over 1,200 employees.

    Prior to joining Richmond Fellowship, Tim’s extensive career in human resources had been in the public sector, primarily within local government, in a number of London boroughs. He has had responsibility for people strategy, recruitment, reward, shared services, talent management and employee relations.

    Much of this work related to tackling people challenges in the context of financial pressures and increasing citizen expectations in the public sector.

     

  • 4. TRACEY BELL, GROUP DIRECTOR OF PERFORMANCE, QUALITY AND INNOVATION

    Before joining Recovery Focus, Tracey’s career was predominantly in services that tackle the causes and effects of homelessness. She has also worked in substance misuse treatment services.

    Tracey started out in a practitioner role, working as a resettlement worker for young street homeless people in central London and as a support worker within drug and alcohol services, before taking on senior management positions.

    Tracey was Director of Operations for a national substance misuse charity before spending 10 years working for Shelter, where she headed up the North Operations, overseeing a portfolio of housing advice and support services across the North and Midlands.

    Tracey is also a board member for Connect Housing Association in West Yorkshire.

     

  • 5. MARY WISHART, GROUP DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

    Mary’s career has been grounded in grant making and project management across the voluntary and arts sectors.

    She started out at the Big Lottery Fund (previously the National Lottery Charities Board) and held a variety of roles at national organisations including Awards for All and Arts Council England before moving to more specialised business development at Solent Mind in 2008.

    Mary headed up business development, marketing and fundraising at MCCH, a pan-disability organisation operating across London and the south east, before joining Richmond Fellowship.

  • 6. ROBERT TEMPLETON, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, RICHMOND FELLOWSHIP

    Robert Templeton joined Recovery Focus in July 2019 as Director of Operations, covering Richmond Fellowship and its divisions My Time and DViP.

    Robert has run his own health and social care consultancy, which included being the Independent Chair for Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth Safeguarding Adults Boards and he is the outgoing Chair of the National Network for Chairs of Safeguarding Adults Boards. He is also registrant non-executive council member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 

    His previous roles include Director of Health and Social Care Operations for the military charity SSAFA and Head of Transforming Adult Social Care at the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

  • 7. RICHARD MCVEY, HEAD OF SERVICE, AQUARIUS

    Richard McVey is Head of Service for Aquarius, a Midlands based charity working with substance users, gamblers and their families, which is part of the Recovery Focus Group.

    He took on the lead role for Aquarius in February 2020 when he joined the Group Leadership Team at Recovery Focus. He’s worked for Aquarius for 23 years in a range of operational and management roles and has been part of its senior management team for the last 3 years.

    Richard’s original training is in counselling and psychotherapy and he is an accredited and registered member with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

    He has managed an extensive range of contracts and services including young people services, adult treatment, family services and specialist safeguarding services. He’s been a participating therapist and manager in numerous research trials.

    Richard’s previous roles have included being a lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy.

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