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    As part of the ‘Care in the Community’ drive in the 1980s, he was heavily involved in the re-provision of outdated psychiatric hospitals into new community based alternatives, working with housing associations, local authorities, health authorities, service users and their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

     

  • 3. 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.

     

  • 4. ANNETTE FLEMING, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, AQUARIUS

    Annette is CEO of Aquarius, a charity providing support for individuals and families affected by drugs, alcohol and gambling, which is one of the Recovery Focus partners.

    With a professional background in social work, she has worked in statutory and third sector agencies and developed expertise around learning disability, family work and community development. Annette has also worked at Birmingham University teaching social work theory and methods and specialising in in the impacts of poverty on communities and families.

    While at Aquarius, Annette has maintained ongoing commitment to evidence-based research, informing practice by participating in national research initiatives and ensuring research and evaluation is embedded in the organisation.

    Annette is a Trustee and Vice-Chair of Alcohol Research UK and a Member of Public Health England Alcohol Leadership Group.

  • 5. RAJ LAKHANI, GROUP DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

    Raj plays a leading role in shaping and delivering our corporate strategy, ensuring effective and robust financial processes to support the business and to comply with the requirements of the Homes and Communities Agency and other regulators.

    Raj is a member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. He has spent his career in core financial accounting roles and was formerly Finance Director at Stonham Housing Association.

     

     

     

     

  • 6. JOE REDMOND, MANAGING DIRECTOR (NORTH)

    Joe has worked extensively in the homelessness, mental health and substance misuse sector.

    He started his social care career working with the Cyrenian and Simon communities in England and Scotland before working for a number of larger and smaller charities.

    Joe is a qualified psychiatric nurse (RMN) with particular experience in non medical models of supporting people with alcohol dependency. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and also holds a Diploma in Management Science from Manchester Metropolitan University.

    Joe started working for Richmond Fellowship in 1996 as a Locality Manager. He is an Action Learning Facilitator and a member of the National Housing Federation Health and Housing Group.

     

  • 7. STEPHEN SMITH-TRASK, MANAGING DIRECTOR (SOUTH)

    Stephen’s career started in local authorities and voluntary sector organisations, predominately in the health development field.

    He gained experience in most age ranges and disadvantaged groups – from young people’s information, advice and guidance services to working in ‘falls clinics’ for older people.

    Stephen started working in the mental health sector after being involved with research into how effectively physical activity could manage certain issues/conditions. He worked with the NHS to build a range of health programmes including exercise, health eating and smoking cessation.

     

     

  • 8. 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.

     

     

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