Our Board

Recovery Focus is governed by a Board of Directors that includes Executive and Non Executive Directors.

Our Board has a wealth of experience from local and national government, a variety of public and private sector organisations, as well as leading influencers in the fields of mental health and substance use. They work with the Group Leadership Team to create our vision and key strategies to help drive forward and deliver our objectives and improve lives.

Non Executive Directors

  • 1. HELEN EDWARDS CB, CBE, CHAIR

    Helen was appointed as Recovery Focus Chair in 2016.

    She has held a number of high level roles in central government including Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director General of Local Government and Public Services in the Department of Communities and Local Government. Helen also worked in the Ministry of Justice as Director General Criminal Justice Policy and Director General Justice Policy, before becoming Acting Permanent Secretary.

    This followed six years at the Home Office, including three years as Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service. Before moving into central government, Helen was Chief Executive of NACRO, the crime reduction charity. She started her career in local government.

    Helen is a Non-Executive Director at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She also sits on the Boards of Peabody Housing Trust and Social Finance.

  • 2. DR KAPIL BAKSHI

    Kapil trained as a Psychiatrist in London and East of England and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

    He attained a Masters in Healthcare Leadership from University of Birmingham and was awarded the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson award for Senior Healthcare Leadership by NHS Leadership Academy.

    Kapil has over 17 years experience of working with people with mental illness and substance misuse. He is a practising clinician and works as a Consultant Psychiatrist with a large adult community mental health team.

    He is the Deputy Medical Director at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, where his responsibilities include medical leadership, clinical strategy and revalidation of doctors.

    He also sits on the Executive Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Eastern Division.

  • 3. IAN AYLING

    Ian has had a business career working in a number of marketing, strategy and change roles with a range of the UK's favourite brands.

    Driven by an interest in customer-led change Ian has also developed data science solutions for the likes of Tesco in the UK and Groupe Casino internationally.

    From personal experience of mental ill health, Ian's focus now is to work with organisations that can address root cause issues in society. Alongside the NED role with Richmond Fellowship, Ian is Director of Communications and Marketing with the Soil Association and helping to develop a start up organisation to face into issues of diversity and inclusion in talent management processes.

  • 4. ALBERT FLETCHER

    Albert was employed by Birmingham City Council for 38 years before taking early retirement. His roles at the council included inspecting allotments, managing parks and golf courses, personnel, employee relations and ward support.

    Albert was also appointed as a Justice of the Peace and continues to sit as a Magistrate having completed 34 years. Albert became a trade union representative and was the Lead Official in Birmingham City Council, attending the G8 summit.

    Since he retired, Albert has served as a Governor at four NHS hospitals and a Guardian at Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof House. Albert has been the Chair of Aquarius since 2016.

     

  • 5. MAUREEN HOPCROFT

    Maureen is a technology and change expert with non-executive experience in the housing and charity sectors.

    She honed her technology career at a global healthcare provider and a management consultancy.

    As an independent consultant she has delivered outcomes across the housing sector from G15 landlords to more specialist providers.

    Maureen is a Board member of saha, a subsidiary of The Salvation Army and a trustee of Women's Solace Aid.

    She sits on the National Housing Federation's Board member group for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and is a member of BME National and Olmec’s Black on Board community.

  • 6. PETER MOLYNEUX

    Peter is a specialist in integrating housing and health and providing asset-based solutions for vulnerable people and disadvantaged communities.

    He is co-author of "Housing on the Pathway to Recovery” and has developed and delivered programmes that change the narrative around mental health, build communities differently and create a culture of learning across organisational boundaries. He is a special advisor to Boards on the effectiveness of their governance, reputation management and promotion of inclusive and diverse leadership.

    Peter is Chair at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and was previously Chair of SW London and St George’s Mental Health Trust, Chair of NHS Kensington and Chelsea and Audit Committee Chair at NHS Southwark. he is the Chair of the London Mental Health and Employment Partnership and the founder of Common Cause Consulting, a research and design consultancy that brings organisations together to promote social, economic and emotional wellbeing.

    He's a Visiting Fellow at the John Madejski Centre for Reputation at Henley Business School (University of Reading). He is a member of the Commission for Equality in Mental Health. Peter is Co-Chair of the Health and Care LGBTQ+ Leaders' Network and a Stonewall Ambassador.

  • 7. RACHEL PERKINS OBE

    Rachel spent 30 years working in NHS mental health services, initially as a clinical psychologist, latterly as a Clinical Director and Director of Quality Assurance and User Experience.

    For over 25 years she has lived and worked with a long term mental health condition. Rachel now works as a freelance consultant and trainer. Her varied portfolio includes Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Disability Advisory Committee, co-editor of the journal Mental Health and Social Inclusion and Senior Consultant with the National Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) programme, which helps health and social care organisations to better support people’s recovery.

    Rachel pioneered the development of Recovery Colleges and evidence based supported employment in the UK (including the employment of people living with mental ill health in mental health services), and led an independent review for Government (‘Realising ambitions: Better employment support for people with a mental health condition’ Cm 7742, 2009).

  • 8. ALAN POWELL

    After an early career in teaching, Alan changed course to spend most of his working life in the City of London, initially in stockbroking and then in international banking.

    Following retirement he retained his links to the financial sector by continuing to serve as Chair of Trustees for the Banque Nationale de Paris plc Pension Scheme.

     

     

  • 9. JON ROYLE

    Jon has worked in the substance use sector for 25 years as a volunteer, researcher, therapist and manager.

    He is currently the Chief Executive of Bridge Project which works with individuals, families, partners and communities in Bradford to improve people’s lives in a sustainable way. Previously, Jon was an Area Director for Addiction Dependency Solutions, a regional substance misuse charity.

    He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the UK Faces and Voices of Recovery Charity (Home of the UK Recovery Walk) and has contributed to national policy development through membership of various groups, including the Department of Health Expert Group on Addictions to Medicines.

     

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

  • 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. 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.

     

     

  • 3. 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.

  • 4. 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.

  • 5. 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.

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