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.
Carolyn was appointed as Recovery Focus Chair in 2023.
She is currently Chief Executive of West London NHS Trust, which provides a full range of mental health, physical healthcare and community services for children, adults and older people living in three London Boroughs, as well as specialist and forensic mental health services, including high secure services.
Carolyn is currently a member of the North West London Integrated Care Board; chair of the Mental Health, Learning Disabilities & Autism Programme Board; and co-chair of the Proactive Population Health Management & Reducing Inequalities Board for the North West London Integrated Care System. She chairs the Volunteering and Voluntary Sector Programme; and is a Director of Imperial College Health Partners.
Carolyn is a highly experienced Chief Executive, both within the healthcare sector and the justice system, where she was formerly Chief Executive of the Legal Service Commission.
She has also worked in the charitable sector in the UK at Coram and internationally; was chair of Just for Kids Law; a board member of the Press Recognition Panel; independent Board member of City, University of London and the national lead for the health components of the London 2012 Olympic bid.
Carolyn has been listed in the Financial Times ‘OUTstanding’ list of the top 20 LGBT public sector leaders and is regularly recognised among the top 50 NHS Chief Executives.
Ian was appointed as Recovery Focus Vice Chair in 2023.
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.
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.
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.
Susan is a Chartered Accountant who qualified and worked with KPMG, before moving to take on roles with major public companies internationally and in the UK.
She has also worked in the public sector and local government before moving to into the regulated social housing sector.
Susan has held key finance positions in two of the largest housing associations.
She is currently Director of Financial Accounting and Control at Orbit Group and previously worked at Sanctuary Group, a major social housing and care provider.
Susan has particular expertise in risk and assurance, management and statutory accounting, transactional accounting, tax and pensions. She has also been closely involved with two major transformational system implementations (Sap and D365), as well as group integration and reorganisation projects.
Paul is the former Chief Executive of Ealing Council (until December 2021) where he lead the Future Ealing transformation programme. He was previously acting Chief Executive and chief executive of Harrow and Bolton Councils respectively.
His experience of partnership working includes leading for SOLACE on health and social care, regeneration for the West London Alliance, and adult services for London Councils.
He is the Chief Executive lead for Thrive LDN, London’s initiative to promote mental health wellbeing.
He was head of policy at the Audit Commission and was part of the central government team that drafted ‘Every Child Matters’ which has transformed children services nationally.
Paul is currently leading on the adult social care response to Covid in London and leading for SOLACE nationally on the public health response as well as health and care reform.
Appointed at the end of May 2023, Danielle has a strong leadership background in strategic development, stakeholder engagement and transformational change spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors. In addition to her role as Chair for Coventry and Warwickshire ICB, she is also the Chair of Audit at Healthwatch England.
Previously Danielle has held the positions of Chair at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, Chair at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Healthwatch Birmingham and Solihull, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and Walsall Housing Group.
Danielle is committed to tackling inequalities and excited by the potential of ICSs to improve health services and promote healthy lives for the whole of the populations they serve.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.