Our Board


Nick Powell -
Nick is a Management Consultant with 15 years experience in helping large organisations deliver major transformation programmes and is also a Chartered IT Professional and a Member of the Association of Project Management. Nick is married to Anna and they live in Send with their Son. Nick joined the Board in 2012 and was appointed Chairman in 2013. In his role, he is responsible for leading the Trustees, ensuring strong governance and Trustees recruitment. In his spare time Nick enjoys Rugby, Judo and spending time with his family.
Richard Williams -
Richard is a graduate Chartered Accountant who held several senior finance posts before being appointed Managing Director of Petroplan, Oakleaf’s neighbours in Guildford. He retired in 2012 and now holds a number of voluntary posts. Although he has no practical experience of mental health, he recognises the vital work Oakleaf is doing and is delighted to be involved as the Treasurer.
James Kindell -
Secretary & Trustee

James is a barrister and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He is Company Secretary of Zotefoams plc, which is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. James became a trustee in February 2015 and is Company Secretary. Outside of work, James has a variety of interests and particularly enjoys cycling and long distance walking.
Matt Furniss -
Matt works for a British organic food company, dealing with the major multiples and national wholesalers. He was first elected as Guildford Borough Councillor in 2007 and continues to serve on Guildford Borough Council as Lead Councillor for Transport, Infrastructure and Environment. Matt has also served as Governor at Guildford College and St. Peters Catholic Comprehensive School.
Laurence Church -
Laurence is a Consultant Psychiatrist working full time in independent practice. Laurence qualified as a doctor from Birmingham University in 1998 and has since trained in psychiatry in London and the South East. He worked as a consultant with the Guildford Community Mental Health Recovery Service from 2008-2014. Laurence was delighted to join Oakleaf as a Trustee in 2015 and is proud to support the work that they do in social inclusion and recovery through training and work.
Paul Charlesworth -
Paul’s background is in management consultancy, where he operated at board level within an international organisation that engaged in major contracts with blue chip companies and central government bodies. His early career was in academic research and teaching at university level. Paul has worked with charities that support disadvantaged groups for over fifteen years and became a Trustee of Oakleaf in 2013. Apart from his involvement with Oakleaf, he has an interest in two disability charities and is on the board of Healthwatch Surrey, the statutory body that gives people a voice in how local health and care services are provided.