Lorraine is an experienced business manager and organisational and process transformation expert. Having spent over 20 years working at senior management levels in global financial services organisations Lorraine is now semi-retired and focussing on using her skills and experience to support the not-for-profit sector alongside undertaking consultancy roles.
“I have personal experience of how hard it is to find the right support when family members are suffering from mental health issues. Oakleaf strikes the right balance between providing support for our clients’ wellbeing and social inclusion, building self-esteem and confidence, and also vocational and work-based skills training that leads to many of our clients being able to successfully move back into employment. For all of our clients, whether they are able to return to work or not Oakleaf provides a safe and supportive environment that gives the anchor that they all need to move forward. As Chair of the board my aim is to see Oakleaf grow sustainably, wether organically or through partnerships with others, to enable more and more clients to access the support it gives.”
Azam is an experienced banking professional and has undertaken numerous roles in the industry. He is currently a relationship director looking after some of the UK’s largest retail companies. He has strong commercial and finance skills developed through years of supporting his clients grow their businesses. He joined the Oakleaf board in October 2018 and is also the Treasurer.
“Oakleaf provides essential support to so many people from all walks of life. I am keen to support the organisation and grow its financial strength to allow the organisation to meet the ever increasing demand for its vital services.”
James is a Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute and a Barrister. He joined the Oakleaf Board in March 2015 and is also the Company Secretary. James is semi-retired and before taking retirement was the Company Secretary of Zotefoams plc, a British manufacturing company listed on the London Stock Exchange. James’s expertise is in corporate governance.
“I was attracted to Oakleaf as I wanted to help a local charity that provides a much needed and valued service in the community.”
Phil is an experienced HR professional, and a Fellow of the CIPD. Building on over ten years in Director-level roles in international professional services, he now operates in the not-for-profit sector. Phil is an HR generalist, with a strong track record of developing the capability and performance of organisations large and small.
“As an HR professional, I know how important work is to people’s self-esteem and identity. Oakleaf’s focus on re-building confidence and connections through work-related training has been shown to really help people to improve their mental health. As a Trustee my key focus is on developing this aspect of our work.”
David served 50 years in the Diplomatic Service concluding as British Ambassador in Qatar. In retirement, he was the FCO Outplacement Advisor and a Guildford Borough Councillor serving as Deputy Leader and other Executive roles. He represented Guildford on the Surrey Hills AONB Board which he chaired. He has served on the Boards of Surrey Hills Enterprises and Trust Fund, Surrey Probation, Guildford Primary Care Trust and Guildford Citizens Advice Bureau. He currently chairs Boom Credit Union. David has five children. The eldest is a NHS Mental Health Consultant.
“I bring to Oakleaf a passion for effective public service and a deep and abiding concern for the disadvantaged. I know that Oakleaf fills many gaps in Guildford’s mental health needs.”
Professionally, Angela spent 25 years working in the banking industry; the latter 10 years included writing communications for staff (including social media) & managing content on an in-house intranet. Following a business restructure she then left the bank to work as a manager for a charity that supported unpaid Carers which involved working with other charities and fundraising. For the past five years Angela’s used her skills and experience as a Guildford Borough and Surrey County Councillor to help and support people in her community.
“As a new member of the Board I’m pleased to be part of the Oakleaf family; I look forward to working / championing the help and support people need to improve their mental health.”
Richard runs a specialist training business, Attitude Solutions, where his mission is to equip and enable his clients to measurably improve the way they manage their conflicting priorities and deliver their mission critical results within demanding workloads. Richard’s been doing this since 1999 and supports clients in many countries. Before that he was a Chartered Insurer, specialising in Corporate Risks in the City and, for 15 years in Africa, the Middle East and Far East. Richard is also the Chair of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Surrey, the second largest branch in the UK and serves as the HR Ambassador as well.
“Through my specialisation I’m acutely aware that most people pay too high a price for the results they deliver every day. This interest in Stress management opened me up to the importance of managing our mental health. Oh, and I also love what Oakleaf does.”
Mark is a business leader, coach and mentor with 20 years of Senior IT leadership guiding organisations through transformational change as they grow/scale or contract. He is well known for a safe pair of hands who “gets the job done” by deploying a pragmatic/agile approach to address business problems/opportunities. Mark is a highly passionate and determined individual who loves to combine new and old skills to deliver value to customers, clients and his teams.
“Having seen the impact of mental ill heath in my professional and personal life, it was a very natural move to join the wonderful team at Oakleaf and support their great work”
Aileen’s career has been focused on leadership of technology and business innovation at Board level across the commercial and charity sectors, most recently as Chief Executive for a UK-wide charity. Aileen also utilises her skills and experience on a voluntary basis for several organisations to help them drive transformation and actively support young people reach their full potential.
“Oakleaf offers fantastic support to many people that have been impacted by the effects of mental illness. I am incredibly proud of the work Oakleaf does and am delighted to be part of the team.”