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Mind in Croydon announces new trustees

Mind in Croydon has appointed 5 new trustees to strengthen its Board and meet new challenges.

Brett Garcia, Chair at Mind in Croydon, said, “I’m delighted to announce the appointment of 5 new trustees to our Board – Saba Khan, Jill Kyne, Grace Obar, David Sayers, Angelica Thomas all bring something new to our organisation, and I’m incredibly pleased that, after an open and collaborative recruitment process, we’ve been able to attract such strong and diverse talent to join our existing trustees. Together, we will be able to support Philippa Thompson, our Chief Executive, who joined us just over a year ago in the most challenging of times, with the pandemic and multiple lockdowns, and her Executive team to reshape the future of essential mental health support for people in Croydon”.

“We see collaboration and partnerships across the voluntary sector and working with statutory healthcare providers as key to mental health and wellbeing services and support in Croydon as we begin to experience the long-term impact of the pandemic on local services and with local people” Philippa said.  “And the creativity, innovation and experience that our new Board members bring with them will be invaluable as we navigate changes in services, funding and commissioning structures over the next few years”.

The 5 new trustees are:

Angelica Thomas

With a background in media, a passion for mental health advocacy, and people, Angelica is delighted to be a part of Mind in Croydon. As a Trustee, she will be offering expertise when needed and helping create a positive and impactful change.


David Sayers

David is passionate about improving workplace diversity, inclusion and well-being and has championed the acceleration of diverse talent into some of the UK’s top board positions. A keen supporter of the drive for breaking the stigma of Mental Health, David has taken an active role in leading well-being initiatives to support the ongoing development of his organisation and that of his colleagues.

Grace Obar

Grace has over 30 years working as a Qualified Chartered Certified Accountant in Industry & Commerce, Charity and Not-For-Profit sectors. She is also one of the founding Directors of a Community Interest Company that specialises in using live music to bring communities together, while promoting people’s positive well-being. Grace also volunteers for other charities that carry out projects in the community.

Jill Kyne

Jill has over 30 years’ experience in senior finance roles in consumer goods and tech companies and now uses those skills in the charity sector providing advice and mentoring to finance managers in various charities and as Treasurer for the Connection at St Martin-in-the- Fields, a charity that helps people to move away from, and stay off, the streets of London by tackling the underlying causes of rough sleeping.

Saba Khan

Saba has 27 years’ experience in the charity sector in the UK and abroad, particularly in equalities, fundraising, and communications. Passionate about the therapeutic and transformative power of art and providing accessible creative opportunities, she founded ArtEase, that amalgamates wellbeing, social justice, and art to bring ease to life, and work. 

Posted on: 14th June 2021

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