Our Board

Certitude is governed by a Board of voluntary non-executive directors which meets on a regular basis, defining the strategic direction of the organisation and offering support and guidance to the Leadership Team. In addition to the full Board, Committees are held which focus on HR, Finance and IT, Quality and Performance and Audit and Risk Management.

The day-to-day operations of the Certitude group are managed by the Leadership Team who are accountable to the Board of Trustees.

 

Eleri Ebenezer

Chair, also Chair of the Support for Living Board

Eleri was a Councillor for the London Borough of Ealing for 16 years where she was the Chair of Social Services and Personnel Committees. From 1996-2006 Eleri served as Chair of NHS Hospital Trust in Mid Wales.

Dr Patricia Connell-Julien

With a Social Science background, Patricia is currently employed as a Business Manager for an NHS Screening Programme within a leading London University. Previously a researcher specialising in health and social care research, with interests in criminology and gender and ethnic relations. Previous experience is in management in the banking sector, and in health and social services. Patricia is also a Board Member of an NHS Foundation Trust, and previously served on the Board of a London Housing Association.

Nick Dimbleby

Nick’s background is in Housing having most recently Chaired MacIntyre Housing Association for 9 years. Nick is retired after a career working in senior housing roles in local authorities. He is a surveyor with a passionate interest in the special needs housing sector, Nick has recently completed a 9-year term as Board Member and Chair of a housing association supporting people with learning difficulties, and as a Board Member of the parent general purpose housing association. In a professional capacity, Nick has gained experience across a wide range of property disciplines and has latterly specialised in sustainable housing accommodation and fighting fuel poverty. Nick is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and holds an MBA from Henley Business School.

Adebayo Emanuel

Bayo has over 20 years managing training, employment and business support projects. Bayo has also held various non-executive director positions, including ten years’ experience on the Boards of Catalyst Housing Association and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. Bayo feels passionately about the need for continuous improvement in mental health and community wellbeing.  Bayo is the chair of Board of Trustees of Mind in Bexley.

Professor Sally Glen

Sally is an academic and a registered nurse. Her research interests are health and social care ethics and the education of health and social care workers. She currently works at the University of Greenwich. She has held several Executive level posts in higher education and NHS Non-Executive Director posts. She is currently a Non-Executive Director, the “Speak Up Guardian” and lead Non-Executive Director for Adult and Children’s Safeguarding at West London Mental Trust. She Chairs the Mental Health Act and Deprivation of Liberties Committee and Workforce Committee. Sally is also lay member of the City and Hackney Children’s Safeguarding Board and a member of the Metropolitan Polices’ Children’s Safeguarding Reference Group. She is a Governor at a Hackney Primary where Sally is Vice Chair and has lead responsibility Governor for Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Behaviour. Sally is Samaritan Listener and Outreach Listener.

Dianne Greyson

Dianne is the Director of Equilibrium Mediation Consulting. The company provides HR services to large organisations SME’s.  Dianne has worked for many organisations including, ESI Media, the Foreign Office and Thomas Cook.  Dianne has always been supportive of charities, working with the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation as a Mentor and the Stephen Lawrence Foundation also as a Mentor. Dianne is an Accredited Mediator helping those in dispute.

Kate James

Chair of the Southside Partnership Board, Chair of Quality, Performance and Compliance Committee

Kate was Chief Executive of a charity running care homes for older people and, prior to that, a senior civil servant in the Department of Health. Kate has had several trustee/non-executive roles and is currently Chair of Age UK Sutton, a trustee of Self Management UK and a school governor.

Philippa Laughton

Vice Chair of Certitude Board, Chair of HR Committee, Chair of Nominations Committee

Philippa was a former Director of Human Resources, Barnardos and has extensive experience in human resources and employment law.

Yasmin Miller

Working for the Skills Funding Agency, Yasmin has previously worked as a chartered accountant, specialising in corporate tax. Experienced in developing and delivering mental health awareness training and an active campaigner for the elimination of stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues.

Connie Neish

Connie currently works as an auditor within financial services. A significant proportion of her career has involved challenging established ways of working and seeking out opportunities to improve services and working environments. As an auditor, Connie has had the opportunity to gain exposure to a wide spectrum of business sectors in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Imbued with a sense of public service, Connie continues to be inspired by the work of Certitude.

Laura Sullivan

Laura is a former Sky and ITV News journalist, who is now employed in Communications often working with charities. She originally studied law and subsequently gained qualifications in journalism and marketing. Laura is interested in people and always enjoys hearing more about their experiences.

George Venus

George is parent of a son with a profound learning disability. Extensive senior management experience in finance and IT. A Royal Mencap trustee and chair of Mencap’s Ealing group. George is a Board member of several other local disability organisations and campaigning groups.

Sue Wickerson

Chair of Finance & IT Committee, Chair of Audit & Risk Committee

Sue is an accountant employed as CFO of a large independent media and communications agency.  Sue has extensive experience in all aspects of SMEs and is familiar with accounting for charities.

Bernard Campbell

Co-optee, HR Committee

Bernard is employed in the human resources field, specialising in pay and reward. He is currently employed by Action for Children and is married with three grown up sons.

Michael Jones

Co-optee, Quality, Performance and Compliance Committee

Michael is a political journalist and the parent of a quadriplegic son, Edward, who lives in a Certitude home. He retired as Associate Editor (Politics) of the The Sunday Times in 2002 and worked previously on The Times, Daily Telegraph and Financial Times. He supports Orpington’s Gateway Club and researches policy issues for Baroness Betty Boothroyd in the House of Lords.