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Meet The Team

Patron

Professor Green – Rapper and singer/songwriter who lost his father to suicide.

Staff

Simon Gunning, CEO

Andrew Brown, Corporate Partnerships Director

Anna Jones, Fundraising Director

Ben Hawley, Campaigns Director

Joel Beckman, Operations Director

Rachel Stephenson, Communications Director

Paul Shiels, Communications Manager & CALMzine Editor

Neil Wood, Communications Officer

James Baker, Fundraising and Supporter Engagement Manager

Lucy Grattan, Challenge Events Officer

Fae Evelyn, Fundraising Officer

Phil Robson, Trusts and Foundations Manager

Bríd McKeown, Engagement Manager

Jessica Kimche, Volunteer Coordinator

Sivan Naor, Database Officer

Celia Clark ACMA, Accountant

Elvina Flower, Web Developer

Anna Mullaney, Office Co-ordinator

Sarah Bates, Support After Suicide Project Manager (hosted by CALM)

Trustees

James Scroggs, Chair
James is founder of HOOPMUSIC, a music management/record label; as well as MC Overalls, a British workwear clothing brand and trustee of youth mental health charity, The Mix (formerly Youthnet). He has substantial experience in marketing and branding (including 5 years with MTV) and brings a huge range of expertise in campaigns, media and entrepreneurship to CALM.

Rob Kingdom, Treasurer
Rob is a qualified Chartered Accountant and currently works at PWC. He oversees CALM’s Accountant and Operations Director in managing the finances of the organisation.

Aimee Luther
Aimee was, until recently, Managing Director at creative agency (BMB) Beattie McGuinness Bungay (resigned in August 2017). As well as bringing campaigns expertise from her professional life and input into CALM’s overall strategic direction, Aimee has been a committed and long-term supporter, with huge responsibility for encouraging the creation of the charity.

Ajax Scott
Ajax is a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist, so he brings excellent expertise in mental health from his own practice and specifically supports the Operations Director in oversight of the CALM Helpline and Webchat services. Previously Ajax spent 20 years in the music and media industries, including stints as editor-in-chief and publisher of trade bible, Music Week, so he provides combined expertise into two important strands of CALM’s activity.

George Smart
George is an entrepreneur, marketer and founder of Theobald Fox, with over 15 years’ experience in broadcast media, entertainment, tech and mobile industry. He brings his range of experience to support overall strategic direction and the campaigns side of CALM’s work; as well as taking an active interest in the operation and performance of the Helpline and Webchat service.

Damien Ridge
Damien is Professor of Health Studies at the University of Westminster, and a psychotherapist working in the community. He has published over 50 journal articles in areas such as depression, masculinity, health and sex. He has expertise in understanding how men and women experience – and find ways to recover from – mental health problems like depression – a major risk factor for suicide.

Marcus Chapman
Ex-professional snowboarder and previously an editor of a number of action sports titles for Factory Media, Marcus became an accidental event organiser after launching the cycle-sportive ‘Nelson’s Tour de Test Valley’ in partnership with CALM and to honour his best friend who took his own life in 2012.

Kathy Chalmers
Kathy is an HR professional with a wealth of experience in the leisure and entertainment sectors, culminating in 5 years as Chief Human Resources Officer at Sony Music Entertainment. Kathy’s main area of expertise is in learning and development; she provides great support to the General Manager in his management of CALM’s head office team.

Philip Portal
Philip’s experience in the voluntary sector includes being on the Court of a leading City Livery company and previously on their grants committee, as well as some years with the Samaritans based in Liverpool. His business career spans four decades in management, mainly in the finance sector. Philip is currently Managing Director of ISGAM AG, a Swiss independent asset management company. He takes a keen interest in CALM’s fundraising activities, specifically supporting the key area of Trusts and Foundations.

Richard Baskind
Richard is a partner at Simons, Muirhead and Burton, a legal practice specialising in the music sector based in central London. Richard has over 20 years of experience at top law firms, including Herbert Smith and Mishcon de Reya in relevant commercial areas such as media, contracts and intellectual property.

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