Our Trustees are responsible for good governance and legal compliance of Bradford Counselling Services. The knowledge, skill and passion each one brings to the organisation is fundamental to its success and continued strategic development.
Lizzi Trueblood: 2015; Chair 2018
Lizzi has been a Trustee with BCS since February 2015 and the Chair since April 2018. Lizzi has worked in the third sector all her career in a range of sectors from first aid education, emergency response, prisons, cancer, mental health and domestic violence. Her current role is as Operations Manager for Inspire North, a parent company for Community Links and Foundation UK, managing services across North Yorkshire.
Lizzi lives in Wakefield and is a keen runner in her spare time. Lizzi has also been a volunteer for childline for over 10 years.
Dr Pam Stoney: 2012
Before retirement, Pam worked as a Palliative Medicine Specialty doctor at Manorlands Hospice and at times at Airedale General Hospital. Formerly a GP and supporting PCT commissioning for Cancer and Palliative Care services in Leeds, she brings those skills to the board.
She has an interest in supporting young people from a previous voluntary role as a church youth leader and in assisting children’s bereavement work at the hospice.
Margaret Waugh: 2019
Margaret has just taken early retirement after 30 years of service in the NHS. Beginning in a clinical role as a Speech and Language Therapist in Sunderland in 1988, Margaret has moved slowly south and into corporate functions, ending her NHS career as Deputy Director of Quality at a local West Yorkshire Trust.
Margaret has extensive NHS experience and her interests lie in quality and performance, which she hopes to continue to support and develop with BCS in Bradford.
As well as working with BCS, Margaret volunteers at a local Stoke Group and supports a local Air Cadet Squadron. Margaret joined the Board in July 2019.
Ohenewaa Adu-Akyeampong: 2019
Ohenewaa joined the board of trustees in June 2019 with experience in the private and public and charity sector. She recently decided to change careers and is currently in the process of qualifying to practice law.
Ohenewaa looks forward to supporting and collaborating with the organisation in the areas of Strategy, Marketing and Business Development.
In her spare time, Ohenewaa enjoys long walks by the canal, reading the Financial Times and watching Korean Dramas.
Andrew Knight: 2019
Andrew has spent the majority of his career working with data and analytics. Additionally, he has significant management and leadership experience. Outside of work he has been a special constable and community first responder. Andrew joined the Board in June 2019.
Andrew is using his skills to support BCS and looks forward to continuing to learn about the organisation.
Dan Collinson: 2019
Dan is an experienced analyst who has worked in a variety of local and national roles within the health and social care system. He is currently involved in the production of official statistics and analytical solutions across mental health, community, maternity, and screening and immunisation services.
He has been the responsible statistician for official statistics about mental health services and uses of the Mental Health Act, which involves secondary use of data generated as part of delivering mental health care. He has also fulfilled this role for national mental health survey publications, including the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014 and the Mental Health of Children and Young People in England Survey 2017, the latter being the first publication of mental health prevalence statistics for children and young people in England in 13 years. His previous roles have involved analysis of ambulance services, substance misuse services and general practices.
Melvyn Ingleson: 202
Melvyn recently returned to Yorkshire after thirty years In Scotland. Melvyn has enjoyed as many years running his own advisory firm, serving as an interface between private companies in many sectors who need to build relationships or sell services to the Government or wider public sector.
He has a strong professional interest in organisational transformation enabled by digital technologies having supported Microsoft’s public sector business growth in recent years. He is passionate about all sectors serving the needs of the most vulnerable in society. He was educated in Bradford and committed to giving back to the city on his return.
He is also a non-executive director for Spectrum Community Health CIC. Spectrum is a Wakefield based CIC that plays a leading role in the North of England, providing health care inside prisons, also supporting drug and alcohol rehabilitation and sexual health services in the community. He is a governor of the Heights Federation, three rural Junior & Infant schools in Kirklees and a long time non-executive director of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy in Edinburgh. Newly resident in Brighouse, he is very active in Brighouse Central Methodist Church and serves on an informal advisory group for the Digital Economy in the region.