SOS Silence of Suicide is delighted to introduce you to its structure and Trustees, following attainment of charitable status on 17 November 2017
SOS Silence of Suicide was founded by Michael and Yvette in 2015, in memory of Michael’s daughter Anna, who died by suicide earlier that year. It is a great comfort to Michael and Anna’s bereaved husband that something positive has come out of such tragedy
Besides running SOS, Michael is also one of the UK’s most renowned barristers who needs little, or no, introduction.
Yvette is also busy campaigning on behalf of a family in Northern Ireland and is also assisting the #Backto60 women and pension’s campaign through her organisation Anna Christian Campaigns
“Charles Walker was elected to the constituency of Broxbourne in 2005. He is Chair of the Procedure Committee and is a member of the Liaison Committee. He also sits as a Member of the Speaker’s Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and is on the Panel of Chairs. Charles is also Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Angling.”
SOS says: ‘Charles has been a huge support to SOS Silence of Suicide, always having time to respond to our (numerous!) questions, and we are delighted he is one of our Trustees’
Gill Tully has worked in forensic science for over 25 years, specialising in DNA, innovation,validation and enhancement of quality standards. Her work has included provision of expert evidence to courts in the UK and overseas, and extensive collaborative working with forensic practitioners around the world. In November 2014, Gill took up the appointment of Forensic Science Regulator and is responsible for setting standards in forensic science.
SOS says: ‘Gill’s interest in our work meant she was a natural choice when selecting our Trustees & we welcome her on board’
Tom Ganner is Practice Manager at Rother House Medical Centre, Stratford Upon Avon. He is also a member of the executive board which advises the South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning governing body on the commissioning and provision of health care services for a population of approximately 250,000 patients. Originally training as a nurse Tom has worked within the NHS for nearly 30 years in a number of roles and departments. For the last 13 years Tom has been working in primary care as a Practice Manager. His passion includes delivering high quality reactive and preventative care to patients. Tom was very keen to become involved as a trustee for SOS due to the increasing amount of mental health issues presenting within primary care and the amount of people that he has known over the years who have been affected by suicide. The statistics on suicide being particularly high in Warwickshire and an area of high priority for public health. For relaxation Tom enjoys restoring classic cars, running, gardening and DIY .
SOS says: ‘Tom’s vast experience within primary care means he has a wealth of knowledge to share with SOS and those we serve. Tom’s keen interest in all mental health issues makes him a perfect Trustee for SOS.’
Phil Williams is a full time radio presenter, hosting evenings on BBC Radio 5 Live, from 10.30. As a familiar voice on the network, he also covers a range of programmes from Breakfast to 5 Live Sport.
Prior to joining Newsbeat in 1998 (Radio 1), Phil won a place on the BBC’s prestigious Trainee Reporter Scheme as a teenager.
Phil’s also reported for BBC One’s Breakfast News, and his journalism and broadcasting skills mean he is in demand as a public speaker, having hosted The Guardian Music Radio Conference.
SOS says ‘Having been interviewed by Phil on air a couple of times, he clearly has a deep interest in mental health issues and cares about the vulnerable in society. Phil was an obvious choice for Trustee’.
We are also extremely proud to announce our two ‘Ambassadors’ who support the work SOS Silence of Suicide do and were keen to lend their public support.
SOS says: ‘Having met Maxine and being utterly engaged by her compassionate and caring nature, especially in relation to the under represented and vulnerable, we were compelled to approach her to consider being an Ambassador. We’re delighted to say she agreed’
Sean Duggan , Chief Executive, Mental Health Network
Sean is passionate about raising standards of care and treatment of mental health services and improving lives of those who use services and their carers. His focus is on influencing politicians, policy makers and heads of public sector organizations and other key stakeholders to deliver evidence based intervention with a sound economic basis.
Previously, Sean joined the Centre for Mental Health as director of Criminal Justice Programme in 2006, and became Chief Executive in 2011. Immediately before joining the Centre, Sean was Director of Health and Social Care for Criminal Justice at the London Development Centre and offender health consultant for the Department of Health. He trained as a registered mental health nurse in Sussex, where he also held his first NHS Board Director’s post.
Sean is a founder member of the Mental Health Policy Group and has expertise in forensic psychology and criminal justice.
SOS Says: We are honoured that Sean recognised the importance of our work and agreed to become an Ambassador for SOS. His vast array of experience will be invaluable as SOS moves forward in its development.
It’s time to stop the silence