Meet the Board

Connection is overseen by a board of trustees.  Our trustees have a diverse range of skills.

Jane Allen – Chair

Jenny Berrill

Jacquie Hardman

Rose Hallam

Rose worked as an Occupational Therapist for eleven years mainly in NHS mental health settings.   In 1986 she moved to the voluntary sector and spent the next sixteen years as director of an innovative mental health rehabilitation charity.

From 2002 – 2014 she worked as a freelance consultant, specialising in health, social welfare, community development, and criminal justice.

Rose has served on several Government advisory committees on mental health, disability, training and employment.

Sally McEvoy

I worked for almost all my career in the Probation Service. Such work involved attempting to change the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Working in both the East End of London and Buckinghamshire, my aim was always to bring hope for a better future, working with every aspect of people’s lives, not just criminal behaviour, but also advocating for and assisting with problems with housing, poverty isolation and health. Involvement with Connections is a natural continuation of my work and interests.

Paul Moore

I’ve worked as Finance Director of a Major Housebuilder with financial responsibility for a business unit with an annual turnover of £120M. I’m a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and have 19 years of commercial experience, providing financial and risk appraisals across a wide range of projects.

David Waters

I’m an experienced chief executive, and retired in 2013, after a twelve year track record in leading a successful social housing organisation, working at both strategic and operational levels in a highly political context with a rapidly changing environment

Jane Allen – Chair

I have been chair of the Connection board for over two years. I thoroughly enjoy being part of a successful charity and am proud of the staff team and the diverse range of services we provide to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

I have a background in general and mental health nursing. I specialised in addictions for a number of years, working clinically in the NHS, in partnership with primary care services, commissioning in a local authority and regionally with the National Treatment Agency.

More recently the focus of my work has been development and partnership projects, working across a variety of statutory and voluntary sector organisations, including for a Citizens Advice Bureau.

Currently I work as a Development Officer for Shared Lives Plus, the membership organisation for over 150 Shared Lives services nationally, which offer support to a range of including people are homeless. Currently I am leading on a Cabinet Office development project to diversify and grow Shared Lives support in seven areas in England for people with mental ill health.

Jenny Berrill

I have been a Board Member since November 2011.  Prior to this time my background is local government housing dealing with homelessness, housing advice, lettings, gypsy site management and much more. I am currently a part-time self-employed gardener and enjoying walking with the Ramblers.

Jacquie Hardman

I’m a board member with a background in teaching and counselling. I’ve been a secondary school teacher for 18 years, and have been a CEO of Way In Young People’s Counselling Service for 5 years. I’m also a retired psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and trainer of various counselling and therapy services.

Iain Ferns – Oxon Operations Manager

Iain brings a wide range of experience having worked in statutory, private and the 3rd sector organisations since the late 1980’s. During his career he has worked within the fields of mental heath, substance misuse, homelessness, young people, and criminal justice mental health and most recently within the learning disability sector where he managed a specialist mental health team set up following the Winterbourne View scandal. Iain comes from a social work background and has experience of managing multidisciplinary teams in both health and social care settings.

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Our support workers and team managers come from a diverse range of backgrounds bringing specialisms in mental health, domestic violence, homelessness, refugees, housing, older people, young homeless, learning disability, families and much more.