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Board of Trustees

We have a committed and effective board that are proactive and enjoy helping us run Eight Bells for Mental Health, their support is invaluable.

Steve Masters - Chair of the Board of Trustees

Steve MastersSteve has lived in and around Thatcham for 12 years having settled in the town after retiring having served almost 20 years in the Royal Air Force. During his time as a aircraft technician Steve developed a growing interest in the environment and the effect human activity is having on it. After battling depression and experiencing homelessness Steve rebuilt his life with the support of friends and family and returned to education in order to study a degree in Social History at Ruskin College in Oxford. He is Chair of the West Berkshire Green Party and is a development officer for West Berkshire Health Watch. Steve is a proud father of three boys and a Grandfather. In his spare time he travels with his children, cycles and tries to live life to the full.

Hugo Philips - Treasurer

Hugo Philips

Hugo has spent the past 30 years working across the Oil and Gas sector, Financial Services and laterally Information Technology. He has lived in Newbury for over 20 years, and has experience being a parent governor and was formerly Treasurer for Thames Vale Youth Orchestra for over 4 yrs. The passion and enthusiasm of the Board of Trustees was enough to persuade him to become actively involved and help the Charity realise its full potential in pro-actively supporting those with Mental Health in the surrounding community.

Verity Murricane

I am proud to be a founding member of Eight Bells for Mental Health. Over the years I have been associated with a number of other community groups, completed a degree part-time a few years ago and I am currently a member of the sovereign housing association board.

Brenda Wilson

Brenda Wilson

Founder Member of Eight Bells for Mental Healthand was member of the Advisory Board. I help open up on Thursdays and I am a keen member of the Art Group and the Music Group. I have lived in Newbury since 1987 and I have to worked as a clerk or secretary in local firms.

Pam Cooper

Pam is a veteran charity campaigner who has run everything from a 'mum and toddler group' to a 'fair trade shop', now as well as spending time with her family she is committed to helping Eight Bells for Mental Health succeed. She feels that mental health causes can be over looked and she wants to help end the stigma attached to mental health issues.

Patrick Dundas

Patrick Dundas

I joined Eight Bells for Mental Health as a trustee aftter becoming acutely aware of the need of provision and support for people with mental health issues. The charity undertook a piece of funding research which revealed West Berkshire was the third lowest area in the UK for mental health funding, I was shocked at this statistic and made the decision to help in whatever way I could.I have friends and family members who suffer from mental health issues and am fully aware of the devastating impact this can have on the person and the people around them. I am a former school govenor and former trustee of a music charity, my passions are music and squash. My background is in IT, I work in the pharmaceutical industry and am married with 2 children.

Sarah Fordham

Sarah FordhamSarah has held various community development roles in local government and in the housing sector and is passionate about supporting small organisations that can change people’s lives. She has lived in Newbury and for over 5 years and often bumps into the members in town and enjoys hearing how much they value the service.

Russell Shackleton

RusselsRuss has lived in Newbury for the past 4 years, he works with companies to help them improve their corporate governance, develop their strategies and manage change. He is keen to bring these skills as a Trustee to enable Eight Bells for Mental Health to help more people.

During his career Russ has witnessed the impact of work place stress on peoples mental health, and has had a growing interest in mental health for a number of years.

He has a passionate belief in empowering people and social justice. He is an Enterprise Advisor at a local school and a Fellow of the RSA. In his spare time he travels, and is a cricket and rugby league fan.

David Marsh

David Marsh

David is a writer and journalist who spent 20 years as a senior editor at The Guardian and also worked for the Independent and Financial Times. He has lived in Newbury for 10 years and is a school governor, a trustee of Friends of Wash Common Library, and active in local politics in West Berkshire. He has four sons, three grown-up and one at a local primary school. Personal tragedy – the death of a close family member as a result of depression – gave him an understanding of how serious mental health problems can be and why the role of charities such as Eight Bells is so vitally important.

Rachel Rushmer

Rachel is our Vice-Chair and her biog can be found on the Who Are We page.

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