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Board of Trustees

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

Gary Cook – Chair of the Board of Trustees

Gary, born and raised in Newbury, brings with him a broad range of social and business experience in both public and corporate sectors to the Eight Bells for Mental Health Newbury charity.

Having recently retired from a long career working in the aerospace and defence industry for Airbus, where he held concurrent roles as a key account Service Manager, as an Airbus UK elected Staff Representative, as an Airbus group-wide Cultural Evolution Ambassador, as an Airbus UK Leadership University trained Facilitator, and as a trained Mental Health First Aider, Gary aims to bring his organisational and relationship-building skills to sustain and enhance the charity’s capabilities and reputation.

Gary is committed to helping others, creating levels of trust and support, with the attitudes, behaviours and human qualities that unite us.

Hugo Philips – Treasurer

Senior executive with 17yrs plus start-up experience working across digital, health tech and marketing tech, using technology and SaaS to design and deliver products that aim to give the best possible experience and outcomes for the end user. Hugo has worked with PE/VC partners, and has worked across global markets with a commercial focus developing GTM strategies. Hugo is currently Chief Strategy Officer for EQL.ai a health tech start-up developing clinical pathways to engage and empower users on their MSK healthcare journey and is Managing Director for MindBerry that has created a digital platform that allows its users to connect with mental health and coaching professionals.

Hugo has lived in and around Newbury for over 20 years. He is married with two grown up children and an elderly Labrador.

Verity Murricane

I am proud to be a founding member of Eight Bells. 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.

Laura North

I was elected Deputy Chair of the Eight Bells for Mental Health management committee and have been a service user at the charity for the past three years. I enjoy helping to fund-raise and encourage awareness of mental health issues and the stigma those who battle mental ill-health. I’ve worked in Social Care and the Retail industry and have lived in the Newbury area all of my life. I have made great friends at Eight Bells – it is a charity I’m very proud to be involved with. and I love it’s uniquely member-led aspect where service users have the opportunity to get involved in how we run.

Sarah Fordham

Sarah works in local government in Andover.

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