Trustees

Ellie's Angels are privileged to have such a professional, experienced and talented group of volunteer Trustees to oversee the strategy and governance of our group.  

Nicola Jones
Chair of Trustees

In December 2020 I was aware of the additional impact the pandemic was having on young people and arranged a small working group to discuss how we, as healthcare providers, could support.  This led to a meeting arranged with Jody, Ellie’s mum, and quickly progressed into a programme to deliver a mental health campaign using Ellie’s own approach to self-managing her own health and wellbeing and Ellie’s Journal was developed. This received overwhelming support from healthcare professionals and continues to progress into a platform to support young people.   I have been actively involved since and excited to see the impact Ellie’s Angels has on promoting mental health and normalising discussions amongst young people. 

I have worked in healthcare for 20 years and specialise in Quality and Governance.  I have led transformational change across a wide range of services and Mental Health remains a key interest for me. 

I will be responsible for ensuring the charity installs a governed and accountable structure ensuring it remains an open and transparent organisation that has the interest of young people at the heart of what it does.  I will ensure there is a clear and functional strategy that aims to propel the charity and manages a deliverable aims and objectives programme.   

I unfortunately never met Ellie but through the charity, Ellie’s Angels, Jody and Mark I am driven by the inspirational impact she continues to have on young people’s health and wellbeing and knowledge that Ellie’s Angels has so much more to provide. I am proud and excited to be a part of the charity, that is making a difference.   

Beth Foster
Trustee

I’m Beth, Ellie’s step-sister and close friend. Ellie was one of the most kind and loving people I’ve ever known and was an inspiration to everyone around her. I hope to play a part in carrying on her legacy through Ellie’s Angels and showing young people that they are never alone in their mental health journey.

I'm looking forward to promoting Ellie's Angels social media platform from a young persons perspective to ensure we remain relevant and current

I am proud to represent both my school and local community as a mental health ambassador and look forward to extending this role with Ellie's Angels.

Kevin Ward
Trustee

I am an experienced, driven and compassionate leader that always puts people first.  I am motivated to be the best at whatever I commit to, conduct myself with the utmost of integrity, but always allowing my personality to come through.  I am flexible, naturally inquisitive, challenge when necessary and provide support when needed, but all with a desire to achieve the best outcome in any given situation.

Away from my profession as the Managing Director of an internationally recognised brand, I am committed to being an Independent Visitor, an IV is an adult volunteer who befriends and develops a long-term friendship with a young person in care, this can involve helping young people develop new interests, skills and hobbies or going on outings such as to the cinema, bowling or just a walk in the park. Called ‘Independent Visitors’ because we are a truly ‘independent’ person outside the care system giving them continuity, which unfortunately is something that is a real rarity for too many young people.

I have a great sense of humour, magnanimous to a fault, with family, friends and colleagues. I’m a sensitive person, thoughtful and receptive to people’s feelings.  Often described as approachable, personable and cultured, I’m considered an inspirational leader and culture architect.

 

Kirsty Baker
Trustee

I am so excited to work with Ellie’s Angels to help ensure teenagers get the best possible support to care for their their mental health.

As an experienced Practice Manager in the NHS, I’m looking to share my wealth of experience and contacts across the healthcare industry to help raise funds, get access to needed resources and find speakers to engage with schools across the region.

Although no longer a teenager, I’m close enough to my schooldays to remember the stresses and strains those years can throw up and will do everything I can to ensure no young people have to struggle without access to help when needed.

Dr Lou Toms-Whittle
 Trustee & Consultant

I was over the moon  to be asked to work with Ellie's Angels having seen the amazing work they were doing. 

I have worked as a doctor in the NHS for over 13 years including over 8 years as a GP in London and Kent. During this time I have developed a passion for mental health particularly young people's mental health.

Since having my own two children, this has only increased my belief in the importance of supporting mental health, decreasing stigma and providing ways for young people to express their feelings. I have also witnessed so many times over the years that the voluntary sector working with healthcare is the best way to offer optimum care for all. 

This opportunity feels like a culmination of all that I am passionate about and I am greatly looking forward to working with Ellie's angels. 

Dr Nadeem Moghal
Trustee & Consultant

Nadeem joins Ellie’s Journal charity board with a uniquely diverse background, experience and skill set. Mental health has been a constant thread as far can as he can remember; from his time in Uganda, his landing a refugee, throughout all his life experiences personally and professionally. As a consultant service lead for a tertiary clinical service, he uniquely added a consultant psychologist and psychology trainee to the service, to support the children and families living with life altering chronic disease. The positive impact on staff and families was measurable and lasting. Nadeem’s experience as a cancer patient was a reminder of the importance of mental health support when going through difficult and often frightening experiences. 

Covid is a tragic reminder of the fragility of mental health and the often unspoken impact on the lives of everyone, but especially the young who are often assumed to be resilient, but more often than most in need of early, rather than too late connection, conversation, and support, on their own terms.

Nadeem is a medical clinician, retired from practice, with experience in the NHS as a clinical leader, leading and transforming services and organisations, as Director of Strategy, and Medical Director. He has worked in the independent health care sector, as CEO, and Chief Medical Officer. He works at a strategic level, supporting organisations, regional health and care economies, nationally and globally.  He uses innovations, including technologies, to help professionals work to improve patient care. He brings all this and more to the Trustee Board.

Nadeem has watched in admiration the work of Ellie’s family and friends, impressed by the passion and determination to turn a tragedy into a benefit for many locally and ultimately nationally. He is privileged to join the Board to support the work to build an exciting and sustainable future for the charity. 

Nikki Ward
Trustee

With over 30 years in management roles across various sectors including retail, recruitment and for the past 17 years as a Senior Manager for a Kent based law firm I have a wealth of experience in relationship building, people management and achieving goals. 

Passionate about delivering exceptional client service and exceeding all targets both personal and professional, I love a challenge and totally commit to anything I am involved with (sometimes having the bruises to show for it where the challenges have been physical ones!). 

They say that friends are the family you choose for yourself and I am delighted to be joining the Ellie’s Angels family as a trustee and to be working with this amazing charity to continue the great work that Ellie started. I'm looking forward to helping young people to find the professional support they need to become confident, self-assured and happy adults.

Scot Jones 
Trustee & Consultant

I am both excited and honoured to work with Ellie's Angels.  With a view to supporting the young people of England and beyond in promoting the well-being of mental health in young people.

I have been a Mental Health Nurse for over 3 decades, during which I have been fortunate to meet many people in my journey who have helped me gain knowledge, insight and experience in mental health by sharing their lives and experiences with me.  

My passion for mental health and challenging stigma has never faltered.  I genuinely believe our charity will help support many young people in various ways.  I believe we will continue to grow as we have such a wonderful and motivated group of young people who continue to show the way in supporting others.