Meet our Senior Team
Lead by Anna, our Senior Team have a diverse mix of skills and experience within the charity sector and mental heath provision. Our team recognising the importance and value of the service user experience and voice, focusing on continuously improve in delivering co produced recovery focussed services.
Anna Ware – CEO
Anna has over 25 years experience of working within the charity sector, working in social housing and specialist mental health services. Anna is a pro active leader, leading on strategy, growth, safeguarding and managing change, with a focus on continuous improvement.
Deniz Csernoklavek – Service Manager for Children and Young People, and Peer Services
Sona Barbosa – Service Manager for Talking Therapies, Culturally Specific services and Befriending
Corinna Weber-Gray – Interim Service Manager for Stepping Stones and SWiSH
Marilyn Norman – Grants and Community Fundraising Manager
Board of Trustees
Meet our board of Trustees, lead by Jeffrey Defries our board are passionate about enabling positive mental health. Our Trustees bring their skills and experience to benefit our work.
Jeffrey Defries – Chair of Trustees
Jeffrey Defries was the founder and chief executive of icould, the online careers charity. Formerly chief executive of the careers and research charity CRAC, Jeffrey started his career in university administration, before taking roles at the Institute of Cancer Research as deputy secretary then secretary. He then joined the Science Museum as assistant director, moving on to the London Business School as deputy dean and secretary, and later the NHS University (NHSU) as director of corporate services. CPFA qualified, Jeffrey has held a number of not-for-profit and charity board positions in the UK and in addition to his Mind in Harrow role, for five years he has been chair of the Children’s Literacy Charity. He is a fellow of the RSA.
Jillian Anderson – Vice Chair
Jillian began her legal career in the City and went on to become a lawyer in several government departments. She has particular expertise in the fields of public and human rights law, advising ministers of the day. Throughout her adult life, Jillian has been active in the charity sector. In some part due to her own lived experience of a mental health condition, Jillian has chosen to further her involvement in the sector in the field of mental health. Along with her legal skills, Jillian brings expertise in risk assessment and compliance to the Mind in Harrow Board. She is a member of the Board’s Quality performance subcommittee.
Colin Powell – Trustee and safeguarding lead
Colin has worked in social care for the past 30 years across a number of vulnerable people services inclusive of family intervention, street homelessness, mental health, drugs and alcohol and has been in senior management positions for the past 17 years.
His social care career began at the challenging time of community care and in the support of autistic adults moving from large Victorian institutions to community based houses.
Colin has a wealth of practical experience in leading large and smaller teams through change and has been a lead investigator, trainer and policy writer in safeguarding vulnerable people from harm.
Colin volunteers at his local parish in the role of safeguarding lead.
Robert Pender – Vice Chair
Adelle Henry – Trustee
Kanchan Desai – Trustee
Komal Raja – Trustee
Komal is a forward-focused and committed senior marketing professional.She has over 20 years of expertise gained within a diverse range of sectors to empower cross-functional teams and influence board-level decision-making. Her dynamic and adaptable approach, with a people-focused methodology facilitates a culture of honesty and transparency. Integrity-driven and a strong negotiator, with a desire to provide a constructive challenge to the board and to make a real-world impact. Komal is passionate about mental health and Mind in Harrow is a perfect fit and aligned to her goal to help make a shift and difference to people’s life.
Nitasha Dhira – Trustee
Nitasha has a background in Strategy & Digital Transformation, supporting executive leadership teams to formulate their long-term vision and set clear growth plans. She enjoys using data and analytics to help drive strategic thinking. Having started her career as a Management Consultant, she went on to support the NHS to make decisions that improve patient care and maximise value. She has since worked in a number of Strategic leadership roles across the Retail and Media space. Nitasha is particularly passionate about helping organisations to transition to new Digital processes, platforms and technologies in order to unlock efficiencies and foster innovation.