The duties of a Trustee are:
In addition, the skills required are:
Each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. Trustees have a duty to comply with the law on all occasions in accordance with the trust placed in them and in such a way as to preserve public confidence in First Steps ED.
Trustees are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public, funders and membership.
Carolyn Gilby is Trustee and Chair of First Steps ED and joined the board in 2019.
Passionate about person centred care and challenging the stigma regarding learning disabilities, mental health and mental illness. A retired Executive Director of Nursing and Operations at NHS Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.
Carolyn was responsible for the operational management of children’s universal and specialist services, CAMHS, community paediatricians, forensic services, rehabilitation services, eating disorder services, perinatal services, substance misuse services, and learning disability services to the population of Derbyshire.
Carolyn studied her nursing degree in Aberdeen and attended the NHS East Midlands Leadership Academy inspiring Directors programme and follows the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, Royal College of Nursing, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and the International Beck Institute for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Dave Chawner is Patron of First Steps ED and joined the board in 2018.
Dave is a number 1 best selling author on anorexia, and an award winning comic and mental health campaigner.
Giving an anorexic perspective with a comic delivery, Dave’s book sets out practical tips, personal anecdotes and uplifting playlists to give hope to anyone in a similar situation, and provides insight into what life with mental illness and suffering from an eating disorder is like.
His book, ‘Weight Expectations’ shot to number 1 best seller in just 3 days enjoying rave reviews and continued success. It can be bought here
Co-host of the London Breakfast Show on Panda Radio, Dave entertains the capital on their way to work alongside Gerry his co-host with his unique humor and persona which you can listen too here
When we approached Dave to become our Patron he said:
‘First Steps is exactly the sort of place I needed when I was a teenager, but I didn’t realise it. I grew up near Derby and if I’d have been aware of the support, help and guidance of the charity maybe things would have been different. It’s amazing to have the opportunity to be able to go back and try and give the help that I’d needed back then.
When I was going through my eating disorder I needed people to treat me normally. People began whispering to me asking for ‘a quiet word’ and constantly pulling me aside. I didn’t want to be treated like a patient I wanted to be treated like a person. I wanted people to ask if I had anorexia rather than keep telling me and understand that I might not be completely aware of what was going on.
Being able to have a non-judgmental facility in order to help people is key. Eating Disorders affect different people in different backgrounds, and it is amazing that First Steps offers help in schools, universities and workplaces. First Steps is the charity I should have turned to when I lived around Derbyshire.
I now want to help local people get the help I should have received, and it is my privilege to be Patron of First Steps’.
Dr Heike Bartel is Trustee with portfolio for research and academia and joined the board in 2019.
Heike is associate professor of German at the School of Cultures, Language and Area Studies at Nottingham University, and Leader of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) – research network: Hungry for Words: an interdisciplinary approach to articulating, communicating and understanding Male Anorexia Nervosa which First Steps ED continues to be a key partner.
Heike works across the AHRC to educate and deliver further research into the rise among boys and men impacted by eating disorders and to break the perception that eating disorders are a female only problem.
Heike also acts as an Eating Disorder in Students Services (EDISS) Ambassador in both Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham promoting the benefits of our unique approach to supporting students at both universities with a mild to moderate eating difficulty.
This includes sign-posting EDISS to train Lecturers’ by enhancing their knowledge of and to spot the signs of general mental health and eating disorders in students through our Skills for Professionals and Continued Professional Development (CPD) packages across both universities.
Frank Lord is a Patron and previously a Chair of First Steps ED Until 2020 having joined the board in 2012.
Frank’s experience covers serving as executive chairman and non executive directors of national organisations and SME boards across the private, public and voluntary sectors. These have included the board of the BBC Corporation where Frank steered education policy. Frank’s early career was shaped in the retail sector working through to become a Group Managing Director for a large automotive business and today Frank is retained by major motor manufactures as an independent director for their retail networks.
His main passion is people, particularly the development of people to help them reach their full potential and deal with whatever barriers stop them from realising this. Frank has received National recognition for the work he has done including invitations to No 10 and giving evidence at select committees.
Giving young people the best start in life remains Frank’s mission, as Chairman of the Derbyshire Education Business Partnership their work is undertaken with schools to help young people make the right career choices through over 700 business Ambassadors who volunteer in schools to help and inspire young people hone skills to prepare for the world of work.
As a Samaritan volunteer for many years Frank has had the privilege of working with people who really do care about others so he was delighted to be able to have this involvement with First Steps as a Trustee and currently our Chair.
‘I have the great fortune to be blessed with a wonderful family who put up with all my failings. My love is to keep fit, keep riding my Harley-Davidson, but known for my sense of humour a 3 wheeler Reliant Robin is kept on the drive for back up in the bad weather as we get plenty of that in the Peak District where I live’.
Kate Squires is Trustee with portfolio for Marketing and Communications and joined the board in 2017.
Kate’s background is in large commercial organisations where she has implemented award winning Marketing strategies. Kate started her career at Sainsbury’s and was part of the team that launched TU Clothing and the Gok Wan fashion range. Still with Sainsburys Kate then moved into Home interiors and styling where she secured many pages in Home & Lifestyle magazines such as Living etc, Woman & Home and Cosmopolitan. Kate then left Sainsburys and joined Stagecoach Plc.
Kate’s first role there was to implement a large change programme as their Head Of Marketing at East Midlands Trains, and after 3 successful years Kate moved onto her current role as Lead Marketing Strategist for merges and acquisition of new business tenders.
Kate has a deep passion for ensuring that help and support is available to all people, of all ages and is immensely proud of what First Steps can offer those in need. Kate has past experience of eating disorders and recognises the importance of removing the current stigma attached to the many eating disorders that First Steps support users through.
Her vision is to make it socially acceptable to talk openly about mental health and how we can better support each other through difficult times.
‘We’re forever putting more and more pressure on ourselves to look or behave in a certain way to achieve a perception of perfection, in reality this doesn’t exist. I think generally we’re all becoming more open and aware of mental health, but there’s a still a long way to go’.
Lisa Wilson is Trustee and Vice Chair with portfolio for Safeguarding and joined the board in 2007.
Lisa has seen First Steps grow enormously throughout this time and been in all four buildings the charity has occupied. She is currently the Lead Health and Wellbeing Nurse for the University of Derby and also has many years experience as a school health nurse working with children and young people.
Her clinical background has seen her working with many patients/clients with differing needs both physically and psychologically. She is a qualified assessor in the education and clinical setting. She has a responsibility for safeguarding within the charity and is also the clinical supervisor for students.
She is the co facilitator/trainer on the CPD training and enjoys this immensely.
Lisa also has some past experience of eating disorders as the carer for a family member. She realises the importance of involving parents and carers in the recovery and support process as she feels this can be key to a positive outcome.
Her vision is to see the training package benefit more professionals as she feels there is a lack of knowledge and understanding with professionals, about a subject that is becoming an increasing concern amongst more young people due to social influences and peer pressure.
Mark Thomas is a Patron of First Steps ED.
Mark’s background with First Steps is very much as an expert by experience having cared for a family member impacted by Eating Disorders and first came to us for support for his loved one and his whole family. Mark has lived experience and ensures that our services and support remains compassionate and relevant to a whole family approach.
Professionally, Mark has a wealth of experience in Manufacturing and is Operations Director for a luxury goods and jewellery producer in Birmingham. Highly skilled in Negotiation, Budgeting, Stock Control, Business Planning, and Change Management, he has led large departments and managed multiple sites for both brands and generic product.
A natural leader, who is strategically astute, commercially focused and extremely customer oriented, with a proven track record in initiating and managing change in order to produce exceptional results.
Mark brings his practical and focused hands-on approach to our Trustee Board, Staff and Volunteers and brings his unique perspective to our work inspiring and enthusing the team members to create a ‘one team’ approach.