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Our Trustees

Hilary Potter – Chair

Hilary has been Chair of the Board of Trustees for Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest since 2013. During her career she worked for several London local authorities delivering frontline information and advice services, pioneering the development of equalities and diversity practice, conducting performance reviews of Council services and managing the distribution of European funding. Her work has always been focused on reducing inequality, supporting local communities and promoting the economic development of the most disadvantaged parts of London. She was latterly the Director of the City Fringe Partnership, which was a partnership of four local authorities, supported by major City banks and the City of London Corporation, to deliver social and economic inclusion programmes. She is a Director of Rising Minds, a social enterprise that provides coaching to people who would not otherwise be able to afford support to meet the challenges and stress experienced in their daily lives.


Jeremy Cohen – Trustee

After reading History at Cambridge University, Jeremy spent a year in management consultancy at Ernst and Young before embarking on his legal career. He trained with Slaughter and May before moving to Dentons, where he specialised in Corporate Finance before becoming Chief Executive Officer for the UK and Middle East. In Jeremy’s first three years in this position he oversaw a number of mergers, increased profitability by over 50% and moved the firm towards a platform for sustainable growth. In that time the firm has twice been placed in the top 5 employers in the UK in the Givex awards that recognise charitable volunteering contributions and become a top 50 employer in the Social Mobility Index. Though Jeremy mainly works in the private sector, he has considerable experience working with not-for-profit and healthcare organisations.


Janis Grant – Trustee

Janis is a policy researcher. She held the position of Deputy Head of Policy and Regeneration at Hackney Council between 2003 and 2006 and has worked at senior levels of central and local government throughout her career. While at Hackney Council she worked with the Mayor of Hackney to develop the Hackney community strategy, a key redevelopment plan for the local area. She has also worked for the National Audit Office and the Trades Union Congress to deliver corporate strategy and regeneration programmes. Her most recent research was on the relationship between social change and mental health.


Luke Jackson – Trustee

Luke graduated with a first-class degree in Management from Warwick University in 2010 and has since developed his professional career with Barclays. His extensive financial qualifications have allowed him to become Vice President of Barclay’s Debt Finance Origination. Luke is also AMCT qualified with the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

When he is not working, Luke endeavours to think for charities. In the past he has run a ‘Rat Race’: a twenty-mile long military-style obstacle course, which raised over £40,000 for the Diana Awards. He has also led ‘Money Skills’ sessions with Barclays and acted as a ‘job coach’ for the unemployed.


Nigel McKeverne – Trustee

Nigel is a financial services professional who currently holds the position of Relationship Director at the London Stock Exchange Group. He is responsible for managing the relations between the company pensions schemes and investment consultants. Nigel has over twenty years of experience in the financial services industry, where he has worked in stock broking, investment banking and sales. He has been involved in determining the strategic direction of the London Stock Exchange Group, giving him invaluable expertise and insight for his role as trustee.

Nigel is keen to expand his experience outside the private sector; his skills in financial services will aid the direction and governance of Mind CHWF.


Edmund Nkrumah – Trustee

Edmund is an experienced senior healthcare professional. He has held senior positions in the NHS, including Commissioning Development Manager and Head to Performance & Informatics. He is currently Director of Performance for North Central London of Performance CCGs. Edmund holds two postgraduate degrees in IT, Management & Organisational Change, and Healthcare Leadership.

Through his work in the NHS Edmund has become acutely aware of the challenges facing mental health services and endeavours to use this knowledge in his role as trustee.


Christopher Deeks – Trustee

Christopher is an experienced IT Programme Manager in the banking payments sector. He has worked in various roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland since 2002, starting as an Analyst Programmer before moving into project and programme management.  He has led both transformation and regulatory initiatives including principal elements of the bank’s response to the Independent Commission on Banking in 2017-18; a high-responsibility role in which he reported to external regulators like the Prudential Regulation Authority. Christopher brings a wealth of IT experience to his role as trustee and is keen to bring his planning, technology and digital skills to help MIND CHWF deliver high quality support services to their clients. ​


Matthew Wilkley – Trustee

Matthew is Assistant Director Fundraising at Independent Age, a charity which offers advice and support to older people. Matthew specialises in strategy, innovation and income generation in the beyond-profit and commercial sectors. Matthew has led the delivery of over £60m in income, the recruitment of over 100,000 supporters and the generation of over 10,000 pieces of media coverage. His professional successes have been recognised repeatedly: Matthew won the scholarship for Executive MBA at Cranfield School of Management in 2015 and was selected as one of Fundraising Magazines’ ‘top 25 fundraisers under 35’ in 2016.


Alina Cristina Jipa – Trustee

Since graduating with a first-class degree from the University of Essex in Marketing and Human Resource Management, Alina has built an impressive career in the insurance industry. In her first job at Hiscox Ltd she worked as a business analyst and in 2015 she was project manager for the £10m broker acquisition of RH Specialist Insurance. She is currently Change Manager at Royal Sun Alliance UK & International, a global insurance company. She has extensive experience in cost reduction and strategic management; skills that come in useful when setting objectives to move the people, digital and financial agendas of both her organisation and Mind CHWF forward.


Ferhet Mohammed – Trustee

Ferhet is a senior consultant and qualified accountant (FCA) with extensive experience in the financial services sector. She is currently a Director in Strategy & Operations Consulting at Deloitte, where she provides strategic and operational advice to executives. She has previously held senior roles at Ernst & Young, American International Group Inc and PwC.  She has in depth knowledge of finance operating models and corporate governance: expertise she will use in her role as trustee of Mind CHWF.

Ferhet volunteers on a regular basis for Sane, a mental health charity. She is keen to use her financial expertise to support individuals in the local community.


François Jourdain – Trustee

François has extensive senior experience in financial services. As Managing Director at Barclays Bank in London he held various business positions such as Chair of the Bank of England Risk Free Benchmark Working Group. His roles have involved oversight of compliance and financial crime, and he has been heavily involved in the cultural transformation of Barclays Bank.

After receiving his MSc in Mathematics and Physics at the École Polytechnique in Paris, François worked in the Market division of Citibank, Bankers Trust International and Credit Suisse First Boston. François brings nearly two decades of experience at Barclays Bank to his role as trustee at Mind CHWF, where he hopes to deploy his expertise to aid Mind’s financial and organisational management.