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Our Trustees

Devora Wolfson – Chair

Devora became our Chair in April 2020. Devora has strong working connections with Hackney, Waltham Forest and the City. She brings a wealth of experience of strategic commissioning in East London, having worked in a variety of senior commissioning roles, including as a Mental Health Commissioner in Waltham Forest and as Assistant Director of Adult Services for City and Hackney. Until summer 2019  she was the Director of Integrated Commissioning for City and Hackney, where her role was to develop the programme bringing all Health and Social Care partners together to develop shared vision, governance, budgets and operations.  Devora has a particular interest in the social determinants of health and working to reduce health inequalities.


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.


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. ​


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.


Gayatri Bhasin Darke – Trustee

Gayatri is a market research professional who currently holds the position of Head of Research at Euromonitor International. She has over ten years of experience in the field and an interest in using data to build strong narratives and tell meaningful stories. Having originally completed postgraduate training in History and Politics, Gayatri attained a MSc in Psychology in 2013 and has since volunteered in the mental health space. Gayatri has also worked at Mind in Camden where she developed an interest in co-produced service models and peer support for mental health. Gayatri has a particular interest in diversity and equity in mental health services in the UK and brings her research design and organization skills to support Mind CHWF’s impact evaluation efforts