Our trustees are recruited because they are committed to the purposes and aims of Belive, adhere to the policies and procedures of Belive and ethos of the charity commission.
- I am Theresa Hammond, the founder and chair of Belive since 2018. I am a qualified Therapeutic counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and BAATN (Black and Asian African Therapist Network). I currently work part-time in a safe environment with adults on a range of issues. With over 18 years of post-qualifying experience as a children and family social worker including safeguarding. I am a practice teacher and a mentor for training counsellors. In 2021, I initiated the petition for an Adult’s Disability Commissioner for England. (Please sign the petition – insert link here Petition · Adults Disability Commissioner for England · Change.org).
Trustee: Joanna Griffin
I am a Parent Carer and Counselling Psychologist and the creator of the website www.affinityhub.uk to signpost to emotional support for parents of children with special needs. I am currently researching emotional wellbeing in parent carers.
Trustee: Joe Wastell
I have been a trustee for Belive since 2019. I am also the founder of a Community Interest Group (CIC) called Disability Medway Network CIC. As a group, we both raise awareness and champion people with hidden and visible disabilities.
Trustee: Mark Lemmon
I joined Belive as a trustee in August 2019. I have a business background and many years’ experience as a CEO, and MD of two national /international brands. Currently, I work as a non-executor director for a range of businesses, including my own business and franchise consultancy service, for new business start-up and business restructuring projects.
Trustee: Jacqui O’Shaughnessy
I have been a trustee for Belive for over 2 years. My background is within the financial banking sector, I have worked in banking for over 25 years. I choose to get involved with Belive as I instantly could see the vision and passion Teresa had for the charity, I also found from personal experience that there wasn’t much help for people with mild to moderate disabilities, so made the best decision to become a trustee.
Trustee: Mark Anderson
I have been working with people who have a learning disability for over 20 years. I am a Registered Nurse (Learning Disabilities) and work as a manager of community learning disability services. I am passionate about promoting social inclusion for people with disabilities and tackling loneliness and isolation. I have been a Trustee for Belive since 2020.
Trustee: Dona Evans
My name is Dona Evans, I became a Belive Trustee in 2021. I have been an independent trainer since 2006. I deliver a wide selection of training courses for Health & Social Care organizations across Kent. My professional career prior to becoming a trainer spanned 20 years in the care sector, having the opportunity to work with a variety of client groups and in a variety of different roles that included 12 years in various management positions.