Self management uk Board of Trustees

Anthony Levy, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Anthony became a trustee of self management uk on 31st March 2015, initially appointed as Vice Chair. He was elected Chairman of the charity on 15th July 2015.

Anthony started his career in the oil industry, rising fast through the ranks at Esso before he formed “Ideas Into Action”, a business and organisational development consultancy. Over the past 20 years he has been involved with many strategic and change management initiatives, executive coaching and training. He runs executive development programmes and has been a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School for over 15 years.

He has held many board appointments and has served as chairman or non-executive director for a wide range of organisations, including small quoted and larger private companies, charities and the NHS. Anthony is a Londoner, married with two grown-up children and a large hairy dog. He first became convinced of the critical role of self-management when he was chair at Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust. He is always looking for opportunities that make real differences for patients, help busy clinicians and save the NHS money. For him, self-management ticks all these boxes.

Jane Brooks, Trustee

Jane has a nursing background, with extensive senior management experience in quality improvement and governance in the NHS, voluntary and education sectors. Jane now works on a freelance basis managing a variety of projects for local NHS organisations, with an emphasis on improving the quality of healthcare services and on patient, carer and public involvement. She also manages projects locally for The Patients Association, a national charity whose philosophy is “listening to patients, speaking up for change” .

 Jane has an MSc in Strategic Quality Management and is currently studying for a PhD, researching patient and carer involvement in commissioning for quality health services. She works as a part-time lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, with a particular interest in research methods.

 With an additional role as carer for her mother who lives with a number of long term conditions, Jane has a clear understanding of the benefits of supporting people to manage the day to day impact of living with a long term condition and of promoting the involvement of people in decisions that impact their ability to live as healthily and independently as possible.

Erica Cassin, Trustee

Erica joined the Board of Trustees in April 2019. She is currently the UK and Ireland HR Director for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and has over 20 years experience in Human Resources in the healthcare and financial services industries. In her role as HR Director, Erica has been responsible for introducing a number of employee wellbeing programmes, aimed at empowering and enabling people to manage their own health and wellbeing. Erica has been a champion for those with long-term conditions such as mental health, in the workplace. It is this passion for empowering people to manage their own health that lead her to apply for the trustee position at Self Management UK.

Erica has worked at a senior level for a number of years, and brings significant experience in leadership and management, strategy development, culture and performance development. She also has experience of corporate governance, compliance and risk management.

Erica is a Fellow of the CIPD, holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching along with a degree in Industrial Economics.

Kate James, Trustee

Most of Kate’s career was spent in the Department of Health working on major policy initiatives and management changes including NHS reorganisations.  She has also worked in the NHS at Regional level and in a hospital trust, so has first-hand experience at grass roots level. 

More recently, Kate was Chief Executive of a charity which runs care homes (residential and nursing) for older people.  During this time she was also a Board member of the National Care Forum, the representative body for not-for-profit care providers.

Kate is an experienced non-executive/trustee and was previously on the boards of bodies as diverse as Scope and the London Probation Trust.  Now she is Chair of Age UK Sutton, a board member of Age UK London and of its trading subsidiary, a trustee of Certitude which provides support for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems in London, and a governor of a local junior school.

Miriam McKee, Trustee

Miriam was delighted to have been asked to be a Trustee of self management uk and believes that her range of skills gained from a senior/board level management background in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors can be of use to self management uk.

Miriam has worked for several large multi-national aerospace manufacturing companies; Dunlop Aerospace; Hunting Aviation and APPH, has done a lot of travelling and met a wide variety of people. She has visited some amazing places whilst gaining international experience working with aerospace companies in China, USA, Brazil, Thailand and Europe. Having worked over 25 years in the engineering sector she understands the importance of delivering a quality product. She has bid for and won major international contracts, partaken in mergers and acquisitions, set up joint ventures and manufacturing units in China and has experience of managing both start-up businesses and complex organisations through periods of change.

Miriam has also worked for SME's and charities: Institute of Waste Management; Renew Trust (a national white goods recycling project to meet the requirements of the WEEE directive) and Kynixa (a rehabilitation healthcare company). She is an experience Trustee / Non-Executive Director adn currently sits on the following boards: Citysave Credit Union BAnking; Thera Trust; People in Action charities that provide care to individuals with learning disabilities and is Chair of Enrych Leicestershire and Derbyshire.

In summary her skills include: bid and project management, operational and commercial management, sales and marketing, business development, key account management, business planning and strategic acumen, a track record at developing business opportunities and mergers and acquisitions.

Lisa Quinlan-Rahman

Lisa became a trustee of self management uk on 1 July 2016. She has spent more than 10 years working for organisations with a focus on social change, health, well-being and disability. Lisa currently works at Scope, the disability charity where she is Executive Director of Customer Strategy and Experience. She is responsible for the design and delivery of the services Scope offers to disabled people and their families.

Lisa is an experienced leader of both services and influencing/external engagement divisions at Board level having previously held the role of Executive Director of External Affairs at Scope. In recent years, she has focused on strategy development and implementation, evaluation and corporate governance – in particular, quality, safeguarding and risk management.

Prior to joining Scope Lisa held a range of roles in Digital, Marketing and Communications at Third Sector and not for profit organisations and before that worked in commercial roles within media and publishing.

Lisa joined self management uk because she is passionate about the role self-management plays in empowering people to achieve the outcomes they want.