What we do Our people Our people Our Board of Trustees Nigel Turner, Chair Nigel became Chair of the board of trustees of Self Management UK in April 2021. Nigel has been Chief Executive of charitable providers of social care services for people with enduring mental health conditions, people with learning disabilities and older people. Within the NHS, Nigel chaired a Mental Health Act managers committee and was a lay assessor with the National Clinical Assessment Service (now Practitioner Performance Advice). He has been Vice Chair of a local authority trading company which runs housing and social care services in a London borough. Nigel is passionate about confronting health inequalities and ensuring that people, whatever their circumstances and wherever they live, have the best possible support to lead life to the full. He spent nine years as Vice Chair of a grant-making charity investing in local people’s ideas to make their area a great place to grow, live, work and age. By funding these projects in the most deprived areas of Great Britain, the charity has been able to influence the social determinants of health inequalities. Throughout his career to date, Nigel has worked to the principle that each person should be involved in creating care and support that is built around them as an individual. This means that people should be in control of how their healthcare needs are met. It follows that they must be offered the knowledge and skills to manage those needs, and the support and encouragement to be motivated to do so. Nigel himself is encouraged by the emerging evidence that the work of Self Management UK not only leads to better outcomes for the people supported, but also reduces demand on NHS GP and hospital services – a true win-win result. Nigel holds the Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors, and is committed to high standards of governance in the charity sector. He has trekked many times to raise funds for a charity working with young people with cancer, and is a patron of Rambert dance company, and Sadler’s Wells theatre. Lisa Quinlan-Rahman, Vice Chair Lisa became a trustee of Self Management UK on 1 July 2016. She is an experienced leader and has held Board level roles with responsibility for External Affairs, Influencing and Services. She is currently Chief Operating Officer for Hertfordshire Music Service. Lisa joined Self Management UK because she is passionate about the role self-management plays in empowering people to achieve the outcomes they want. 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 currently works for a Mental Health and Community NHS Trust, leading one of the national early implementer Community Mental Health Transformation Projects. Prior to this, she managed a variety of projects for various NHS and voluntary sector organisations, with an emphasis on improving the quality of healthcare services and on patient, carer and public involvement. She also worked as a lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, with a particular interest in research methods. Jane has an MSc in Strategic Quality Management and is currently completing a PhD, researching involvement in primary care settings of patients and carers living with long-term conditions. Until recently, Jane was also carer for her mother who lived with a number of long-term conditions. With this and her professional and academic experience, Jane understands the benefits of supporting people to manage the day-to-day impact of living with one or more long-term conditions 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. Throughout her career in HR, Erica has been responsible for introducing several 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 led her to apply for the trustee position at Self Management UK. Erica has a broad portfolio on NED roles across private, public and third sector organisations, and brings significant experience in leadership and management, strategy development, culture and performance development, as well as 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. Mary Newman, MA ACMA, Trustee Mary is a consultant in the public sector, who has a special interest in criminal justice, local government and health. She has worked in and with central government, Parliament and the NHS for over 20 years. She has helped develop statutory and quality management frameworks that support service delivery and improve clinical outcomes for people with specific challenges; and is expert in risk management, safeguarding and candour. She is also a trustee of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC). She lives in Cambridgeshire. Our Senior Management Team Ian Silver, Chief Executive Our Chief Executive, Ian Silver, has over two decade of experience in the charitable and housing sector. Graduating in 2004 with a BSc (Hons) Health Sciences: Nutrition, Ian has worked closely with communities and organisations designing, developing and delivering innovative programmes and research projects addressing social equalities, particularly concerning health, environmental behaviours and employment in some of the most diverse and socio-economically deprived regions of the UK. Taking a collaborative approach, Ian has worked with organisations throughout the UK, including Family Action, Age UK, East Thames Housing Group, DEFRA, Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food, NFAP (one of UK’s most influential sustainable food programmes) and London 2012 in the design and delivery of London 2012 Olympic Games Legacy projects in London. Ian joined in 2013 as Operations Manager and as Chief Executive brings a clear vision in realising the potential of Self Management UK in supporting more people living with long-term health conditions. If you would like to know more about our work or discuss how we can work together, Ian can be contacted on email [email protected] or mobile 07500 039713. Sarah Barker, Head of Sales & Marketing Sarah joined Self Management UK in 2014 to oversee the organisation's transition to a charity. With an LLB (hons) degree in Law and a post graduate qualification with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Sarah's background is in commercial marketing and sales. She worked for the Caudwell Group for 10 years in both the UK and Hong Kong, setting up an office in the region in 1997. Her role as Executive Marketing Manager involved all product management and development, market analysis and through the line activities. Sarah moved to Yale, part of the Assa Abloy group, in 2005 as EMEA Marketing Manager with responsibility for product, marketing and brand stretch activities across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. 2 years of caring for family coupled with running a local market-produce stall and contributing to a cookbook website saw Sarah move to London in 2012 and seek a new challenge. Sarah's passion for fighting for the right care for people with long-term conditions comes from personal experience of family members. Her desire to improve their care pathways and ensure they receive personalised care is what drove her to accept the role with Self Management UK. Our Operations Team Our operations team consists of administrators, finance and IT, our contract managers and tutors. Our teams are based across the country, both in locations close to where we are commissioned to deliver self-management services and remotely where we can deliver virtual courses via video platforms. For more information on our team structure and how we couldn't operate without them, contact us.