We are a dedicated and diverse team of experienced professionals united by a shared passion for improving mental health within our community.
Chief Executive Officer
Kim has been the CEO at The Cellar Trust since November 2014. Before moving into the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS), she worked in organisational development, employee wellbeing and communications roles within the public sector. Kim has an MSc in Leadership and is an Institute of Leadership and Management qualified coach.
She is passionate about the role of charities and is currently the Chair of the Bradford District VCS Assembly, which is the voice and influence structure for the local sector.
She says “I am very privileged to be part of The Cellar Trust. It is humbling to work with amazing colleagues who save and change lives every day. There is never a dull moment at The Cellar Trust because we are always looking for new ways that we can improve or develop our work. We have a fabulous team of staff and volunteers, but we are also committed to strong partnership working. Our work with partner organisations and people in our community is the thing that allows us to deliver the best services we can.”
When not at work Kim is kept busy with her little boy, big ginger dog and all things related to food.
Head of Client Services
Linda qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1980, graduating to a ward sister role within 18 months due to her hard work and dedication. She has had key roles in resettlement, rehabilitation and recovery of people with complex mental health problems, and later moved into, managing a wide variety of mental health services in Bradford and District Care Trust at senior level. Some of these include Low Secure, in patient service, Assertive Outreach and mild moderate and complex psychological therapies.
Whilst working for Bradford CCG Linda set up the first Improving Access to Psychological Therapy services in West Yorkshire and has extensive experience of IAPT implementation and provision. More recently following her retirement she turned her hand to working on the front line of EIP provision in Bradford. She now has the pleasure of working as Head of Client Services at the Cellar Trust, which has gone from strength to strength in its excellent provision of mental health services. And she loves it.
Head of Client Services
Heather has worked in mental health for over 13 years and started as a Support Worker for a local charity. In 2009 Heather joined The Cellar Trust (then Cellar Project) as an Employment Worker and has loved it so much she is still here 10 years later as Head of Client Services, which is a job share with Linda Haynes.
Heather has a husband, a chocolate Labrador and a 2 year old daughter. She enjoys spending time with her family when she is not at work and likes to go to church with them on a Sunday. Heather is Bradford born and bred and loves Bradford – a lot! She can be found on twitter as @HevaRileyTatt often tweeting #TeamBradford
Pathways to Employment Lead
From an education focused background, Michelle has a BA Honors in Early Childhood Studies and has over a decade of successful experience in employee management. She is a qualified as an NVQ Trainer and Assessor working across Bradford and has, more recently, worked with young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Michelle has a diploma in Mindfulness and is a strong believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace.
When not at work she enjoys golfing, surfing, paddle boarding and discovering Europe in her motorhome.
Crisis & Specialist Support Lead
David has a BA Hons in History and joined Cellar Trust having previously had a background in marketing/leadership, and having ran his own successful SME for 12 years. He has previously volunteered for Yorkshire Mesmac and trained as a Crisis Counsellor for Crisis Textline, where he found his passion for helping people and working in the mental health industry. David has recently achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Counselling and enjoys developing and promoting the benefits of Peer Support.
He has 2 sons and 2 puppies, and is a huge fan of Newcastle United FC.
Wellbeing Coach Lead
Joanne has a BA Hons in Psychology and Criminology and a background in retail management, with over eight years experience. Before joining The Cellar Trust she worked as a manager for a large retailer.
Her role includes developing clients who work within our charity shop with skills and experience needed to work within a retail environment.
Joanne’s spare time is taken up by Rocco, her six-year-old Sharpei who loves chasing anything that moves.
HR and Projects Manager
Polly Mellor started working at The Cellar Trust in January 2018 in the role of HR and Projects Officer and is now the HR and Projects taking a lead role in streamlining and developing the organisation’s HR strategy and our policies and procedures as well as supporting all aspects of HR. Polly also leads on a range of organisational projects including implementation of GDPR, and manages the Volunteer Coordination function.
Polly is passionate about the VCS and the people it supports having worked in the third sector, in Manchester and Bradford for over 15 years in various support and organisational development roles.
Since joining The Cellar Trust in 2015, Penny has performed various roles within the organisation including Office and HR Administrator and, more recently, a finance role. She has 16 years’ experience working with Registered Charities, having previously worked as Development Manager for a wildlife conservation charity and volunteering for various youth and community groups.
Penny enjoys meeting people from all walks of life, and is proud to be part of the team supporting the work of The Cellar Trust.
Cathy worked as a Customer Services Delivery Manager in the travel industry before joining The Cellar Trust in 2009 as an Office Manager. She felt passionate about travel and also feels passionate about mental health. Cathy is now the Operations Manager and is responsible for managing the building, Health & Safety and also manages the skill shops. She enjoys the variety of the role and likes to see the development of clients as they experience their journey with The Cellar Trust.
Cathy has two daughters and 5 beautiful grandchildren and they take up most of her time when she is not at work.
Before joining The Cellar Trust Georgia worked in public relations for seven years, helping to promote some of the UK’s biggest brands.
Her role includes managing the Trust’s social media accounts, website, events, and she also heads up the staff wellbeing group.
Georgia’s hobbies are floristry and baking, so on a weekend you’ll usually find her playing with flowers or flour. She also has a mischievous cat called Marie, who likes to get involved with her work by sitting on her laptop and being very helpful indeed.
Gemma started working in fundraising two years ago after completing a psychology degree. Before coming to The Cellar Trust, she worked as a fundraiser for a local hospice but has always been passionate about mental health. Her role involves working with the local community to raise money for the charity, supporting people with fundraising challenges and events.
Gemma’s spare time is spent with her two-year old puppy, Bruno, walking in the Yorkshire countryside and Cumbrian mountains.
Training Programme Lead
Burnie, as he is known, spent the first 10 years of his career at Yorkshire Water managing teams of people operating at the front end of customer services. He then joined Leeds City Council as Development and Training Manager and was responsible for training development & delivery and technology implementation & support. He subsequently moved into project and programme management, spent 4 years as a Senior Project Manager working on key ICT projects, and then 10 years as a Programme Manager, successfully delivering three major, multi-million pound ICT enabled business transformation programmes for the council.
In 2013 he went to work for himself as an Interim Programme Manager, undertaking 6 to 12 month contracts, predominantly in public sector organisations, specialising in the design and delivery of information technology and business change programmes. In addition, he spent 2 years managing the Project Management Practice at Yorkshire Building Society, responsible for the leadership, mentoring and development of up to 20 senior project managers.
Burnie is APMP, MSP & Prince2 qualified and a Change Management Practitioner. He enjoys playing golf and socialising with friends and family but spends most of his spare time as Dad’s taxi for his 14 year old daughter.
Sandy has worked at the Cellar trust for six years, and prior to this worked for the Bradford and District Association for Mental health in a supported living unit where she helped people to live independently during their recovery from long term mental health issues. Sandy’s role at The Cellar Trust is Operations Assistant, and she is responsible for keeping the buildings spic and span, and takes care of all things Health & Safety, Pat Testing, and helping at our charity shop, cafe, and on reception.
Sandy said: “I enjoy working at The Cellar Trust and find it inspiring, as I myself have suffered a mental breakdown and did not leave my house for six months. I can relate to people who come to us for support and help. I am probably one of the loudest members of staff here, I love to talk to people make them smile and laugh, and let people know there is light at what seems to be a long dark tunnel. I live in Shipley have four children, four grandchildren, a black labrador, and a ginger spaniel. In my spare time I like to have granny naps, love listening to music and socialising – I live life to the full and always try to be positive.”
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Stephen recently obtained his PhD in English Literature at the University of Leeds and continues to hold a Visiting Research Fellow post in the School of English there. He enjoys working for The Cellar Trust and is passionate about the work the organisation does. He is proud that his work helps frontline staff support those in need.
When he’s not at work, he enjoys reading, writing, playing the guitar, and watching whatever sport he can find.