We are a dedicated and diverse team of experienced professionals united by a shared passion for improving mental health within our community.
Senior Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
Kim has been the CEO 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 was recently appointed as the VCSE representative on the West Yorkshire Partnership Integrated Care Board (ICB) and Senior Responsible Officer for the Harnessing the Power of Communities programme.
Until March 2022 she was the Chair of the Bradford District VCS Assembly, and member of the Bradford District Wellbeing Board, Wellbeing Executive and Integrated Care Board. She is also a member of the NHS England Adult Mental Health Steering Group and Senior Responsible Officer for Suicide Prevention for the West Yorkshire ICS.
Kim was awarded an MBE for Services to Mental Health in 2022.
Deputy Chief Executive with Operations
Heather has worked in mental health since 2006 where she started as a Support Worker for a local charity, where she worked nights. In 2009 Heather joined The Cellar Trust (then Cellar Project) as an Employment Worker. Over the years Heather has done various roles within the Cellar Trust and says “Working at the Cellar Trust I found a place where I am believed in and given a chance. It really has been amazing! Colleagues are supportive of one another and it really is a great place to work. After over a decade I am still growing and learning every day. I’m reluctant to call it a job because I love it so much!”
Heather is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer here at the Cellar Trust. As part of her role she also co-chairs the Bradford Suicide prevention Group and represents Bradford on the West Yorkshire Suicide Prevention Oversight Group. Heather is passionate about Peer Support and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives.
Heather has a husband, and 2 daughters; one of whom is of the four-legged furry variety. Heather has a strong Christian faith and is passionate about social justice. Aside from work, she enjoys spending time with her family, going for walks and enjoys taking time for herself and going for a swim.
Director of Transformation & Integration
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.
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. 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.
Director of Finance
Michael qualified as Chartered accountant in 1994 and tax advisor in 1997.
Having spent a number of years in private practice advising a number of smaller and medium sized business including a number of charitable organisations, he joined The Cellar Trust in 2021 as Finance Director.
Michael is responsible for all aspects of the finance for the organisation.
Director of Central Services & Business Development
Helen is a natural organiser and oversees all non-client facing services including communications, fundraising and estates. Prior to joining the Cellar Trust, Helen worked for some well known Yorkshire based companies before running her own hospitality business for many years. Helen is passionate about working for a charity, mental health and wellbeing and our local area.
When not in work Helen enjoys being outdoors and can often be found heading off in her camper van with her dog and children, either to seek out waterfalls or to paddle on calmer waters.