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 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, and sits on the Wellbeing Board, Health and Care Executive and Strategic Coordination Group for the District. She is also a member of the NHS England Adult Mental Health Steering Group.
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, two cuddly cats and all things related to food.
Director of Services – Quality & Improvement
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
Director 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.
Director of Operations
Helen is a natural organiser and oversees all non-client facing services including HR, communications, fundraising and estates. Helen also oversees the running of our community café, helping to develop cake recipes and tasty sandwich fillings. 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.
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.
Peer Support Lead
David Grant-Roberts has a BA Hons in History and joined The Cellar Trust in 2019 having previously had a background in marketing/leadership and having run his own successful SME for 12 years. David is a trained counsellor, with a Level 3 in Counselling Skills and a Diploma Level 4 in Counselling and CBT. Having managed the Haven Crisis Service for 2 years, he is now working as a Peer Support Lead, taking operational management across the organisation for all things related to peer support. David is on the Steering Group for Leeds Peer Support Network and is also now working with HEE on the Peer Support Apprenticeships Trailblazer.
He has 2 sons and 2 puppies and is a huge fan of Newcastle United FC.
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, Penelope 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.
Penelope enjoys meeting people from all walks of life, and is proud to be part of the team supporting the work of The Cellar Trust.
Marketing and Fundraising Lead
Claire joined the organisation in April 2021 bringing with her extensive experience of marketing in large regional organisations. She has a background in utilities and regional development as well as experience of working with the voluntary and community sector. She’s passionate about marketing for a purpose. Her role at The Cellar Trust involves promoting our mental health services and fundraising campaigns across all our channels. Claire is a mum to two daughters and a dog.
And a little known fact – she was once a chocolatier!
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.”