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 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.
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 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 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.
Head of Service (Community)
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.
Head of Service (Peer Support)
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 Head of Service (Peer Support), taking operational management across the organisation for all things related to peer support.
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.
Group & Courses Lead
Rachel has a BA(Hons) in Accountancy & Finance in Leeds and started her career as part of the management team of a large supermarket in Newcastle. Changing direction, she worked pastorally in a 6th form for 10 years, as well as 2 years in the Psychology unit at Airedale Hospital. Then joining The Cellar Trust as a peer support worker alongside studying to become a qualified counsellor. Currently running Cellar’s peer support groups using her lived experience to support others to open up about their mental health journeys as well as learning skills, strategies and techniques to enable them to move forward as positively as possible.
Rachel has 9 years volunteer experience as a Magistrate and 4 years’ service as a listening volunteer with The Samaritans.
Outside work Rachel plays rounders for 2 local teams and has bought a small campervan and an e-bike to have some adventures to “see how much trouble I can get in!”
Parental Peer Support Lead
Noreen leads on the PARENTS Online project at The Cellar Trust. In post since October 2021, Noreen draws upon her own parenting experience as well as a 17-year career as a teacher and middle leader working both within secondary education and FE. Noreen feels very passionately about the unspoken struggles of parenting and wants parents throughout the UK to benefit from using the service. She particularly enjoys marketing PARENTS Online and you can find out more about it across its social media accounts @ParentsOnlineUK
When not at work Noreen enjoys spending time with her family, baking cakes, photography and anything else that allows her to get creative! She also loves being outdoors and finding new and interesting walking routes.
Crisis & Specialist Support Lead
Pathways to Employment Lead
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!
Office & Premises Lead
I joined The Cellar Trust in July 2021 and my role is to manage the maintenance and upkeep of the building and equipment. This includes heading up the café we have on site, as well as the grounds and reception area.
Melissa has a wealth of product and project management experience with over 7 years working with retailers such as Waitrose, WH Smiths and Boots.
She teaches swimming at the local pool, she is an extreme lover of penguins and describes herself as “a bit of an amateur dramatics queen.”
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, successfully delivering three major, multi-million pound ICT enabled business transformation programmes for the council. Then in public sector organisations, specialising in the design and delivery of information technology and business change programmes.
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.
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.
Partnership Engagement Manager
Robson joins us with 21 years of experience in the arenas of executive recruitment and television media sales. He has brought together people and companies in renewable energy, banking, IT, emerging technologies, media, marketing and sales. He worked for five years as a Programme Director with the broadcaster Sir Martyn Lewis CBE and ITN Productions at creating conference and exhibition television for organisations such as the NHS Alliance, ACPO, NICE, the Association of MBAs, UVAC, the HMC, the British Bankers Association and Monitor.
Robson is a graduate of the University of Manchester and went to school in Bradford and Leeds.
His interests are theatre, film, games for the Sony Playstation and the highs and lows of Leeds United and Guiseley Town AFC.
Morena joined The Cellar Trust in September 2021 as Finance Officer. Morena has an exciting background as before she got into admin and finance she worked as a day manager in a pub in Switzerland. She took a college course in business admin to help her deal with the back office. When the management company found out they offered her a place with them as purchase ledger & HR.
After moving to the UK Morena worked in the Accounts team for a children’s charity. And with that, she says “I’ve been getting deeper into the finance department with every job since.”
Sandy’s is responsible for keeping the buildings spic and span, and takes care of all things Health & Safety, Pat Testing, and helping at our cafe, and on reception.
Previously Sandy 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 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.”
Social Media Assistant
Hi I’m Tom, I recently started my role as a Social Media Assistant at The Cellar Trust through the Kickstart scheme which is a great opportunity for me. I was first a client at The Cellar Trust seeking help through Pathways to Employment. Fast forward through many lockdowns and I now have a place in the Marketing team, of which I am thrilled and enjoying. I’m still only young so don’t have much experience but eager to learn and develop my knowledge.
I studied Travel and Tourism at college as I enjoyed Geography and Business at school which combines the two, and enjoyed elements of Marketing within the course. I have helped my Dad frequently in the family business as he owns a tea room and guesthouse.
I enjoy all things to do with football, films, travelling new places, and spending quality time with my girlfriend.
I am an animal lover and have a cat called Billy.