Our trustees

We are governed by our Board of Trustees who are legally responsible for our charity, its activities and management.

The board delegates authority as appropriate to the Chief Executive Officer and members of the leadership team. Our board is made up of a fantastic group of people with a diverse range of skills and experience. The board meet six time per year in addition to our Annual General Meeting.


Mick James


Mick joined the board in 2017 having recently retired from the post of Joint Head of Commissioning for Mental Health (Bradford and Airedale Clinical Commissioning Groups and Bradford MDC). Mick was responsible for the development of the Bradford and Craven Mental Wellbeing Strategy published in 2017 and worked closely with The Cellar Trust for many years in his commissioning role. He now works as an independent management consultant and coach, specialising in mental health and dementia. Mick has a background as a Registered Mental Health Nurse.

He says “I was very excited to be asked to consider joining the board and I am pleased to have the opportunity to share my experience of strategic development with the team.’’


Laura Flatman


Laura has been a member of the Board since 2015 and took on the role of Vice Chair in 2019. She currently works for NHS England/NHS Improvement as a Senior Strategic HR/Workforce Manager. Laura Chairs our People and Organisational Development Committee.

She has previously held roles including Head of Strategic HR Projects at Leeds Beckett University and has extensive experience in public sector organisations in the UK and Ireland. Her expertise are in employee engagement and relations, change management, wellbeing, talent management and getting the best from and for people.

She says “I am passionate about the work of The Cellar Trust and I wanted to give my time and expertise to support this work; to make a difference to the lives of other people.”


Hugh Rolo

Board Member - Treasurer

Hugh joined our Board as Treasurer in 2019 and Chairs our Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.

Hugh lives locally in Saltaire and has been active in Bradford’s voluntary sector for nearly 30 years. A former investment banker Hugh has worked in the third sector since moving to Bradford. He is employed by Locality, the national network of community organisations. As Locality’s social investment lead Hugh is an active investor working as Director with the 3 funds: Key Fund, Social Investment Business and the Community Shares Booster programme regularly seeing a pipeline of social enterprise investment propositions.

He says: “I have always believed in acting locally and have an abiding interest in mental health wrestling with my own issues over time”


Richard Carroll

Board Member

Richard is a Registered Mental Health Nurse with 30 years’ experience across a wide range of NHS services in Bradford, now employed as a Hospital Manager with Cygnet Healthcare.

After working in acute and community mental health, he spent 14 years working as a CBT therapist in a service for people with complex trauma. After leading several system wide transformation projects to improve crisis mental health care, deliver care close to home and develop inpatient psychotherapy services, Richard worked as an service manager for Bradford District Care NHS Trust carrying a varied portfolio. This has included Intensive Home Treatment, Acute Mental Health Inpatient, Crisis Services, Psychiatric Liaison, Psychology and Psychotherapy Services, Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT).

He said: “I’m passionate about service user centred care, quality improvement and compassionate leadership.”


Aisha Karim

Board Member

Aisha joined the board after graduating with a first class honours in Business and Management in 2019. She is currently working for the NHS and aims to gain experience in management and healthcare. At the age of 22, our youngest board member Aisha is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and giving back to the community.

She says “to be given the opportunity to be part of a leading mental health charity alongside an experienced board of trustees is a huge opportunity for a young graduate like myself. I am passionate about the work that The Cellar Trust does and I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to give my time and support to the work that they do. I am very interested in mental health and the effect it has on the youth and in particular the BAME community. I hope to make a positive contribution with my background and experience.”


Ken Priestley

Board member

Ken has been a member of our board since 2006 and lives locally. His experience of running his own successful business and his personal experiences with mental health make him an extremely valuable trustee.

He says “I was referred to the service that The Cellar Trust offered and it was life changing for me. I stayed involved as a volunteer in the woodwork department and then became a member of the Board when asked by the management team at the Trust back in 2006.”


Chris Richmond

Board member

Chris joined the board in 2016. He is the Innovation Lead for NHS RightCare, based in the Improvement Directorate, NHS England. He is also still a registered paramedic and spent 23 years working for ambulance services, latterly being a senior manager and senior clinician. Throughout his career he has had an active interest in mental health and wants to ensure those who experience crisis are managed appropriately. Previously he has actively worked with people with lived experience to improve the national NHS 111 service. His latest role as he is assisting in cross-cutting work on mental health, and is leading on a piece of work that helps socially isolated people who frequently access NHS Services. He also provides support and advice to the College of Paramedics in relation to mental health issues, particularly those relating to paramedic death.

He says “I was so impressed with the work being done by The Cellar Trust and especially The Haven I wanted to help to make it more sustainable. I bring my experience as a front-line clinician and someone who is passionate about mental health to support them.”


Sam Rouse

Board Member

Sam joined the board in 2020. She is currently Operational Business Manager for Surgery and Diagnostics at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. Previous to that, Sam was a General Management Trainee as part of the prestigious NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme. With a particular interest in Mental Health services, and the Voluntary and Community Sector, she joined The Cellar Trust as part of her management training in a Strategy and Planning Manager role and was appointed shortly after her departure as a trustee of the Board.

She says “As a management trainee, I had first-hand experience of what it feels like to be an employee of The Cellar Trust. I was amazed at how well the organisation lives its values, makes such a difference to the lives of local people, and how incredibly supported the workforce feel. Cellar also support, link in with and empower other local mental health services to work in collaboration to strengthen the services across Bradford District and Craven. For all these reasons, I didn’t want to lose a connection with The Cellar Trust and was thrilled to be appointed on the Board. Now working in an acute hospital, it is excellent to have the links back into the community.”