The MindFood Team and Board
Lucy first came to MindFood as a participant early in 2015 - the Growing Wellbeing course gave her the tools, time and space to recover from burnout and depression, but also inspired her to train for a new career in Social & Therapeutic Horticulture with Thrive and Capel Manor.
Along the way she has gained experience and training in mental health with Mind, and by supporting various MindFood projects including Plot to Plate, community outreach and selling veg at Acton Market and Horsenden Hill Farm.
Seeing how nature can make such a difference to her mental health has been life-changing! She loves seeing others discovering this for themselves at MindFood.
Favourite Feel Good Food- any veg that's been grown and prepared with love... but I particularly love our home-grown sweet potatoes.
Pauline first signed up MindFood as a service user in 2016 before joining the team in 2017.
With a passion for gardening and lived experience of mental health challenges, Pauline supports our gardeners to develop their horticulture skills as a facilitator on our Plot to Plate programme at Horsenden Farm.
In her past, she has over a decade of experience in managing transformation programmes for the public sector and innovation programmes for ventures. This has been a valuable resource in the development of our growing programme.
Nowadays, as well as working with MindFood, Pauline is a fully-fledged RHS-trained freelance gardener, and gifted photographer.
Favourite Feel Good Food- freshly podded peas
Ciaran Co-Founded MindFood in 2012 and has responsibility for fundraising, marketing, partnerships and finance. Ciaran is passionate about the role nature can play in supporting mental health recovery and overall wellness.
Ciaran has worked in business development teams for some of the UK’s most well known charities (NSPCC, Scope, Teenage Cancer Trust) and more recently at local grassroots charities. He has personally secured over £12million of funding across Corporates, Trusts, Statutory and Community fundraising streams.
Ciaran is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and has held Trustee roles at Mind in Ealing and Hounslow, MAC UK and Action West London.
Favourite Feel Good Food- any of the tasty varieties of tomatoes that we grow ourselves.
Camilla is a gardener who has long believed in the healing power of plants and gardening. It has been an inspiration and driving force in her life and career and she's been lucky enough to combine her love of words with her love of gardening for the past 20+ years.
Camilla studied horticulture & garden design at Capel Manor in Gunnersbury Park and also works as a writer, editor and content producer specialising in these subjects. Her features focus on design, planting, growing and health and appears regularly in gardening magazines and on websites.
Camilla has also worked on many gardens in London, advising private clients on design and planting. She's been vital in setting up several local community gardening projects.
Favourite Feel Good Food - broad beans, they mean summer's just around the corner.
Jane joined the team in 2019, taking on Ciaran's responsibilities while he was on sabbatical.
She has an impressive track record of fundraising in Ealing, which includes raising nearly £7m to restore Pitzhanger Manor, and project managing the restoration of Walpole Park. She also has more than 20 years experience in the voluntary sector, and has been a grant assessor with the Big Lottery Fund and Children in Need too.
Favourite good mood food- you cannot beat home-grown tomatoes, especially in a fresh tomato sauce for pasta. They are much more sweet and delicious than any shop bought ones.
Sarah first joined us as part of our Growing Wellbeing programme after a period of postnatal depression, and then became a regular Plot to Plate gardener. Last year she took on the formidable role of Programme Support - having coordinated various creative projects with other MindFood participants, she was the natural choice.
Her background is in freelance Graphic Design, with 15 years experience in her field.
She is passionate about equality, diversity and inclusivity and has won awards for design projects that celebrate these values.
Favourite Feel Good Food- rocket. I am never happier than when we have rocket, mibuna or any other mustardy herbs and salads I can munch away on.
Nick is the Church of England Rector of Acton, responsible for the churches of St Mary and All Saints as well as wider parish duties. He has been a member of the clergy since 1993 serving in Cambridgeshire, Yorkshire and HM Prison Service (where he was a prison manager) before coming to London in 2015.
He is a community activist, currently on the Leadership Team of West London Citizens, Vice Chair of Governors at Derwentwater Primary School and Trustee of Acton Community Forum. He is also a qualified Restorative Justice facilitator and trainer. He has long experience of third sector governance and, with lived experience of mental health issues, is a passionate advocate of well-being and individual/ community flourishing.
Favourite Good Mood Food- carrots
Shabnam has been a clinical psychologist for almost 15 years and works both in the NHS and private sector, where she is co-founder and Director of PsychWorks Associates. She also works as an Independent Case Manager supporting victims of personal injury through their rehabilitation journey. Shabnam has written book chapters on abnormal development, presented her work at conferences and spoken about the benefits of psychological therapy to a wide range of non-psychologists.
Shabnam supports a charity in Pakistan that facilitates women into employment using their own land to grow vegetables to sell at markets. Seeing the huge benefits to these women and their families, psychologically as well as financially, it only seemed logical then to share that enthusiasm at MindFood.
Favourite good mood food- aubergine
Paul has many years management experience within the Corporate Sector and has recently switched careers to focus on horticulture.
He has a RHS Diploma in Horticulture and is currently studying for a RHS qualification in Garden Design. He jointly manages London’s second largest allotment site and is a member of the Ealing Allotment Partnership Executive Committee. He is also a judge for London in Bloom.
Favourite Feel Good Food- cape gooseberries
James is Financial Controller at DX Network Services. James is a Chartered Accountant and keen sportsman.
Favourite Feel Good Food- broccoli
MindFood Board Director
Yvonne is Co-Founder & Director at Movellas which is a creative online community for teenagers focused on storytelling.
Favourite Feel Good Food- curly kale
If you feel that you can bring specialist skills and experience that could benefit MindFood, either strategically or practically, we would love to hear from you.