Trustees

Rosie Forrest

Rosie Forrest

Chair

Rosie started out as an engineer, before moving into Human Resources, where she has thirty years’ experience in a range of different companies and sectors, from major global companies to small family-run businesses. She has her own business as an HR consultant, working to help leaders of mainly Swadlincote businesses implement good HR practices. Rosie has been Chair of the SDMHA Board of Trustees for four years and also has been a trustee of a multi-academy trust.
Nicola Lees

Nicola Lees

Treasurer

Nicola is an independent business consultant working across a range of sectors helping businesses to learn, develop and grow. She previously worked in local government within community regeneration and economic development leading a number of projects and programmes that made a difference across communities in Leicestershire and South Derbyshire. She has a particular interest in partnership working; ensuring that different organisations work together to provide excellent, integrated services for the people they serve.
Margaret (Jean) Blackman

Margaret (Jean) Blackman

Jean was a primary school teacher for 30 years before taking medical retirement. She then did voluntary work in the mental health sector and was Chair of Trustees at Bank House for over 20 years and is still a trustee. She has experience as a former Parish Councillor, (42 years) with 20 years as Chair. Her voluntary service has included being an advocate for people experiencing mental health difficulties and she has a qualification in basic counselling. She has co-authored a training manual to empower mental health sufferers in self advocacy. Awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community in 2020.
Marjorie Lowrie

Marjorie Lowrie

Marje joined Bank House as a volunteer in 1998, having previously worked as a nurse therapist. She has worked with service users who have problems with drugs or alcohol, and is now mainly involved with bereavement counselling, often responding to requests for help at short notice. Whilst bringing this valuable experience, Marje also provides the Board with a volunteer’s viewpoint.
Jim Hewlett

Jim Hewlett

Jim studied Sociology at University and worked as a Trainee Mental Health Social Worker. He then joined the timber trade, where he became a director and then Chairman of a private timber company, retiring in 2001 when the company was sold.He was elected as a member of the South Derbyshire District Council in 2007 and has served as Chairman of the Housing and Community Services Committee and as Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Jim is also a Trustee of Mid Mercia Citizens Advice and the Thomas Cook Memorial Almshouses in Melbourne.