Meet The Team - PANDAS Foundation UK

 

Arabella Warden – Trustee & Company Secretary
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I’m a Global Communications & Networks Manager with over 12 years’ experience working in both start up and corporate businesses. Working as part of the Board and alongside CEOs and Leadership teams, I provide business advice, project management, strategic input and logistical planning.  I am excited to be working with PANDAS to assist them in expanding their presence to reach as many families suffering from pre and postnatal illnesses throughout the United Kingdom as possible whilst continuing to raise public awareness. Despite juggling work and studies, I love spending time with my son in our garden and if possible reading a good thriller!


Edwina Tate – Trustee

 

I am a Marketeer by trade, currently specialising in employee engagement and business transformation communications. Much of my day-to-day role involves speaking with people at various levels within the organisation, and from vastly different backgrounds based in the UK and internationally.

I am also a Mum of two. I have son and daughter with only 17 months between them. I believe I experienced post-natal depression with both children, but didn’t have the courage to ask for help. Knowing what that sense of isolation feels like and helplessness to do anything about it, compelled me to join PANDAS to help other Mums and their families cope with pre and postnatal illnesses.

In my spare time (when I get some), I enjoy long runs, watching films and listening to music


Amy Stuart-Mills – Trustee

Working with PANDAS became hugely important to me after losing my mother to a battle with depression stemming from PND. I am hugely committed to working with PANDAS to do whatever I can to help and support women and their families struggling with PND.
I have worked in the media planning industry for the past 5 years so hope to be able use my professional background to help to grow this fantastic charity’s brand, whilst raising awareness and educating people further around this topic.


Harriet Bowley – Trustee  

I am a solicitor in a large law firm in the Midlands and have been working in property development for charitable organisations for over 10 years. I spend my days helping those organisations to understand the legal implications of their transactions and offering solutions to ensure they achieve their objectives. I have two boys (aged 8 and 4) who keep me very busy when I’m not at work as they seem to have boundless energy! When I’m not juggling (and let’s be honest, it is definitely juggling!) work and the boys I love travelling and photography and try, when I can, to keep fit. My aim at PANDAS is to help raise awareness of pre and post-natal depression, remove the stigma and get people talking about it so that parents can help each other through something that is much more common than we like to think.


 

Nadia Lenzen – Trustee

I’m a HR professional with over 5 years experience of working for both large international and local SME professional services and accountancy firms. I’m passionate about mental health and I have a strong desire to break down many of the barriers people may feel when they seek support for mental health. Supporting PANDAS with the great work they do is very exciting for me.


Michelle Ansell – Email support Manager

My name is Michelle and I have volunteered with PANDAS for around two years now.
I lead the email support team and closed Facebook team, who both do a brilliant job offering women, men and their families support and understanding.
I feel privileged to be able to offer a listening ear and compassion to anyone who contacts PANDAS, and feel very passionate about supporting those who may be experiencing maternal mental illness.


Nikki Whittaker – Training and Development Manager    

I started working for PANDAS because I am a survivor of PND and feel I understand the experiences that service users are going through. And I am very passionate about ‘giving back’ and assisting in improving services for all.

I have a degree in Management and a European Diploma in Therapeutic counselling. I have worked in the voluntary sector for many years with a diverse range of people and mental health backgrounds.

I suffered with Postnatal depression (PND) and reached out to PANDAS and from this point PANDAS aided me in my recovery; never judging, always being supportive and helping me to deal with terrible intrusive thoughts. I also saw how PANDAS went ‘above and beyond’ literally saving people’s lives with their quick professional reactions to crisis situations.

For all training and development classes including conferences, please contact Nikki.whittaker@pandasfoundation.org.uk


Anne Suosilta – Volunteers Manager

I’m a Volunteer Manager for our fantastic and dedicated support volunteers’ team. I have been involved in volunteer management within different organisations for several years. I’m very passionate about supporting parents and volunteers. And especially, parents who volunteer!

I’m a Mum of two very energetic boys and was diagnosed with depression and generalised anxiety disorder a while after my first child was born. My experience has made me very passionate about parental mental health and access to better mental health support. I feel very privileged to be involved in the work PANDAS Foundation does.

If you would like to volunteer with PANDAS, please email your CV and contact details to Anne.Suosilta@pandasfoundation.org.uk


Annie Belasco – PR & Fundraising Manager

I am a published author and speaker for events, specialising in mental health and perinatal mental health. I experienced antenatal anxiety with both of my pregnancies. Working within mental health is a joy and a great opportunity to challenge the status quo. To speak up on behalf of so many who struggle with their perinatal mental health. Destigmatising mental health, raising awareness and bringing hope with support to parents and their families.

We have national media coverage that regularly reach out to us, this reflects our amazing volunteers and the work that they do.

For all PR, Media and Fundraising enquiries please contact Annie.belasco@pandasfoundation.org.uk


Charlotte Steel – Strategy Manager

I’m Charlotte. I look after the delivery of strategies for PANDAS; which can be anything from looking at growing the number of our support groups to help more families, to looking at whether we need to increase our fundraising. I love hearing from the families we support to see what works and what doesn’t so please feel free to reach out.
After a turbulent time with anxiety regarding my son’s health, I didn’t realise I had an overbearing need to research everything in huge detail until I’d already gone back to work. This was exhausting, so I reached out to PANDAs. I felt the support was so invaluable that I am compelled to volunteer for them in order to help others.


Teresa Law – IT & Graphics Manager     

I’ve had a long history with mental illness, and PND was another layer to that story. When my friend Annie offered me the chance to give something back, I jumped at the chance. My remit is mainly in graphics and quite set back from the nitty gritty of group life but I hope I am providing support and enabling the services to continue.
My background is in project management, and I am now a freelance illustrator, with two beautiful children.

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