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Bluebell has been developed by a steering group of professionals and those who have been personally affected by pregnancy related depression. The Charity’s vision was created by founder Ruth Jackson who is also the Project Director of Bluebell and a charity fundraising and communications consultant. Ruth has first hand experience of antenatal and post-natal depression and the support she received inspired her to set up Bluebell to help others.

Bluebell Trustees

Jo Menon, Chair of Trustees. We are delighted to
welcome Jo as our new Chair, who brings personal experience of antenatal and postnatal depression, as well as wide ranging business expertise. Jo set up her global HR consulting business in 2008 & has since built a coaching and equine facilitated learning practice bringing together her work and passion. When she's not travelling she's at home organising chaos with her family & menagerie of animals.

Angela Appiah Shippey, Treasurer. Angela qualified as a Chartered Accountant (with Arthur Andersen) 17 years ago and since then has held various Finance roles in public relations, advertising, law, banking and healthcare giving her a wide range of commercial and business skills. Angela is passionate about whatever she takes on in life and felt now was a good time to use her skillset and enthusiasm to give something back to society. Angela is a mum of 2 girls and loves travelling.


Other trustees include;

Mike Reynolds has over ten years’ experience working as a lead resourcer for a global education company, supporting school improvement in schools, academies and trusts in the UK. Having experienced his wife suffering with PND and knowing the impact it has on families, Mike is passionate about providing support to an important area of mental health that needs continual development, whilst also providing a Dad’s perspective as Trustee.

Dr Christine Jackson, senior Doctor at New Horizon Mother & Baby Unit, Southmead Hospital, Bristol.

Sasha Barber. We are very pleased to welcome
Sasha Barber to our board and feel sure her
experience in working as a Perinatal Mental Health Champion for the Institute of Health Visiting, and her current role as Mental Health & Bereavement Lead for Women & Children’s Health at the North Bristol NHS Trust, will be invaluable. With a back ground as a mental health nurse and a health visitor team manager, Sasha brings a wealth of expertise to the team.

Dr Karl Scheeres is a NHS Psychiatrist who has been working in Bristol since 2011; he qualified from Warwick Medical School in 2006, and worked in New Zealand before returning to the UK. He has been appointed to work as a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist with the Specialist Community Perinatal Team based in Bristol from September 2017. He is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and sits on the committee that sets postgraduate exams for psychiatrists. He was the first male member of staff in his NHS trust to take long term paternity leave, looking after his daughter full time for six months in 2015

Holly Starkey - Holly is a specialist perinatal mental health nurse working in maternity services at St Michael’s maternity hospital in Bristol and has many years of expertise in mental health services across Bristol. We are very excited to have Holly on the team and to learn from her expertise in supporting mums in pregnancy who are experiencing perinatal mental health concerns.

Dr Jennie Shouls - Jennie has recently joined the Bluebell Care board and brings a much needed GP perspective to our charity. Jennie has worked as a GP in Bristol for many years and has a particular interest in perinatal mental health and ensuring families receive the care they need in this area. We know her primary care expertise will be invaluable to Bluebell.

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