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.
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 Jackson, Mike has set up and run his own media companies for the last twenty years and is now applying that skillset to Bluebell. Having gone through the ordeal of PND with Ruth, he was very supportive of Ruth's desire to make a difference to mums in the future. He is looking forward to providing a dad's perspective as a Trustee.
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 Munday, 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.