‘It’s a privilege to be part of Swanswell; a dynamic organisation with the interests of service users at its heart.’
Our trustees are talented, ambitious, enthusiastic and innovative thinkers who love a challenge. Most importantly they’re passionate about our vision and cause. Our trustees make sure Swanswell fulfils its charitable aims and objectives. Learn more about them below.
Rita Stringfellow (Chair of the Board)
Rita Stringfellow’s currently a member of the British Association of Social Work. She has experience in social care and health which she led on as North Tyneside council leader. She was previously chair of Day Care Trust and is now chair of Family Rights Group. Rita was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2012 for her work in the voluntary sector.
Dr John Bland (President)
Dr John Bland’s a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners where he’s a part-time practitioner. He’s also a fellow of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care, and lead doctor of sexual health and family planning in the North of Warwickshire and Rugby.
James Watkins (Vice Chair)
James Watkins is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and former Chair of the Birmingham Volunteer Reading Help. James was both the former Political Adviser to the Japanese Government at the Embassy of Japan and the Executive Director of Business Voice West Midlands.
Kevin Warwick (Professor)
Kevin Warwick’s Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading. He’s a Chartered Engineer, and a fellow of both The Institution of Engineering and Technology and the City and Guilds of London Institute. Kevin’s also a patron and regular presenter for the Shrewsbury Darwin Festival.
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Richard Fass is a Chartered Accountant who currently works as a consultant and is the Treasurer of Penrose, a mental health housing charity. He's also Non-Executive Director of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust.
Tom Rutherford has 14 years’ experience working with charities within the private wealth industry. He’s currently the Head of Charities Team and Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank in London. He’s also an Associate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals and an FSA Approved Person.
Seema Malhotra’s the MP for Feltham and Heston, and a freelance management consultant. She has experience of business, political and government organisations across the UK and is currently working as Strategic Programmes Director for the UK interactive entertainment industry.
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Clarence Mitchell is Managing Director and Practice Chair of UK Public Affairs, providing strategic counsel, issues and crisis management and C-suite media training across all practice areas and global markets. He joined Swanswell Board of Trustees in September 2012, to advise on governance and strategic direction, with a particular focus on media and public affairs policy.
Dr Ayman Zaghloul
The newest member of Swanswell’s Board of Trustees, Dr Zaghloul is a leading mental health and substance misuse clinician. He’s currently a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Caludon Centre in Coventry and an Honorary Associate Professor at Warwick University, where he’s also an Undergraduate Clinical Tutor. He’s held various positions throughout his career including the Medical Lead for substance misuse services in Coventry and Warwickshire, and Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist for a clinic in Oxfordshire. He joined Swanswell as a Trustee in 2013.