ESSEX RESPITE & CARE ASSOCIATION

MEET THE TEAM

team members

Gemma Baines

Gemma Baines

Co-Manager

Sandra Barlsey

Sandra Barlsey

Support Worker

Katie Casey

Katie Casey

Support Worker

Anna Cooper

Anna Cooper

Support Worker

Anne Cooper

Anne Cooper

Support Worker

Julie Davidson

Julie Davidson

Support Worker

Kenny Knowles

Kenny Knowles

Support Worker

Matthew Lanagan

Matthew Lanagan

Support Worker

Christine Lisandrou

Christine Lisandrou

Support Worker

Debra McCarthy

Debra McCarthy

Support Worker

Emma McTurk

Emma McTurk

Admin

Crystal Pannell

Crystal Pannell

Client Liaison Coordinator

Jemma Pollack

Jemma Pollack

Co-Manager

Matthew Sayer

Matthew Sayer

Support Worker

Lisa Silk

Lisa Silk

Admin

Susan Strathern

Susan Strathern

Support Worker

Robin Taylor

Robin Taylor

Support Worker

Tina Taylor

Tina Taylor

Support Worker

Emily Tyrrell

Emily Tyrrell

Support Worker

Members of the board

Essex Respite and Care Association’s Board of Trustees is responsible for making sure the charity is run in the interests of the people it is there to support.  They set out strategic direction and oversee the management team of the organisation. We have six Board Members and we are hoping to recruit more trustees over the next year.

Dr Sourangshu Acharyya

Dr Sourangshu Acharyya

Trustee

Dr Sourangshu Acharyya MBBS MPhil MRCPsych, is a retired Consultant Psychiatrist, who spent over 40 years as a psychiatrist, becoming a consultant in 1988. He served the NHS in both South & North Essex & from 2001 was the Consultant Psychiatrist for the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (Christopher Unit) in Chelmsford.

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Dr Acharyya joined Essex Respite Care Association being most aware of how over the years, the support for people suffering from mental disorders were progressively being reduced due to progressive under-funding of NHS mental health services across England, affecting NHS mental health services in Essex most severely.

Apart from his main interest in mental health & mental disorders, his interests include art, music and poetry. He would state, as currently people’s “ biodata” are important, that he is a black man, his country is the world, his religion: to do good.

Karl Davies

Karl Davies

Chairman

Karl joined ERCA as a Trustee in July 2021.  He worked for NatWest for 35 years undertaking a wide range of roles including risk assessment, loan approval and monitoring, strategic planning and policy development / implementation.

 

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Since taking early retirement, Karl has been volunteering with Maldon Citizens Advice Bureau. 

In his spare time, he plays golf and squash, has a keen interest in history and enjoys travelling.

Ray Taylor

Ray Taylor

Trustee

Prior to retiring in 2021, Ray was the Director for Public Policy at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London where he had responsibility for engaging with various stakeholders and politicians in pursuing the aims of the firm and the accounting profession.  This included close engagement with the PwC Board and senior colleagues.

 

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His time in PwC included a four-year posting in Brussels were his role included engagement with European politicians and stakeholders.

Before he joined PwC in 2007 Ray was a twenty-five-year civil servant firstly working in H M Customs & Excise and then the Department of Trade and Industry where his last role was negotiating a European Directive on behalf of the UK Government.

Outside of work Ray has been a Justice of the Peace and a Trustee at a Special Needs School in South London.

Ian King

Ian King

Trustee

Ian has worked in the Banking and Consulting sectors for over 35 years mainly in technology roles ranging from developer through to program director.

 

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He joined the board of trustees in May 2021 and is hoping to bring his experience of business, technology and project management to assist the charity. 

Ian is a keen cyclist and gets involved in a number of organised rides around the South East each year.

Geoff Page

Geoff Page

Trustee/Treasurer

Geoff is a retired Local Government Finance employee. He originally came to ERCA in the year 2000 through Community Service Volunteers as his past financial background could be of use to the charity.

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Geoff is committed to supporting the community and he is also a Trustee of Chelmsford Citizens Advice Bureau. Geoff thoroughly enjoys cricket and is a life member of Essex County Cricket Club.

Kerry Mead-Farmer

Kerry Mead-Farmer

Trustee

Kerry was previously enrolled as a support worker for ERCA, and has continued to contribute to the charity in becoming a board member.

 

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Passionate about being person centred, Kerry has previously supported clients in addiction offering psychosocial intervention.

Kerry currently works within positive behaviour for a charity supporting guests with ASD, learning disabilities, and other mental health diagnoses.

 

Kerry continues her educational path within psychology and psychodynamics.

Zara Smalley

Zara Smalley

Special Advisor - Mental Health

I am a specialist advisor at ERCA alongside my current role as an Assistant Psychologist in an NHS Eating Disorder Service. My academic journey includes a BSc in Psychology from the University of Southampton and an MSc in Mental Health Studies from King’s College London.

 

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Having spent a year as a support worker for ERCA, I gained valuable insights into the challenges faced by our clients, fuelling my passion for their wellbeing. I have previously worked in a Home Treatment Team, specialising in crisis assessment and support. Currently, I am engaged in numerous research projects on eating disorders and hope to start training to become a clinical psychologist in the near future. 

Megan Leach

Megan Leach

Special Advisor - Carer

Megan is a full time Carer, having supported her grandparents for 11 years.

 

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She is closely involved with NHS and North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT), acting as ambassador for the service, sourcing patient interviews and linking into local consultations developing third sector links with local charities and other organisations.  Megan is passionate about improving patient experiences, particularly through ensuring Patient voices are heard. She is a Carer Champion for North East London NHS Foundation Trust.

 

In her spare time, she likes to go to historical re-enactments.  She also has an interest in science and loves travel and tourism.

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Why become a Trustee?

Being a trustee can be very rewarding. As a trustee you have the chance to support and shape the work and strategic direction of an organisation, and you can make a significant difference to a cause that matters to you. As a trustee, you are part of a team and will have the opportunity to apply your unique skills and experience while learning from others. Working closely with a passionate team of people who have different perspectives is often one of the most enjoyable aspects of the role.

If you are interested, please call us on 01245 353855 or email us at: office@essexrespite.org.uk

Count on us

We strive to provide excellent support

Support Individuals with Mental Illness

Social & Therapeutic Activities

Attending Medical Appointments

Help Achieve Personal Goals

Support & Respite For Carers

Get in touch

Call our confidential support line on 01245 353855.
Our office is open 9am to 2pm Monday - Friday

Making A Difference

ERCA commit to continually trying to support the client in bettering their life

ERCA invest time and energy in what is and in what can be

ERCA staff strive to be uplifting and motivating

Make a difference

ERCA commit to continually trying to support the client in bettering their life

ERCA invest time and energy in what is and in what can be

ERCA staff strive to be uplifting and motivating

Person Centered

ERCA support clients to work towards their goals

ERCA support clients to take control over their lives

Clients have choice over the support they receive

ERCA welcomes and listens to any client and carer feedback

Dignity & Respect

ERCA treat clients and their carers with dignity and respect regardless of their culture, religion, age, race, sexual orientation and disability

All staff accept and respect clients and their carers' confidentiality and individuality

ERCA respects a client’s right to make their own decisions and choices about how they want to be supported

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