Mind - For Better Mental Health

Trustees

Mrs Norma Smyth

Chairman
Mrs Norma Smyth

I have lived in Ashford for many years but my interest in the cause of mental health has been focused on Shepway ever since I was chair of the mental health committee of the former NHS watchdog, the Community Health Council.

I am honoured to be the Chair of Folkestone Mind and love the warm, friendly atmosphere of the Centre as well as its capacity to go out to the wider community. I am married to Derek, had a career as a Deputy Head and love books, the theatre and cinema.

Mrs Anne Houlahan

Vice Chairman
Mrs Anne Houlahan

I have been a member of the Executive Committee for Mind for approximately the last 8 years, and Vice Chair for the last 3. I was originally asked to join the Committee by Anne Padley, the former Chair. At the time I was serving 3 years as Director of the local Samaritans branch. We had shared some training and I felt that we also shared a commitment to serving the local community, so joining Mind as a Trustee fitted in very well. I had assumed that when my Samaritan post came to an end so would my stint at Mind, but it hasn't quite worked out that way. As you all well know, Pam can be very persuasive so I am still here! However it has been, and continues to be, a pleasure to work with all my fellow Committee members.

David Jarman

Honorary Treasurer
David Jarman

I’m married to Sian and have a teenage son Adam. I have lived in the Ashford area for virtually all my life and since leaving school at 15 have always worked in the financial sector. I have been in my current employment for 20 years. I was honoured to be offered the role of treasurer 5 years ago after Sian resigned, to start her career in teaching, after holding the position for 3 years. I have always felt privileged to be a very small part of the vibrant community at Folkestone Mind and grateful for all the wonderful people who I have met during my time as treasurer.

Mrs Pam Comber

Honorary Secretary
Mrs Pam Comber

My husband and I moved to the Folkestone area with our family in 1960. I spent 15 years as a primary school teacher between running a hotel business and later a plant nursery at Peene. We were first introduced to Folkestone Mind through our involvement in the N.S.F (now Rethink) carers group locally just prior to the opening of the Mind Resource Centre in January 1993. My husband was Chairman for five years and I have remained closely involved with the development of the organisation first as Treasurer and for the past 10 years as Hon. Secretary. I was very honoured in 2007 to receive an M.B.E. for my services to Mind but I believe it is the dedicated team of trustees, staff and volunteers working together which makes Folkestone Mind such a special organisation.

Board Members

  • Roland Tolputt
  • Jennifer Maiden-Brooks
  • Colin Wells