Our Board Members

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Diana Ngonyama

Diana is currently the Senior Fundraising officer for a leading international NGO Mercy Corps, responsible for developing and driving the organisations philanthropic and community programming in Europe. Previously over a 15-year period she held senior retail management roles for various high profile brands. Making the transition into the third sector after a chance opportunity to work with the extraordinary arts organisation Artangel. 

Favourite Mental Health Quote: ‘I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul’ – William Ernest Henley 

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Razvan Syyed - Treasurer

Razvan is a chartered accountant based in Giffnock, from the south side of Glasgow, operating as a Finance Business Partner UK-wide. His background is in Corporate Finance, and he has built his reputation working for large corporates in Glasgow and London and investing in property.

 

After qualifying with ICAS in 1993, Razvan started my career in industry back in 1995 working as a Financial Controller in Glasgow before working his way up to Financial Director in London and then Chief Financial Officer for an international firm in 2014. Over the past 2 years, he has been running his own company under the trading style of Sword Finance and Investments which provides SME’s with funding solutions, business development and strategic support, tax and digital accounting solutions as well as property investment strategies for creating long term wealth.

Favourite Mental Health Quote: "You don't need to struggle in silence. You can be un-silent. You can live well with a mental health condition, as long as you open up to someone about it" Demi Lovato

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Sam Roger- Secretary

Sam has been a trustee for crossroads for over 8 years and was instrumental in encouraging the board to seek social enterprise funding at a crucial point in the charity’s history, to support the introduction of the single direct payment system. She is also a senior administrator with Frontline Fife and set up her own social enterprise co-operative  in 2006.

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Andy Marsh

Andy has worked in trauma for the last 8 years. He served in the military for 18 years and this was where his interest in trauma started.  He studied for an MSc in Military and Veteran mental health whilst working in a trauma centre. He currently works in the mental health field and feels that  we as a country need to provide as many routes for person centred holistic trauma care as necessary to help people who are surviving..

Favourite Mental Health Quote: ‘"That which seeks to destroy me and fails only makes me stronger’ – Nietzsche

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Fiona Shepherd 

Fiona works for the NHS as a Business Improvement manager, and is experienced in both project management and change management.

She is a certified coach, neuro linguistic programming master practitioner and hypnosis practitioner who runs her own therapy business, Inspire Me To Change in the north of Perthshire.

 

Favourite Mental Health Quote: "Even in the darkest of times, there is always hope. But sometimes fear clouds our vision. Sometimes our strength gives out. And yet, sometimes when all seems lost, a light shines through the darkness, and we are reminded that even the smallest amount of courage can turn the tides of war " Ignitus, The legend of Spyro: A new beginning

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Michael Byrne

Michael Byrne is the Founder and Managing Director of LETs (Lived Experience Trauma Support Ltd) and established LETs after overcoming many incredible traumatic lifetime events culminating in a Mental Health Breakdown in 2017. 
 
As a result of overcoming his breakdown, in May 2018 Michael left his 33 year career in Local Government and his post as a Director of a Housing Association in Glasgow and set up LETs with the aim of improving Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace. 
 

Michael has been the Keynote Speaker for organisations such as RBS, Zurich, BoS, The British Army as well as multiple Local Authorities around the United Kingdom. Michael was recently the Keynote Speaker for the LGSC for Northern Ireland at the launch of their Wellbeing Policy & Strategy and in 2019 was a Keynote Speaker at Holyrood.  
 
Michael is regularly featured in multiple UK news and media outlets and is also the author of Poems From A Mod: My Journey Through Trauma, Recovery and Survival. This book takes the reader on a journey through Michael’s Mental Health breakdown into recovery.  Michael’s 2nd book titled ‘Don’t Believe Your Brain!’ was released during Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2020 and became an instant Amazon Bestseller. 

 

Favourite Mental Health Quote:  ‘Many beautiful destinations are found when you are lost’.

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Scott Tees

Scott is an accomplished Online Safety and Cyber Security and Prevention Consultant who possesses a proven track record in designing and delivering robust security solutions and strategies to manage and mitigate risks.

Scott was a strategic advisor to the Scottish Government’s Cyber Resilience Strategy; and has also worked with a number of key partners including Europol; National Cyber Security Centre; National Crime Agency as well as public, private and third sector partners.

In 2018, Under Scott’s leadership, the Police Scotland Cybercrime Prevention Team was recognised at the Scottish Cyber Awards where they were awarded the prize for the Outstanding Cyber Team.

Scott previously served for 10 years in the British Army, serving in a number of countries including Germany, Cyprus and Northern Ireland.

Scott is a graduate of Criminology having gained a BSc (Hons) degree with the University of Portsmouth

Favourite Mental Health Quote: "You Can Make A Difference".

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Catharine Idle

Catharine has an MSc in Sports Studies and is a 200-hour qualified Hatha yoga teacher, obtained through Jyoti Yoga and Yoga Alliance International. She is also qualified to teach Chair yoga and has been trained in trauma focused yoga. In addition, Catharine has worked in the charity and public sector for many years, supporting and empowering communities in rural Scotland to bring about the changes they want to see locally. She has 14 years experience in managing funding programmes and working in partnership with different organisations, interest groups and a wide range of very different people.


Special interests: yoga for trauma, body/mind/spirit balance, pranayama (breathwork), pure consciousness