About us Meet the team Trustees Trustees Trustees with specific roles Guy Paisner, Chair Guy is an analyst at a London-based investment firm. He has a background in fundraising and investor relations for alternative asset managers and started his career as a financial journalist focused on European private equity and venture capital. Hilary Samson-Barry, Vice Chair Hilary is a leadership and professional development coach working mainly in the public and not for profit sectors. She has personal experience of bipolar through family members. Hilary is also a member of the charity's Finance Committee. Sarita Dent, Treasurer Sarita is a management and financial consultant who also sits on the boards of private and public sector organisations. She brings a wealth of commercial and financial expertise to the board of Trustees and is chair of the Finance Committee. Trustees Alice Alphandary Alice Alphandary works in banking supervision at the Bank of England. She studied natural sciences specialising in biology at university and so is always interested in learning about different medication and therapy used to manage the condition. Alice has family experience of bipolar. Melissa Barnett Melissa is Head of Public Affairs at Healthcomms Consulting, a healthcare-focused communications and public affairs agency. Melissa has worked at Healthcomms Consulting for a number of years, gaining expertise in healthcare, public affairs and PR and an understanding of the NHS and current policy initiatives. Jeremy Clark Jeremy is a Mental Health Policy Manager at the Department of Health and Social Care. He has a diagnosis of bipolar and is a carer for a family member with the condition. He has been an active volunteer with Bipolar UK for many years, co-facilitates one of our peer support groups and helps to raise awareness, with a particular interest in self-management techniques and digital tools. Derrick Dale Derrick is a QC who practices commercial law from Fountain Court Chambers. He also sits as an arbitrator and is a bencher of Middle Temple. He is currently involved in developing fund raising strategies within the charity. Robert Print Robert is Head of Executive Office at the Law Society, working primarily on strategy, business improvement and governance. He was diagnosed with bipolar in 2010, and in 2018 ran his third London Marathon in support of Bipolar UK. Nadia Silver Nadia is a barrister specialising in financial, and serious and organised crime. She has a particular interest in how the criminal justice system deals with defendants who are suffering from mental ill health. She has personal experience of bipolar through a close family member. Bill Walden-Jones Following a highly successful career in the charity sector, including 11 years as Chief Executive of the mental health charity Hafal, Bill retired in 2014 to focus on developing a writing and consultancy role. He retains his close links with Hafal as a consultant. Allan Young Professor Allan Young is the Director of the Centre for Affective Disorders (CfAD) within the Department of Psychological Medicine in King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry (IoP). His research interests focus on the cause and treatments for severe psychiatric illnesses, particularly mood disorders. Thanks also go to Clare Dolman, Ashley Toft, Maggie Gibbon, William Courage, Tamasin Little, Mohini Morris and Jennifer Trent Staves (trustees who stepped down between 2018 and 2022).