Trustees

As a charity, our activities are overseen by our Board of Trustees. These trustees are appointed collectively and volunteer their time at regular meetings, complying with our governing document and the law and acting with skill and care in order to:

  • Ensure Grassroots is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit.
  • Act in Grassroots' best interests.
  • Ensure Grassroots is accountable.
  • Manage Grassroots' resources responsibly.

Rah Bray (Chair)

Regional Manager, Southdown Housing Association, BSc (Hons), MCMI. Rah has dedicated her career to supporting people to take control of their lives and improve their wellbeing, delivering support services to vulnerable people for nearly 20 years. Rah joined the board of Grassroots because she wanted to help further the work of a charity that is having a real impact in saving lives and preventing loss for families, friends and the community.

Lisa Rodrigues (Vice Chair)

I am a writer and mental health campaigner. After a 41 year career in the NHS as a nurse and latterly chief executive, I now try to use my understanding of stigma, including self-stigma, to raise awareness and reduce the negativity that are still associated with mental illness and suicide. I write, speak at conferences and via the broadcast media. I coach people in executive roles, and support new NHS managers and clinicians in a voluntary capacity. I was very proud to be invited to become a Trustee of Grassroots Suicide Prevention. I am also chairing a Time to Change project that aims to reduce the stigma experienced within and towards mental health services. You can read more about me here at www.lisasaysthis.com

Nick Muston

I am an auctioneer and valuer that has worked in and around the Brighton area for the last 35 years with the majority of that time specialising in antiques and fine art and for the last 8 years in property. I am a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). Married with triplet teenagers. I was keen to put something back into society and was looking for an opportunity to become a trustee of a charity when I was approached by a trustee of Grassroots. Having lost a close friend to suicide only last year the core beliefs, goals and ambition of Grassroots struck such a cord within me that I am delighted to have joined the board of such a great cause.

Rob Yates

Has worked with charities for more than 25 years, overseas and in the UK. He has been fundraising for more than 15 years with VSO, Kew Gardens and the Royal Pavilion & Museums. Rob loves music and is learning Jazz piano. Spending time with his family and walking on the Southdowns are the things he treasures most in life. "I want Grassroots to become a great fundraiser, then it can do more of it’s great work in preventing suicide."

Jourdan Durairaj

Passionate about improving public and voluntary sector service quality to support healthier and happier individuals, communities and organisations. Specialise in engaging stakeholders, promoting inclusive leadership and developing services to better meet people's needs. Founder of @NHSLGBT, an independent Twitter network promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* leadership and inclusive care in the NHS and co-author of the chapter on “Gender Reassignment” The Equality Act 2010 in Mental Health A Guide to Implementation and Issues for Practice. Ed. Hári Sewell. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012. Dad to two amazing children.

Grassroots Suicide Prevention appoints new Chief Executive

The Trustees of Grassroots are delighted to announce the appointment of Stella Comber as our new Chief Executive.

Chair of Trustees Rah Bray said:
"We were overwhelmed by the calibre of people who applied to lead our small but highly effective suicide prevention charity during its next phase of development. This response is a tribute to the reputation that our staff, trainers and volunteers have earned in the local and wider community.
 
"After a rigorous selection process, we appointed Stella because she not only showed the necessary drive, insights and management experience from her current role at Oasis, a well-regarded charity working in the field of substance misuse. Stella also impressed the panel with her compassion and vision for Grassroots, and provided us with tangible examples of how we can increase our effectiveness and help more people through our suicide prevention training and consultancy work.
 
"We are extremely excited that Stella will be joining us on 6th February 2017."

Stella said:
"I am delighted to join Grassroots Suicide Prevention. Throughout my career I have supported vulnerable people, in a range of adult social care settings and as a leader. Suicide touches many of us; helping to prevent suicide by leading Grassroots during the next phase feels exactly the right move for me. I met trustees, strategic partners, trainers, volunteers and staff from the charity during the selection process. I was inspired by their collective commitment to the aims of Grassroots, and I look forward to working with them all over the coming months and years."

# Stay Alive

A mobile app for those at risk of suicide and people worried about someone.

Android App on Google play
Available on the App Store
 
Patient Safety Awards Winner, 2015

Responding to the launch of the Stay Alive app Emma Wadey, Director of Nursing Standards and Safety at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"Suicide is everyone's business; it devastates so many lives no matter who you are, where you work or where you live. We want to use every method available to us to make Sussex, and beyond, a place where people thinking about suicide are supported and helped in their workplace and their community."

Thank you to all our clients and funders, including

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • NHS Brighton and Hove
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Department of Health
  • Sussex Community Foundation
  • Lloyds Bank
 
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Ealing
  • Surrey County Council
  • YMCA
  • Royal Navy
  • Crime Reduction Initiatives