High Fives

Meet the Team.

Management Team

Sandra Vaughan

Chief Executive

Sandra has worked in the mental health field for the past 30 years having worked for Sandwell and Birmingham Mind in various capacities, managing a residential unit, 365 day service provision, training and business development. She graduated from Wolverhampton University in 2006 and has various qualifications including Operational Management, Information, Advice and Guidance and Community Mental Health.

She is a trained youth worker and worked in this area for over 20 years as well as serving as a Magistrate for 37 years.

With a background in training prior to joining BCMH she worked for five years delivering around 34 courses to staff in the Health and Social Care field in the UK.

Having been a Mental Health First Aid instructor since 2010 Sandra is passionate about dispelling the myths around mental health.  In her current job role she delivers various training including the i-act programme.

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Tim Salter

Peer Co-Ordinator

Tim trained in Worcestershire as a mental health nurse and worked as a nurse specialist and clinical manager for the NHS for twenty-five years .He has trained in Gestalt group Psychotherapy.

Tim has worked in the Black Country for six years facilitating peer support groups which give people struggling with their mental health the opportunity to come together and share their experiences in a safe non-judgmental setting with support from others. He also supports individuals in the Kidderminster area. 

As a qualified assessor he acts as mentor and workplace supervisor to students on placement.

He is currently training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and is a formal student of Zen Buddhism being a member of the Sangha at Soji Zen Center based in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. His special interest is in growing the  interface of humanistic Western psychotherapies and Buddhist psychology in the field of mental health. 
 

Mark Ellis

Horticultural Co-ordinator

I worked at adoption charities as a media designer and later manager for around 15 years. My mental health suffered after redundancy and i found volunteering at my local wildlife reserve helped me a great deal. I wanted to work outdoors and use my lived experience of poor mental health. I joined Black County Mental Health where i lead therapeutic sessions from our walled garden at Steven's Park This helps many local people improve their mental health through being in nature, growing vegetables, tending the garden and having positive contact with others experiencing poor mental health

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