Mike Ellsmore (Chair of Trustees and Finance Manager)
Mike was, until he retired in 2014, Director of Finance and Resources for the London Borough of Bexley, having worked in local government finance for over 40 years. He is a qualified accountant. Since retiring, Mike has been appointed as independent chair of the Local Pension Boards at the London Boroughs of Croydon, Southwark and Sutton.
He is also Chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s Pensions Panel.
He joined Centrepieces in October 2014.
Rosie Eaglen is a practising artist and musician. Rosie was formally the Principal of the Learning and Enterprise College Bexley, which is the main provider of adult and community learning in the borough. Rosie held several positions in the College including art tutor, curriculum manager and Strategic Manager for Curriculum and Quality.
Prior to joining the College, Rosie as a mature student undertook a BA (Hons) Degree in Art and Design (Fine Art) at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design. Rosie also holds a Master’s in Education from Goldsmiths.
Rosie has a strong affiliation with Bexley, having previously lived in the borough raising her family. Rosie has a strong interest in mental health having both personal and professional experience of supporting people with mental health issues.
Andrew Grieve was the Chief Executive Officer of Bexley Accessible Transport Scheme (BATS) until 2014 and then a Trustee of BATS from 2014 to 2016. He is now a Director of Pathways 21 Community Services Ltd, a third sector consultancy and training company.
Fiona is an experienced management graduate currently working as a consultant writing bids for funding for local charities and delivering training to community organisations.
In her previous role as Deputy Principal of an adult education college, she worked closely with local organisations and community groups to improve the lives of individuals by offering support to access education and training. She has both safeguarding and health and safety expertise as well as experience of supporting people through difficult and challenging situations. She has an interest in supporting mental health and is trained as a Mental Health First Aider.
Olwyn was Development Manager at Bexley Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) for sixteen years until 2015. This role involved support and development of voluntary organisations in the Borough of Bexley, including fundraising, project development, charity registration and regulation, governance and employment. Responsibilities also included developing and managing grants programmes for external organisations, organising a comprehensive training programme for the voluntary sector and supporting groups to achieve quality standards. Olwyn previously worked for 14 years as manager of a large community centre, establishing, developing and supporting local voluntary groups to address needs and help regenerate the surrounding area.
With a background in teaching, Olwyn ran one of the first crèche projects in the country, which operated on a mobile basis and also worked in family groups projects. She has taught at her local Community College, running courses on managing and developing services in community buildings. Olwyn has a post-graduate diploma in community development and youth work, and is a qualified mentor for “PQASSO” (Practical Quality Assurance Standard for Small Organisations), the main quality standard for voluntary organisations. She currently works as a freelance consultant and trainer providing services for voluntary sector organisations. She also works as Community Safety Engagement Officer in the Lottery funded “Big Local” area in Slade Green, Bexley.
Guy’s relevant mental health arts experience is threefold; as a community artist, contemporary artist and senior educationalist.
He is a trained Community Artist who has worked as a consultant for large community arts companies and with Centrepieces as a Community Arts Project Leader since the group’s inception in 1999.
He is a trained sculptor and designer who has exhibited and curated in many regional arts centres, national museums and international shows. His personal projects deal with issues of well-being and emotional distress and have been reviewed nationally and international in books, broadsheets and radio.
Guy is a trained teacher and worked in various senior capacities in schools and colleges specialising in SEMH (Social Emotional and Mental Health) work.
Britta von Zweigbergk
Britta started as an Art Therapist at Bexley Hospital, and stayed there until 1996 when the department closed with the gradual demise and demolition of the hospital. During the 1970s, she worked closely with the artist Cynthia Pell. In 1987, she became Head Art Therapist and continued to develop the Art Therapy service for Bexley and Greenwich culminating in a move into the community in the 1990s and the formation of an outpatient service covering both areas.
Britta was closely involved with exhibitions of Cynthia Pell’s work and the publication of a book to accompany the showing of her work. In 2004, she co-authored a book on the History of Bexley Hospital ‘The Village on the Heath’ with Michael Armstrong.
Britta retired from Oxleas in 2004 and worked as a locum Art Therapist for Kent and Medway NHS Partnership Trust for a number of years. She also did some consultancy work with disturbed adolescents in a local residential home.
Jenny Watson (Vice Chair of Trustees)
Jenny held a number of senior Local Authority roles in Social Housing and Education for the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Bexley. She is an experienced project manager and administrator, and had contact with a wide range of different organisations and people during her professional career.
Jenny has a personal interest in how mental health issues can affect individuals’ day to day lives and their relationships with family and friends.