Our Team

 

Parvin Ahmed – Coordinator 

Parvin Ahmed has taken up the role of client coordinator for WSS. She has a BSC, Certificate in Teaching ESOL and a Certificate of HE in Early Years Professional Practice. In addition to that, she has completed a L2/L3 ILM Enterprise and Employability course.

Parvin has been doing community/charity work both paid and on a voluntary basis for the past 15 years. She has undertaken administration to operational delivery of services. Not only that, during these times she has supported people from diverse backgrounds and age and has collaboratively worked with many organisations including the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council.

Currently, Parvin is working for two charity organisations and in Epsom Primary School as a parent ESOL teacher. She has also worked in retail and as a Playworker.

Parvin hopes that through her work with WSS she can empower clients to rebuild their lives and take them in the direction they choose. She hopes that her enthusiasm, passion and good humour will help.

Parvin’s interests include continuously developing herself professionally and taking family and friends out for a meal.

 

Debbie Brewin – Chair/Professional Advisor

HPC Registered Occupational Therapist, BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Accredited EMDR Therapist (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and Mindfulness Practitioner.

After an early career as an OT in the community working with adults with a physical disability, Debbie worked for over 27 years in mental health, specialising in CBT in 2006. She has retained an interest in physical health and how this is affected by psychological well-being and has worked as a practitioner, supervisor, trainer and clinical manager in the NHS, universities and in private practice. She was also a co-founder of WSS and believes passionately in the role of education and employment in promoting resilience and building confidence and self -worth.

Debbie has been involved in training GPs, therapists and health professionals in the UK, Norway and Iceland. She has also published several articles and presented at BABCP conference. She has been involved with research into the health benefits of employment and several clinical trials looking at the benefits of increasing physical activity.

 

Kathryn Childs

New into her working career, Kat brings her marketing skills in digital, editorial and design to assist with WSS’s PR.

Kat has seen for herself the struggles that some young people go through gaining employment, particularly after graduating from University. This has made her very passionate in raising awareness that WSS are here to help as much as we possibly can.

With a new found love for exercise, Kat regularly attends the gym and enjoys adrenaline-based sports. She absolutely adores her cat, Finley, and enjoys being around animals and wildlife.

 

 

Karen Baird

Karen’s background is in HR. She has a BSc Honours, a Post Graduate in Personnel Management. She is a former member of IPD.

Karen currently works as ASM for the CAB, and she is advice trained.

Karen was one of the original founding members of Work Stress Solutions and has stayed closely involved with the organisation over the years. She was instrumental in getting WSS charitable status, and was Chair for many years and continues to advise on governance and legislation

 

James McCallum

James has over 30 years’ experience in financial management, and more recently general management, working for a range of businesses in a variety of roles. He is a Chartered Accountant, and has non-executive roles with Coram and Work Stress Solutions.

It was through observing at first hand the very high quality of care that his father received at home when he became terminally ill, that James decided in 2013 to devote the rest of his career to running his own business in the care sector – by acquiring a Caremark franchise. James is totally committed to providing the very highest standards of care and support to those in need in Wandsworth who choose to remain living in their own homes.

 

Sophie Papageorgis

Sophie used to be the Coordinator for Work Stress Solutions, and worked for the charity for many years, both assisting the clients and also undertaking much of the administration and reception work. Sophie has studied counselling to certificate level, and has manned volunteer help-lines in the past. She continues to have a strong interest in the importance of mental health, and is currently a listening volunteer for a national charity.

Sophie now works in customer service, but is glad to be on the Board of Trustees for Work Stress Solutions as the organisation is very important to her.

 

Rachel Raywood

A trustee of Work Stress Solutions since its inception, Rachel has experience of working in both public and private sectors spanning a variety of disciplines.

For eighteen years she headed up a professional body within the construction industry where she held the post of Chief Executive as well as being the Director of its associated educational charity. That experience enables her to bring relevant knowledge and expertise to her role as trustee.

Her interests include the arts, reading (especially fiction) and maintaining a keen interest in gardening.

 

Patricia McGuire

Patricia is the Secretary for the Board of Work Stress Solutions (WSS) and one of its Trustees both of which commenced in July 2016. Patricia is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with over 12.5 years working in a Local Authority Law Team as Deeds Clerk, Law Clerk, and a Business Service Officer in the Secretarial Team of the said Law Team.

Patricia has a long-standing interest in mental health well-being and well-being for the body soul and spirit. Patricia finds the goals and provision of WSS to be truly beneficial to preparing people to enter or return to work; and thus is very happy to be Secretary/Trustee for WSS.

Her interests are my Christian faith, my garden, cooking, and some theatre.

 

Paul King

Paul was Coordinator for WSS from 2011 – 2014 and has worked with the charity on the Board of Trustees as an IT consultant since 2010. He currently works as an IT Support consultant and also volunteers at the local foodbank.