Amo Kalar (Chair)
Since his first stint as an AUK helpline volunteer where he helped to set-up Destigmatize, our BME service, to now fighting for service user rights on Anxiety UK’s and other third sector boards, Amo Kalar has shown huge commitment to anxiety and wider mental health issues. He is published widely, both in academic research and the media, on ethnicity and mental health/anxiety. Amo is a Chair of Anxiety UK’s board, as well as a board member of Advance UK and the Mental Health Helplines Partnership (MHHP). He works for the Home Office.
Colin Fyfe (Vice Chair)
Having worked for the National Australia Group (Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank Brands in GB) for 29 years I moved to Darlington Building Society in April 2014 as the CEO. I have lived in Scotland, Melbourne Australia, London, Manchester and Darlington whilst undertaking a variety of roles within the Financial Services Sector including Internal Audit, Corporate Banking, Corporate Credit, Marketing and Commercial Banking. I joined the Board of Anxiety UK in late 2008 and thoroughly enjoy working with a group of people who make such a difference to people’s lives.
I have been involved with Anxiety UK since 2002 as a volunteer clinical hypnotherapist/counsellor. I joined the committee in May 2004. I also work for Self Help Services, as a facilitator of an anger management/social skills group. I am on the national register of hypnotherapists and psychotherapists, and am also a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.
I am a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist trained in a range of therapeutic modalities (primarily clinical hypnosis, NLP and EMDR), and a qualitative researcher with considerable experience in both the commercial and social policy arenas. As a therapist I work in private practice and see a very wide range of clients, especially people suffering from anxiety, depression, phobias and trauma.
I am also a volunteer therapist for Anxiety UK. In my role as a Trustee I will be primarily concerned with clinical governance at a strategic level. I sincerely believe that no one should suffer in silence with any anxiety disorder because genuine therapeutic help is available. My ambition is to support Anxiety UK in reaching out to more people to bring relief, resolution and healing.
On a personal note I am a lifelong Tottenham fan and live under the happy delusion that one day we will win the Champions League.
Carol first became involved with Anxiety UK as a member during a period of anxiety and depression. Following her recovery, with support from AUK services, Carol wanted to get more closely involved with the charity to ‘give something back’ and joined the Board of Trustees.
Following a 20 year career in NHS management, Carol is currently studying a person centred counsellor. She is married to a dairy farmer and has two daughters.
Satish has several years of experience in accountancy and financial services, including four and half years at Deloitte as an auditor and tax adviser, and more recently as a valuation controller with HSBC. During his time at Deloitte he qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA), and gained considerable experience in the charity sector. This included auditing large charities and providing accounts preparation and tax compliance services to smaller charities.
Anxiety is a subject which has personal significance for Satish and he is passionate about making a contribution to Anxiety UK.
Charlotte became involved with AUK after meeting Carol at College where they were both studying for a counselling qualification. After learning of the great work of AUK, Charlotte joined the Board in April 2013.
Charlotte has been a solicitor for 14 years and specialises in safeguarding/child protection.
Kate has been a long supporter of AUK having helped, in the past, to run social phobia support groups for service-users. Kate also has an ongoing commitment to the promotion of the acceptance of anxiety disorders in the workplace and is passionate about supporting AUK to continue to deliver the invaluable services that can help to change people’s lives. Kate works for Deloitte LLP as an Associate Director of their Healthcare Governance Practice, she specialises in board assurance, risk management and developing overall quality improvement in healthcare organisations. Kate is a keen badminton player and coach and is dedicated to promoting grass-roots badminton in schools.