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.