Board Members

Colin Fyfe (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.

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Rose Beech

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.

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Kate Jury

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 Niche Health and Social Care Consulting as their Director of Governance and Assurance. Kate is a keen badminton player and coach and is dedicated to promoting grass-roots badminton in schools.

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Sarah Calvert

Sarah’s relationship with the third sector blossomed during her time as President of Leeds RAG, one of the largest university fundraising societies in the country. Upon graduation, she began training to be a Chartered Accountant as an Audit Associate with Grant Thornton LLP and can’t wait to be fully qualified in 2017. The aims of Anxiety UK are very close to Sarah’s heart, as her partner has used the services for a number of years, so she is thrilled to be working with a charity which she knows have such a positive and direct impact.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith is a Senior Associate at JMW Solicitors LLP. In addition to being a Solicitor, Jennifer has enjoyed a close working relationship with the third sector, since her two year tenure as Charity Director for JCI Manchester and subsequent Presidency. Jennifer is therefore thrilled to join the Anxiety UK board as this was the natural next step and is very much looking forward to contributing to the growth and development of the organisation. In particular, Jennifer is looking forward to helping develop long term strategic relationships with other organisations and businesses, to help raise awareness about the fantastic work that we do.


The aims of Anxiety UK are very close to Jennifer’s heart, with a number of close friends needing to rely on the services of the charity. Furthermore, Jennifer specialises in employment law and advises both employers and employees in relation to this on a day to day basis and in particular, the area of disability discrimination has become a specialism for Jennifer. Mental health conditions can classify as a disability under the Equality Act 2010, which can then present a minefield for employers and much needed protection for employees.