Board Members

Annette Boden (Chair)

MSc, BSc (Hons) Psychology, MBPsS, FNSHP, Adv.Dip THP (N-SHAP), Adv. Dip (NCHP).

As a fully qualified integrative psychotherapist, I use a wide range of techniques, including Hypnosis, Solution focused Psychotherapy, Cognitive Counselling, with a focus on ‘Positive Psychology’, ‘Transpersonal Psychology’, and Compassion Focused Therapy. I also incorporate, mindfulness- based approaches.

Specialist interests include: Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive, Stress management, performance enhancement and achievement; confidence, self-esteem, Alcohol problems, weight management and emotional eating, Insomnia, Motivation, Chronic fatigue & Fibromyalgia.

As a ‘trained teacher’ of the Mindful Self-Compassion programme. I am one of the first cohort of European teachers in this field in the UK.

In November 2016, I completed intensive training to become one of the first cohort of teachers outside the US to teach ‘Making friends with yourself-MSC for teens and young adults’

As a trained Mindful self-compassion teacher and believe firmly that mindfulness has an important role to play in the wellbeing and positive emotional functioning of every student undertaking academic study.

I am included on the directory of ‘Trained Mindful Self-Compassion programme teachers’ around the world with the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Sarah Calvert (Vice Chair)

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.