Our People


In 1986 John trained at Western Area College of Nursing and qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1989.

In 1999 he completed his Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) at Oxford Brookes University and graduated in the year 2002.

He then worked as a Clinical Service Manager for Oxford Health from 2001 – 2004. John began at Response in the year 2005.



Gemma has worked in Human Resources since 2007 and started her career as an HR Administrator in a Car Rental Company before progressing through a variety of sectors including Manufacturing and Logistics until she finally ended up at Response as the Head of Human Resources in 2016.

Instead of going to university Gemma decided to complete her CIPD qualification alongside working full time which has led to a passion for people development and supporting employees to be the best they can be in their professional careers.

Gemma’s weekends are spent with her young family and watching sports including football and ice hockey.


Stuart has worked in social care and health for over two decades.

A proven dynamic and hard-working professional with a wide range of transferable skills gained in different roles. Stuart demonstrates excellent working knowledge within the areas of, Mental Health and substance use, with effective communication skills within different working environments.

A passionate dedicated individual who is as motivated today as he was on his first day in the field. An award-winning project manager that can demonstrate high working standards across all areas.

He prides himself on his innovative working and use of interactive technology, alongside striving for Harm Reduction and people’s access to the right support for them.

Our Trustee’s


Bob is a Chartered Accountant who has spent most of his career in financial and managerial roles in various industries mainly papermaking, furniture manufacture, media and subsequently IT businesses. He spent ten years consulting in a Mental Health Trust.  More recently he has operated as a non-executive director and chairman in various businesses and charities. Currently he is the chairman of a healthcare solutions development business that is focusing upon the management of the treatment of patients with long term illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes. 

Bob is the chairman of Response and is greatly committed to the improvement of the working environment of social and mental health staff, and of improving the living environment and lifestyles of individuals who experience mental health issues, that they care for.

Bob is also chairman of Buckinghamshire County Museum Trust with a vision to make the museum experience relevant to young people, to expand the awareness of the culture of Buckinghamshire and to bring first class exhibitions out of London and into the provinces.

Bob is a naval historian, specialising to date in the Napoleonic era, author of: British Expeditionary Warfare and the Defeat of Napoleon, 1793 – 1815 and various other papers. He is now researching the contribution of merchant shipping in the First World War.

Married with two daughters and a new delightful grand-daughter.


Since early 1990s Hazel has worked within the mental health and housing sector in Oxfordshire – as a practitioner in the Community Mental Health Team, referrer to Response and as a commissioner. Hazel always found the organisation to be caring and adaptable to the needs of residents and willing to try to find a solution for people with particular housing and support needs.

Since she joined the Response Board in the summer of 2017 Hazel has become aware of the breadth of decisions which have to be made within the limits of significant financial restraints. Hazel enjoys the challenge of chairing the Performance Committee and supporting Response staff to maintain a consistent approach and a high quality resident experience throughout the expanding services.

The first part of her career was in communications and marketing and was Director of Communications for M&G Group PLC,  a FTSE 250 company providing a range of retail financial services products.  The last 12 years of her working life have been in the charity sector.  In 2008 she set up a charity, Ride High, which uses horses to transform the lives and prospects of disadvantaged children,  www.ridehigh.org. It is now a thriving social enterprise with a 5-year plan to become independent of philanthropy. She was awarded an MBE for services to children in 2018. Now she provides consultancy to a range of other charities working with vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalised people.

Paul is currently the Chief People Officer at Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team. He joined the Team in 2012 and has learned a lot about growing an organisation into a successful, high performing team.

In addition to his first business degree, Paul is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and has an MBA from Warwick Business School. Paul has spent his HR career working predominantly in the automotive OEM sector with Ford Motor Company and under Ford’s Premier Automotive Group, Land Rover and Volvo Cars, in many UK and international roles. Paul left Jaguar Land Rover in 2012 to join Mercedes.

He has 5 young adults in what he describes as his ‘blended family’, loves all sport and sails yachts whenever he can.

Paul is new to this sector and is finding that he has a lot to learn. Mental health and Wellbeing are topics that have cropped up within his own family, have a high profile in his current role and are subjects of great interest to him. Paul was delighted and grateful when he was accepted as a Trustee of such a progressive and talented team and is committed to applying his experience and approach to help support the Response team reach new heights.

For the last 30 years, Johanna has worked in Human Resources. Following a Spanish, Politics and Economics degree, she started her HR career in the private sector. She progressed to a European HR Operations Manager within NSK-RHP(a global Japanese Manufacturing company).

When her first daughter was born, Johanna moved into the public sector, working as a Deputy Director of Workforce for Peterborough Hospitals before relocating to join the Oxford University Hospitals in a senior Human Resources role. Now Johanna’s two daughters are young adults; she has time to dedicate to her interests, including mental health support to young adults. Johanna is delighted that the trustee role allows her to use her specialist HR knowledge to benefit Response.

Cyara has been advocating for improved mental health provision and awareness since she was a teenager engaging with public mental health services herself. She is a recent Oxford History and English graduate, where she studied the history of Mental Health. Whilst at University she began exploring the wider Oxfordshire charity sector through a range of voluntary and internship roles.
Cyara joined Response as a trustee because she wanted to put her lived experience of mental health to good use, and ensure that service-user’s voices can be understood in depth.
During the working day, Cyara is a manager for an ed-tech and tutoring company, and in her spare time, she can be found running ‘Grabbing Back.com’, a feminist theory website she founded to improve education on intersectional feminism.

Wendy is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist who has worked in NHS community CAMHS services since 1992. She has held several clinical leadership roles, including as a clinical director advising on service developments and service transformation in a range of children’s and adult eating disorder services. Some of these developments have been with voluntary sector partners with NHS services in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.