Our People

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Sian Vernon

Chair and Non-Exec Director

(Co-Founder)

Sian strategically leads healthandwork.org.uk and chairs the board of directors.
Sian is a highly experienced leader in human resources. She spent over nineteen years at Groupe Renault as Head of HR and then Director of HR for their North Territory (UK, Ireland, Malta, and Cyprus). Sian spent eighteen months as HR Director for The Challenge, with over 800 full-time employees, and 4,000 seasonal employees. She led the department that won the REBA Employee Wellbeing Newcomer Award 2019 and implemented best-practice flexible working practices. Sian has a BA Hons in French from the University of Reading and a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of West London. Sian has a passion for mental health and wellbeing at work, as well as making all employee spaces health aware and disability confident.
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Matthew Huggins

Managing Director and Editor

(Co-Founder)

Matthew leads the healthandwork.org.uk team and edits the news and content. 
Matthew has twenty years of experience in health and social care knowledge environments, particularly workforce development. He has a passion for mental health and employee health, recently spending five years managing health, wellbeing and disability services for employees of a national charity. He led the team that won the REBA Employee Wellbeing Newcomer Award in 2019. Matthew has developed and delivered numerous training courses and workforce development programmes and has recently qualified as a Nuco Mental Health First Aid Instructor. As well as a health and wellbeing background, he has a Degree in Creative Writing, an MA in Playwriting & Screenwriting, an MA in English Literature and has written and edited several books. Matthew is currently completing his Level 7 in Human Resource Management and Organisational Development and a NEBOSH Diploma. In his spare time, he looks after dogs (too many of them!), is learning to play the piano, and writes.
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Clementine Parker

Director of Operations

(Co-Founder)

Clementine provides day-to-day leadership of all of our operations, works closely with our partners and contractors, and the implementation of projects and services. 
Clementine is a skilled operations manager with over 10 years’ experience in third-sector organisations. Her specialism is the design, implementation and management of programmes aimed at removing barriers for individuals with disabilities. Most of Clementine’s experience has been in mental health where she has managed services, devised new workstreams and developed strategy in crisis and primary care settings. She has developed national training on managing anxiety, developing resilience, and supporting staff with their mental health. Alongside her mental health experience, Clementine has developed and delivered initiates on upskilling and supporting managers to be disability confident in the workplace including the implementation of reasonable adjustments, clinical supervision and flexible working. Clementine has a masters from the University of Birmingham in Political Psychology where her specialism was trauma and its effects on an individual’s perception of the world, she also has certificates in mental health first aid, conflict mediation and clinical supervision. 
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Burhan Ali-Shah

Head of Website and Systems

(Co-Founder)

Burhan leads the website and systems team and makes sure we comply with data protection laws and best practice.
Burhan graduated in telecommunications systems and has nine of years of multinational experience in information technology, project management, procurement and supply chain management. He benefits from extensive experience as a data scientist, delivering projects,, providing business analysis, and implementing new processes. He is an excellent cook (Editor: I’ve eaten, so I know!) and in his spare time enjoys learning about new technologies, fixing things, and car regeneration.
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Aisha Sarfraz

Business and Social Media Manager

(Co-Founder)
Aisha manages our business administration processes and our social media handles.
Aisha graduated with a BSc in Psychology and has an MSc in International Business. She has extensive experience in marketing, management and leadership. Aisha has a passion for health and inclusion at work, believing in a holistic approach to encouraging and maintaining health and wellbeing of employees to achieve a positive impact both personally and professionally. As well as being a mother to two young children, in her spare time, Aisha loves travelling, organising events, and having a good read. 
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Clare Tierney  

Content Writer

Clare curates and writes content for healthandwork.org.uk and works with our contributors.
Clare recently completed a BA in French and Portuguese at the University of Oxford. If she were to have her time at university again, she says she would definitely study medicine, hence why writing health-related content with healthandwork.org is the perfect graduate opportunity for her. She is an experienced writer, having written for student publications in Oxford, writing poetry, and editing a creative arts magazine. In her spare time, she enjoys watching documentaries (especially medical documentaries), running, cycling, going to the gym, baking cakes and finding new favourite coffee shops and pubs in her local area.

Non-Executive Board Members

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Katie Booth

Non-Exec Board Member

Katie is the lead board member for strategy and development.
Katie currently works as the Director of Programmes for an access to higher education charity, AccessEd. Formerly, Katie worked as Head of Strategic Planning and Projects at social integration charity The Challenge, as well as working as a former strategy consultant at PwC. Katie gained experience in health and work space in a former role at an organisation called Virtuagym. She holds other trustee positions as a Governor at Kingsley Academy Hounslow. Katie has a first-class degree from the University of Cambridge and is a Prince 2 Practitioner. She is also a Grade 8 flute player and has a Tennis Leaders Qualification. 
Ola Awosika

Ola Awosika

Non-Exec Board Member

Ola is the lead board member for the editorial committee and diversity and inclusion. 
After studying Law and Politics at undergrad, Ola Awosika continued her studies in Law and Society at Postgraduate level. She began her career working in Germany and India in the field of International Law. After a profound experience of India at the height of the Delhi case Ola decided that Law was not as she puts it `how you change the world’ and moved back to the UK to work on passion projects which make a difference. Ola worked at The Challenge Network, the UKs leading charity for building a more integrated society and has since moved on to work as a Transformation Manager at Police Now, an organisation with the mission to disrupt the sector and create police forces that are more representative of the communities they serve. Ola also runs her own consultancy The Aweo Group, where she and her team work to support charities and social enterprises in organisational transformation, more specifically strategic and operational transformation where they work to find ways to support their clients in being more effective and efficient. 
When she is not working Ola is a diligent activist. She currently runs a platform and radio show called The Black Card Talks, with the main purpose being about having conversations about race and race relations to support us all in understanding each other’s realities.  
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Sian Prime

Non-Exec Board Member

Sian is the lead board member for technology and data security.
Sian is pleased to be using her many years of experience in the corporate world and not-for-profit sector in support of the team at HealthandWork. She is passionate about bringing a deep understanding of business strategy, customer and operational needs into the heart of technology teams and enjoys facilitating strong, effective collaboration across teams and between organisations.
Currently Associate Head of Data Platforms at the NSPCC, Siân lives in Guildford with her husband, two sons and one cat. While the older son is at university in Southampton and younger son is at school, the cat likes to keep her company by walking in front of her laptop while she attempts to run workshops over Microsoft Teams.
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Mita Harendrasinh Sindha

Non-Exec Board Member

Mita has over 10 years’ experience in the Youth Sector and youth voice advocacy. She has worked for a variety of organisations including Envision, The University of Birmingham, The Challenge Network and Fearless Futures. She also holds a BA in Social Policy, has served as Chair of the British Youth Council, sat on the Advisory Board for Step Up To Serve and has mentored youth debating teams. She currently works for The Social Change Agency and manages the Young Trustees Movement.