Meet the team

Ian Tegderdine - NWSDU

Ian is a podiatrist by professional background but has spent most of his career in training, education, human resources and organisational and workforce development.

Ian’s first degree is in podiatry but he also holds a Master’s degree in management and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

He spends way too much time and money indulging his favourite pastime of theatre in all its forms.

Rob Hardy - NWSDU

Rob supports the Deputy Director with running the Unit, engaging with stakeholders across the country and has leadership across the core project work.

Rob has spent most of his career working on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme at both a regional (London) and a national level – latterly being the Health Education England (HEE) IAPT national workforce programme lead and deputy national mental health lead. Rob also spent some time working at University College London (UCL) running the Psychological Interventions Research Centre, managing a number of evaluation projects of mental health and addiction services. 

All of his spare time is taken up with music. He plays the guitar for his band and regularly tours Europe writing and releasing new records.

Amber O’Brien

Amber is a registered mental health nurse with over 15 years’ experience in the mental health sector. She has worked in inpatient settings for a large proportion of her career and at a senior level across a range of settings in both the NHS and private sector. Her experience spans psychiatric intensive care, forensic settings, practice education, policy and strategy design and one-to-one patient consultation. In addition to her nursing qualification, she has a PGCert in Clinical Neuroscience and an MSc in Psychiatric Research. She also holds a specialist training and assessment qualification. 

In her spare time, Amber enjoys music, comedy and quizzing.

2021 - 22 Projects: 

Developing a national strategy to support Children and Young People’s Mental Health inpatient workforce

Preparing the workforce for the proposed Mental Health Act reform

2020 - 21 Projects:

Retaining mental health nurses in the last third of their career

Mental health nursing post-registration national standards

Joanna Daci - NWSDU

As a Senior Project Manager, Joanna has responsibility for operational effectiveness of the Unit. 

Joanna has over 16 years’ experience within the education and training sector in the NHS. She started her career in general management, working to increase responsibility in project management before she moved into programme operations management. 

Joanna has a BA(Hons) in Business Management and an MSc in Strategic Quality Management. She has also gained the Chartered Manager status of the Chartered Management Institute. 

She enjoys spending time with her two young children and her favourite past-times include painting, travelling, exploring nature and playing basketball.

2021 - 22 Projects: 

Preparing the workforce for the proposed Mental Health Act reform

2020-21 Projects: 

National Mental Health Collaborative 

Developing New Roles

Raleen Fernandes

Raleen is a life scientist with a master’s degree in medical biotechnology from the University of Westminster. She is passionate about working for the NHS and has dedicated over ten years of her career to improve the lives of patients with challenging conditions.

She has worked for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and NHS England. Along with experience of conducting clinical trials, Raleen has managed national and international projects committed to enhance care, treatment and diagnosis for people living with dementia, neurodegenerative disorders, mental health conditions and sickle cell disease. 

Her previous role was particularly focused on programme managing ARISE; an EU funded initiative aimed at workforce training and development to implement newborn screening and improve the treatment of sickle cell disease in Africa.  

Raleen enjoys teaching and as a NIHR GCP facilitator for South London she has trained research staff for over 8 years. 

Raleen’s family is from India’s smallest yet one of the most sunny and beautiful states, Goa. She absolutely adores her three boys (one of which is her poodle puppy) and when she isn’t working her world revolves around them. 

2021 - 22 Projects: 

Developing a national strategy to support Children and Young People’s Mental Health inpatient workforce

Supporting workplan delivery, communications and engagement through network development

Jenny Durling

Jenny is an experienced executive assistant who comes to the Unit after 12 years at the disability charity Scope, where she was Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive and Chair of Trustees. Prior to this she worked in a variety of different temporary administrative roles and spent two years as a Verifier and Services Research Assistant at Which? magazine.

Born in London, Jenny spent her childhood in Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand and completed an Honours degree in English Literature at Otago University.

She is predominantly motivated by supporting leaders to be the very best they can be, bringing order to chaos and improving backroom processes. She also volunteers at the Suzy Lamplugh Trust one day a week.

Jenny loves dogs, the seaside and true crime. 

Hannah Poupart

Hannah has 13 years experience working in NHS arm's length bodies. The golden thread has been project management but she has worked in executive education, staff learning and development, events management and membership and stakeholder engagement. 

Hannah is motivated by bringing order to complex and fast paced situations, alongside developing efficient processes with continuous learning. She is an advocate for supporting people but is ultimately passionate about getting to the heart of an issue to empower people and the systems themselves.

Hannah is a certified Agile Practitioner and has an post-graduate Advanced Award in Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Learning and Development Provision from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 

Outside of work Hannah’s interests are current affairs,  human rights, horror films and exploring places, peoples and cultures. 

2021 - 22 Projects: 

Maximising the contribution of Allied Health Professionals within mental health, learning disability and autism settings

Developing a national strategy to support Children and Young People’s Mental Health inpatient workforce

2020-21 Projects: 

Building on the mental health support workforce to meet service requirements

Atiya Fazalbhai

Atiya has worked in the NHS for over 7 years and has experience leading projects in resourcing, with a focus on improving equality and diversity in the workplace.

She has also qualified with an Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.

Atiya has always been passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, whether colleagues or service users. She strongly believes that representation matters and is motivated in supporting initiatives that will create a more inclusive workplace for everyone.

Outside work, Atiya spends most of her time in the kitchen as she is a keen cook and a baker. She also enjoys reading, traveling, and exploring the great outdoors.

2021-22 Project:

Maximising the contribution of Allied Health Professionals within mental health, learning disability and autism settings

2020-21 Project:

Building on the mental health support workforce to meet service requirements

Adedolapo Olaifa

Ade is passionate about working for the NHS and has done so for over five years.

She has an MSC in Occupational Psychology from Goldsmiths University of London.

Her previous role was in management in the NHS where she led a team of over 15 staff across two sites. She believes everyone should feel valued in the workplace and is interested in using research to improve the workforce and provide high quality care.

Outside work, Ade enjoys listening to true crime podcasts, watching TV shows and spending time with family and friends. She also likes travelling as she enjoys gaining knowledge of different cultures.

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