Hear Us Trustees
Ruth Govan (Chair)

I had my first bipolar episode when I was 25. Throughout my adult life I have continued to have episodes, usually being sectioned and treated on a locked ward. I have been picked up many times by the police, spending time in a cell, until I could be transferred to hospital. At one stage I was arrested and held for three days in Holloway Prison, before going to hospital. In short, I have a long experience of the mental health systems of this country.

With Hear Us, I feel that I can put those experiences to good use, as well as experience the warmth of others who have been through much the same things.

Peter Rogers (Company Secretary)

In the years I accessed mental health services I often felt alone and not listened to. I've been company secretary and a Trustee of Hear Us for 5 years because I believe Hear Us is the strong voice service users need on their side which I didn't have in the past. I work for Active Minds

David Ashton

I have been a Trustee of Hear Us for about two years now and, prior to that, I had spent two years volunteering and working as part of many of Hear Us's projects. Over these years I have seen Hear Us change and grow in many wonderful ways. I have also seen many things that have remained the same throughout my time with Hear Us: How Hear Us can Make a difference to so many who live with Mental illness including the volunteers, staff and Trustees of Hear Us. Also the passion who all who have, and, are fighting to bring about positive change to the mental health community and to make a difference to individual service users. I haven't always had much belief in myself, but I can look back and proudly say that I have been a part of the change and growth that has enabled Hear Us to reach more people and make more of a difference. But Most importantly I can proudly say that I have been a part of the heart of Hear Us that has always remained the same.

Kato Walmsley

I love being a Trustee for Hear Us, I think the work that Hear Us does in Croydon is amazing and see the positive impacts on many people's lives as well as in the mental health service provision in the borough. I take my role as a Trustee for Hear Us very seriously and enjoy the chance to help guide the charity.

My most important job is as a mum to my 2 daughters, and also work flexibly as a nurse in the local hospitals. I love being able to bring the positive word of Hear Us to the ward environment.

I love walking, so watch this space for walking to health events.

Adrian Lucas

  I have a member of Hear Us for around 5 years taking part as both a Linkworker, a member of the Reachout Challenge and the head of the media group. About two years ago I decided that I would apply to become a Trustee member and bring to the table my experience in mental health as I have been diagnosed with clinical depression. I have enjoyed my time as a trustee and would recommend that others if the opportunity arises to take the plunge and become a trustee member

Hear Us has been running since 4th October 2001 as a not for profit organisation in Croydon and on 15th April 2010 the Management Committee registered Hear Us with the Charity Commission for charity status (No. 1135535) to give Hear Us a more independent and stronger voice in the community.

The constitution in the original form was adopted by resolution at the AGM held on the 27th May 2004. Amendments to the constitution were adopted by resolution at the EGM held on 1st July 2008.

The Management Committee are the Trustee Group and are listed on page 5 of the Annual Report 2009/10. They include a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and the Coordinator Tim Oldham. The Committee has the power to co-opt members as and when they deem it necessary. The Trustee Group is responsible for the day to day running of Hear Us and has a responsibility to report to the funders, charity commission and other stakeholders whenever the need arises.


  1. To relieve the needs of people living in the London Borough of Croydon and surrounding areas who have mental health problems by the provision of services and advice
  2. To advance education about mental health for the public benefit in the London borough of Croydon and surrounding areas with the object of creating awareness and reducing the stigma attached to mental health