Graham Beaumont CEO of Living Well Consortium
Graham Beaumont has been the CEO of Living Well Consortium since April 2018. Prior to this he was CEO of Health Exchange CIC (one of our member organisations).
Graham has a vibrant CV with a background in psychology, education and work in economic regeneration in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. He is committed to partnership working and building the strengths of all partners. Graham is passionate about change and improving the mental health and wellbeing of all communities we serve. These are the qualities he brings to the consortium.
Graham is constantly looking to grow and change the consortium as a business: “The consortium represents a collection of the best providers of mental health and wellbeing support in the West Midlands and our role is to take this capability into a wider marketplace, through collaboration and co-learning. This would worry some corporate companies but for me it means that we are constantly doing something different and growing as an enterprise”.
Growth is definitely a motivating factor for Graham but “money doesn’t get me out of bed in the morning” he says – it is his social mission to “help to change the landscape for mental health and wellbeing” that drives him forward.
Quality of services is also highly important to Graham: “One of the best ways to improve a business such as the consortium is to appoint the best people in the core and, through them, support businesses, who want to drive change forward, to be the best”.
Graham is recognised as a visionary thinker, with an excellent track record in strategic planning and policy implementation. Prior to his previous CEO role with Health Exchange he ran a Social Enterprise business support organisation and previously worked for 25 years, leading and managing many key areas of business development, economic regeneration, social inclusion and lifelong learning in Birmingham and the West Midlands.
Davy Hay Managing Director of Pattigift
I am the Managing Director of Pattigift Therapy CIC an
African centred psychological therapies organization based in Birmingham. My
background is in the field of mental health. I have worked as a mental health
nurse in a number of areas including inpatients, community liaison, elderly and
substance misuse; as well as working for a time as a mental health lecturer.
Alongside working in the UK, my work as taken to me the Caribbean and to Saudi
Arabia. I have degrees in nursing and mental health and postgraduate awards as
a specialist mental health practitioner.
I left the NHS after 25 years to find a vehicle that would
allow me to be more beneficial to my community. That vehicle was Pattigift
Therapy; and I feel honoured to have created the first (and only) independent
mental health hospital focussed on the particular cultural and psychological
needs of African heritage people. Although for a variety of reasons the project
ended; I consider it the most significant milestones in my career to date.
Jointly with a colleague at Pattigift I had the honor of
receiving the Presidents award from the Association of Black Psychologists
(USA) in 2016 for “advancing African centred healing internationally”.
I have been a board member of the consortium for a number of
years, and my motivation remains the same as the first day and that firstly to
hopefully be a voice for the smaller organizations within the consortium; and
secondly to play my part in ensuring that the board and the consortium as a
whole seeks to work ethically with its constituents.
Martin Hogg – CEO of Citizen Coaching
Martin Hogg is the founder and Director of Birmingham based
Social Enterprises Citizen Coaching CIC and Birmingham Counselling Services. Martin
leads a team of over 40 counsellors and therapists who deliver more than 8000
counselling sessions a year to people in Birmingham. A counsellor and coach
himself, Martin founded Citizen Coaching in 2005 to redress the lack of
affordable counselling options in the city and to provide early stage anger
management interventions to adults and young people whose anger is causing them
problems in their lives.
In his spare time Martin enjoys travel, particularly in
Scandinavia, and has a known weakness for ice-cream.
Tinga Umera Finance and Contracts manager
Tinga Umera joined Health Exchange in March 2016 as Finance
and Contracts manager with comprehensive experience in financial management,
business development, contracting, business analysis and company accounts.
Tinga’s previous roles/experience include working as a Finance Director, Head
of Finance, Financial controller and manager in the Private sector,
Recruitment, Healthcare and Banking industry.
“My ambition is to fully comprehend the dynamic world of
Social Enterprise, Business Accounting and Finance in all its technical and
practical aspects whilst putting theory into practice.”
In his spare time Tinge enjoys travelling, any form of sport
as well as meeting new people.
Richard Hadley Co-opted Member
Richard is a Chartered Accountant who spent 16 years at
Deloitte, working in both the corporate finance and audit businesses during
that time. Whilst at Deloitte Richard worked with a range of public, private
and third sector clients.
Richard’s work in the public sector was primarily for NHS
organisations. Richard was the project lead for a number of NHS trusts
undergoing foundation trust assessments, involving both financial due diligence
and an assessment of governance and controls. Richard also supported a number
of other NHS organisations across the UK that were undertaking transactions.
Richard’s work for private sector clients included being the
Deloitte project lead on the listing of a number of Midlands based businesses
on AIM. Richard led the work providing financial due diligence and an assessment
of financial controls and reporting procedures ahead of the listing.
Richard recently left Deloitte to pursue opportunities
working with third sector organisations. Richard currently supports a number of
organisations in a voluntary capacity and provides financial advice to other
social enterprises including the Board of Living Well Consortium.
Patrick Kwesiga MBACP, Clinical Operations Manager
Patrick Kwesiga is the Clinical and operation Manger for
Living Well Consortium. He is a registered member of the British Association
for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Holding a masters in Integrative Counselling
and Psychotherapy and BA (Social Sciences).
Qualified IAPT supervisor and hold a Post Graduate in IAPT
Leadership and Management and accredited Wellbeing Facilitator
Patrick has depth of experience in Community development and
community Health and wellbeing promotion.
Ben Howells Area Manager – Richmond Fellowship
Ben Howells is a graduate from Hull University with a
Politics degree; he has commercial and 3rd Sector management experience. Ben is
the area manager at Aquarius and has been in the 3rd sector industry for around
At Aquarius Ben works to develop and implement programmes to
help people overcome the harms caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling.
As an area manager Ben plays a key role as a successful
networker, building strong relationships with key stakeholders in the region to
complement the national Business Development team within the organisation. Ben
plays a key role in managing the business operation needs in general.
Ben has an outside interest in sports, specifically cricket,
football and Politics in general.
Ben currently is part of the Living Well Consortium Board.
Louise McKiernan Director Disability Resource Centre
Louise Mckiernan is Chief Executive of the Disability Resource Centre; one of the leading disability organisations operating in Birmingham, Solihull and the wider West Midlands providing a range of services to disabled people, frail older people and those with long term health conditions. This includes not only individuals with mental ill health but also those presenting with poor mental health as a result of their impairment or health condition.Louise Mckiernan is Chief Executive of the Disability Resource Centre; one of the leading disability organisations operating in Birmingham, Solihull and the wider West Midlands providing a range of services to disabled people, frail older people and those with long term health conditions. This includes not only individuals with mental ill health but also those presenting with poor mental health as a result of their impairment or health condition.Service provision for people with mental ill health in Birmingham includes:• Information, advice and advocacy support on such issues as housing, debt, fuel poverty, welfare, safeguarding, independent living and access to statutory and non-statutory services• Confidential counselling services• Social, leisure and health promotion activities• Life skills and personal development training• Work preparation and employment support• Help at Home Service supporting people to live independently in their own homes through the provision of domestic support tasks, garden maintenance and handy-person services
Harvinder Sohal Markeitng and Operation Manager
Harvinder Sohal is the Marketing and Operations Manager for
Living Well consortium. Harvinder has extensive, sales, Marketing, and Project
management experience working in the private, public and voluntary sector.
Harvinder is a creative individual and able to identify new
business opportunities and always keen to forge strong partnership in the
sector to delivery services or products through her passionate attitude to
making things happen.
Currently Harvinder is managing the Marketing and Operations
function for the IAPT and Forward-Thinking Birmingham contract along with
developing the Living Well Consortium networks.