Staff

Dympna Cunnane

Chief Executive Officer

Dympna has a BA (University College Dublin) in Psychology and Philosophy, an MA in Psychology (Tavistock Institute London) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Thinking, as well as professional training in psychoanalysis (Jungian). She has worked as an organisation development specialist in large organisations and has over twenty years’ experience of working as a consultant to top level executives in international public and private sector companies. Dympna is interested in mental wellbeing in its broadest sense, having trained and worked in therapeutic settings as well as applying her knowledge to the world of work and workplaces. She believes that the mind is our most powerful resource, and as such, determines much of our life experience.

Helena Kulikowska

Development Director

Helena joined Our Time in September 2018, in the role of development director, to promote, develop and expand the work of Our Time. Helena previously worked in local government for several years as a project manager, coordinating a range of change and transformation projects and reviews of public services, undertaking the National Graduate Development Programme as part of her training. Helena joined Our Time as she was keen to make a direct, immediate and positive difference to children and young people’s lives. Outside of Our Time, Helena runs a public speaking training company with two business partners, helping people of all ages and walks of life to build confidence and resilience.

Georgie Williams

Office Manager

Georgie joined Our Time in November 2021 as office manager. She is responsible for supporting our senior leadership team and managing the day-to-day operational running of the charity. Georgie is passionate about raising awareness of the impact that poor mental health can have on family life and children, having witnessed poor mental health within her family and experiencing mental illness while caring for her young daughter, who has a serious learning disability. She firmly believes that the services Our Time provide are a vital part of the puzzle, helping to empower young people to move beyond the difficulties they experience as a result of parental mental ill-health. Georgie lives in Yorkshire with her husband Rob, their daughter Connie and Digby dog.

Lucy Sheppard

Communications and Public Affairs Manager

Lucy joins Our Time from the children’s social work charity Frontline, where she was a senior communications officer, with responsibility for media and public affairs. Lucy’s background is in journalism, and she spent many years at the BBC working across a number of departments in news including BBC Westminster, BBC Breakfast and the News Channel. However, the majority of her time there was spent at BBC Radio 4, producing and editing news programmes including the World at One and PM. After a career break, she worked briefly for the Children’s Commissioner on a series of writing projects, before taking up her most recent post at Frontline.

Beth McLaren

'Who Cares?' Programme Manager

As a former Headteacher, Beth has direct experience of working with vulnerable children and families, including those suffering from and affected by mental illness. She has led school teams to develop strong wellbeing cultures and believes in proactive teaching of skills to develop resilience and positive outcomes for children. Before teaching, Beth’s career was in strategic marketing, she brings skills from both professions to Our Time, where she is leading the ‘Who Cares?’ schools programme.

 

Chloë Roach

Director of Resources

Chloë is an experienced project manager with cross-sector expertise and knowledge, particularly in the field of digital marketing, communications and branding. For over a decade, she has been working as a consultant and freelancer for a wide range of organisations throughout the UK, including Crisis, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Barbican, Hull York Medical School and Channel 4. Chloë started working for Our Time in 2017, project managing the delivery of the new website. She loves a challenge and enjoys finding creative but pragmatic solutions to help Our Time advance their invaluable work.

Owen Roach

Lead Designer

A passionate designer, illustrator and animator with over six years of professional experience; Owen has applied his artistic talents to e-Learning, teaching courses, art gallery promotion and children’s workshops. Beginning regular work with Our Time in June 2019, he previously created posters for 2018’s ‘Who Cares?’ programme. He’s excited to continue this work, helping to create activities, graphics and materials that will stimulate children’s imaginations and raise awareness of parental mental illness.

Fawn Bess-Leith

Coordinator - Newham, KidsTime Workshop

Fawn is  a Senior Health Professional with 21 years experience in acute and primary care settings as a Nurse, Midwife, Health Visitor, Family Nurse and currently as a Specialist Health Visitor in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (SH –PIMH).  These roles helped to develop her passion for working with vulnerable and excluded groups within the community.

Fawn’s  current role as a SHV –PIMH  involves working with women and their partners experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties in the perinatal period.

As an advocate for improving physical and mental health within families, Fawn is passionate about the KidsTime workshop model.  Consequently, she was part of the core team in shaping Newham KidsTime Workshop from its embryonic stages. With all the evidence around the negative outcomes for children of parents with mental illness (COPMI), she believes that KidsTime Workshop is a step in the right direction as it is a unique early intervention programme proven to be a crucial mitigating factor in reducing the negative impact of parental mental illness on children and young people.

Bojana Jovanovic

Coordinator - Barnet, KidsTime Workshop

Bojana works as an Assistant Psychologist for Barnet CAMHS. She joined Kidstime in September 2017 as a volunteer for the Barnet workshop where she helped facilitate the KidsTime Workshop. In December 2020, Bojana took the role of Barnet KidsTime Coordinator. In her therapeutic work with families, Bojana often witnesses the transformational power of narrative therapy reflected in the families’ ability to re-tell the stories of their lives. She has a Psychology degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychoanalytic observational approach in working with children, young people, and families. She is currently completing Intermediate level Systemic approaches to working with individuals, families, and organizations. Bojana believes that KidsTime workshops use drama to build individual and family resilience as well as restoring parents’ confidence and repairing ruptures in relationships caused by parental mental illness. Bojana says that her belief in the efficacy of this model lies behind her devotion to KidsTime. When she is not busy working or studying, Bojana enjoys long walks and reading.