Meet the Team

The Foundation is currently supported by 5 volunteers and consultants, all of who provide their time around their careers and day to day lives.

As the charity starts to increase in size, there will be a requirement for further volunteers. If you are interested in joining our team, please keep visiting our Volunteers page, where positions will be advertised. All potential volunteers will be required to complete an application form and references will be obtained. Depending on the role applied for the Foundation may need to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring check.

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Carmen Laurent

Founder/Project Development Manager

I am Frank's full time PA.  Like many others, throughout my life I have seen friends and loved ones struggle with mental ill health and have felt the despair and fear associated with this.  I have seen first-hand how training and exercise has helped Frank overcome difficult periods, this is the very reason I have chosen to support his charity.  I have been privileged to have been part of Franks vision and initial ideas for the charity and have worked closely with him and the other volunteers to take the plans off the paper and initiate fundraising, prepare well-being programmes and assist with the delivery of the first pilot.  I will continue to work with the Foundation to ensure the centres we are fundraising for are opened to allow non-contact boxing and wellbeing programmes to run and help others who may be struggling.

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Rachael Hayward

Secretary/Project Development Manager

I joined the Foundation January 2018. Mental ill health has been prevalent around my family and close friends for as long as I can remember.   I have also experienced Perinatal and Postnatal depression myself at a time when it was not openly talked about, I know too well how the stigma around mental ill health can make you feel. I think as a nation we are getting better at talking about our mental health but so much more needs to be done; our health service can not support everyone and alternative services are desperately needed. The Foundation's aims are the same as my own views; stigma around mental ill health needs to be removed and alternative options for treatment should be available to support our overstretched health service. Volunteering for the Foundation allows me to be actively part of the challenge in raising awareness for the changes needed in the current Mental Health sector.

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Frank Bruno

Founder/Board Member

Frank Bruno MBE, former World Heavyweight Champion and Mental Health Ambassador. I have established this charity due to my own mental health difficulties and the effects of ill mental health I have seen in others. I want to help those who may not receive help through mainstream services.

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Jacqui Thomson

Treasurer

“Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes”

That’s what I used to say in my head, whilst trying to change my life and pull myself out of the dark hole that I felt I was in. I felt it was never easy to talk about it nor to admit to it, but that all changed. I experienced a very dark time in my life. I never believed I would be whole again. Through asking for help that I desperately needed, I was fortunate to be guided to a wonderful counsellor who helped me to get my mind refocused and it all started to change. It is good to talk, and with the help of my counsellor, family and good friends, in time I started to heal.

I went back to studying and achieved my goals, to move on and leave that dark shadow I called a past behind. I now have a career that I love and feel part of something special, two sons who I love dearly, and I can now be a positive part of their lives.

I joined The Frank Bruno Foundation as I want to be part of something that can help make a difference, for those out there who could benefit from the scheme, to achieve a positive mental state, to build up confidence, to be a part of something very special. I couldn’t be prouder to be involved in the Foundation and I will dedicate my support in helping in any way I can.

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Debbie Tew

Therapeutic Intervention Consultant

Since first learning about it I have been interested in Franks vision of fighting back by challenging stigma and providing positive interventions for those who are prepared to make changes that will improve their lot. I am currently involved in co-delivering the Foundations first pilot programme which provides an opportunity for participants to enhance knowledge and skills as well as attain more control over their future prospects. My interest derived from personal periods of adverse mental health that led me to want to learn how to restore myself and go on to support others who choose this pathway. Experiences, qualifications and training have taken my lifetime to gain. Without a doubt academia has enhanced my understanding of theory in practice however it is ‘people’ that have made and continue make a difference for me; those that demonstrated a genuine interest in my narrative,  taught me the significance of trust, enabled me to feel safe and invested time to assist me in helping myself.  I continue learning from others and benefit from doing so, my aspirations are to empower others as others have done for me therefore I feel fortunate in being given the chance to support the Foundation in realising its intentions.

Building Healthy Bodies & Healthy Minds

- The Frank Bruno Foundation