MEET THE TEAM

The Foundation is currently supported by 9 volunteers and consultants, all of whom give their time around their careers and day to day lives.

As the charity starts to increase in size, there will be a need 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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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 poor mental health I have seen in others. I want to help those who may not receive help through mainstream services.

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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 which we are fundraising for are opened to allow non-contact boxing and wellbeing programmes to run and help others who may be struggling.

Nick Smith CEO Frank Bruno Foundation

Nick Smith

CEO

I am passionate about helping to raise awareness to support those affected by both mental and physical health challenges that many face either directly or indirectly in today’s world.

I have 30+ years’ experience negotiating at a senior level in Global Commerce & Government. Media trained with experience from public speaking and hosting awards ceremonies to Radio and TV appearances.

An entrepreneur and accomplished dealmaker with experience internationally in a variety of markets from Automotive to Major Infrastructure. Developing and leading global teams across a variety of major projects including some of the largest master-planned real estate and urban development projects in the world delivered throughout a complex mix of business models.

Loves life, loves business and sharing and gaining experience in wider activities including charitable organisations and local politics.

Debbie Tew

Debbie Tew

Therapeutic Intervention Consultant

Since first learning about it I have been interested in Frank's 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 helped co-deliver The Foundation's 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 me a 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.

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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.

Dr Sam Warner Mental health consultant  The Frank Bruno Foundation

Dr Sam Warner

Mental Health Consultant 

I qualified as a chartered consultant clinical psychologist in 1991.  I work as an academic, consultant, expert witness, researcher, psychotherapist, public speaker and trainer.

Throughout my career I have specialised in helping children and adults make sense of how their relationships impact on their mental health.  My work is focussed on helping people make sense of trauma associated with abuse, neglect and loss.

Since 1991 I have also occasionally worked as an applied sport psychologist with children and adults of all abilities from novice to elite standards.

Alison Evans The Frank Bruno Foundation

Alison Evans

Charity Administrator

Alison is a former television and radio producer with a wealth of experience in administration and management. Alison is keen to have an impact in the mental health sector and is excited and passionate to make a difference and to join the team at The Frank Bruno Foundation.

Brandon Eldred Advisor to the board

Brandon Eldred

Advisor to the board
Brandon Eldred  - Advisor to the board. I am a local councillor in Northampton for NBC. I am born and bred Northampton and passionate about the services within Northamptonshire. I was first approached by The Frank Bruno Foundation to help find a premises and as it was a charity that I could relate to and what they bring to the area is something I have been trying to do for a number of years. I wanted to actively take a role in bringing together the community to help make a difference. I feel strongly about mental health and believe that this will make a difference to people's lives and help bring about change including knocking out the stigma. I feel honoured and privileged to have been asked to help with the new centre and The Foundation.
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Roger Eddowes

Non Voting Board Member

I joined the Foundation in March 2019 as an advisor.  I passionately believe that as a nation we need to continue to break down the stigma around mental health and provide the support to those who succumb to mental health issues.  I run a successful accountancy practice advising individuals and families in business and have seen first-hand how clients suffer from events outside their control.  A support mechanism is crucial for these clients and it’s great to be able to assist a charity whose aim is to support and help too.