Reverend Gary Piper
Trustee and Chair. Taught in Inner-London schools for 20 years. In 1971 studied for a diploma in the Education of Handicapped children and served as a special needs teacher for 3 years. Became a Head Teacher in 1977 and remained in that post until appointed Vicar of ST. Matthews's Church in Fulham in 1985. Specially interested in working with people who have mental health problems.
Trustee. Arts Administrator at the South Bank Centre for the Arts Council of GB and chair of South Bank Centre Trade Union Branch for many years. Since retirement has been a member of the Friends of the Royal Marsden Hospital and works in a voluntary capacity there each week
Trustee. Service User and Client. Speaks on 'living with mental health' at workshops and conferences. Committee member of African/Caribbean group in Brixton and co-ordinator of Hammersmith and Fulham Black User Group.
Trustee. Trained Hotel School and committee member of UK Housekeeping Association which has fund raising events for cancer and other good causes. She is responsible for training vulnerable people to work in hotels across the UK. Governor of Langford School in Fulham London, Secondary School with some Special Needs pupils
Trustee. Trained as a Primary School Teacher and taught for 11 years. Re-trained for Ministry in The Church of England as a Deaconess. On leaving theological college in 1979 was appointed to St. Matthews, Fulham, where she has been ever since. Her work includes pastoral care, leading groups, administration, taking services and giving talks.
Trustee.Mental Health Service user for 20 years. Actively involved with 17 groups and organisations refelecting a commitment to mental health. Vice Chairman of UK Federation of Smaller Mental Health Agencies. Board member NIMHE. Chair: Public Patient involvement on the Darent VAlley Acute Hospital patients Working Group.
Trustee. Director of several public an private sector companies, the last of which was a Training and Enterprise Council. Now an assessor for Investor in People which has a strong emphasis on equality of opportunity, especially in schools. REcently appointed as education appeals panel member for Hammersmith and Fulham.