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Our Staff

We are a unique, hand selected and special team within PANDAS. Most of the teams have first hand, lived experience of perinatal mental illness therefore can automatically connect with the parents through empathy and hope. We also have a wide range of academic, teaching, training and experience behind our teams who dedicate their time to better understanding of support related to perinatal mental illness. Our teams are warm, welcoming and ready to listen.

Annie Belasco,
Head of Charity

Annie is directly responsible for the managers and their teams. She has a background in HR operations and is also a writer, speaker and published mental health author. Annie has lived experience of perinatal mental illness.

Sally Bunkham, Communications and Development Manager

Sally Bunkham is a mum of 2 girls who were born just 1 year apart. Sally enjoys writing and blogging for national publications, as well as volunteering for refugee charities. Sally has lived experience of perinatal mental illness.

Natalie Stevenson,
Group’s Manager

Natalie’s background is in community arts and drama for families and early-years. She has worked for a number of organisations across the arts, charities and voluntary sector. She also works as a celebrant. As well as managing the groups, she also volunteers as a deputy group leader. Natalie has lived experience of post-natal illness.

Dani Gillet,
Training Director

Dani is highly experienced within healthcare and perinatal mental health. She’s a mother of three and has lived experience of perinatal mental illness. Dani oversees, manages and runs all the training programmes for the charity.

Claire Jones, 
Fundraising Manager

Claire is a mother and a qualified engineer. She manages the day-to-day administrative tasks for PANDAS along with fundraising, and has lived experience of perinatal mental illness.

Judi Jefferys,
Helpline Manager

Judi is a longstanding volunteer and team manager. She has a wealth of experience supporting service users and ensuring all volunteer recruitment is handled professionally.

Lauren Tonner,
Safeguarding Manager

Lauren is an inspirational group leader, who also manages the charity’s new group recruitment across the UK. She’s a mother with lived experience of perinatal mental illness.

Kathryn Di Virgilio,
Specialist Course Leader

Kathryn is a highly experienced occupational therapist who specialises in perinatal mental health. She has worked in both private and NHS settings. Kathryn is the course leader for PANDAS specialist paid courses around perinatal mental health for parents and anyone who wants a clearer understanding of perinatal mental health.

Our Trustees

Our trustees and clinical advisory board (CAB) come with a vast spectrum of academic and experiences which continues to drive and add direction for PANDAS.

Arabella Warden,
Trustee & Company Secretary

Arabella has over 12 years’ experience chairing trustee boards for multiple charities. She has worked with both UK and international organisations, and is an expert in many fields. Arabella, who has lived experience of mental health, works with the teams to drive PANDAS to achieve its full potential and be sustainable.

Edwina Tate, 

Edwina is a mother, and a highly experienced professional in the areas of communications, strategy and engagement. With a background working in large UK-based organisations, Edwina is a professional within her field. She is passionate and driven, and provides support and advice on all aspects of strategy and vision for PANDAS.

Amy Stuart-Mills, 

Amy is a driven, experienced and dedicated trustee.
She has experience of perinatal mental illness through her own network, so this is a subject close to her heart. She supports the fundraising for PANDAS and also advises on strategy for the charity.
Amy works within marketing, PR and communications.

Priya Thakar, 

Priya is Head of People at a renewable energy design and innovation company, a trained yoga teacher and a mother of two. Priya works closely with the PANDAS Clinical Advisory Board (CAB). She adds exceptional value to PANDAS through over 15 years’ experience in people roles, communications, marketing and financial services regulation.

Harriet Bowley,

Harriet is a qualified lawyer of over 13 years and also has experience in marketing and L&D and a genuine passion for equality and inclusion. She has two high-energy boys that keep her busy outside work along with a love of photography. Harriet is passionate about making the lives of parents feel better and removing the stigma of perinatal mental illness.

Laura Holden,

Laura is a mother and became passionately involved in her family’s philanthropic work after the birth of her first child with a particular focus on helping parents and supporting the arts. She has two young boys and has also recently set up a holiday let business. Laura will be working with the head of charity to maximise engagement, training and reward and recognition for all volunteers who kindly give up their time to support parents through PANDAS support services.


Sharon Phillips,

SSharon is an HR specialist with 35 years’ experience at Board level, in facilitating organisations to support innovation, development ,growth and change .
Sharon has a passion for providing opportunities for those who have difficulty in accessing services, employment or education .
Sharon enjoys gardening with her husband ( not at the same time !…..) and both are thrilled to have four small grandchildren.

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