Meet the Viewpoint team
The Viewpoint staff team has developed over the past 10 years to include people with a passion for mental health and drug and alcohol issues, coming from their own personal and professional experiences.
Leslie Billy - Chief Executive
Leslie has been with Viewpoint since 2009 as the Operational manager until taking the position of Chief Executive in 2012. He has worked with clients for many years in his previous post at Guideposts Trust and is sadly an avid West Ham fan.
Angela Chalmers - Community Advocate
Angela is on currently on secondment working as a Community Advocate. The role involves supporting people to get their voice heard and the best thing about it is when people realise that just because someone has a mental health problem, it doesn’t mean they are any less worthy than someone who doesn’t.
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You musn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams
Christiana Ashare - Project Worker
Christiana joined the Viewpoint Team in 2005 after a period with the NHS and in Legal Advice. She is very passionate in achieving equality in the delivery of services to all mental health, drug and alcohol service users especially those who are marginalised.
Since joining Viewpoint, she has been involved in the Delivery of Race Equality initiative nationally and represented the organisation with the local NHS Trust in the Equality Delivery System and the CPS in Hate Crime Scrutiny. She is keen to develop work with service users in the Criminal Justice System and raise mental health awareness within the Judiciary.
She is a people’s person and meeting with service users at forums is key to her work at Viewpoint.
Believe me, Christiana is a mean Afro-beater and could sing a note or two (not now)!
Simon des Forges - Project Worker
Simon started work in the NHS on mental health promotion and joined Viewpoint in 2003. He has an interest in organisational psychology, grew up next to a beach and tells terrible jokes.
Tracy Kinsella - Administrator and Training Coordinator
Tracy was an auxiliary nurse in general nursing and worked for NHS Direct as a Health Information researcher.
She has worked for Viewpoint for 10 years and is training to be a counsellor.