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Leadership Team

Aisling Duffy, Chief Executive of Certitude London

Aisling Duffy

Chief Executive

Aisling has spent her career to date working within not-for-profit organisations, seeking to improve opportunities for people with learning disabilities and people with mental health support needs. Aisling is delighted to work with external and internal partners to ensure these ambitions are realised for people we support and the communities with whom we work. Aisling is Vice Chair of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) Board, a member of the NDTi Board and a member of the Guardian Public Leaders Board 2017.

Nicholas Campbell-Watts

Strategic Director of Quality and Performance

Nicholas joined the organisation in December 2004, with a background in the not-for-profit and statutory sector, developing and providing services for people with complex health and social care support needs, and working with marginalised communities facing discrimination and disadvantage.

Marianne Selby-Boothroyd

Director of Development

Marianne has been supporting people with learning disabilities and mental health support needs since 1993, working her way from being a support worker to becoming a Leadership Team member in 2001. Marianne has worked in a number of roles and has particular experience in supporting people and families who find it challenging to get the right support. She has experience of person-centred approaches and organisational and staff development.

Mary Schumm

Director of Learning Disability Services

Mary has over 25 years of experience working in the voluntary sector, supporting people with learning disabilities and mental health support needs. Mary has worked in the role of Director of Learning Disability Services for the past 15 years. She has extensive experience in the management, appraisal and development of staff, experience in service development and reconfiguration, and change management. Mary has accountability for the strategic lead in developing and providing care and support services which are responsive to people’s needs.

Emma Main

Director of Mental Health Services

Emma has worked within social care for over 25 years, starting as a support worker with young homeless people and working in a variety of different management roles over the years. Emma has worked for both large housing associations and charitable trusts.

Cheryl Newsome

Director of Human Resources

Cheryl has developed her career as a HR professional in the public and not-for-profit sectors, having started her career in local government and the NHS. Most recently Cheryl has led HR services in the Higher Education sector. Her specialisms are employee relations, organisational development and change. 

Sanjay Shah

Director of Finance, IT & Housing

Sanjay joined the organisation in February 2007 as the Director of Finance. Prior to this he was the Deputy Director of Finance at the MS Society for seven years. Sanjay has extensive experience of the Health Service, having worked in various senior positions in a number of NHS bodies across London. Sanjay is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accounts and has an MSc in Charity Finance from CASS business school. 

The Board

Certitude is governed by a Board of voluntary non-executive directors which meets on a regular basis, defining the strategic direction of the organisation.

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