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Non-executive Director

Erfana Mahmood

Charity role: Chair of charitable funds committee

Charity role: Chair of charitable funds committee

Hello, my name is Erfana and I chair the charitable funds committee. 

I am also a corporate property lawyer working for a number of large organisations in the financial sector. I have experience in the housing sector and I am a non-executive on Chorley and District Building Society and Plexus/Omega Housing (part of the Mears Group).

I enjoy working with our charities because they support services within our Trust and make a material impact for our staff, people in our services and local communities. Some of the projects that EyUp! have supported are wellbeing projects for our Trust colleagues and numerous community projects.

Sean Rayner
Director of provider development

Sean Rayner

Charity role: Committee member

Charity role: Committee member

Hello, my name is Sean, and I’m the Trust’s director of provider development. In my time with the NHS, which spans over 30 years in a range of services and roles, I have seen how people’s mental health and wellbeing can be nurtured and supported in a variety of ways.

This is why I feel the work of EyUp! charity is so impactful. From day trips to someone’s favourite beach, equipment to enable someone to learn a new skill, to decorations to help our wards celebrate special events – EyUp! is using vital fundraising to enrich people’s lives.

The Trust and EyUp! charity are extremely grateful for the support we receive from our local communities through donations and fundraising efforts, making a difference to our community, mental health, wellbeing and learning disability services.

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Senior Independent Director

Mike Ford

Charity role: Committee member

Charity role: Committee member

Hi my name is Mike Ford and I am one of the Non-Executive Directors of the Trust. I am the Senior Independent Director which means that I support the Chair in her role by setting her objectives and reviewing progress throughout the year. I also Chair the Audit Committee and am a member of the Equality, Involvement and Inclusion Committee.

(I am an accountant by background and before I retired from full-time work I had jobs in finance, technology and corporate governance at the fashion retailer Arcadia Group and then the BBC)

I have been with the Trust since September 2020 and since then have been a member of the Charitable Funds Committee. The Trust’s linked charities carry out a really important role in supporting the activities of the Trust by providing extras over above what comes from NHS funding. Some of the initiatives that we hear about at the Committee are really inspirational and are making a real difference to the lives of our service users across our communities.

I happy very happy to be able to add my support to the running of the charities through my role on the Committee.

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Executive director of strategy and change

Dawn Lawson

Hello, my name is Dawn Lawson and I am the executive director of strategy and change at the Trust.

Dawn began her career working with people with learning disabilities in the NHS and in the third sector. Since then, Dawn has had a varied career, holding senior and executive level positions across the NHS, achieving impact in complex and uncertain settings.

In 2023, I completed the Mount Everest base trek to raise money for EyUp! charity. The trek was a great achievement, although it was challenging at times, I am happy that I raised money for such an amazing charity.

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Fundraising Manager

Jana Harris

Charity role: Fundraising Manager

Charity role: Fundraising Manager

Hello, my name is Jana and I am the Fundraising Manager for EyUp! Charity. I have worked in the NHS for over 12 years and I’m extremely passionate about working with our local communities to help make a difference.


I have the privilege of working with some incredible people and seeing first-hand how our donors and supporters make a really big difference, helping to improve patient experience and services at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Susan Baines
Head of Financial Accounting

Susan Baines

Charity role: Head of Financial Accounting

Charity role: Committee member

I’m Susan and I am a qualified accountant and have worked for the Trust since 2005.

I have worked on EyUp! all through my time with the Trust so have seen it evolve and develop to what it is today.  Being involved with EyUp! is a highlight of my role as I love getting the feedback and stories from teams that have had money awarded, it makes me feel that we are making a difference to people’s lives.

I also have the pleasure of letting the lottery winners know each month and its nice to know that an email can make someone’s day.  Outside of work, I have 3 children which keep me busy and I enjoy running and reading books.