Team

Tommy Bonner

Tommy Bonner

Managing Director

As Managing Director, Tommy brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience. Tommy’s previous experience includes 23 years working for American Express in the company’s Merchant Services and Business Travel divisions. While with the company he undertook a variety of roles including the Head of Sales in Europe and General Manager in the Nordics. His early career was in the Lodging Industry where he worked for Inter-Continental Hotels, Hilton International and Sheraton in properties in the UK, Germany and Nigeria.

Graham Pomery

Graham Pomery

Finance Director

Graham is a highly experienced ACA-qualified finance professional who trained at EY before going on to commercial roles within healthcare and outsourced services. He brings a wealth of commercial finance experience gained from Finance Director roles and most recently as a freelance commercial and financial consultant to small businesses, start-ups and not-for-profit social enterprises.

Alison Pay

Alison Pay

Marketing & Operations Director

Alison is a results-driven professional with extensive experience in blue chip organisations and the not-for-profit sector. Alison’s previous experience has included senior marketing roles at American Express, sales and marketing at Esso and more recently a number of roles in the third sector, including business development within a housing association.

Alison also serves as a Community Board Member at Tandridge Trust.

Jane Beston

Jane Beston

Learning Director

Jane has worked in the field of mental health all her professional life, across clinical, management, leadership and strategic positions. For the past 10 years, Jane has specialised in learning and development, combining her extensive experience in the field of mental health, with a natural and engaging style to create innovative blended training and development programmes.

Jane is responsible for the development and quality assurance of the Mental Health at Work mental health and the workplace programme, delivering practical and skills-based training alongside a team of associate facilitators.

Jane is also a Trustee for BasicNeeds, an international development organisation founded in 2000 to enable people with mental illness or epilepsy and their families to live and work successfully in their communities.

Jonathan Naess

Jonathan Naess

Business Development Manager

Jonathan has thrived in a successful career in the City despite a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. He has worked as a corporate finance lawyer, later as a senior regulator at the London Stock Exchange and then as a Partner in a corporate finance house. Jonathan has become involved in many areas of mental health policy, particularly relating to the workplace and founded the charity Stand to Reason tackling stigma in the workplace. He is passionate about work being integral to an individual’s self-esteem during recovery.

Alex Petrenco

Alex Petrenco

Business Development Manager

Alex’s role as Business Development Manager with Mental Health at Work is to aim to grow new business, contacting leads and utilising contacts and professional connections to create and maintain strong customer relationships. He is part of a small, dynamic team who are passionate about removing the stigma attached to mental health issues in the workplace through spreading the word about MHaW’s training programmes.

Charles Elvin

Charles Elvin

Chair of Mental Health at Work

Charles has 20 years’ experience in the learning, training and professional development industry. His career includes time spent with The Open University, BSI Learning and UBS. Charles has worked across the US, Europe and SE Asia and has served as the Chief Executive of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Charles brings extensive knowledge of the learning services industry. He is currently the CEO of Services for Education, a charity providing high-quality education services in the Birmingham area and beyond.