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Re-Instate / The Team

Re-Instate is a charity working to improve employment opportunities, quality of life and well-being for disadvantaged people including people experiencing mental ill health, people with learning disabilities and young people. A key part of the vision for Re-Instate is the provision of employment services that build sustainable recovery for people experiencing mental ill-health.

Re-Instate Board of Trustees

Trustee of the Board

If you are interested in supporting Re-Instate as Trustee of the Board, we would love to hear from you. 

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Mark Dubens - Chair of the Trustee Board

Our Team

Simon Hart – Chief Executive Officer

I was born and raised in Darlington, County Durham. After completing a Business degree in Hull, I moved south to Erith and joined The McNaughton Paper Group as a Buyer. I stayed there for 19 years, becoming Purchasing and Supply manager in 1998. After 2005, I began to lose my sight, and was registered blind in 2008. I joined the staff team in June 2013. I am trained in Mental Health First Aid and IPS. After three years as Head of Employment and Skills, I became CEO of Re-Instate in September 2018.

Kevin Winch-Project Manager

I hail from South East London. After more than 30 years spent at Associated Newspapers in a variety of roles, before being made redundant in 2012. After a number of short –term roles, including Self-employed sports coach, I started as a volunteer with Re-Instate, before being employed in the Social Enterprise, and then as an Employment Development Co-ordinator at the start of 2014. I have a fantastic family including a son and daughter who I’m glad to say active in sports and further education. I get great joy personally from encouraging others to develop and find those hidden skills that we all have. I am trained in  IPS, Job Retention and Advanced Job Retention. I have just started studying for a mental health qualification through Grimsby University.

Michael Kalinski-Bialek – W-rap Project Manager

Born in North London, the family moved South of the River (and don’t we hear about it!!) when I was a mere toddler and I’ve lived around here ever since. Having found the job club really beneficial after a career break, and with everyone I met at Re-Instate being thoroughly lovely, I started asking if I could help out. Opportunities quickly arose and it seems I’ve been useful enough for them to want to keep me around! Yay!! Social enterprise is not a concept I’d come across before, but one which seems to have the potential to greatly benefit all stakeholders involved. This is the first such environment I’ve found myself in, one that’s very interesting to observe, really enjoyable to work in and certainly an organisation I intend on remaining a friend of.

Craig Marshall- Community Hub Assistant

I’m a local guy, South East London born and raised. I started my journey by joining Mind in Bexley to get support for my own mental health. It was from there that I began volunteering with Mind as much as I could and it quickly became apparent to me that I was passionate about mental health, supporting others, and seeing people make progress, whilst also giving back to the community that supported me. I decided to go back to college to earn a diploma in Health and Social Care so I could continue to work with and support individuals with mental health needs. I am currently volunteering with Breathing Space and I am now both proud and honoured to be working in the Re-Instate hub alongside the trainees and the Re-Instate team. Here’s to a great future, cheers.

Tanya Hobson - Trainee Community Hub Assistant

I was born in Greenwich then moved to Thamesmead when I was 5. I went to Woodside and I enjoyed my time there. After school I went to Bexley collage to study child care & painting and decorating.

I have worked as an office cleaner and in a recycling centre. I enjoy gymnastics, swimming and shopping (the shopping I still do!)

I was introduced to Re-Instate via collage to help boost my self confidence and engage with the wider community. I volunteered at the hub before being offered a paid role.

Michel Vidal

I moved from France to London 17 years ago to join my British wife. I worked as a PCO Driver (Minicab Driver) for many years and at the same I pursued my own business interests. I was introduced to Re-Instante via Mind in Bexley to get support in order to find a job.

Zoe Sinclaire – Community Hub Manager

I am a local girl, raised in and around Bexley. I have been together with my Husband for 20 years and we have four grown up children. I have a French bulldog called Louie who is my surrogate son. I joined the Re-Instate team in July 2014 and I now oversee Re-Instates new Community Hub and Social Enterprise .I support Basils refreshment centre team named after Re-Instates founder ‘Basil Huett’. I co-ordinate the Living Well Project, which supports our clients with learning disabilities into work, training and volunteering roles. I have qualifications in Mental Health, Health & Social Care, and working with people with learning disabilities through the Grimsby Institute, and I am trained in Individual Placement and Support (IPS), a model of supported employment.

Donna Baker – Book-Keeper and Social Group Co-ordinator

I spent my childhood in Lewisham, South London until I married and then moved to Erith. I completed my AAT Accountancy Qualifications whilst working as a  Finance Manager. I heard of Re-Instate through my neighbour and started volunteering in my spare time. My love for the organisation developed and it was in May 2014 that I joined as a staff member as the Company’s Book-keeper.

Alex Newson - Employment Development Co-ordinator

I have lived in and around Bexley my whole life. I undertook a Traineeship through Re-Instates training partner, The Learning Centre Bexley in early 2015. I worked with Re-Instate for six weeks, which was a fun and enjoyable experience. I was then offered an Apprenticeship, which I successfully completed. I now work as an Employment Development Co-ordinator and am trained in IPS and BASE (British Association of Supported Employment). I am due to complete my BASE accreditation in September 2016 and will then begin a course in Mental Health and Psychology through Grimsby University.

Maria Price - Basil’s Co-ordinator

I grew up in and around Greenwich. I spent a few years working in London’s West End before moving to Scotland where I spent over nine years on the small Island of Benbecula. I am a qualified Holistic Therapist and my main area of interest is nutrition and well-being. I supervise Basil’s, our refreshment space and am studying with the Grimsby Institute for  a qualification in mental health.

Simran Saini - Personal, HR/ Business Assistant

In 2012, I graduated from the University of Greenwich with a first class degree in Human Resources Management BA (Hons). After graduation, I went on to work for different organisations as a HR Assistant.

I then decided to take a career break and reengage with hobbies such as painting and travelling to destinations such as Venice. I heard about the great work Re-Instate do and I got involved volunteering with different projects. I began helping to produce and facilitate a course aimed at supporting people with learning difficulties to develop employment opportunities.  

I have gained a qualification in Awareness of Mental Health Problems and I am working as a Personal and HR/Business Assistant to the CEO of Re-Instate. I am enjoying learning about the third sector and getting exposure to new experiences within Re-instate.

Josh Miller - Cinematographer and Photographer