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THE TEAM

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.

Contact Simon at shart@re-instate.co.uk for further details.

Ben Sigsworth - Chair of the Trustee Board

I attended Grammar school locally where I spent the majority of my time on the sports field then headed for the City where I became involved in equity trading. This gave me the opportunity to move to Sweden to work as a local broker servicing large UK Equity Institutions and learn to snowboard och Svenska. Following 12 years in the City I attended Durham University to study Education but ended up Rowing on the Tees way too much. Recently I have gained my C & G in Intensive Plastering, IAB Level 2 in Bookkeeping and tutored young people for their 11+/common entrance exams. I have a working bred Springer who doesn’t fully appreciate just how much I love him, I love being with him and kind of get a bit annoyed when someone asks to walk with us.

I have been aware of disabilities, both mental and physical, for as long as I can remember. My Mother is a retired Special Needs teacher of some 20 years and my Nana was a double amputee. This gives me a first-hand insight in to the challenges that face some members of society and became very aware of the need for them to have unique and individual specific support. In addition I have first-hand experience trying to support/cope with a family member with a severe mental health diagnosis.

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- Job Retention 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 – Hub Assistant

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.

Colette Robinson - W-RAP Project Coordinator

 I grew up within The Royal Borough of Greenwich, attending Townley Grammar School in Bexleyheath when it was still Bexley Technical High School for Girls. I pursued a career which lasted over 20 years as a General Manager for international market leaders in the catering and eventing sector, beginning in the Defence sector and moving on to manage events, catering and retail and leisure within the Imperial War Museums, National Newspaper Publishing sector, City of London Livery and finally returning to the Defence sector. I am mum to one son who is 24 this year and one very spoilt and naughty Yorkshire terrier. I enjoy upcycling, diy and crafting in my spare time.

I first engaged with Re-Instate as a client, I sought help to liaise with my employer after struggling with long term physical ill health and the subsequent mental health issues. The support, encouragement and understanding I received from the team made me want to give something back to thank them while gaining back my confidence. I volunteered for the Autumn and Winter season in the Community Hub and was asked to come on board to coordinate the W-rap Project for this year. I am passionate about the importance of W-rap and the lives it can touch, having had some lived experience, the project as a whole and intend to use my varied skill set to take the project further.

Sam Conabere - Employment Coordinator

After growing up in South East London, I moved to Bexley and had two children and have been a single parent for the last 9 years.  My children are now 19 and 16 and university and sixth form respectively – I am very proud of them both.  However, as my children get older, I seem to be turning into the mad cat lady and have two spoilt cats named after Harry Potter characters.

I worked for Bexley Council for 8 years as admin in the Children and Families Team.  I loved this work and learned a lot about people and families and knew I wanted to work more closely with them.  In 2017 I left to set up a project called Compass that was to support families with children with Autism and ADHD.  I ran support groups and helped individual families.  I loved this role and really enjoyed working with the families.  I started work at Re-Instate in Jan 2019 and I’m really looking forward to helping people into employment or training.

Michel Vidal - Hub Assistant

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

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 Coordinator

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 - Basils Coordinator

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 heard about the great work Re-Instate do and I got involved 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 within Re-Instate.

Josh Miller - Cinematographer and Photographer

I grew up in South-East London, local to Re-Instate. Since a teenager I’ve suffered with mental health problems so I understand the difficulties people may face. I’m generally a creative person so during my recovery I studied photography Level 3 Extended Diploma. Due to my difficulties dealing with people I couldn’t follow this through as a career, so I went into finance, which I still do. I first came into contact with Re-Instate when I had trouble coping with work due to my mental health. They were very supportive and understanding. It wasn’t until later on I got involved with them again by having the opportunity to assist with their photography learning group, followed by their film for the W-rap project

Saul Hearn - Hub Assistant

Born and raised in South-East London, I became aware of Re-Instate whilst completing a course of Therapy, and began volunteering for them in early 2018. Initially I worked on the W-Rap project and helped compose music for a film produced to present our services, and at the beginning of 2019 I was given the opportunity to begin working at the Community Hub. Having been aware of the importance of mental health support through my family life I jumped at the chance to play a part in others recovery, and haven’t looked back since.