Meet our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Sue comes to Better Pathways having recently moved into the charity sector following a significant career in the NHS. One of her first management roles was a Medical Records Officer at Coney Hill Hospital, a former Victorian county asylum for the mentally ill in Gloucester. Sue’s career progressed through the acute hospital sector, community based specialist rehabilitation and learning disability services before taking on a Director of Commissioning role on the Board of Dudley Primary Care Trust. Sue then spent two years in a Regional Director role with St John Ambulance. She currently Chairs the Board of Trustees of Martineau Gardens in Edgbaston, confirming her desire to work with people whose values are rooted in community spirit, and in delivering services that enhance the health and wellbeing to those who need help the most.

Sue says of her appointment to Better Pathways, ‘I am thrilled to be at Better Pathways when the importance of good mental health and wellbeing is increasingly better understood. I enjoy working with the team here to continue the work of this fabulous charity. We will continue to strive to deliver the best experience and outcomes for our users and to promote their cause amongst commissioners and others who can influence how services are developed.’

Sue enjoys exploring the local canals on her bike and practicing her sparse spare time. 


Finance and Information Manager

Mandeesh is our Finance and Information Manager. She studied Accounting and Business at De Montfort University and is a qualified chartered accountant. Mandeesh has recently qualified to be an accredited Counter Fraud Specialist. She is a self-confessed ‘geek’ with numbers and has always had an interest in accounts. She started working at Better Pathways in September 2014 and loves working for a charity that helps people with mental health conditions and the most rewarding thing is helping Better Pathways to continue to grow. 

In her spare time she cooks, enjoys going to the theatre, and trying to remember the birthdays of her many relatives and cousins.

Head of Operations and HR

Debra has over 30 years’ operations and HR experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. HR qualified as Fellow of the CIPD, with an honours degree in Public Administration, Debra`s career highlights include managing a UK-wide employment law operation, and leading organisational development in the employability sector that helped to transform the lives of 100,000 people with disabilities.

She says "I am passionate about developing the external provision of Mental health training and building on the Better Pathways offering, to all people who suffer mental health issues"

Debra lives in the East Midlands and enjoys family, travel, walking, growing vegetables and all types of music.