who WE are
Gavin White is the Founder of The Chimo Trust. He was a fund manager at Millennium Partners and prior to that a financial analyst at SG Warburg/UBS. He is now a private investor, a governor of Port Regis School and a trustee of The Treatment Bag. After experiencing mental health issues himself and witnessing an explosion of mental problems amongst the children of family and friends he decided to establish The Chimo Trust. His childhood nickname was Chimo.
Sir Charles Walker
Sir Charles Walker is the Member of Parliament for Broxbourne, having first been elected in 2005, and is currently a Commissioner of the House of Commons. He has a background in mental health campaigning and is a recipient of the Royal College of Psychiatrists President’s Medal. In 2013 his Parliamentary speech about living with OCD was the Spectator’s Speech of the Year.
Nigel Corner DL
Nigel Corner has run the family business for thirty years, which has varied interests, all based in the North East of England. He was an International Motor Racing Driver for twelve years, until a career ending accident. He suffers from PTSD. He was a school governor, and is currently an Honorary Air Commodore in the RAF and a Deputy Lieutenant for North Yorkshire.
Dr Ally Jaffee
Ally is a multi-award winning NHS Junior Doctor. She is the recipient of the BBC Food & Farming New Talent Award,The Diana Award and The Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award. Ally has just worked closely with the likes of BBC radio 4 presenter Sheila Dillon and even Jamie Oliver. Ally has featured in the media regularly from GB News to The Times to the Metro and BBC news. Ally is a keen entrepreneur and holds a place on the prestigious NHS Clinical Entrepreneurship Programme.
She is the the co-founder of Nutritank, a hub to educate Healthcare Professionals in Nutrition & Lifestyle Medicine Education. Ally is passionate about Mental Health and its intersecting fields- particularly The Arts & Nutrition. She also holds a BSc degree in Medical Humanities & Creative Arts from Imperial College London. In the long-term, Ally hopes to pursue a career in Psychiatry and work with young people and dabbles in TV, writing and policy-change. Ally believes strongly in authenticity and openness and shares her own mental health struggles online, and hopes to normalise the conversation around Doctor’s Mental Health.
Fiorella Massey, MBE
Fiorella is a British/Italian mother of three, educated at the French Lycee and a graduate of Bristol University. After a career in fashion, she became a passionate mental health activist and advocate, and joined the Mental Health Foundation in 2013. Fiorella introduced an innovative approach to teenage mental health, taking research into action.
As Chair of the Friends of the Mental Health Foundation, she spearheaded a peer to peer in school programme which is now nationwide, and has become the flagship project for the foundation. Fiorella was made MBE for services to teenage mental health and education in 2020. She has also mentored young mental health activist and was Board trustee of Doctors in distress.
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The word ‘Chimo’ is believed to mean a special friend for people in the language of the Inuit people of Northern Canada
It is said that when the Inuit would greet each other with the word ‘Chimo’ they would simultaneously circle their hearts with their left hands