Meet our board

Meet our board

Our Board Members

Our Board is made up of 4 Executive Directors and 3 Non-Executive Directors.

Executive Board Members

Lucy Marks, Chief Executive Officer

Lucy Marks was trained as a Clinical Psychologist and has worked in the Primary Care Psychology and Counselling Service for over 25 years, previously holding the role of Joint Head of Service prior to the development of Compass Wellbeing. As a clinician, her therapeutic orientation is psychodynamic and she uses this model to understand how organisations and teams function. As PEC Co-Chair of Tower Hamlets PCT for over 5 years she has gained significant experience in working as part of the original PCT board and has developed her expertise in commissioning. She has a particular interest in health inequalities and applying Marmot principles.

Azom Mortuza, Chief Operating & Finance Officer

Azom comes from a background in community engagement, commissioning and setting up community services. He has gained a wealth of experience from working across the Third Sector, Local Authority and PCT over many years. Azom has led on Operations and Finance for the Primary Care Psychology and Counselling Service and is now responsible for keeping Compass Wellbeing CIC in a strong financial position as well as delivering to contracts. He has a special interest in exploring different models of healthcare delivery and leadership whilst committed to ensuring the organisation makes a tangible difference in the local community. He is currently a Health Foundation Fellow on the Generation Q Leadership Programme.

Pauline O'Halloran, Director of HR & Organisational Development

Pauline is a Consultant Clinical Counsellor and has been the Deputy Head of Service for the Primary Care Psychology and Counselling Service for many years.  She has also led on equalities and developed and headed up the Disability and Health Counselling Team. She has a special interest in working with people with Disabilities and long term health conditions. With a background in the Third Sector and community engagement, she has been involved in partnership working within Tower Hamlets for over 30 years, setting up services in the voluntary sector and creating new developments within the Primary Care Service. In her role as Director of Organisational Development she is responsible for developing new business within Tower Hamlets and outside the borough.



Ruth Cohen, Clinical Director

Ruth Cohen is a paediatric nurse who has a specialist public health qualification in school nursing.  Her career has spanned the past two decades and has involved working in the acute and community setting in and around East London. Ruth has a track record of consistent leadership across a number of organisations. She has successfully led service change delivery, resulting in regional and national interest.  Her collaborative approaches have fostered an environment of openness and transparency within the organisation and with stakeholders.  She has encouraged innovative practices, whilst ensuring staff recognition for their contributions. Ruth is committed to ensuring the ‘user voice’ is a critical part of service planning and delivery.  She believes in demonstrating cultural competencies that embrace the unique perspectives that are filtered through family norms and values.



Non-Executive Board Members

Dan Jones

Working first as a teacher and then as a youth and community worker in Tower Hamlets Social Services for 18 years, Dan is well known for enabling the development of numerous local voluntary sector organisations including the Maternity Services Liaison Scheme, Tower Hamlets Law Centre, the Bangladeshi Youth Movement and the Asian Unemployed Outreach Project. 

Dan was a member of the Board of War on Want in the 1980s and has worked in the UK section of Amnesty International since 1987, working on a wide range of national and international human rights campaigns in the UK.

Judith Ibison

A GP partner in Lambeth, Judith is also a senior lecturer in Primary Care at St. George's, University of London, where she is education lead for the personal and professional development of medical students. She started her GP career in Tower Hamlets as a GP registrar at Chrisp Street Health Centre.

Natalie Parish

With a background in Local Authority Commissioning, Natalie is a director of Isospartnerships, an organisation that provides consultancy services to public sector organisations. The company has a clear focus on the improvement of outcomes.

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