Our Board of Trustees


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Brendan Mahon, Chair of Trustees

Brendan is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge where he researches and teaches atmospheric chemistry. He was a volunteer at Nottingham Nightline for four years (one and a half as coordinator) and now volunteers for Cambridge Linkline. He has been volunteering for the Association since 2009 and has held a variety of positions. He joined the trustee board in March 2011 and became chair of the board in March 2013. He represents Nightline Association on a variety of committees and fora including Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education and the Alliance for Student-led Wellbeing. He is currently President of the Cambridge University Students’ Union LGBT+ Campaign and won Helplines Partnership “Helpline Volunteer of the Year” in 2014.

Brendan assists with any matters to do with the Association, Nightline related queries, enquiries about becoming a trustee.

Email: Brendan.Mahon@nightline.ac.uk

Hannah TrusteeHannah Paterson

Hannah is a Policy and Learning Manager for the Big Lottery Fund working across Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Warrington. Hannah used to be Disabled Students Officer at the National Union of Students overseeing the mental health work that the organisation was doing. Previous to this, Hannah was Welfare Officer and trustee at the University of Manchester Students Union. In this role Hannah had legal and financial responsibility for Manchester Nightline. Throughout her time at the University of Manchester, studying both undergrad and postgrad qualifications in Psychology, Hannah volunteered for Nightline. She held numerous roles including Coordinator, publicity officer, trainer and internal support. Hannah has also spent two years working in volunteer management for the University of Manchester’s volunteer department. Her experience spans mental health, project management, strategy, training, volunteer management, Higher Education and Students Unions.

Email: Hannah.Paterson@nightline.ac.uk 

Dan AndersonDan Anderson

Dan is currently the Senior Trusts, Grants and Statutory Fundraiser at national charity Family Action where he develops high quality funding applications for a range of projects supporting vulnerable families experiencing the impact of poverty, disadvantage and social isolation. Dan studied History and Politics at the University of York and since graduating has worked in a number of organizations across the voluntary sector including work with local social enterprises, a volunteer led youth organization and a large national mental health charity.

He is passionate about social justice; in particular tackling stigma associated with mental health issues and student welfare and is excited about playing a role in the Association’s future. In his spare time Dan enjoys playing baseball and is currently training in preparation for running the Liverpool Marathon in 2015 for the benefit of the Nightline Association.

Email: Daniel.Anderson@nightline.ac.uk

Emily Wheeler, trustee

Emily Wheeler

Emily is Senior Philanthropy Manager at University College London, working with individuals, corporates, trusts and foundations to fundraise for students, including scholarships and the campus, and the University’s research. Before this, she completed the CASE Graduate Scheme in higher education fundraising at the University of Bristol where she had studied Politics and French.

Emily is passionate about philanthropy and getting young people involved in charity as well as mental wellbeing and tackling the stigma around mental health. She is really excited to be a trustee of Nightline Association and a part of the vital and impressive work of the charity to ensure all students can access quality peer to peer support during the night.

Email: Emily.Wheeler@nightline.ac.uk


Catherine Uttley

Catherine Uttley

Catherine works in Corporate Partnerships fundraising at the Prince’s Trust, developing relationships with a range of Technology and Media companies, to enable the Trust to transform the lives of more young people. She previously worked in the partnerships team of the NSPCC and continues to volunteer as a ChildLine counsellor.

Catherine studied history at Durham University, specialising in East African conflict. Alongside her degree, she volunteered and campaigned with a range of charities, as well as assisting with the university’s outreach efforts. She is particularly passionate about campaigning for children and young people’s rights, as well as tackling the stigma surrounding mental health, enabling more people to speak out and seek support. She is really proud to be a trustee and a part of the incredible work Nightline does to ensure all students have somewhere to turn.

Email: Catherine.Uttley@nightline.ac.uk

Tommer Spence, Trustee

Tommer Spence

Tommer is a PhD student at Warwick Medical School, looking into the impact of sexual healthcare reform. He was previously at the universities of Brighton and Edinburgh, studying health sciences and researching suicide intervention training. He volunteered for Edinburgh Nightline for four years, spending two years on committee as Coordinator and Training Coordinator, before joining the Nightline Association as Scotland Regional Coordinator.

Tommer has worked for several national health and equalities charities in Scotland, and is a strong believer in the impact of helplines and volunteering. He has sat on the advisory board of a national volunteering charity and been a call-taker for both ChildLine and the LGBT Helpline Scotland.

Email: tommer.spence@nightline.ac.uk

Trustee Tom

Tom Dale MacLaine

Tom is a PhD Clinical Researcher at Leeds Teaching Hospital Trusts, teaching anatomy for the University of Leeds and researching health optimisation prior to surgery in elderly patients. Tom set up and ran Dundee Nightline in 2011, and has volunteered for the Nightline Association since 2012 as regional coordinator, set up officer, set up expansion and sustainability lead and as head of events. He supported the development of Nightlines to cover an additional quarter of a million students during his time at the Association. Outside of Nightline and academics, Tom also volunteers for St John’s Ambulance and Thackray Medical Museum.

Email: thomas.dalemaclaine@nightline.ac.uk