Charity staff

Rebecca Gray

Rebecca Gray

Chief Executive

Rebecca is chief executive of Maudsley Charity. She is responsible for developing the charity’s strategic aims, leading its involvement in major projects and overseeing grant making and governance.

Rebecca joined the charity at the start of 2016 from The King’s Fund, where she was director of communications and information. She has worked in the health sector since 1997, initially at The Alzheimer’s Society. She has held senior roles at Monitor and at the Healthcare Commission as well as its predecessor organisation, the Commission for Health Improvement.

Director of Finance and Resources

Alexis Chapman

Director of Finance and Resources

In 2017 Alexis Chapman took up the role as the Director of Finance and Resources at Maudsley Charity. Alexis works closely with the Chief Executive and Trustees and is responsible for financial planning, investment and business strategy. Her role covers
a wide remit that includes finance, HR, property and business systems.

Alexis has more than 25 years’ experience in the UK charity sector, much of which has focussed on the humanitarian and development sector. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with KPMG, she spent 13 years with Save the Children UK, where she was Finance Director and then Marketing Director. Before joining the Maudsley Charity, she worked as a freelance consultant, interim manager and coach in a wide range of organisations in the not for profit sector.

Alexis is currently a Board Member of Christian Aid UK and the Chair of The Border Consortium, a Christian Aid partner working with the displaced people of south-east Burma. She is also a member of the Finance and Risk committee at Comic Relief and sits on the board of Christian Aid Ireland

Head of Grants

Dr David Blazey

Head of Grants

Dr David Blazey is head of grants at the Maudsley Charity. He is responsible for managing the charity’s grants programmes, working with potential applicants and those who are awarded grants at all stages of the process.

David joined the charity in 2011, while still working in a parallel role for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust as head of social inclusion and recovery.

He has worked in the field of mental health and funding since 2007, having previously worked in adult and further education, latterly in management roles that included arts, regeneration and funding. David is a trustee of the Waddington Street Centre and UK representative of CARe Europe.

Communications Manager

Richard Morley

Head of Communications

Richard Morley is head of communications for the Maudsley Charity and is responsible for overseeing strategic communications and fundraising, he also holds overall responsibility for the organisation’s IT and technical infrastructure.

Richard additionally manages art strategy for the charity, working closely with our partners. He also supports and promotes the work of the ORTUS, a Maudsley Charity owned events, education, cafe and public access space based at the Maudsley Hospital.

Richard has previously worked at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London and has more than 15 years’ experience working in the mental health sector.

Richard is a trustee of the Adamson Collection Trust, one of the major international collections of art objects made by people who lived in European long stay mental asylums.


Alice Meadows

Financial Planning and Analysis Manager

Alice is the Financial Planning and Analysis Manager at the Maudsley Charity. She is responsible for planning, budgeting and financial modelling, and business partnering in addition to planning and reporting on the Charity and our subsidiaries.

Alice is a qualified Chartered Accountant, training as an auditor at a top 10 firm, Moore Stephens, where her clients were organisations of a range of sizes and from a variety of sectors, including charities, schools, shipping companies and investment fund managers.

Her background also includes experience in the higher education sector, working at the University of London for three years, where she led on technical accounting queries, preparing annual accounts and the external audit.


Lisa Williams

Business Support Manager

Lisa is the Business Support Manager for the Maudsley Charity. Lisa supports the senior team in the formal governance of the organisation and ensures the charity remains compliant with guidance, law and best practice.

Lisa joined the Charity in Autumn 2018 having previously worked as the Charity Manager at the Friends of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Whilst working at Chelsea and Westminster, Lisa was responsible for the delivery of a number of key projects, including visual identity rebranding and environmental improvement.

Lisa has experience working in a number of third sector and community organisations including TESYouth and Shaftesbury Young People. In 2017 Lisa completed a Level 5 Management Diploma.

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Rachel Challis

Financial Accountant

Rachel Challis is the Financial Accountant for the Maudsley Charity, providing the Charity with financial and accounting support 

She joined the Charity in early 2019, having previously worked for three years as an Auditor at Sayer Vincent, an award-winning firm of chartered accountants with a focus on charities and social enterprises. Before that she worked at Thorneycroft Solicitors, Cheshire East Council and the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Manchester. 

She holds a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics from the University of York, is a Chartered Accountant, and was the recipient of the Central London Small Practitioners’ Group Prize for the highest placed Advanced stage candidate in 2017.  

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Obaida Kotainy

Grants Administrator 

Obaida Kotainy is the Grants Administrator at the Maudsley Charity, working closely with the Head of Grants to manage the charity’s grants programmes. He works with potential applicants and those who are awarded grants at all stages of the process, and is an expert user of the Charity’s grants management system. 

Obaida joined the charity in April 2019 with five years of grants experience in the humanitarian and development sector. He was previously based in Turkey, working with Save the Children, Mercy Corps, and Global Communities, supporting their efforts on the Syrian conflict.