People involved with the YHT


Dr Mark Collins - Patron

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The Yellow Heart Trust is proud to have Dr Mark Collins as its patron.

Dr Collins is a Consultant Psychiatrist at The Priory Hospital, Roehampton, and specialises in post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and addiction. 

He graduated from Oxford University and qualified in Medicine in 1976.  He stayed in hospital medicine, including three years training neurology at New York University Medical Centre before deciding to switch to Psychiatry. His psychiatric training was at St. George's Hospital, London where he was appointed a consultant in 1990.

To find out more about Dr Mark Collins please visit his website www.drmarkcollins.co.uk


Alex Fontaine MBE - Founder and Honorary President

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Alex is the Founder of The Yellow Heart Trust. 

She is an enthusiastic entrepreneur who also founded Personal Time Saver Ltd, London's award-winning lifestyle management and concierge service.

Alex Fontaine was awarded an MBE for Outstanding Service to Disadvantaged Women by founding The Yellow Heart Trust. 

You can read an interview with Alex here


Dee Bixley - Trustee and Secretary

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Dee's professional life began in the world of dance and drama at the age of 6, including TV variety shows, commercials, films and modelling assignments. 

Later, Dee worked as Personal Assistant to a Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University in Connecticut, before becoming P.A. to the Medical Director at The Priory Hospital, Roehampton.

During her 15 years at The Priory, Dee became convinced that she should write a book about this famous psychiatric hospital one day. Years later, when interviewing Dr Mark Collins in his office at The Priory, she remarked that she would love a mental health charity to benefit from the proceeds of her book. "But one was formed by a patient in this very room!" exclaimed Dr Collins. Dee finished her book, met Alex Fontaine, and a friendship was born.

Read more about Inside The Priory here


Jennifer Philpott - Trustee

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Jenni joined YHT in 2003, at the invitation of the Founder. Her career has included posts in health visiting and health promotion in Liverpool, as well as being Health Advisor in the prevention of HIV/AIDS for the South Cheshire Trust.

Jenni has been involved with the charity Time and Talents, Bermondsey, for 14 years, on the Board of Trustees and working on many community projects.  She obtained several grants from local government to fund these activities.

She has particular interest in addiction and trauma and welcomes being able to support the work of the Trust in providing financial assistance for those who seek treatment.


Philip Robinson - Director and Trustee

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Philip is a management consultant in the asset management field, as well as a professional tenor. 

He is a very fortunate survivor of the Marchioness riverboat disaster and has benefitted greatly from post-traumatic stress disorder therapy in the aftermath of this tragedy. He worked with and was a friend of Antonio Vasconcellos. 

Philip is the man behind the Antonio Vasconcellos Fund, and you can read an interview with him on the AV Fund page.


Advisers to the YHT


Felicity Biggart

Felicity provided trauma and bereavement counselling for the 7 July Assistance Centre working primarily with those involved with the London bombings in 2005 and with those affected by terrorist incidents from around the world. She provided counselling to both the bereaved and survivors of the Bali bombings 2002, the Indian Ocean Tsunami 2004, the Sharm el-Sheikh bombings of 2005 and the Dahab bombings 2006. She provided one to one counselling, training and group support for the bereaved and survivors. From October 2010 to March 2011 Felicity was part of a small team providing psychosocial support to the families and witnesses throughout the Coroner’s Inquests into the London Bombings.

In 2003 Felicity joined Brent and Hounslow Bereavement Services. Current counselling commitments include private practice with vulnerable clients and students pursuing a career in counselling. Felicity and Martin Weaver continue to provide Trauma Resilience Training, endorsed by the BACP, to companies across the UK.

Felicity is a member of the British Psychological Society, the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP), she holds a BA (Hons) Psychology from Warwick University and a Diploma in Integrative Counselling.


Ann  Sloboda

Ann Sloboda is Head of Music Therapy at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She is a qualified psychoanalyst and a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and is registered with the BCP (British Psychoanalytic Council) and the HCPC (Health Care Professions Council). 

She studied music at Worcester College, Oxford. She qualified as a music therapist in 1985 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she subsequently taught as Clinical Tutor. 

Between 1985 and 2005 she worked as a music therapist in the NHS, in the fields of adult learning disability, eating disorders, general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. A past chair of the Association of Professional Music Therapists, she was Head of Arts Therapies at West London Mental Health Trust for 10 years. Here, she established and developed clinical services in art, drama and music therapy. She provides consultations to music therapists working in the health, voluntary and education sectors. 

Ann has spoken widely at national and international conference and has several publications on music therapy including 'Music Therapy and Psychotic Violence' in A Practical Guide to Forensic Psychotherapy (E Welldon and C Van Velsen, editors) and 'Music Therapy in Forensic Psychiatry; a case study with musical commentary' in The Handbook of Music Therapy (L Bunt and S Hoskyns, editors).