Stephen Reid


Stephen Reid : Chairman

Steve has extensive experience of working with vulnerable young people including those who have been excluded from mainstream education and as a sexual health outreach worker in Haringey and across Greater London. He is also a youth mentor and worker and an avid radio presenter. Steve qualified as an electrician in 1983 but hasn't touched a wire since the mid-eighties. He loves sports, healthy eating, music and helping others. He has been involved with Bubic for over fourteen years. Steve appreciates Bubic's enthusiasm, determination and passion for their local community, which he shares. Steve is very proud to be the chair of the board of trustees.

Omar Villalba


Omar Villalba : Trustee

Omar has led education, regeneration and community improvement programmes for local government authorities including Barnet, Brent, Newham and Southwark. In his current role in Newham, he is committed to delivering regeneration in co-production with local communities. Omar is a Managing successful programmes (MSP), Agile and PRINCE2 accredited project manager with extensive experience in delivering high value and profile programmes and projects from inception to delivery.


Bola (Adetimole) Kwapong (MBA)


Bola (Adetimole) Kwapong (MBA) : Trustee

Bola is an experienced learning and communications lead specialising in the banking sector. She has an MBA from Middlesex University. Bola brings her expertise in strategy, training, leadership, management and coaching skills and experience to the Bubic board.

Marion Morris


Marion Morris : Trustee

Marion has spent a great part of her working life in the drugs and alcohol/homeless sector from the early days of working in City Roads Drugs Crisis Centre, London’s first needle exchanges and drop-ins through to holding management and strategic positions in the sector. It was whilst being the manager of Haringey’s drug service some 17 years ago that she first encountered Lanre (now Chief Executive) of Bubic. She believed in his vision of ‘bringing unity back into the community’ and encouraged him to go for his dreams. The rest is history. She was Head of Health Improvement in Haringey up until 2016 and has since developed Tower Hamlets’ substance misuse strategy. A driving force in all her work is the desire to work with people to make a difference to their lives and to reduce social and health inequalities. Marion came to education late in life, having to go out to work at 16 and is proud of both of first class honours degree in Counselling Psychology and her master’s in science in Public Health. She told us: ‘I am honoured to be a trustee of an organisation that is doing such great work and helping so many people turn their lives around. The fact that it is peer-led makes it all the greater!’

Michelle Simmons-Safo


Michelle Simmons-Safo : Trustee

Michelle Simmons-Safo is a qualified Social Worker, with a first degree in Psychology and social policy. Michelle has and been working within the mental health field for over 30 years. Michelle has a passion to improve outcomes for vulnerable people, especially within Haringey. Michelle describes herself as "A daughter of the soil" She was raised in Tottenham and has lived in Haringey all her life. Michelle was captivated by BIBUC mandate and mission to support the most vulnerable in the community.  She has lent her professional and social expertise to drive forward change for service users in employment, housing, mental health treatment in respects of dual diagnosis.  Michelle has been employed by  Barnet Enfield and Haringey NHS for 21 years managing a range of mental health services  over the years. Michelle is a Mother and Grandmother and wears many hats both in her professional and personal life. She is a great communicator, and has been described as a compassionate and charismatic leader.

Laura Pechey


Laura Pechey : Trustee

Laura worked at Haringey's alcohol service, HAGA, for eleven years, leading brief interventions, digital, recovery and service-user involvement projects, as well as securing funding and generating income through business development. When working in Haringey, Laura was always impressed by the truly peer-led approach of Bubic. She currently works to improve national drug and alcohol treatment and recovery policy and practice. Laura has a PhD in South African literature.

Dr Funke Baffour


Dr Funke Baffour : Trustee

Dr Funke Baffour is a chartered Clinical Psychologist, the Director of Ace Psychology Ltd and a Bubic trustee. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Middlesex University. Dr Funke's research interests were, at the time, were eating disorders and substance misuse. However, after some time Dr Funke felt that her career needed to take a different path; as her research PhD did not give her the type of clinical contact that she desired. Dr Funke’s change of heart led to a career in clinical psychology. This enabled her to work with people therapeutically, as well as keeping her research interests alive. She graduated from the University of East London with a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Dr Funke is a member of the British Psychological Society. She is also an Associate Fellow at the British Psychological Society and a registered practitioner psychologist with the Health Professional Council. Dr Funke has her private practice in London where she runs her Dr Funke – Take Control programmes.

She is one the UK’s leading media clinical psychologists and because of her unique style she has been sought after by numerous TV companies. Dr Funke is a regular contributor to CNN International and a range of magazines and newspapers giving expert advice on current affairs. Dr Funke is passionate about bringing issues concerning mental health to the forefront.

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