The Dragonfly Community Board of Trustees carefully selects its members based on both experience and expertise. With both trained mental health professionals and business people with third-sector and executive experience, the Board is well-equipped to guide the charity.
After topping the Tripos at King’s College London and completing an MSc in Management at the London School of Economics, Hannah spent her early years as an analyst at biotech company The RSA Group and prop-tech start-up Goodlord.
Quickly moving to make her mark on Dragonfly Biosciences, she sparked the rise of DragonflyCBD, the first CBD brand into Boots, an achievement which saw her progress from Business Development Associate to Chief Operations Officer within a year.
Hannah plays a key role in building the company’s backend, with a clear focus on European Cannabis licensing and regulation. She’s an expert at the forefront of creating new policies and setting industry standards, while her knowledge of complex regulatory frameworks and success in cannabis brand building has earned Hannah invitations to podcasts and panels aplenty.
Having studied a BSc in Psychology with Criminology at undergraduate level, Grace subsequently completed her MSc in Forensic Psychology in 2018. She’s been involved in numerous voluntary projects, completing a mental health placement in Sri Lanka in which she mentored offenders on release from prison, providing support as they integrated back into society. More recently, she become a volunteer for the mental health charity, MIND.
Grace's passion for supporting individuals with mental health problems has seen her in a number of roles in in-patient settings. This includes working in a range of adult mental health services and children's eating disorder units. She recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate, enabling her to practice as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in the NHS, a role that includes assessing and treating common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. She believes in a strong therapeutic approach, conjointly with a caring and listening attitude.
Her many roles in a mental health setting have enhanced her knowledge and understanding of how different diagnoses can impact not only the lives of individuals but also the people around them.
Phodios is a Psychology graduate and trainee Counselling Psychologist, currently in the second year of his professional doctorate (DPsych) at City University London. He has experience providing both short and long-term therapy in several settings, including bereavement care and community services.
Phodios practices according to humanistic principles, where a positive, trusting, empathetic therapeutic relationship is considered the cornerstone of transformation and change. This approach respects the client’s individuality, allowing for tailored treatment specific to their needs
As a counselling psychologist, Phodios uses Cognitive-Behavioural techniques with Person-Centred Therapy enabling the client to reflect on their thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a non-judgemental environment. Through becoming aware of and re-structuring the patterns of thinking underlying difficulties, positive change can be facilitated. He also draws on techniques such as mindfulness meditation to assist clients in their growth, where a renewed, equanimous relationship with the mind can be developed.
Phodios has worked with a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief, low-self-esteem and social anxiety as well as helping clients through life challenges or transitionary stages.
After studying Philosophy at the University of York, Matt dipped his toes into the third sector with an internship at the disability swimming charity Level Water. He went on to intern in the Events Fundraising Team at Diabetes UK, before ultimately becoming the Administrator for Elephants for Africa, an elephant conservation charity based out of Botswana. His time spent in this diverse set of charities gave him a strong understanding of the basic building blocks and attitudes that enable a charity to thrive.
After obtaining an MA in European Philosophy, Matt shifted his focus from charity and into writing. After having pieces published in genres ranging from ‘pop’ philosophy to fiction, Matt decided to turn his hand to copy and content writing. For the last year he’s been writing for the mental health start-up ‘Powers’ and more recently joined the marketing team at Dragonfly Biosciences.