Meet The Team
Dr Siyanda Mkweli
Managing Director: Siyanda Mkweli PhD.
Siyanda's interest in talking therapies can be traced back to his work as a university lecturer. In that capacity he was a student advisor supporting students on a one to one basis in their academic, mental and emotional wellbeing. He is a qualified Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator, who is passionate about helping people to get well and stay well. Siyanda loves working with aspiring leaders and over the past 5 years has worked with various individuals seeing them transition from led to being leaders in their own right. He has a natural flair as a mentor/coach, and won the 2014 National NHS Coach/Mentor of the year award.
As an Institute of Leadership and Management accredited Action Learning Facilitator, Siyanda has worked in corporate and community settings to help people solve real life problems using action learning approaches to allow individuals to take action and reflect upon the results. He has worked within the East Midlands region with other third sector organisations compiling and authoring a report on "Small Ethnic Communities and Psychological Services". A natural leader, Siyanda has held Board of Trustee positions in various charities in the UK and abroad and is a founder director of Millo Services CIC.
Mrs Batendi Mkweli
Batendi states that ever since she was young she remembers being known for “listening to others when nobody else heard”. It was no surprise that in 1995 she qualified as a nurse at Durham University, followed by a BA in Health Services Management. This led her to a rich career working in the wards as a nurse, a nurse manager, a school of nursing tutor and NVQ level assessor.
Batendi says she reached a turning point in her life when she was doing a night shift and spent at least a minimum of an hour talking and listening to patients who had been extremely agitated during the day. Her natural listening skills had a calming effect on those patients which made her make a decisive choice to further her career in talking therapies. Since then she has gained a Masters in Counselling (2005) and a postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) both from the University of Nottingham and is a qualified Wellness Recovery Action Plan facilitator. She has worked in both the public and voluntary sectors providing talking therapies for people from all walks of life with a range of difficulties. She has extensive experience of counselling diverse clients within Primary Health Care in General Practice settings, university and college students, people of different faith and women in prison. Batendi has served as a Board member of the Ethics Advisory Board of a local statutory organisation and an advisory Board member for a local organisation that specialises in Domestic abuse.
With such extensive experience and knowledge, Batendi prides herself in her ability to offer different talking therapies that meet her clients’ individual needs. Batendi will help you to make an informed choice on which of the therapies will best suit your needs. She is passionate about empowering people to explore and understand their current difficulties, hence make choices that enable them to be in control of their lives. With her unique gifting of giving hope to the hurting, Batendi is passionate about making a lasting difference and helping others see their true potential. Batendi is a founder director of Millo Services CIC.
Non-Executive Director: Joanna Brooks BSc, Nurse (Midwife)
As a Non-Exec board member, Joanna brings to Millo immense practical administrative experience that comes from years of voluntary work with charities and third sector organisations. She also brings the ability to empower others even in the face of challenges. She herself is no stranger to challenges, as in 1974 she became the first female Geologist in Sierra Leone after obtaining a degree with a major in Geology. However, through her evident compassionate heart and a sincere desire to care for others. Joanna increasingly became interested in the wellbeing of others. This led her to train as a nurse and subsequently qualified as a midwife at the Nottingham School of Nursing in 1980. During her nursing career she mentored students and provided them with both emotional and psychological support. With over 18 years of midwifery experience, Joanna is passionate about women and motherhood issues and how these impact on their emotional wellbeing and relationships with their children. This has in turn led her to be actively involved with children's work, a responsibility that she oversees for a local charity to date.