About ESRA

ESRA (Employment Support Retraining Agency Ltd) was founded in 1980. Based in Redhill, Surrey, ESRA’s services are available to people with stress and mental health issues who are looking to find or keep work, and also to employers who want advice and support in recruiting and retaining valuable staff.

On average we help 250 to 300 people each year move towards work. We believe strongly that everyone has a right to work. We know that, with the right support, work can be a vital part of recovery and of maintaining positive mental health. Our qualified, experienced advisors give structured and impartial advice, with guidance sessions exploring training, employment and in work support options. We work closely with local employers and organisations, and are committed to changing the way people see mental health, improving attitudes and removing stigma.

Are you unemployed and looking for work? Apply to East Surrey Pathway to Employment!

ESRA has partnered with Raven Housing Trust, YMCA, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and ESDAS to deliver a new employment service, funded by European Union and Big Lottery Fund.

East Surrey Pathway to Employment programme is a service that can provide you with the support and advice you need to help you find work if you are living in temporary accommodation or face homelessness.

For more information, talk to one of the team at ESRA.

Minding Your Business offers its services to employers in Surrey, and the surrounding counties. It has been running courses and training employers for many years, for which the feedback is overwhelmingly positive and available to see here. The Employer Audit and Employee Retention Services were new additions in 2013, although staff have supported employers with employee retention previously made possible through health funding.

Trish NoakesGeneral Manager

Having joined ESRA and Minding Your Business at the start of 2018, Trish's bio will appear shortly.

Sara FerrisEmployment Manager

Sara has worked on a variety of employment programmes which have supported people to find and retain work and training. As well as leading on ESRA’s National Careers service provision, she is also an inspirational trainer, having developed and run our popular 'Moving On' programme of confidence boosting courses. Sara is also an artist and passionate about helping people develop.

Judy CorneyEmployment Manager (ESRA), MYB Marketing Manager

Supporting people back to work, Judy also delivers the Employee Retention Support Service and markets Minding Your Business. Judy has spent over 20 years working in the recruitment industry specialising in IT, finance and generalist appointments. She decided on a change from sales, and mental wellbeing interested her.

Donna Barrington-SmithAdministration and Accounts

Donna started working with ESRA in 2015, joining with a wealth of administrative experience gained during a career in the travel industry. Having worked in retail and business travel, Donna went into system support and development for a large travel and charge card company, and then into Tour Operating, where she was part of a team developing holiday websites. She then went onto managing a variety of specialist holiday property products/companies, then writing SEO copy for a number of travel companies. More recently, Donna has been involved with supporting patients at a large, central London hospital, where she visits at least once a month, to give talks to groups of patients, and give support on a one to one basis. With her extensive administrative background and product management skills, Donna is an integral part of the day to day running of ESRA and Minding Your Business.

Barbara WalkerDirector

Past occupation - Occupational Therapist

Lynn CrittendenDirector


Nicola SempleDirector

Start up Business Mentor

Helen GossetDirector

Piano Teacher

John HooperDirector

Solutions Specialist

Jon StoneDirector

Charity Manager

David BorerDirector

Recently Retired

Jane Cattermole Dip Couns MBACPPreferred Training Supplier

Jane has been providing training and recruitment / retention services to high profile, blue chip organisations as well as in the public and third sector, for 20 years - both in the UK and Australia. She is a MHFA Workplace Associate and approved to deliver MHFA courses, a Stress Management Society ILM Accredited Trainer and also a qualified Integrative Counselling Psychotherapist.