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Mind's senior management team

The Senior Management Team have overall corporate responsibility for Mind’s strategy, leadership, management and organisation performance.  The team focus at a strategic level on the business of Mind and on the delivery of its activities.

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive Officer

Paul Farmer has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006.

Paul is Chair of the NHS England Mental Health Patient Safety Board, he is an advisor to the Catholic Bishops on mental health and was on the Metropolitan Police commission on policing and mental health.

He is a trustee at the Mental Health Providers Forum, an umbrella body for voluntary organisations supporting people with mental distress. Paul is also trustee at Lloyds Banking Foundation and Chair of the ACEVO board.

In November 2012 Paul received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of East London in recognition for achievements in promoting the understanding and support of mental health.

Nominated by sector experts and voted by chief executives, Paul was selected most admired charity chief executive in the Third Sector Most Admired Charities Awards 2013.

Paul Ward, Chief Operating Officer

Biography to appear shortly.

Andrew Vale, Managing Director for Minds Matter – The Mind Trading Company

Andrew is responsible for the strategic direction of the 135 Mind branded shops and for developing new income streams through other trading platforms. Minds Matter is maximising the brand opportunities offered by its High Street presence and is planning an extensive programme of new shop openings.

Minds Matter turns over £12.5 million and generates unrestricted income of £2.8 million. The retail team deliver these results and is comprised of a Field Operations team as well as 350 Shop staff and over 1,800 volunteers.

The shops offer an excellent avenue for people with direct experience of mental health problems to be engaged with Mind at a local and national level.

Andrew has a retail background which blends commercial with the charity sector, having worked for Marks and Spencer, Birthdays, British Heart Foundation and Age Concern England (latterly as Head of Retail at the merged charity AgeUk).

Andrew plays a prominent part in the Charity Retail Association including time spent as a Board Member.

Kathleen Miles, Director of Fundraising

Kathleen is responsible for Mind's fundraising, leading a department of 35 staff who together raise in excess of £14m vital income for Mind's work from a range of sources, as well as Mind's training unit.

Kathleen has a voluntary sector background, having worked in the sector for 22 years, 21 years of which have been in fundraising. Her roles have included fundraising for small local voluntary sector organisations, higher education and charity sectors.

Prior to joining Mind in 2001, Kathleen worked at NSPCC. She holds an MSc in Voluntary Sector Organisation from the LSE and is a Trustee of Southwark Playhouse.

Karen Mellanby, Director of Networks and Communities

Karen is Director of Networks and Communities at Mind. She is responsible for the direction, management and development of the Networks and Communities Department which undertakes work with the national affiliated local Minds network and supports leadership and social participation in communities. This includes overseeing a range of programmes across the network that promote quality in local mental health service development and delivery; including a quality mark; grants programmes; peer learning and knowledge sharing; innovation and business development; equality improvement and community action.

Prior to joining Mind in 2013, Karen worked at Locality as Director of Programmes, overseeing a range of high profile national programmes to support effective community led development and enterprise.  Before that she was Deputy Chief Executive at Action for Advocacy, where she was actively involved in promoting and supporting the provision of independent advocacy for users of health and social care services. She holds an MA in Applied Social Studies and Diploma's in Social Work and Management, and with over 20 years experience working in the voluntary sector, has direct experience of providing services and support for older and disabled people and users of mental health services.

Janet Pardue-Wood, Acting Director of Mind Cymru

In the absence of Lindsay Foyster, Janet has been in the role of Acting Director since November 2013 managing the Mind Cymru team who work on an array of projects including Mental Health First Aid (Wales), Suicide Intervention Skills Training and Time to Change Wales.

Janet temporarily sits on a number of external national bodies including the Wales Alliance for Mental Health.

Janet brings a wealth of strategic and operational leadership experience to Mind Cymru from her previous roles at Asthma UK Cymru, Relate Cymru, Breast Cancer Care, Kidney Research UK, British Red Cross, Bobath Cymru, Childline Cymru/Wales and Scope.

Sophie Corlett, Director of External Relations

Sophie is responsible for Mind's policy and campaigning, media, communications, legal and information services work and has been at Mind since 2002.  Amongst other things, Sophie represents Mind on the Future Vision Coalition, is on the Management Board of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health which develops guidance on care and treatment for people with mental health problems for NICE, is a trustee of the Centre for Mental Health and is on the Members Council for the South London and Maudsley Mental Health Trust. She is a regular spokesperson for Mind in the media.

Before starting at Mind Sophie was Policy Director at Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities, a small charity (now closed) that worked with disabled students in or entering post-16 education, a post she held for 10 years.

Sue Baker, Director Time to Change

Sue leads Time to Change, England’s biggest ever programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination. She is responsible for leading and delivering this exciting social movement in England. 

Time to Change is an ambitious £20 million programme (funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief) being delivered by leading mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

Sue previously worked for the leading mental health charity in New Zealand setting up marketing, campaigns and fundraising programmes and supporting the world’s largest campaign to address the discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems, using human rights and mental health promotion models.  She also worked for nine years as Head of Media at Mind, in particular carrying out the UK’s first survey of the extent and impact of discrimination (in the mid 90s). 

She has also been a Director of a leading substance misuse charity where she was responsible for marketing treatment services, delivering business growth and developing marketing and fundraising.

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