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Pwyllgor Members

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Susan O’Leary –Executive lead

Sue is Director of Mind Cymru and an Executive Director of Mind. She chairs the Wales Alliance for Mental Health, and the anti-stigma campaign, Time to Change Wales. Sue led our programme delivery work as Head of Operations in Mind Cymru for 5 years, working with Local Minds and partners to co-produce, pilot and scale service delivery models. Prior to working in Mental Health, Sue’s background is in Criminal Justice, holding leadership roles in the Prison Service, Probation Service and Ministry of Justice. She is passionate about collaboration, innovation and improving access to effective services and support. Outside of work, Sue enjoys running, reading, travel home to Ireland, and being mum to her two girls.

Emrys Elias (Chair)

Originally a mental health nurse, Emrys has since worked in mental health policy, commissioning and service provision including as the Director of the NHS Delivery Unit. Emrys has directed and coordinated national and local performance reviews of adult and children's mental health services within Wales, including reviews of service delivery and service access models.

Victoria Hall (Vice-chair)

Victoria is Head of Employment Law at NewLaw Solicitors, a Board Member for the South Wales HR Forum and CMI as well as a champion for discrimination and stigma free working environments. She has a particular interest in promoting understanding of human nature and its impact on equal opportunities and fair play at work. Outside of work, you'll often find Victoria taking part in sporting fundraising activities for charity.

Charlotte Watson

Charlotte is an experienced trustee, a Mental Health Project Coordinator for a student-led charity in Cardiff and a Psychology graduate. Her interest in improving mental health services began at 17, when she was shocked at the lack of therapy and support offered to her when she became bulimic.

Mark O'Callaghan

Mark was Head of News and Current Affairs at BBC Wales, where he was also a board member. He worked for BBC Wales for nearly 30 years and previous posts include editor of Wales Today and senior producer of Good Morning Wales on Radio Wales. He now lectures at the School of Journalism at Cardiff University and works at the Hay Academy teaching journalism students. He is passionate about getting the best out of people, and is endlessly curious. Mark is married with two children at secondary school and in his leisure time enjoys travel with the family, film and theatre and trying to keep fit and healthy.

Louise Jones

Louise is a Logistics Project Manager and Mental Health First Aider within Airbus UK. An active fundraiser for Mind, Louise walked 40 miles in 24 hours as part of the Mind Hike in 2016. Louise's motivation to support Mind is driven by the loss of her husband to suicide in January 2015, when he was only 38 years old. Since, she has focussed on challenging mental health stigma and helping her son come to terms with losing his dad by educating him on mental illness.

Arwel Jones

Arwel currently works for the Books Council of Wales. He has published and edited a number of books, is an occasional poet and broadcaster and enjoys reading. He is a husband and father of three boys and currently lives in Aberystwyth.

Arwel has experience of fundraising for Mind, having been on two of the treks and run the London Marathon. He has taken up running again recently. Arwel first got involved with a Mind by taking part in a Mind trek to Africa and came back convinced that Mind is a very important charity.

Valerie Harrison

Valerie Harrison has had a long career in the NHS as chief executive of an NHS community and mental health trust and an acute trust. She has also worked as a consultant in an international consultancy firm and as director of investigations at the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Office where she focused on mental health services. For the last eight years of her career she was chief executive of a large advocacy charity supporting people to get their voices heard. She has held several non-executive roles in the NHS, including at a Mental Health Trust and in two CCGs. She is a trustee of her local Citizens Advice Bureau, and was chair of her local Mind and Vice Chair of national Mind. She has recently re-joined national Mind’s Board.

Tracey Price

Tracey has been Chief Executive of Mind Pembrokeshire since 2000 and Mind Carmarthen since 2007. Beginning her career as a trainee psychiatric nurse sparked a drive to find other ways to promote recovery for people with mental health problems. Tracey has since worked in social work in statutory and private residential schools and in the voluntary Sector with the Red Cross and Age Concern Pembrokeshire.

Julian John

Julian has worked in senior roles in the three principle mental health charities in Wales - Gofal, Hafal and now Mind. He joined the Mind network as Deputy Director at Merthyr and the Valleys Mind before being appointed as Director in 2016. He is the current vice-Chair at the Mental Health Partnership at Cwm Taf University Health Board and also chair the Suicide and Self-harm sub-committee at Cwm Taf. Julian also represents the Mind network in Wales on the Sustainability and Growth Board and on the Mind Grants Panel.

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