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.
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.
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.
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.
Sara 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. She is a trustee and Director of WCVA (Welsh Council for Voluntary Action) and an Independent Member of Cardiff and Vale UHB.
Sara has a background in journalism, communication and public engagement having been Director of Communications for the Welsh Government as well as a large London Health Trust and the young people's homelessness charity, Centrepoint. She is passionate about enabling people's voices and experiences to be heard and shared and about improving access to compassionate and effective services and support.
Sara has a 19 year old daughter and 17 year old son who is deaf, in mainstream education and has recently received a cochlear implant.
She is a fluent Welsh speaker and comes originally from Aberystwyth.
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 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.
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.
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.