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 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 Independent Oversight and Advisory Group which brings together health and care leaders and experts to oversee the current mental health long term plan for the NHS in England. He co-authored ‘Thriving at Work’ for the government, setting out how to transform mental health in work places.
Paul is a Commissioner at Historic England. He has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of East London, is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, and The Royal College of Psychiatrists, and was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2016.
Paul has nearly thirty years’ experience in the mental health field having managed mental health services and commissioned mental health services. He has served on a number of government working groups in the mental health field, and early in his career lead a major mental health hospital re-provision programme.
More recently Paul has joined the board on a mental health NHS foundation trust in a non-executive director capacity. He has also been a non-executive director on a strategic health authority and has held senior management positions in both the NHS and charity sectors.
Paul joined Mind from Terrence Higgins Trust, where he had been Deputy Chief Executive since 2000 and Acting Chief Executive. He brings with him a wealth of experience in charity sector leadership, as well as around community mental health strategy and service provision planning.
Andrew is responsible for the strategic direction of the 160 Mind shops and for developing new income streams through other trading platforms. Mind Retail is maximising the brand opportunities offered by its high street presence and is planning an extensive programme of new shop openings and refurbishments.
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 Age UK).
Andrew plays a prominent part in the Charity Retail Association including time spent as a board member.
Kathleen Miles has been Director of Fundraising at Mind since 2007. Kathleen is responsible for the direction, development and delivery of both Mind’s fundraising and Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing hub. Together the team of c.140 staff raise c.£30m pa from a range of sources, and deliver a range of successful Workplace Wellbeing initiatives, including Mind’s Training and Consultancy and our Workplace Wellbeing Index.
Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing hub also delivers our Time to Change employers work, along with our partner colleagues at Rethink Mental Illness, and a programme to support the needs of Blue light emergency service workers. The team have been heavily involved in supporting our work following the Farmer/Stevenson Thriving at Work report, launched last October.
Kathleen has a voluntary sector background, having worked in a range of organisations over the past 26 years, both in service development and delivery and in fundraising. Amongst her previous roles she has worked at NSPCC and Oxford University. She also holds a MSc in Voluntary Sector Organisation from the LSE.
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.
Sara yw Cyfarwyddwr Mind Cymru ac mae’n un o Gyfarwyddwyr Gweithredol Mind hefyd. Mae’n Cadeirio Cynghrair Iechyd Meddwl Cymru a’r ymgyrch wrth-stigma, Amser i Newid Cymru. Mae’n ymddiriedolwr ac yn Gyfarwyddwr gyda Chyngor Gweithredu Gwirfoddol Cymru (WCVA) ac mae’n Aelod Annibynnol o Fwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Caerdydd a’r Fro.
Mae gan Sara gefndir ym maes newyddiaduraeth, cyfathrebu ac ymgysylltu â’r cyhoedd a hithau wedi bod yn Gyfarwyddwr Cyfathrebu ar gyfer Llywodraeth Cymru, ar gyfer Ymddiriedolaeth Iechyd fawr yn Llundain ac ar gyfer Centrepoint, yr elusen digartrefedd i bobl ifanc. Mae’n frwd iawn ynghylch galluogi lleisiau a phrofiadau pobl i gael eu clywed a’u rhannu ac ynghylch gwella mynediad at wasanaethau a chymorth effeithiol a thosturiol.
Mae gan Sara ferch 19 oed a mab 17 oed sy’n fyddar, mewn addysg brif ffrwd ac sydd newydd gael mewnblaniad yn y cochlea.
Mae hi’n siarad Cymraeg yn rhugl ac yn dod o Aberystwyth yn wreiddiol.
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.
Sophie Corlett is Director of External Relations at Mind. She has been at Mind since 2002 and is responsible for Mind's policy and campaigning, media, communications, legal and information services. Sophie is also responsible for the delivery of the Crisis Care Concordat project at Mind, a project funded by NHS England to support local areas across England to improve their response to people in mental health crisis.
Amongst other things, Sophie 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 and is on the trustee board for the Centre for Mental Health. She is a regular spokesperson for Mind in the media.
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.