Mind's Board of Trustees (Council of Management) is responsible for our governance and strategic direction. The Board is accountable for everything we do, including setting our strategic direction, scrutinising our performance and supporting and empowering our Executive Team of Directors. We're a federated network, with over 130 local Minds delivering services and support in their local communities.
We have up to sixteen trustees on our Board. We aim to have a Board that reflects our diverse communities and over half of our trustees have direct experience of mental health problems. Members have terms of office lasting three years. They are eligible to stand for a maximum of three terms (nine years in total). Find out more about our current trustees' below.
We also have four sub-committees which support our Board, scrutinising different areas of work to add another layer of insight. All of our trustees contribute to both Board and a Committee.
Our Committees are:
Our governance structure includes Mind Retail Board which is the board of Minds Matter (Mind Retail). This Board leads Mind retail and reports regularly to Mind via Finance, Risk and Audit Committee. Mind and Mind Retail have a close relationship which is overseen through an intra-group agreement.
Stevie Spring CBE chaired the Groundwork Federation for eight years and BBC Children in Need for 10 years. A portfolio director, investor and adviser, Stevie was named by GQ magazine as one of the UK’s 100 most connected women and was on the Telegraph/Debretts list of Britain’s 500 most influential people.
Originally a lawyer turned marketer, she has been CEO of two international media companies and served on numerous boards. Currently she chairs the British Council, remuneration for the Coop Group of Companies and Kino-mo – a global technology company specialising in 3D holography.
Stevie is a Fellow of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and of the Marketing Society and holds an honorary doctorate for services to business.
Ian is a chartered accountant with over 25 years of experience in project and corporate finance, specialising in the funding and management of investments in infrastructure. Ian trained with KPMG in London before leaving to establish a specialist financial advisory practice. He was chief executive of this company for 10 years and managed its merger into a US quoted global advisory firm. Ian's relationship with Mind started in 2012, when he was appointed to chair the audit committee. Ian was appointed Mind's Treasurer in 2013.
John is a leadership coach and independent consultant working in the health and care sector. He previously worked in the NHS running hospitals, community services and commissioning organisations, and leading a number of national programmes. He has a particular interest in partnership working; ensuring that different organisations work together to provide excellent, integrated services for the people they serve. In addition to his role with Solent Mind, John is also a Vice Chair of national Mind and chairs their Network Committee.
Joanne, who has experience of governance in the not-for-profit sector, joined Mind's Council of Management in December 2016.
A lawyer by profession, she has a wealth of legal, financial and management experience drawn from working in and with large law firms and banks, as well as small entrepreneurial companies.
Joanne is a strong believer that with the right care and information, those suffering from mental ill health, just as those with physical illnesses, can lead fulfilling lives and contribute to society. As someone who has suffered and recovered from mental illness, Joanne brings a compassionate understanding based on experience and with it, the vital message of hope. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1999 whilst working at city law firm Linklaters and manages her condition with a combination of medication, care of her physical health and the invaluable support of those around her.
Joanne qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and holds a degree in English and Spanish American Literature from Warwick University. Before qualifying as a lawyer, Joanne studied music and dance to a high level and still has a passion for both.
She lives in London with her husband and two children.
Alex joined the Board in 2016 and sits on the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and the Mind Retail board. She became involved with mental health issues in 2012 when her daughter suddenly stopped eating. She was appalled by the speed of response, fragmentation of care, and failure of schools and work places to embrace the needs of people with different mental health needs and joined Mind to try and make a difference to that. Previously, Alex spent 10 years as a local volunteer for Victim Support focusing on violent assault and rape.
Alex has held a variety of international management roles in the commercial world. She is currently senior vice president for mobility and convenience, Europe and southern Africa at BP where she leads the region’s retail, food and fleet businesses across 14 countries, 10,000 service stations and multiple channels of trade.
She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Chinese, holds a masters from Stanford and is on the Board of Inchcape plc. She lives with her husband, two grown up children and several animals.
Alyson has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years, starting as a volunteer and then, following university, as a youth and community worker.
She has worked in a number of charities whose activities have included supporting the infrastructure of the voluntary and community sector, facilitating links with schools and families to reduce exclusions and poor experience of education and leading an organisation who provide support for young people through counselling, sexual health advice and generic youth work.
She moved into charity management over 10 years ago and undertook a Post Graduate Diploma in Charity Resource Management to complement the practical experience she had gained
Alyson has been the CEO at York Mind for over four years and has been very involved in the development of the Mind Network.
Anna became a trustee of Mind in 2017 as a result of having been CEO of Suffolk Mind.
Anna now works for the Church of England Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich where she is responsible for running the operational and business affairs of the Suffolk Diocese.
As CEO of Suffolk Mind, Anna developed an ambitious five year strategy for the charity, designed to encourage people in Suffolk to think about and improve their understanding of their mental health. Suffolk Mind delivers services across the spectrum of mental health and has a reputation for developing and implementing innovative services, for example in Borderline Personality Disorder and in rolling out the emotional needs model. She was also instrumental in the successful redevelopment and extension of a medieval church in Ipswich as a wellbeing and heritage centre, another innovative and more visible means of normalising mental health.
Anna is a chartered accountant who qualified with KPMG in 1991. Amongst other roles she has been a consultant to such organisations as Tate Modern, the British Museum and the Institute of Chartered Accountants and finance director at Ipswich Town Football Club.
Christer has over 17 years of international experience firstly as a Management Consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst and Young and then within the European energy industry with RWE and latterly Capita Energy Services. He has held leadership positions across strategy, operations and new ventures and now specialises in business and cultural transformation, whilst also being a qualified coach.
Christer has held two non-executive directorships within the software development and recruitment industries and also mentors start-up organisations. He has an undergraduate degree from Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD in Paris, and he speaks Swedish, German and Spanish. Christer has personal experience of mental illness through depression and he is now motivated to make a material contribution to Mind, as well as to be an advocate of speaking up to raise awareness and to reduce stigma wherever he can.
Emrys has recently retired, after a long career working in and with NHS mental health services. Emrys originally trained as a mental health nurse and has worked in numerous service areas including policy, commissioning, hospital and community mental health services. He has had several senior nurse, senior manager and director posts including being a nurse director and up until his retirement, was the Director of the NHS Delivery Unit where his work focused on the performance of NHS organisations in delivering services. During his career he has led and participated in the development and reconfiguration of mental health services at a national and local level and has chaired a number of mental health forums for service planning and operational delivery. Emrys has also had the opportunity to visit and learn about mental health service delivery in Italy and Singapore.
Emrys has directed and coordinated a number of national and local performance reviews of services within Wales in line with the national delivery requirements for adult and children's mental health services. These include reviews of organisation mental health models of service delivery, the methods in place for people to access services, how a person's care and treatment is coordinated and delivered and the assessment and delivery of outcome-focused care planning.
Throughout his career Emrys has strived to improve the wellbeing and lives of other people.
Mandeep is an accomplished equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) change agent with over 20 years’ experience in consultant, leadership and management roles, within complex and values-driven environments in the public and third sector, both in the UK and USA. She is also a qualified change management practitioner with a proven record of spearheading change to improve organisational practice in EDI. She is currently the head of EDI in Citizens Advice and is responsible for the national organisation’s work to address equality disparities and advance EDI.
The impact of poor mental health provision and the lack of culturally competent care is something Mandeep feels very passionately about. Growing up with a mother with clinical depression, who was hospitalised by the time Mandeep was 2 years of age, resulting in her becoming one of her mother’s carers. As a young child this impacted Mandeep’s mental health, which was compounded by her experiences of racism at school.
This experience has shaped her passion for promoting good mental health, advocating for culturally competent care and an understanding of the impact of oppression on mental health, particularly racism. As a race equity expert Mandeep has led a range of high profile initiatives to tackle racial disparities that take account of the interrelationship between mental health and inequality.
Mandeep feels passionately that working to advance EDI and end inequality will lead to positive mental health outcomes for all, which is why her work and personal passions are centred in the importance of good mental health.
A Board-level leader, Pippa has more than 25 years’ experience delivering sustainable commercial growth for global media, digital and communications agencies and long-standing client relationships across a wide range of Global 100 brands. Her career has spanned planning, buying, new business and commercial roles for leading and fast-growth agencies. Most recently, she spent five years as CEO at Starcom (Publicis Groupe) and also CEO of Amplifi, part of Dentsu Aegis Network.
She is now CEO of independent media agency Electric Glue, chaired by creative legend Sir John Hegarty and a board advisor for two female founded digital start-ups and Must TV, an essential guide to all of today’s broadcast content.
As well as her business career, Pippa is a long-standing trustee of charity NABS (nabs.org.uk) which exists to improve the wellbeing of everyone in the advertising and media industry, she sits on the steerco of timeTo, an initiative to bring an end to sexual harassment (timeto.org.uk) and is still busily engaged in not-for-profit women’s network WACL (wacl.info) of which she was proud to be President in 2018/19.
Pippa has 2 sons, a dog called Digby and lives in Wimbledon.
Richard joined the Board in 2012, after advising Mind on its strategy in 2011. Richard has personal experience of tackling mental health challenges in his personal and family life, and it's these experiences that encouraged him to serve Mind. His term as trustee ended in December 2020. He has since been appointed by the Board as chair of Mind's Race Equality Advisory Board and as a board advisor.
In 2012, Richard set up his own international audience strategy consultancy, AKAS (www.akas.london), with his partner, Luba Kassova. AKAS has worked with a wide array of clients including the BBC, The Guardian, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank Group, Channel 4 News, Cancer Research UK, the OECD and many others.
Prior to this, Richard was at the BBC, where he was the chief adviser to the deputy director general and then the special audience strategy adviser to the director of BBC News. He also held the position of head of the BBC's Creative Network.
In his early career, Richard advised ministers as a government economist in the Department of Health, and worked in strategy roles in financial services and in digital media.
He has also given university lectures for the Adab Trust, a charity helping ethnic minority undergraduates gain employment. He sits on the Advisory Board of the University of Southern California's Media Impact Project and is a speaker on the Wavelength leadership development programme.
Dr Shubulade (aka Lade) Smith is a consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and visiting senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Kings College London. She graduated in Medicine from Guy’s Hospital Medical School, London, winning prizes in Psychological Medicine.
After training in psychiatry at the Maudsley, she completed a Research Fellowship in antipsychotic side effects, supervised by Professor Sir Robin Murray. She subsequently set up a joint medication review/physical health clinic, a “one stop shop” aimed at health promotion and management of physical problems in people with SMI, leading to her being nominated as a “Woman of the Year” and a BMA Pioneer award for innovation in psychiatry. Having trained in general psychiatry, she is now a forensic psychiatrist. She is the lead for the Acute Forensic Pathway of the South London Partnership and clinical director of the Forensic Services at SLaM. She is also the clinical director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, providing medical leadership for the team developing mental health guidelines.
She sat on the core working group of the Independent Mental Health Act Review, chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely and was responsible for some of the key recommendations, including those for patients with forensic issues. Recommendations aimed at improving outcomes for black people with mental health problems have now been taken up by the government.
Dr Smith was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2019 for services to Forensic Intensive Psychiatric care. In November 2019 she was awarded Psychiatrist of the Year by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
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.
Rohan is an HR leader with a background of leading organisations through significant global scaling and change. In his role, he has been able to influence perceptions around workplace wellbeing as a recognised public speaker and subject matter expert. He is a role model on the Inside Out Leaderboard in the UK and also a Stability Leader in the US based Stability Network.
Rohan has lived experience of mental ill health which drives his commitment to change. He credits Mind with giving him hope, purpose and dignity after the impact of Bipolar Disorder had led to homelessness and multiple attempts on his own life, the last of which was in 2006
In addition to workplace wellbeing, Rohan has spoken in schools and prisons, encouraging young men from disadvantaged communities to speak openly about mental health. He was also a Mind Media Award winner in 2017 for his part in the documentary, 'Me and My Mental Illness'.
Rohan is fiercely committed to removing all barriers to mental health dialogue and support, especially in underrepresented and racialised communities. He shares his journey to give a voice to others, to challenge assumptions, and to show that we can thrive beyond mental ill health.
He is happily married and lives in South West London. He is most likely to be found watching his beloved Liverpool Football Club or running in his Mind vest. As of December 2021, he has completed 50 marathons for Mind.
Jude is a qualified community and youth work professional with over 20 years’ experience working predominately in the not-for-profit sector in various roles, both nationally and internationally. This has included starting and growing grassroots youth work initiatives in Ireland; developing and delivering multimedia issue-based workshops for young people; working therapeutically with young people (and those who work with them) with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties in schools and pupil referral units; writing and delivering gender and equality training and charity consultation in Asia; radio presenting and published writing on various issues including mental health, relationships and sexuality, personal development, mentoring and leadership. She is also a speaker at a variety of conferences and events across the UK for young people and adults.
Her work in recent years has included, working with various parliamentary bodies, advocating for resettlement of refugees and development of young adults, directorship and senior leadership in several charities including a focus on organisational and leadership development, as well as media and communications. Her own experience of mental health challenges and gender-based violence has empowered her to passionately advocate for greater awareness, understanding and support for those dealing with these and other significant challenges in life and the workplace.
Jude is also an alumni for the Senior Faith in Leadership which is a community of current and future reflective leaders who explore their own faith and the faiths of others and create partnerships that can make a real difference to our society. Jude is currently working as the learning and development lead for the National Citizenship Service Trust and is training as an executive coach.
Cynthia is a global citizen with a heart for the planet and its people. She’s struggled with her mental health since the age of 11 whilst being on the receiving end of racism. At the age of 18, she was diagnosed with chronic depression and has been on and off therapy ever since.
Her life has been a constant search for belonging, trying to find a balance between her Chinese ethnicity and Dutch upbringing.
Despite the adversities in her life she’s always found a home in social impact, by using her wide-ranging skills as a behavioural scientist, service designer, researcher and campaigner.
Cynthia has been involved in research projects around Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) in youth employment, broadcasting, the mortgage industry, the heritage sector and more.
Using her lived and professional experience, she’s been a Bridging the Gap advisor at Mind, aiming to make recruitment of Lived Experience opportunities more inclusive. She continued her passion for mental wellbeing as a Lived Experience Facilitator and is now the youngest trustee at Mind.
Cynthia is also a sustainability campaigner who advocates for environmental justice, being fully aware that marginalised communities may face the worst physical/mental health impacts due to climate change and that youth are increasingly experiencing eco-anxiety.
All of this has gained her recognition as a Global 30 Under 30 Next Generation Insights Leader. As a trustee, she hopes to continue standing up for youth and ethnic minority communities, because, in her words: “The last thing I want is for anyone to feel like my 11-year-old self”.