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Our trustees

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 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.

Our Committees

We also have five different sub-committees which support our Board, scrutinising different areas of work to add another layer of insight. All of our trustees contribute to both the Council of Management and a Committee.

Our Committees are:

  • Strategic Delivery Committee: Supporting the development and implementation of our work delivering services, campaigning and influencing for change. This committee also scrutinises the delivery of our strategy both nationally and locally.
  • Network Committee: Supporting the strategic development of our network of local Minds, driving Mind's federated structure forward. This committee is also supported by the Network Futures Group, which is made up of leaders from 20 local Minds.
  • Pwyllgor Cymru: Making sure we have the greatest possible impact in Wales and that our work reflects Welsh culture, identity and devolved structures.
  • Business Management Committee: Monitoring and maintaining oversight of our financial, fundraising, HR and administrative activities. This includes scrutinising the activity of the Mind Retail Board.
  • Audit Committee: Ensuring a framework of accountability through scrutinising our finances, risk management and ensuring compliance with the law, relevant regulations and best practice.

Stevie Spring - Chairman

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.

John Binns MBE - Vice Chair and Chair of Strategic Delivery Committee

John Binns became a Mind trustee in February 2012, after a period of considerable involvement with Mind's work.

John is a former Partner at Deloitte and after suffering a period of significant depression in 2007, he personally launched a programme of activity within Deloitte to raise awareness of mental health, including a Mental Health Champions network. As one of the first senior business leaders to speak out about his own experience, John worked closely with Mind in the development of this programme and in the subsequent wider work taking the Deloitte experience to other businesses and institutions. Since 2013 he has been an independent advisor to businesses on mental health and a qualified CBT coach. In 2017 he was awarded an MBE for services to mental health in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

His personal experience has given him valuable insights into how mental health problems can manifest themselves in the workplace and the services and approaches that are available (or unavailable). John is passionate about improving the awareness and understanding of mental health in our society and particularly amongst employers and business leaders. He has been a leading advocate of promoting openness about mental health problems. This has included being a spokesperson for Mind in a range of media settings, being interviewed for the BBC, LBC and many national and international newspapers.

John has a wealth of business experience from his many senior positions within Deloitte. He is a Management Committee Member of the City Mental Health Alliance and a member of the Cross Whitehall Expert Advisory Group on Disability. He is a founder member of the New York based Workplace Mental Health Summit. He has 10 years of experience working in the social housing sector for both Local Authorities and a Housing Association. For seven years he was also a Board member and then Chair of the Humanist Housing Association.

Ian Ruddock - Honorary Treasurer and Chair of Business Management Committee

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.

Emrys Elias - Vice Chair, Chair of Pwyllgor Cymru and Network Committee Member

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 focussed 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.

Sarah Rae - Trustee and Strategic Delivery Committee member

Sarah Rae joined Mind's Council of Management in November 2011. After a negative experience of acute care in 2005, Sarah became determined to influence the decision making process in her local Trust. She now works closely with the Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT) as a researcher and Patient Leader. She was also a member of the NICE Topic Expert Group which developed a Quality Standard for Self Harm in 2013.

Sarah is a Non-Executive Patient and Public Involvement Advisor to the East of England Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Research and Care (CLAHRC) Board, which undertakes high quality applied health and social care research with a strong focus on mental health.

Since 2013 Sarah has been the Co-lead for PROMISE Global (Proactive Management of Integrated Services and Environments). PROMISE was initiated with a clear focus on understanding and reducing the use of physical interventions within CPFT. It expanded rapidly and is now the basis of a global alliance between Cambridge, Yale, Prague and Brisbane and Cape Town.

Most recently Sarah was selected to join the Q community. This is a national initiative, led by the Health Foundation, to connect people with improvement expertise in health and care across the UK.

Alyson Scott - Trustee and Strategic Delivery Committee member

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.

Richard Addy - Trustee and Network Committee member

Richard joined the Council of Management 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.

In 2012, Richard set up his own international audience strategy consultancy, AKAS (, 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.

Anna Hughes - Trustee and Strategic Delivery Committee Member

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.

Joanne Theodoulou - Trustee and Network Committee member

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.

Steve Gilbert - Trustee and Strategic Delivery Committee Member

Steve has extensive personal experiences of mental illness, including periods of depression, suicide attempts, and hospitalisation. He has a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and Complex PTSD - the result of psychological abuse in my early years through to adulthood.

Steve co-produced an Engagement Model as part of a Time To Change programme that aimed to improve outcomes for young African Caribbean men with mental health problems who come into contact with statutory mental health services and the police.

Steve is the regional Service User Representative for the Royal College of Psychiatry and member of the West Midlands Executive Committee. He sat on Mind's Peer Support Advisory Panel, advising on the direction of Mind's 'Side by Side' Programme.

In November 2015, Steve was appointed to the West Midlands Combined Authority Mental Health Commission as a Serious Mental Illness – Living Experience Consultant to make sure that the interests of people affected by poor mental health were kept at the heart of the work. He led the key line of enquiry for people who enter the criminal justice system, and those with complex and multiple needs. Steve contributed to the final report and action plan, Thrive West Midlands.

As part of the Thrive WM implementation plan, Steve is programme lead for a Through-the-Gate psychological intervention, for prisoner leavers with common mental health problems at HMP Featherstone in Wolverhampton; this is based on the Engager Intervention model.

Steve is an Associate Trainer with 'Connecting with People', an organisation that delivers suicide mitigation training for a range of sectors, including healthcare, social care, statutory bodies and communities. Steve's personal experience, coupled with his professional skillset, make him an effective trainer, increasing empathy, reducing stigma and enhancing participants' ability to compassionately respond to someone who has suicidal thoughts.

Steve's media work includes speaking at events and filming for Rethink Mental Illness, Public Health England, Big Lottery Fund, Mind and Time to Change.

Steve was awarded the 2015 'Janey Antoniou Award', from Rethink Mental Illness, in recognition of his work to raise awareness of mental illness, and to improve how people with mental illness are treated. In 2016 Steve was a finalist for the 'Royal College of Psychiatry Service User of Year' award.

Steve was recently elected as a Trustee for Mind (National).

Steve has also recently been appointed as a Vice Chair for the Independent Mental Health Act Review being led by Sir Simon Wesley.

Nick Stafford - Trustee and Network Committee Member

Nick joined Mind's Council of Management in December 2017 as an elected Trustee. He also sits on the Networks and Communities Committee providing strategic support to Mind's federation of local charities.

Nick is a full time consultant psychiatrist in the NHS, working in the Midlands. He has a special interest in the management of mood disorders and in designing care pathways using the best evidence to provide the best care to individuals and populations. He has set up services for patients with bipolar disorder across three counties in the Midlands. His work has been published and presented to international professional conferences. He has also been interviewed about his team's work on BBC Radio 4 All in the Mind and BBC World Service Health Check.

In addition to his direct clinical responsibilities, Nick works for the Care Quality Commission as a specialist advisor inspecting mental health institutions. He also works for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, supporting the professional standards of his psychiatrist colleagues in the West Midlands.

Nick also has an interest in the public understanding of mental health and has written and edited books and national press and popular magazine articles on psychiatric topics. He also gives lectures to public audiences on broad mental health topics from psychiatric medication to how mental illness impacts on relationships. He was, until recently, medical features writer for Pavilion Publishers with his own column for nine years. He was previously Vice Chair to the charity Bipolar UK.

Nick has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, something he has managed his entire professional life since working as a junior doctor. He sometimes writes about his experiences and combines this with his professional knowledge to try to dispel the myths, stigma, prejudice and discrimination around mental illness. Despite his condition he has continued to work full time at a high level in the NHS including as a consultant and clinical director in hospitals where he was once a patient.

He is married to a child psychiatrist and has two children. His interests are in photography, cycling and music. He enjoys long distance cycling with the CTC and plays the trumpet and flugelhorn.

Alex Jensen - Trustee and Business Management Committee Member

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, c10,000 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.

Christer Stoyell - Trustee and Business Management Committee member

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.

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