Mind BLMK is governed by a Board of Trustees who also act as company directors – this is because Mind BLMK is both a charity and a company.
The Board is responsible for ensuring that Mind BLMK operates legally, within its aims and objectives and in an ethical and sustainable manner. They set the direction and strategy for the organisation and oversee the Chief Executive to ensure that the goals set are achieved.
The Board works to the Charity Commission guidelines on good governance and maintains high standards across its work. Board members are elected annually at the Annual General Meeting and bring specific, specialist skills to the organisation.
Our current Trustees can be seen below.
A retired Chartered Accountant, having experience in various areas of the private sector covering consultancy in a variety of industries and employment as Finance Director in major printing, property and media companies. The final years of his career were spent in the NHS, where part of his work covered new initiatives and the related contracts. Steven provides support to the Board on financial matters as a member of the Finance Committee and is Chair of the Business Development Committee on a volunteer basis.
James is a communications specialist with nearly 20 years of not-for-profit experience. Although starting his career in marketing and public relations, he now specialises in fundraising at Parkinson's UK. He has also worked for a wide range of charities and organisations within the sector - including disability, cancer, development and mental health (having previously worked for National Mind). James joined the Mind BLMK Board in October 2016 and is a member of the Business Development Committee.
John is a qualified accountant and project manager who has worked with major financial corporations for over 25 years. John specialises in finance, risk, and governance. He has been Chair of the Finance committee since joining the board in 2014. Additionally he sits on the Governance, Quality and Performance committee. John works with the Finance Team on the annual financial planning cycle to ensure that the organisation remains financially healthy and sustainable. He also takes a close interest in how the organisation manages risk, and the many Mind BLMK policies which help meet legislation and protect the welfare of service users, staff, and the interests of those bodies which commission our services.
My passion for supporting others to have good mental health comes from my personal experience as well as a long career in health and social care. Volunteer work has always been important and I have been a trustee of National Mind and local mental health organisations in recent years. I currently work in adult social care and one of the programmes I am leading is to develop an integrated mental health service developed through co-production with service users, staff members and anyone who wants to be involved! I have worked as commissioner and manager of mental health services. An interest of mine is the safeguarding of the rights of people who are detained under the Mental Health Act. As well as ensuring that mental health services afford people dignity in care, I am a champion of recovery based working and committed to access to support for people that is at the right time, is flexible to respond to people as individuals and helps us to move on with our lives. The experience I have here is the most relevant to Mind BLMK. Running is a crucial way I maintain good mental health and I am the vice chair of my local athletics club.
Helen Donovan has been recently appointed as a Trustee in 2018. She is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has worked in NHS mental health services in Bedfordshire and Luton since emigrating from Australia to the UK in 2002. As a senior clinician, Helen has developed and led teams and services across NHS, private and third sector settings. She is also trained in quality improvement and has particular interests in pathway review and redesign, co-production with service users, and workforce wellbeing. Helen sits on the Workforce and Health & Safety Committees.
Lesley is a chartered occupational psychologist and Fellow of the Institute of Personnel & Development, having worked at HR Director level shaping strategy, implementing policy and managing change. With a keen interest in mindfulness-based coaching and positive psychology practices, she first became involved with MIND BLMK as a volunteer trainer supporting wellbeing initiatives for the Leighton Buzzard Centre. Lesley is a member of the Workforce and Health & Safety Committees.
Richard has been the CEO of Citizens Advice Aylesbury Vale since 2013 and has been involved with a number of charitable and voluntary organisations. Although starting his career in motor sport engineering, he made a career change to media and communications over 15 years ago and has worked with a number of charities and public bodies, including students' unions, universities and local government. With a keen interest in mental health provision, strategic development in the charity sector and change management, Rich has recent experience of charity merger and sustainability planning in the sector.