Trustees 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. Chair - Dr Margaret Stockham Turner Margaret is a volunteer Trustee and Chair of the Mind BLMK Board. Margaret is a Chartered Physiotherapist by background. She worked as a physio in the UK, Sweden and the USA before moving into management in the NHS, where she worked her way up to Chief Executive posts. She is the founder of a healthcare consultancy, which has clients such as the UK Policy Unit, the United Nations, the Council of Europe and pharmaceutical companies. They use her services to support policy, strategy, research and commissioning work. She uses her experience and that of colleagues to set the Vision, Values and Strategy for Mind BLMK, and works with the Chief Executive and senior managers to support them in implementing the decisions of the Board. Margaret has been honoured with life membership of Debretts People of Today for her contribution to healthcare and lifetime membership of Worldwide Who’s Who. Steven Horner 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. Sandra Fielding Sandra was appointed as a trustee in 2006, following a career in local government and the NHS. Sandra has undertaken various Board roles: chairing the committee monitoring quality and ensuring good governance, and supporting improvements in human resources and workforce performance. Sandra's main focus has been on ensuring that we have rigorous systems for managing and monitoring the performance and quality of services provided, and progress with the Board's objectives. Both internal and external audits have taken place, and these must continue. This has been challenging during times of major changes in the organisational structures, and financing of health and social care services, and the resultant uncertainties for Mind BLMK. James Culling 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 Banks 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. Helen Mundy Helen is a highly experienced leadership coach, people and change manager. She has worked with executive, HR, sales, marketing, finance and other teams and individuals providing support in developing leadership, communications and resilience skills. She has worked across over 50 private sector companies, NHS, local government and third sector organisations so has a broad view of how organisations and their workforces can work at their best. She brings her belief in everyone’s potential as a focus to all her work and also her life! She chairs the Workforce and Health and Safety Committees – bringing her commitment to employee, volunteer and service user experience to oversee strategy, policy and implementation. She has enjoyed being involved in Workforce Conferences and getting to know many people across Mind BLMK in the past 4 years. Helen has lived experience of mental health issues and brings mental health awareness into the organisations and individuals she works with. She has helped many friends to deal with mental health issues and is passionate about removing stigma by talking and educating. Melanie Brooks 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.