Our people and governance
Every single person who is part of our incredible team plays a vital role in helping us deliver our mission: to lead the way to a better life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.
Our executive team
Our executive team are highly motivated professionals who oversee the day-to-day running of our charity. Our board of trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of Rethink Mental Illness.
Mark has worked at Rethink Mental Illness for over 30 years and became our Chief Executive in 2014. During his time with us, Mark has also held a number of public appointments in health, education and criminal justice. This includes serving as a member of the Mental Health Taskforce, and he is currently a Trustee of the Association of Mental Health Providers.
Caroline joined the Rethink Mental Illness in 1992 as an Information Officer. Since then, she has undertaken various roles, including working as an Employee Relations Specialist in our Human Resources department for 15 years. Caroline became our Company Secretary in 2014, taking over from Mark Winstanley.
Deputy Chief Executive
As well as being our Deputy Chief Executive, Brian is Managing Director of Mental Health UK, a coalition of four UK charities including Rethink Mental Illness. He also represents us on the Richmond Group of major health charities in England and is a Trustee of Beyond Shame, Beyond Stigma and Co-Chair of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance.
Director of Operations
Mark joined Rethink Mental Illness in 2016 as our Associate Director for Services in the south of England. In October 2018, he was appointed our Director of Operations, which involves leading on service delivery, quality and transformation, and business development.
Director of Resources
Kelly was appointed Director of Corporate Resources (Finance, HR and ICT) in March 2018. She is also Director of the Rethink Trust Cooperation and National Schizophrenia Fellowship Trust, and Chief Fundraising Officer for Mental Health UK. Before joining Rethink Mental Illness, Kelly had over twenty years’ experience working as a chartered accountant and director of finance.
Our trustee board brings together a diverse and rich range of people whose skills and experiences help shape our charity. Many of our trustees have been affected by mental illness, either having personal experience themselves or supporting a family member or friend. Our board also includes people with professional experience in mental health and public services.
Our Chair since 2015, Philippa is a carer for her son, who has lived with schizophrenia for more than 20 years. She became a member of Rethink Mental Illness after receiving support from our Advice Service. Her career was spent in the Prison Service, which included working as a psychologist in four London prisons and then on human resources projects at the Prison Service’s headquarters.
Shaun has been involved with Rethink Mental Illness since 2008 and joined our Board in 2011. As well as being the Vice-Chair of our Trustees, he chairs our Lived Experience Advisory Board and East Midlands Regional Committee. He is also Chair of Lamp, an advocacy, advice and information service covering Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Denise has been a member of Rethink Mental Illness since 2003 and became the joint Vice-Chair of our Trustees in 2017. She also chairs our Yorkshire and North East Regional Committee and the Council of Representatives. Denise is a qualified teacher and part-time lecturer at Newcastle College.
George has been a member of our Audit and Quality Assurance Committee since 2012 and joined our Board of Trustees in 2016 and became its Treasurer in 2017. Now retired, George is an accountant with over 30 years’ experience of internal audit and risk management, which was gained in senior management roles in retail banking and local government.
Chris first became involved with Rethink Mental Illness in 2014, when he set up one of our peer support groups in Chester. He then joined our North West Regional Committee and Lived Experience Advisory Board, before becoming a Trustee in 2017. Chris has used mental health services on and off for the past 30 years and began volunteering 10 years ago. He is passionate about reducing inequalities, providing peer support and the co-production of information, services and policies.
Aphra joined our Board of Trustees in January 2018. She is a carer of family members living with mental illness and has used mental health services for a number of years. She is particularly passionate about using the experiences of people affected by mental illness to develop services. Over the past 12 years, she has worked in various roles at NHS cancer services and the University of Warwick’s medical school.
Dan has worked in the voluntary sector for nearly 20 years, and for much of that time has held senior roles within fundraising departments. Organisations he has worked for include St John’s Hospice in London, The Kings Fund, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and the Foyer Federation in London. He currently works as Deputy Director for Fundraising and Management at Kingston Smith LLP.
Kathryn spent over 30 years as a civil servant at the Department of Health, where she led policy on child health, public health and adult mental health. Thanks to her strong accountancy and managerial background, she sits as the Vice-Chair of our Finance and Investment Sub-Committee and is a Trustee member of our Global Governance Group, which is overseeing the new international ventures of Time to Change.
John joined the Board of Trustees as a co-opted Trustee in 2018. A partner at the professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP, he specialises in financial services risk management and regulation and in helping regulators and businesses respond to an increasingly demanding regulatory environment.
Frances chairs our South East Regional Committee and is a member of our Lived Experience Advisory Board. She is passionate about changing social attitudes to mental illness, having several relatives who have experienced severe psychosis. Frances also coordinates the voluntary group Rethink Oxford Campaigners, and is involved with national and local organisations that champion the co-production of public policies and services.
Mental health became a topic of interest to Jane when her son developed schizophrenia over 20 years ago. In July 2011, she joined our South West Regional Committee and was then appointed to our Board of Trustees in May 2016. Jane also works as a volunteer for Citizens Advice, which gives her an understanding of some of the common issues people with mental illness face, for example, problems accessing benefits, housing and finance.
Ian has worked in the NHS for over 15 years and is the Contract Delivery Director for Specialised Commissioning at NHS England, which involves overseeing a £4.5 billion contract portfolio with all NHS trusts in London. Ian has a particular interest in the treatment and prevention of HIV and reducing the stigma that surrounds the illness. He also prioritises diversity in the workplace and is working to implement the Workforce Race Equality Standard within the NHS.
Stuart chairs our Eastern Region Committee and co runs one of our groups in Norfolk. Following his first experience of mental illness, be became a member of Rethink Mental Illness in 2006. Stuart is passionate about raising awareness of mental illness and the need for better services. Having worked in the public sector for over 15 years, he now works for Citizens Advice, and has previously been a trade union representative.
"My involvement began with helping to recruit a member of staff but I am now a member of the Lived Experience Advisory Board. It's been really empowering" - ClaireGet involved Get involved
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