Our Trustees are people who voluntarily give their time, energy and skills to oversee and help to develop the work of the organisation. They share our values and our passionate belief that prevention and resilience are the key to achieving mental wellbeing. The Board ensure that we're delivering quality services for the people of Lancashire and that we're playing a role in shaping mental health policy and practice across the county.
Our Chair, Janet Richmond, leads the Board, which currently has thirteen members who come from a range of different backgrounds. The Board meet regularly to discuss, decide and review our strategies and policies. They receive reports and updates from the senior management team, which they discuss and ask questions about to make sure they are confident that the the team are effectively managing the work of the organisation.
Opportunities to join the Lancashire Mind Board are advertised on an annual basis, usually in August/September in preparation for our Annual General Meeting in November, which is when new Trustees are appointed.
Chair at Lancashire Mind
Janet runs her own management business consultancy, following senior leadership roles in the banking and housing sectors she now supports organisations with leadership, organisational change, employee engagement and coaching programmes.
She regularly coaches directors and senior management in developing their leadership capability and unlocking potential, to improve both personal and business performance.
Janet is currently a Non-Executive Director for Warrington Housing where she is also on the Reward & Remuneration committee. Previously a trustee for four years with Cavendish High Academy, a school for children with special educational needs and held the post of Chairperson for the People & Governance Committee.
Janet regularly mentors and coaches young people, supporting them in areas such as personal development and career progression.
Janet believes mental health is as important as physical health; having previously suffered with clinical depression, and experienced the stigma associated with this illness. She decided to use her professional skills and lived experience to make a difference for others and raise awareness about the impact of mental health.
Vice Chair at Lancashire Mind
Chair of Sustainability & Growth Subcommittee
Michael is an experienced NED, Chief Officer and Consultant with a strong record of strategic and operational leadership and transformative change.
His extensive public sector experience covered children's and adult’s social care and health, safeguarding, education, employment and skills, public health and place-based commissioning with full buy in of businesses, communities and the voluntary sector. He held statutory roles of Director of Children’s and Adult services.
Michael led and supported shared working and integration across Greater Manchester and Leeds City Region on social care, early years, skill pathways and led on national pilots. He develops innovative cultures and practice securing significant inward investments.
He brings extensive insight and expertise in relationship management, stakeholder engagement, public sector reform at local/sub regional level, income generation, business development, financial leadership, corporate governance, and raising the profile of localities.
Michael's current and previous volunteering/trusteeships include; Bradford’s UNESCO City of Film, various Sports and activity Clubs, education partnerships and Child Action North West.
Michael is passionate about mental health and promoting positive health and wellbeing.
Chair of Finance & Audit Subcommittee
Ian is Chief Executive Officer of Plus Dane Housing and has experience at Executive and Director Level across a number of sectors including Housing, Retail, E-Commerce, and Financial Services.
This is Ian’s first trustee role, although he has been involved in governance roles since 2013.
Ian is a qualified coach and regularly mentors and coaches people from all backgrounds, supporting them in areas such as personal resilience and self-development. He was also a Parent Scout Volunteer when his children were younger.
Ian is passionate about addressing social inequality and stigma. Ian was impressed by the ambition and ethos of Lancashire Mind, and felt he had something to contribute as Trustee to support their goals.
Faheem is an Investment Banking Analyst working in GCA Altium’s M&A division, following completion of his degree and ACA studies with KPMG’s Financial Services Audit practice. A high-performing individual, Faheem has developed expertise in technical accounting, and achieved multiple prize-winning ICAEW exam scores.
Faheem interned with the Patchwork Foundation, during which he hosted Masterclass sessions with Government officials and senior cabinet ministers, subsequently graduating from the Patchwork Masterclass Programme aimed at improving involvement in politics for young people from minority communities, aligning with his desire to improve opportunities for young people from BAME communities.
Faheem also interned with shadow minister for mental health Dr Rosena Allin-Khan to further understand political strategy through the guise of mental health policy. Faheem has volunteered with Blackburn foodbank, is a listening volunteer for Samaritans, and has fundraised with these organisations in his community.
As a young man from a minority background, Faheem is acutely aware of the challenges faced by young men in accessing the help they need, and acknowledges that mental health issues are still a taboo subject in many minority communities. This is an area where Faheem is passionate about changing the discourse and raising greater awareness.
Board Safeguarding Lead
Alison has worked in a variety of public sector organisations in order to lead and implement major changes and high profile projects and programmes of work – Alison spent several years as business manager for Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board.
Alison is currently the Strategic Programme Director and Coronavirus Response Lead for Manchester Diocese
Alison was previously a governor at Farington Moss, St Paul’s Primary School and held the post of Vice-Chair and Chairperson of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.
Since losing her brother to depression Alison has been passionate about breaking taboos about mental health and promoting the importance of good mental health and well-being.
Alison has enjoyed taking opportunities to volunteer and fundraise for Lancashire Mind and is committed to using her professional skills and experience to contribute to Lancashire Mind as a trustee.
Sue has senior level expertise in charity governance, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, operational management and leadership gained in a varied career covering the private, public and third sectors.
In 2015 Sue experienced a prolonged episode of work-related stress resulting in serious ‘burnout’ and six months off work. After a similar experience in 2019 Sue chose to leave full-time employment and she now enjoys combining a portfolio of part-time contracts with voluntary work.
Sue was appointed to the Board of Trustees at Lancashire Mind in October 2019.
Andy currently works as a Public Health Specialty Registrar.
Andy is a scientist by background, with a PhD from the University of Liverpool followed by roles in the NHS and as a post-doctoral researcher. He is in his final year of training to be a Consultant in Public Health and has worked with a range of local and national organisations on many aspects of public health policy and practice. He is currently Heath Policy Lead at the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Acting Consultant in Public Health with Wirral Borough Council.
Andy has previously volunteered with the Social Mobility Foundation, Liverpool Cares and Brightside Mentoring. This is his first trustee position.
Andy has personal experience of living with a mental health condition and recognises that there is a great deal more than can be done to prevent ill health. He is especially interested in how poor policy leads to poor health and is keen to help Lancashire Mind influence across systems and organisations, to create the conditions for good mental health and wellbeing for everyone in Lancashire.
Simon spent 34 years in banking, latterly with Handelsbanken as part of their Northern England and Scottish Leadership Team. He left in 2018 to set up his own advisory business.
Simon now acts as a Board Advisor to numerous companies, mainly but not exclusively in the professional sector.
The position at Lancashire Mind is his first official Trustee role. However he has previously helped to raise money for various charities, such as The Prince's Trust and Home Start UK.
Simon is involved with Lancashire Mind because he has seen first hand the impact that poor mental health can have on an individual's well being.
Heather is a qualified accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). She has 17 years’ experience working within Finance for the NHS, across trusts within Lancashire and Greater Manchester. Heather has a degree in Business Studies from Lancaster University and a Masters degree in Healthcare Leadership from the University of Birmingham. She has a broad perspective of the healthcare sector and how finance professionals can contribute to high quality services and improving patient experience. She is currently Deputy Director of Operational Finance at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
This is Heather’s first trustee position.
Heather is passionate about raising awareness for good mental health and supporting work around prevention and resilience. She joined Lancashire Mind to use her financial skills, energy, and passion to support Lancashire Mind achieve its vision of mental wellbeing for all.
Vicky brings 30 years of senior public and not for profit sector leadership experience to Lancashire Minds's Board, including most recently through her role as Head of Public Health Commissioning and Operations in NHS England 's national team specialising in commissioning, oversight governance, business support and planning and programme office.
Her previous posts in the NHS, social care, housing and regeneration have provided her with the skills and passion for connecting and establishing partnerships and alliances that deliver positive change for people and local communities . An avid learner, she holds Masters degrees' in Town and Economic Planning, Business Administration and HR and Organisational change and is a chartered member of the associated professional bodies.
Previously to her role with Lancashire Mind, Vicky held a Trustee Director role with Key Unlocking Futures, a Lancashire young person's housing charity under the Progress Housing Group and from which she retired having successfully served the full Trustee term.
In particular, as a member of the People and Governance sub-group of Lancashire Mind's Board, Vicky's skills and experience make sure Lancashire Mind complies with its requirements and that the board manages its people resource and business responsibly.
Vicky's lived experience of caring and supporting love ones through the toughest of mental health times was one very good reason to join the Lancashire Mind team, as well as her continued professional belief that Mind's services genuinely support people to stay mentally healthy in Lancashire.