Our trustees

Mind is governed by a board of trustees, known as the Council of Management, made up of 16 people drawn from Mind's membership and our network of local Minds.

Because Mind speaks for a diverse community, we aim to have that diversity reflected in the Council of Management's membership, half of whom must have direct experience of mental health problems.

The Council takes a strategic overview of Mind's activities and the most important role of trustees is to ensure that the organisation is acting at all times in pursuit of its mission and setting the strategy. 

Members have terms of office lasting three years. They are eligible to stand for a maximum of three terms (nine years in total).

Honorary Officers

Chair Ryan Campbell
Honorary Treasurer Ian Ruddock
Vice Chair Networks and Communities Lesley Dixon
Vice Chair External Relations John Binns

Elected members

Co-opted members



Ryan Campbell - Chair

Ryan became Chair in December 2012. He has been a trustee of Mind for six years, including Vice Chair for Networks and Communities.

He has worked in the voluntary sector for over 20 years, with much of this time spent in local organisations delivering services to vulnerable people, and alongside service users, families and carers, campaigning for their rights and dignity.  As a previous Chief Executive of a local Age Concern, followed by a role which fostered service development across Age Concern nationally, he has a background in the complexity and vibrancy of organisations which have both a national and local dimension.  He has also been Chief Executive of an organisation delivering primary care mental health services, as well as substance misuse treatment.  He is currently Chief Executive at Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Ryan is a specialist in public services business strategy in health, social care and social welfare fields, with a particular interest in how these systems integrate with the communities of peer and family support which are usually more vital to most people in their recovery. 

Ryan has personal experience of mental health problems; not only the difficulties that can accompany episodes of mental ill health, but also the benefits and enrichment that can come about from recovery.

Lesley Dixon - Vice Chair and Chair of Networks and Communities Committee

Lesley has been a trustee of Mind since December 2008 and Vice Chair since December 2012. Lesley chairs the Networks and Communities Committee and previously sat on the Business Management and Audit Committees. She is also a member of Mind’s governance working group.

Lesley’s first involvement in mental health charities was with Our Celebration, a mental health charity based in York that has now merged with York Mind.

Lesley is the Chief Executive of PSS. PSS is a social enterprise that works across the UK. It has one key purpose: to help people get the most from life, whether this is at home, in their families, in their health and well-being or within their wider support network. As an organisation it developed some of the best known names in community support including Age Concern, the Citizen's Advice Bureau and Legal Aid. She is also on the Board of Directors at the Furniture Resource Centre; one of the first social enterprises in the UK.

Lesley is a Chartered Manager, a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Leeds.

Sarah Rae - Trustee and External Relations 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.


Ian Ruddock

Ian Ruddock - Trustee and Honorary Treasure and Chair of Business Management Committee

Ian is a chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience in project & corporate finance, specialising in fund raising for infrastructure projects.  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.

John Binns -Trustee and Networks and Communities Committee member

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.

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 the BITC Mental Health Champions Group. He is a founder member of the New York Based workplace Mental Health Summit. He has 10 years’ experience working in the social housing sector for both Local Authorities and a Housing Association. For 7 years he was also a Board member and then Chair of the Humanist Housing Association.

Richard Addy - Trustee and External Relations 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 family, and it is this experience that encouraged him to join Mind.

In 2012, Richard set up his own strategy, audience insight and facilitation consultancy, Addy-Kassova Audience Strategy Ltd, with his partner, Luba Kassova.

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 also gives university lectures for the Adab Trust, a charity helping ethnic minority undergraduates gain employment.

Robert Westhead

Robert Westhead - Trustee and Networks and Communities Committee Member

Robert works as External Communications Manager for West London Mental Health Trust and as a freelance PR consultant, copywriter and trainer.

He began his career as a journalist, last working for the Press Association, before taking a job in the Food Standards Agency press office in his early thirties. Until then he’d failed to get effective drug treatment for bipolar disorder, which he’d been diagnosed with at the age of 19. But soon afterwards he had a breakthrough, which was transformative. It changed his life and worldview, leading him to work in mental health, determined to make things better for others.

He joined the Department of Health programme to tackle stigma and discrimination, SHIFT, becoming a mental health campaigner. For six years he led on changing media representations of mental illness, working closely with national newspapers, the Press Complaints Commission and the BBC. He also strove to improve employers’ management of mental health problems in the workplace, an agenda now taken forward by Time to Change amongst others.

Robert ran his local self-help group for people with bipolar disorder for 10 years. He then became a trustee and later chair of Bipolar UK. He steered the charity back towards being a well-run and financially stable organisation, focused on helping people with the condition. He championed the patient voice by sitting on two successive NICE bipolar guidelines as a service user representative. He has also spoken widely in the media about the condition, seeking to challenge popular misconceptions.

After working in PR for the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent for three years, Robert returned to mental health, joining West London Mental Health Trust. As well becoming a trustee of Mind, he is now a director of the social enterprise West London Collaborative, which brokers co-production solutions to local health and social change challenges.

Ever since he fell ill, Robert has always sought to be open about his condition, which has profoundly shaped his life, for better and for worse. He feels privileged to have been elected as a trustee of Mind. He believes the charity – and people with mental health problems – have never been in a stronger position to make the world a better place for us all. He is married with two children and lives in west London.

Amit Bhagwat - Trustee and Business Management Committee Member

Amit joined Mind’s Board of Trustees with a broad portfolio ofgovernance experience both within and beyond the Mental Health and wider Health-Care-Wellbeing sectors. His most noteworthy contribution to the sector perhaps comes as chair of the Mental Wealth Foundation - a national inter-university project that he helped develop into a viable registered charity with clearly defined objects and approach, to help young people, especially those separated from their family for the first time as they enter higher education, maintain mental wellbeing and have access to necessary support. Having grown a sustainable national (GB) network of affiliates and partners, Amit engineered its merger with a complementary charity, ensuring the right combination of stability, services portfolio and national influence for the cause under its new name - Student Minds. 

His wider governance portfolio includes two decades of board experience - a majority of it in non-executive roles in public service bodies. This is complemented by consultancy & management roles, including at director/CXO level in the corporate world.

Amit also brings public sector experience through a range of lay scrutiny/public interest protection roles. Notable among these have been lay tasks, including chairing responsibilities whilst working on various NHS England panels.

Amit’s vast governance experience includes, besides specialist tasks of Chair and treasurer, committee/delegated work around Quality, Strategy, Finance-Growth-Performance-Development-Business Management, Audit, Risk Assessment, OD-HR, Appointments, Remuneration, Health & Safety, Equality & Diversity, and Accreditations. He has served as trustee/non-executive lead on Strategy around improving engagement, intelligence and reach of organisations through effective and safe use of information and communication, Equality & Diversity, Health & Safety and Community Involvement & Volunteering Matters.

At Mind Amit also serves as Equality Champion and on the Audit and Business Management committees. He maintains keen interest in governance review, systemic improvements and in governance of major initiatives including those involving IT.

Joanne Theodoulou - Trustee

Joanne, with 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. 

Emrys Elias - Trustee and Pwyllgor 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, the assessment and delivery of outcome focussed care planning.

Throughout his career Emrys has strived to improve the wellbeing and lives of people

Emrys is a member of Pwyllgor the MIND Governance Board in Wales.

Alex Jensen - Trustee  and Business Management Committee Member

Alex joined the Council of Management in 2016 and sits on the Business Management Committee.  She started becoming involved with mental health issues in 2012 when one of her family members fell ill. This experience caused her to want to make a difference in the quality of support that people and carers get access to, in the speed of response and in the level of understanding of mental health issues amongst the general public.  Previously, Alex spent 10 years as a local volunteer for Victim Support focusing on violent assault and rape.

Alex has spent her career in the commercial world holding different strategic and operational roles with global remits.

As Senior Executive of BP, she has been based in San Francisco, Shanghai and London. She currently runs BP's Retail business in Europe which consists of a network of ca. 7,000 outlets selling fuel and convenience food offers. Alex is also BP's Global Chief Marketing Officer for Fuel with a big focus on brand, new innovation and offers, customer insights and digital strategy. She is experienced in developing and executing strategy, dealing with complex political issues and bringing about change whilst taking into account various stakeholder agendas including consumers and government. Her background in sales, retail and marketing has taught her how to listen to consumers and customers and how to develop new products and services that respond to these changing needs. She speaks German, English, French and Mandarin.

Christer Stoyell - Trustee

Christer has over 17 years of international experience firstly as a Management Consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst& 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.

Peter Rodgers - Trustee

Pete began his career in 1995 as a lawyer with the Australian government. He has been with KPMG since 1997 in a variety of roles.  He is currently the Deputy General Counsel of KPMG International and has a number of other roles in KPMG, including as a board member of KPMG’s global captive insurance company.

Pete’s interest in mental health stems from personal experience.  He was a co-founder and chair from 2013 – 2016 of the City Mental Health Alliance, where he is still a management committee member.  He regularly speaks publicly on business and mental health issues.

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