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Dr Alexander Priest, Chief Executive

Alex studied for a degree and PhD in Chemistry at Oxford University where he designed anti-cancer drugs using Artificial Intelligence computing. He then moved on to promote inner-city apprenticeships as head of an educational charity in the City of London. Finally, he jumped from a successful career in Intellectual Property Law to become Chief Executive of Mind in his home county of Somerset, where he now farms with his family.

Andrew Pritchard, Chief Operations Officer

While studying psychology at UCL, Andy worked for the then Westminster Association for Mental Health (now Westminster Mind), working first for the Flexicare Befriending Project and then managing the DRIVE open access support service in North Westminster. Andy returned to his native Somerset in 2007 to manage Mindline Somerset, and is now Chief Operations Officer for Mind in Somerset. He delivers Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training.

Alison B, Peer Mentor

Alison supports service users through peer mentoring.

Alison M, Operations Lead Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service

Alison supports service users as part our Bridging the Gap service, and also provides administration & website support for the Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service.

Anna B, Peer Support Group Worker

Anna supports peer support groups in Taunton Deane as part of the Somerset Mental Wellbeing Service.

Anna H, Senior Wellbeing Navigator

Anna supports people in Mendip as part of the Somerset Mental Wellbeing Service.

Annie C, Senior Support Worker

Annie support people in our South Somerset Wellbeing Groups, together with those in the Yeovil Community Day.

Annie B, Therapist Assistant SUCH

Annie supports the SUCH project on wards in Bridgwater and Taunton.

Annie S, Youth Matters Co-ordinator

Annie supports young people in Frome, Langport and Yeovil.

Barry W, SSBSS Administration

Barry volunteers by performing our Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service's administration.

Bryony C, Peer Mentor

Bryony supports service users through peer mentoring.

Caroline Chapman, Finance Manager

Caroline manages the Charity's finances from our Yeovil office.

Charlie Acton-Pearce, Sedgemoor Operations Manager

Charlie oversees operations in Bridgwater and Sedgemoor and manages our Bridgwater office.

Chris R, Bridging The Gap Manager and Information & Guidance Lead

Chris manages our Information and Guidance Provision and manages the Bridging the Gap service.

Christian Q, Facilities Worker

Christian ensures our Taunton office is kept neat and tidy.

Cindy H, Wellbeing Navigator

Cindy supports service users in the Sedgemoor area as part of the Somerset Mental Wellbeing Service.

Ciara Murphy

Mindline Trans+ Supervisor

Clare M, Peer Group Facilitator

Clare supports our peer group that meets on a Monday Morning in Minehead.

Dave T, Peer Mentoring and Wellbeing Lead

Dave manages the Peer Mentoring Service and also supports service users as part our Bridging the Gap project. He also has an interest in ecotherapy and physical activity connected to wellbeing.

Emma C, Allocations, Support & Young People’s Lead | Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service

Emma supports young people as part of our Bridging the Gap service, while also facilitating peer support groups as part of the Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service.

Faye S, Ecotherapy Support Worker

Faye runs our Yeovil Vanessa Gardening Project on Tuesdays.

Glenn N, Service User Champion

Glenn supports our service users across the County, and also receives and audits feedback on our projects.

Hazel B, Wellbeing Navigator & Peer Support Worker

Hazel supports service users in West Somerset as part of the Somerset Mental Wellbeing Service.

Janet P, Data Analyst for Mindline

Janet number crunches for our Mindline suite of projects.

Jem A, Wellbeing Navigator

Jem supports service users in Taunton Deane as part of the Somerset Mental Wellbeing Service.

Jess M, External Training Co-ordinator

Jess orgainses training in mental health awareness and other mental health related subjects for groups outside of the organisation.

Jon A, Senior Wellbeing Navigator

Jon supports people in South Somerset as part of the Somerset Mental Wellbeing Service.

Jon C, Peer Group Facilitator

Jon supports our Watchet Peer Support Group.

Karen D, Peer Group Facilitator

Karen supports our Highbridge and Burnham Peer Group and the information drop-in both at the Princess Theatre.

Karen W, Support worker

Karen supports service users with their mental health focussing on employment In West Somerset.

Leanne H, Senior Support Worker

Leanne supports people in our Somerset Wellbeing Friends groups.

Linda L, Mindline Services Manager

Linda leads on the Mindline family of emotional support helplines which includes Mindline Somerset, Mindline South Devon & Torbay, and Mindline Trans+.

Lynda M, Reception and Promotion

Lynda supports our reception function, as well as helping with promotional talks in the community. She is also involved with administration for the Suicide Bereavement Support Service.

Mandy C, Bridging the Gap Support and Advocacy Worker

Mandy is a Bridging the Gap Support and Advocacy Worker. She also supports production of the Mind in Somerset useful resources tool.

Marc L, Community Organizer

Marc supports promotion of our Trans+ Line, alongside co-ordinating the Hearing Voices Peer Groups.

Naomi G, Complementary Therapist SUCH

Naomi offers complementary therapy on wards in Taunton and community hospitals for the SUCH project.

Phil C, Wiser£Money

Phil works on our Wiser£Money Project.

Rachel D, Mindline Administrator

Rachel ensures that all the admin side of Mindline runs smoothly.

Rachel G, Art Group Leader

Rachel supports a number of our art groups and affiliated groups.

Rose C, SUCH Project Lead Therapist

Rose leads the Service User Complementary Holistic project as the lead therapist. Rose has worked at Mind in Somerset in a number of different projects including Peace of Mind before we moved to a more community-based model.

Sharon S, Grants Co-ordinator

Sharon oversees our funding and grant applications.

Maria T, Wiser£Money

Maria works on our Wiser£Money Project.

Susan H, Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service Manager

Susan manages our Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service. She also supports our peer group facilitators and has oversight of the All Gender Domestic Abuse Support Group.

Susann P, Monday Morning Mind Café

Susann supports the Monday Morning Mind Café that meets at North Street Congregational Church. She also covers for the SUCH project from time to time.

Tessa M, Promotions and Internal Core Support

Tessa has previously been a long-time supporter of our family of emotional support helplines, Mindline. Tessa now supports us with core administration.

Tasha M, Assistant Complementary Therapist SUCH

Tasha supports supports the SUCH complementry therapies project on various wards in Somerset.

Lucy B, Mental Health Caseworker (Mid Devon)

Lucy is a Mental health Caseworker for the Mid Devon area for the wiser money project. To discover how the Wiser Money Project can support you please visit: https://www.navigatecharity.org.uk/services/mental-health-training-and-support/

Alison M, Somerset Mind Influence & Participation Lead

Alison is a much valued member of Mind in Somerset and fulfils various roles within the organisation including general administration, campaigning for better understanding of Mental Health issues as a Time To Change Champion and represents South West Minds at the National Mind steering group for Influence & Participation.

Joanna Robertson

Joanna supports people with mental health issues for our Mindline Navigator project.

Victoria Poole Funding Manager

Victoria looks after our fundraising and training provision. If you want to get involved or have any questions please get in touch!

Email: [email protected]

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