Mind in Somerset is governed by a non-executive board which oversees the direction and strategy of the charity. Board members serve on an unpaid, voluntary basis.
The current board has diverse experience and skills which includes mental health, finance, IT, management and a range of other disciplines. More than half of the members of our board have lived experience of poor mental health.
However, we recognise that neither the Board nor our senior managers have a monopoly of wisdom of mental health matters. So, we are keen to have all our stakeholders participating in goal setting — sometimes simply with feedback, sometimes with a stake in the decision. In this way we hope that our staff and volunteers our funders and our service users will feel engaged and involved — that their voice matters.
Geoff Pateman, Chairperson
Having studied economics at Loughborough University, Geoff went on to serve in various Finance Manager roles at HBS and Mouchel. He became a trustee and Treasurer of MindTWS in 2013 and is delighted to be chair of the new charity. Geoff's other interests include gardening and steam railways.
Jon Thackeray, Vice Chair
Jon has a strong background in IT, first as a project manager at HP and then with various consultancies, finally founding his own IT consultancy in 1995. Jon became a trustee in 2017. His hobbies include enjoying time spent with his five grandchildren.
Jennie has worked as a Chartered Company Secretary since 1982 and spent three very happy years working as the HR Director and Operations Director of a wine company underneath the arches at Waterloo. She then became involved in working with charities and spent 12 years with Marie Curie Cancer Care as their Fundraising Director for the South West after which she became the Director of Fundraising for an independent hospice near Bath for 5 years, during which time for one year she worked as Acting Chief Executive. She is the Senior Partner of her Charity Consultancy and works nationally advising charities, mainly on strategy.
Dr John Cox
John worked in the National Health Service as a GP for 30 years. He also worked as a Clinical Assistant in Psychiatry and as part of the Adult Family Therapy team for 25 years. Latterly he was approved under Section 12 of the Mental Health Act to help in assessments. He still does some work for a computer company Patient.info. John became a Non-Executive Director at South Somerset Mind in 2014 and a trustee from 2017. He has been a Champion for Mental Health with the Somerset PCG/PCO/CCG and is still a keen advocate of whole-person care. His personal interests include music, gardening, sport and his local community.
Jenny cannot remember when she was not interested in mental health! As Chief Officer of a Voluntary Sector Infrastructure organisation she managed the first pilot Mental Health Advocacy and Mental Health Participation Projects in Somerset during the 1990s. More latterly she worked as an Associate Lecturer in Health and Social Care at the local FE College. She joined Mind TWS as a volunteer in 2013 to investigate and develop funding streams and subsequently became a Trustee in 2016. She is very excited about the potential of Mind in Somerset to improve the mental health and wellbeing of people living in Somerset and beyond. She enjoys relaxing with her family and friends, gardening, walking and the countryside.
Sarah has worked in the hospitality and tourism sector and then later in facilities management for 20 years. Sarah has been an active volunteer in local organisations since 2011, with a priority for delivering accessibility and inclusion. I have a specialist interest in special education, additional needs, neurodiversity and creating abilities through person centred services in housing, care, educational and health. Sarah volunteers alongside being a parent carer, and she understands the pressures of being a carer and reaching out for support to enable friends and family to feel valued in all areas of their life. Her personal interests are all areas of family life, including glamping and enjoying local food and drink outlets
Dr Chris Norris
After hospital experience in psychiatry, Chris became a GP in Shepton Mallet and retired in 2012. He maintains a professional interest in mental health through sessional work for the Tribunal service as a medical member on Social Security appeal boards. He became a trustee in 2017 and is looking forward to the exciting times ahead following the merger.
Frances Geatches, Company Secretary
Frances worked in the National Health Service mainly as a midwife and midwifery tutor. After early retirement, she trained as a psychotherapist. She became a volunteer at South Somerset Mind in 2008 and was a trustee from 2010. She says she is delighted to now be a trustee on the Board of Mind in Somerset and looks forward to new developments in the services for the support of mental health throughout the county.
Richard Maw, Treasurer
Sally has over 25 years experience in HR and Organisational Development across all sectors including both private and not for profit organisations. She is a strong advocate of the link between providing housing and good mental health based on her work with social housing and also trained as a Mental Health First Aider. She is delighted to have become a Trustee in October 2020 and have the chance to support all the team in providing Mental Health Support in Somerset. She has a smallholding with a variety of animals which keeps her busy and also enjoys walking the dog across the Mendip hills.