YoungMinds welcomes new Chair of Trustees

YoungMinds welcomes new Chair of Trustees

YoungMinds is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Elizabeth Vallance (The Lady Vallance) as its new Chair of Trustees.

YoungMinds is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Elizabeth Vallance (The Lady Vallance) as its new Chair of Trustees. Dr Vallance took up the post at the charity’s Annual General Meeting on 8th December. 

Elizabeth Vallance will replace Dr Carole Easton, who has stepped down after over seven years as a Trustee of YoungMinds, including six years as Chair. 

Elizabeth Vallance began her professional life at London University, becoming Head of the Department of Politics at Queen Mary University, where she was then visiting Professor and is now an Honorary Fellow.

She has been Chair of St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards, of I CAN, the children’s communication charity, and of the Institute of Education, University of London. A Sloan Fellow of the London Business School, she has also been a member of the boards of the Medical Protection Society, Aviva plc, Norwich Union plc and HMV Group.

Dr Vallance currently chairs the Centre for Mental Health and the National Autism Project, is a school governor and a Governor of the London School of Economics.

Dr Vallance said: “I am thrilled to be taking on this role at such a significant time for children’s mental health. We need to make the most of the unprecedented public interest in the area and the increased awareness that children’s resilience is the bedrock of their wellbeing and ability to thrive and develop their potential.

I look forward to working with the great team at YoungMinds to champion and improve the experience of young people and their families.”

Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMinds, said: “We are delighted to welcome Elizabeth Vallance to YoungMinds as Carole steps down. Carole has seen YoungMinds through a period of considerable growth and change, and we’re very excited to welcome Elizabeth to support the next phase of our charity’s development.

“Children and young people’s mental health is high on the political agenda and there has been a welcome increase in public awareness. But we know from the young people we work with and from calls to our Parents Helpline that it can still be incredibly difficult to access services, and that YoungMinds is needed now more than ever.

“As we approach our 25th anniversary, Elizabeth will bring invaluable experience and expertise to help us ensure that we can continue to bring real, lasting change for children, young people and families across the country.”

Further information

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