Emma Thomas - Chief Executive
Emma joined YoungMinds as CEO in July 2018, with overall responsibility for the organisation and its impact for young people. Prior to this, she worked as a consultant supporting digital adoption and strategic development for a range of charities such as Barnardo’s, YMCA and London Youth. She was CEO of YouthNet (now the Mix) and has worked at the BBC developing new services and leading campaigns to drive adoption of new platforms.
Emma's advice to her younger self? Trust your own instincts more and worry less about what others think. And it won't be long before you'll love your red hair!
Phil Hall - Chief Operating Officer
Working closely with the Chief Executive and Leadership Team, Phil takes the lead in strengthening and developing our internal processes to ensure we run efficiently as an organisation. Before joining YoungMinds, he worked in a similar role at the youth volunteering charity vInspired. He has also spent 15 years of his career in central Government in a variety of Finance and strategic planning roles.
Phil’s advice to his 16 year old self? Don’t believe or fuel the hype, manage expectations, ignore the noise and speak for yourself. (I’ve plagiarised this from the New England Patriots but it pretty much sums up how I feel nearly 25 years on from being 16!).
Diane Gault - Director of Fundraising
Working in the charity sector since 1997, Diane heads up the team that supports fundraising efforts from our supporters including trusts and corporate partners. She’s held various roles in the last 20 years including Director of Fundraising and External Communications at BAAF, Director of Business Development at Enterprise Education Trust and Head of Fundraising and Communications at St Giles Trust. Away from YoungMinds, she’s a third Dan black belt in Shotokan karate.
Diane’s advice to her younger self? Most things that trouble you will resolve themselves in time.
Tom Madders - Director of Communications, Campaigns and Participation
Tom leads the team responsible for our communications, campaigns and participation work. He joined us in 2016 and has spent his career campaigning for change in the health and disability sector, including at Mencap, Sense and Diabetes UK. Most recently, he spent almost 8 years at The National Autistic Society leading their campaigns and public engagement team to multiple successes, including the multi-award winning Too Much Information campaign.
Tom's advice to his younger self? Do what you love.
Deirdre Kehoe - Director of Training & Services
As our Director of Training & Services, Deirdre leads the teams that deliver our parent services and training and consultancy work. After 20 years at charities like the NSPCC, Diabetes UK and Arthritis Research UK, she started working in support services in 2013. It’s here she’s found her passion, and feels privileged to have a job where she can go home every day knowing that her team have helped someone.
Deirdre’s advice to her 16 year old self? Be kind to yourself and to others. When I was 16 I had a Yeats quote stuck up on my wall that said ‘I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly because you tread on my dreams.’ Life can be tough, but kindness can make all the difference.
Dr Marc Bush - Director of Evidence and Policy
Marc joined us in 2015 and spends his days working to shape Government policy on mental health. Whether it’s research or talking to children and young people who have experienced mental health problems, Marc takes their experiences and helps translate it into policies that can help make things better.
Marc’s advice to his 16 year old self? #ItGetsBetter