Sarah Brennan OBE - Chief Executive
Sarah started at YoungMinds in 2007. She’s spent her career in the charity sector and before joining us worked with young offenders and those at risk of offending as CEO of Motiv8 and at Centrepoint where she was Director of Services. In the 2017 New Years Honours list, Sarah was awarded an OBE for services to children and young people. Away from work Sarah’s sense of adventure has taken her to Everest base camp, Macchu Picchu and countless places nearer to home with her dogs.
Sarah’s advice to her younger self? Adventure more, travel more and believe that you can.
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 belief 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!).
Jon Forde - Interim Director of Human Resources
Joining us from previous posts at Diabetes UK and the YMCA, Jon’s here to support us through an exciting time of change and transformation at YoungMinds. Once he’s had a cup of coffee (or 3) he spends each day helping us find new ways to grow as a charity. Away from YoungMinds you’ll find Jon catching up on the latest sporting action, most likely cheering on his beloved Harlequins.
Jon's advice to his younger self? Relax, it will all work itself out in the end and think less about whether you should do something and enjoy it instead.
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 and Campaigns
Tom 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 as part of the team that successfully campaigned for the Autism Act. Away from work Tom describes himself as ‘a lifelong failed musician, still waiting for my big break’. Keep trying Tom!
Tom's advice to his younger self? “The pursuit of normality is the ultimate sacrifice of potential.” - Tom says: I don’t know who can take credit for the original quote, but an autistic person said it to me and it’s really stuck.
Alex Fowles - Interim Director of Finance
A chartered accountant with over 25 year’s experience, Alex loves the charity sector’s positive attitude and desire to make a difference. He says if he can’t make everyone find finance fun, he can at least make it less scary. When not balancing the books, Alex will probably be found at a gig, whether that’s at a concert hall watching an orchestra, in a small pub singing along to loud rock, or catching a 70’s folk singer in the park.
Alex’s advice to his younger self? Don’t always focus on what’s next; take time to appreciate and remember the moment.