Chairperson Dr Elizabeth Vallance
Elizabeth says: "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."
Vice-Chair Peter Jenkins, Director of Finance and Operations, Power to Change
Peter's vision for YoungMinds: To be an organisation that makes a real difference children and young people with mental health problems.
Peter's advice to his younger self: Life may not turn out as you imagine, but it will turn out fine.
Treasurer Andy Cottrell, Chief Operating Officer, Gamecare
Andy's vision for YoungMinds: Leading the cause for Children and Young People’s mental health through policy, campaigning and innovative services.
Andy's advice to his younger self: Believe in yourself, and follow your instincts.
Rob Mack, CFYP Service Manager, Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Trust
Rob's vision for YoungMinds: To be the leading voice in championing and fighting for positive mental health for young people and families and raising their voice.
Rob's advice to his younger self: Spend more time with people who make you feel good, do more of the things that make you feel happy no matter if you are good at them or not.
Beccy Baird, Fellow in Health Policy
Beccy's vision for YoungMinds: To continue to grow as the country's leading voice for children and young people's mental health
Beccy's advice to her younger self: Be kind to yourself and make sure you seek out other people who are kind. Niceness is underrated. Caitlin Moran puts it best: "Just resolve to shine, constantly and steadily, like a warm lamp in the corner, and people will want to move towards you in order to feel happy, and to read things more clearly."
Julie Dodd, Director of Digital Transformation and Communication, Parkinson's UK
Julie's vision for YoungMinds: To be so successful we are no longer needed.
Julie's advice to her younger self: It's going to work out fine.
Maria Kane, CEO, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust
Maria's vision for YoungMinds: To support children and young people and their carers, through excellent emotional wellbeing and mental health services.
Maria's advice to her younger self: Life goes on for a long time. There are lots of phases and lots of opportunities. So just because things aren’t great today, be hopeful that this will change for the better. Because it will!
Helene Denness, Consultant in Public Health, Nottingham City Council
Helene's visions for YoungMinds: Young Minds will be the experts on young people’s mental health. To be seen as a source of support by young people, parents and professionals.
Helene's advice to her younger self: It’ll get better. People will always tell you that the school days are the best days of your life but for you they are not; you’ll do so much more than you ever thought possible. Until it gets better, be kind to yourself. Treat yourself the way you’d treat your best friend.
Made up of a mix of experts across the charity sector, finance, business and children and young people’s mental health our board provides a guiding hand to ensure we’re fulfilling our objectives.