I joined Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in July 2010 after completing a BA in Social Science, an MA in Social Work. I have progressed through the organisation from Housing Support Worker to Operations Director. I predominantly design and implement new services within the organisation and act as the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the organisation.
I love my role at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. It allows me to be creative and reactive to requests to support in the design of services that we know are needed in the local area. This helps to improve services for people who need them, at times when they them most!
I started working for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in 2015 after working in the commercial sector for many years. My finance career began in 2005 as an Accounts Assistant. I later became a Management Accountant before starting my employment at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. My original role at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind was Assistant Accountant but due to their recent growth and development, I have now taken on the role of Group Finance Manager. Over the last 18 years working in finance, I have gained a varied knowledge of accounts but I am yet to complete my CIMA qualification. I am currently working towards this with the support of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind.
So far, my time at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind has been an emotional roller-coaster. The staff have become family and with family comes tears of joy, tears of sadness and a heap of laughs. It is an amazing team of people to work with!
Aside from work, my family is my world and we love going on wellie walks. I have 3 children which keep me very busy, but this wouldn’t be my bio without me mentioning my infatuation with Take That. I find their shows to be a great form of escapism in an otherwise chaotic world.
I joined Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in 2008 as Administration Manager. I progressed through the organisation and in August 2018 I became Chief Executive. My background was always administration but was in construction which is very different to working for a mental health charity. I am passionate about the work we do and am forever in awe of the teams adapting to change so that we can help more people in our area. What I love most about working for this organisation is that we make a tangible difference to people’s lives. I spend my weekends climbing hills in the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales.
I first joined Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in 2016 in Vocational Support as an Employment Support Worker on the Moving Forward project, I am now the Employment Support Services Manager. I have extensive experience supporting people into education, volunteering, training and employment. I enjoy managing my team to enable them to make a positive difference to someone’s life. It’s a sense of fulfilment. It’s knowing that my team has helped someone achieve their aspirations.
I live in Scarborough, my 4 children, 5 grandchildren and 5 dogs keep me busy in my spare time.
I joined Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in February 2020. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant many years ago, I spent most of my career in finance and business consultancy working in many different industries across several countries.
I moved into the charitable sector after spending 10 years as a Trustee for a large homeless charity. That experience made me realise how much more rewarding it is to work full time in a sector that makes a real difference to peoples’ lives. I feel privileged to work for such a wonderful organisation that does so much to support the local community.
Joining Hull and East Yorkshire Mind also meant relocating to the East Riding, something my wife and I should have done years ago. It’s a beautiful part of the county and we love spending our time enjoying the countryside and wildlife. It has inspired me to take up photography again!
I joined Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in September 2014 as a student on placement.
After 20 plus years in telecoms working all over the world I went back to University to complete my BA Hons in Social work. On my first placement with mind I learned about the ethos at mind and found that this resonated with my own ethos and ethics so after completing my degree I made the decision to join the team at mind and have been here since starting as a Housing Support Worker and then accepting the post of service manager for housing. I still wake up most days happy In the knowledge that today, we will make a difference and this motivates me and this is why I love working at Mind.
I have always had a passion for mental health and support, so most of my roles prior to Hull and East Yorkshire Mind have been in this area as well.
After I completed my BSC in Psychology with Criminology and did some volunteering, my interest grew, and I started at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in 2021 where I worked as a bank worker on the Support Line. Over my time here, I got more interested in the different services and I have explored the bereavement service and CYP Safe space. I soon became contracted, working closer with the team and just continued to climb up to where I am now as Service Manager for Crisis Services.
I love having such a supportive environment where I can thrive and learn more every day. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading and playing games.
I joined Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Vocational Support Services and was instantly impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the team here. I have worked in the voluntary sector for the majority of my career mainly in the fields of substance misuse and mental health. Recently I returned to college and completed a Diploma in Human Resource Management, which I undertook in order to complement my management experience and gain an understanding of how staff can best be supported in the workplace. In my spare time I enjoy reading, quizzing and getting out to see live music. When I joined Hull and East Yorkshire Mind I found that there are a few other members of the team who love the same music and we often find ourselves at the same gigs!
I’ve been with Hull and East Yorkshire Mind since the very beginning of my working journey after joining as an apprentice in 2015. I’ve had the privilege of growing and evolving alongside the organisation, and today, I’m the driving force behind our marketing and communications activities. Within my role, I lead on all things branding, social media, campaigns, PR, and internal and external communications. As part of my role I raise awareness of mental health through igniting conversations, challenging perceptions, and empowering individuals to embrace mental health and wellbeing.
In 2022, I was honoured to be recognised as a Top 30 Under 30 winner for the Hull and Humber area.
When I’m not doing any of the above, you’ll find me indulging in my love for travel, exploring new destinations (or the same ones!), and creating memories with friends and family. I am also the Vice Chair of Governors at Marfleet Primary Academy, the school in which I attended myself as a child. I am also Vice Chair at Alderman Cogan’s C of E Primary Academy.
I started at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in 2003 as a student on my final social work placement and then took on a role in the Supported Housing Team. In the years that I have been here I have been able to work alongside many kind and brilliant staff, students and volunteers. I have enjoyed moving up into various roles in the Housing Team and being a Practice Educator for social work students, both have been challenging and given me knowledge, skills and confidence in the work I do at Mind.
In 2016 Hull and East Yorkshire Mind became a Registered Social Landlord and I was privileged to take on the leadership of the property management in our accommodation based services, I am now the Estates Manager of a strong and empowered estates and property management team who support the organisation with office and accommodation support services.
I love my role in supporting staff and volunteers in a varied and complex job to help people live and work in safe environments that are positive to their wellbeing. We continue to grow in the team and I’m excited to see what the future brings for us.
I have worked in the voluntary sector since 2000 with various mental health charities.
I started working with Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in 2009 after relocating from Glasgow.
In 2014 I left to work with young people at a further education college as a pastoral support officer and during 2020 decided that I wanted to go back to working in mental health again.
I am now service manager for Primary Care Mental Health Network Peer Support team, Primary Care Network Modality and Hasp teams and the Children and Young People’s Primary Care Network pilot project.
I am also leading on the development of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind’s Participation and Engagement strategy encouraging those who use our services to be involved in all aspects of the work we do. This is a new aspect to my role and I am excited to see this area grow and develop.
The culture and values of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind align very much with my own and I feel as an individual I am able to use my skills and experience to benefit others.
I love developing relationships with the teams I support and being part of their own personal growth as part of the organisation. I am a naturally curious person and like to know how I can support someone in the way that helps them most.
As a neurodivergent person it is important to me that we encourage and support individuality, uniqueness and new perspectives on solving problems as this the key to building inclusive services.
Outside of work I love gardening, documentaries and an array of hobbies, mostly unfinished or abandoned, after a short burst of excitement!
I joined Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in 2016 as a freelance therapist and progressed through the organisation to my current role as Service Manager for the Talking Therapies (Adults) team covering Hull, East Yorkshire and the North East Lincolnshire area. I spent most of my career working in the public sector before moving to the charitable sector in 2010. I am a fully qualified therapeutic counsellor accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I find working for the organisation rewarding when working to our values and principles and seeing the positive difference this can have on peoples’ lives in our community.
I joined Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in March 2023 as Director of People and Culture.
I have worked in Human Resources for over 25 years in multiple sectors, but more recently within the care / charity sector and education.
I have also worked as a Tutor for the CIPD delivering HR qualifications, having started my career in the catering industry. I originally came into HR whilst working as an Operations Manager, having seen the impact good people and development practices can have on an organisation and how an engaged and motivated workforce can impact end users experience.
I am a passionate animal lover and walker and love to spend time in the Lakes and Dales with my family and my three rescue dogs.
I started working at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in 2010. Prior this this, I had been a student on placement here as part of attaining my BA in Social Work and felt instantly at home.
My first role in housing was as a project worker with young people in 24 hour supported accommodation and I have since progressed to service manager and practice educator for students on placement with us- enjoying my role every step of the way. I am passionate about ensuring people we work with and support are treated with compassion and respect. I am surrounded by people who share this passion, making it a great place to work.
I joined the organisation in January 2020 following 20 years in regional management, leadership and sales across a variety of sectors.
At points in my life I have encountered periods of mental ill health and was delighted to join Hull and East Yorkshire & North East Lincolnshire Mind to help engage with organisations across the region to support changing the mental health landscape. I am passionate about connecting our good work with as many other organisations as possible.
Outside of work I coach my son’s football team, support Leeds United and run as often and as far as I can.