Rebecca Parker (Chief Executive)
I joined Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in April 2019 as Chief Executive, at a very exciting time for your local mental health charity. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to lead a dynamic and passionate team and work with them to ensure that everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.
I am originally from Kent and have been living in the Hull and East Yorkshire area since 2001. Since graduating from Cambridge University with an MA in Law, I have worked for organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors across the UK, in areas such as audit, contract management, compliance, and project and programme management. I have recently run my own business, working with clients on public health, social care and criminal justice related projects and programmes. I was keen to return to the voluntary sector to use my skills and experience to benefit an organisation which positively changes people’s lives.
I am passionate about mental health and our local area and am proud to lead Hull and East Yorkshire Mind which plays a critical role in changing opinions about mental health in our society. I aspire to reduce stigma and discrimination and help people overcome the mental health challenges they may be facing, in order to achieve their goals.
As a keen musician, I play in local ensembles performing both classical and popular music and participate in local jam sessions, going to gigs whenever I can. I have been involved in the sport of drag racing for a number of years and as the crew chief, won a UK National championship in 2016. To relax, I enjoy long walks in our beautiful countryside and travelling.
Emma Dallimore (Operations Director)
I joined the organisation over nine years ago. When I started I knew very little about mental health and I still learn something new each day. My job has changed immensely over the years and is very wide ranging. Every day is different and I love it!
I feel fortunate to be doing this job having come from a background in construction as Personal Assistant and Office Manager. I do use my past experiences, however. My passion is property development and our organisation became a housing association just over a year ago. One of my main drivers is to grow our housing provision. We’ve just completed our first property purchase and whilst we may not be taking over the world, we are taking small steps into ensuring that we can help more people and offer our residents good quality, recovery focussed housing. I’m incredibly proud to be part of that.
In my spare time I love to spend time in the Peak District or on the Yorkshire Moors hill walking (and lunching afterwards) with my family.
Justin White (Finance Director)
I am a Charted Management Accountant (ACMA) and have spent nearly 25 years working in Finance roles across a variety of sectors. After graduating from the University of Brighton in 1992, I started my career with the Social Services finance team at East Sussex County Council. In 1997 I moved to Brighton & Hove Council. During my time there I managed the Social Services finance team. After relocating to Hull in 1999 I joined the electrical retailer Comet where I worked for 10 years. My roles included property finance, new store investment appraisal and managing the Accounts Payable team. I moved on to edible oils manufacturer AAK UK in 2009 where I dealt with stock accounting.
I was delighted to get the opportunity to join Hull and East Yorkshire Mind as Finance Director in January 2016. Having started my career in the public sector I had been keen to return to a not-for-profit setting and use my finance skills and experience to benefit an organisation which genuinely exists to change people’s lives. My current role is wide-ranging, encompassing everything from financial strategy, advising the Board and other managers, budgeting, reporting, costings for funding bids, staff management, company secretary duties etc. – every day is different! HEY Mind has some exciting future plans to help more people and it is great to be involved in bringing those to fruition.
Outside of work I have a busy family life with my wife and two young sons. When I do get time to relax I love listening to music and going to gigs (particularly 80’s/90’s/00’s indie), watching sport (mainly football where I indulge my life-long passion for Ipswich Town!) and reading (currently working my way through Peter James crime novels which I thoroughly recommend).
Will Adam (Operations Manager)
My interest in Psychology and the workings of the mind started during my A-Level studies where I commenced and successfully passed A Level Psychology. Following this I developed a keen interest for the subject and from a purely academic point of view I was hungry for furthering my knowledge in this area, particularly social psychology and psychopathology which led me to complete a Bsc Honours in Psychology.
After leaving University, I was enthusiastic to move into paid employment within the mental health sector and in 2004 I began volunteering at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind.
I volunteered in a befriending capacity within the Day Services facilitating social activities. Volunteering was a valuable stepping stone enabling me to gain practical experience, allowing me to put elements of the psychological theory into practice with real people whilst increasing my confidence and skills in this area. After two years a vacancy came up in the Day Services department. That was 9 years ago and during that time I have worked in various different capacities across the organisation. I have worked as a support worker and a senior staff member building a wide range of expertise and knowledge in one to one and group support, self-help techniques and vocational development.
I am currently the Service Manager for the community based services and enjoy the challenge of managing a diverse range of contracts over a wide geographical area. Throughout my time at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind I have witnessed many changes and the organisation go from strength to strength, I am passionate about what Hull and East Yorkshire Mind stands for and I am looking forward to what the future may hold for the organisation.
Sam Bell (Operations Manager)
I left school in 1993 with A ‘levels in Art, Textiles and Fashion Design, I started my working life in 1993 by undertaking a City and Guilds in retail in a local fabric and textiles shop. Alongside this I designed and produced handmade knitwear and clothes for customers. I then went on to work in our family run florist shop and learnt the trade over the next few years until I decided to completely change career.
In 1998 I enrolled at the University of Humberside and completed a degree in Social Science, during this time I volunteered at the Hull Citizens Advice Bureau and Also at Barnardo’s as a family group conference supporter. My volunteering experience enabled me to apply to the University of Hull where I studied for the next three years for an MA in Social Work specialising in Women’s work, housing and mental health. I also gained a supplementary postgraduate certificate after successfully completing extra study modules in research methods.
My first job after graduating in Social Work was as a Safe Women’s Worker at the Bransholme Women’s Service but unfortunately due to funding the position closed. I applied to Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in 2010 and was successful for the post of Housing Support Worker. During the first two years I was given the opportunity to act as On Site Supervision for Social Workers in Training and eventually gained a certificate in Practice Education at the University of Lincolnshire. After two years I moved to senior housing worker and after six years with Mind am now in the service manager’s position and still loving every minute.
Claire Thomas (Partnerships Development Manager)
I began my working life in a family business manufacturing animal feed, covering roles such as production planning, quality assurance and office manager. After six years I decided it was time to move on, and went back to University to study International Politics. I had a period of teaching international politics at Hull and Sheffield Universities, as well as getting actively involved in local politics, before joining Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in June 2015. I joined at the beginning of our journey developing and growing our community fundraising, and have enjoyed starting lots of new projects to raise money for such a good cause.
I feel really privileged to work with a great team supporting people in the local community with their mental health. Every day is different, and it’s great to meet so many different people who are willing to support what we do, and to promote good mental health in the local area. I really enjoy talking with businesses, community groups, and other organisations about how we can all work together to help change lives in the local area.
I am always impressed by the generosity of people in the local area in donating, volunteering, and getting involved in our campaigns.
My role at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is all about making sure we find the money we need to run our organisation, as well as making sure people in the local area know who we are and how we can help. I am a member of the Institute of Fundraising, and also Chair of Trustees for Lighthouse, a local charity supporting vulnerable women.