Peter Archer (Chair)

Peter retired in November 2013 after 38 years in the banking industry. The bulk of his career was spent working with commercial businesses and the last 5 years were spent helping businesses with a turnover between £1m and £25m which were struggling and needed support to get back to good health. He has qualifications in sales and marketing and training. He also has some experience of internal audit work.

Mike Gill (Vice Chair)

Following an extensive career in the NHS, Mike is now semi-retired. His various posts within the NHS included roles in nursing and clinical and operational management, and his final posts within the NHS were as Service Improvement Lead and Clinical Governance Lead. Mike has since re-joined the NHS as a part time Trainer. Mike has qualifications in nursing, counselling and a Certificate from the Institute of Health Services Management.

Mike is an approved instructor to deliver Mental Health First Aid courses and is passionate about ensuring we all look after our mental health. Mike is experienced in delivering these courses and other mental health related topics across the statutory and voluntary sectors.

In his spare time, Mike is a keen runner and walker, and runs a small Antiques and Collectables business with his wife. Mike also tries to commit time to help out the fund-raising team. Either being part of planning activities or using his running / walking activities to raise funds for Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. These are really enjoyable parts of being a Trustee and gives an opportunity to be actively involved in charitable endeavours.

Alex Denholm (Honorary Treasurer)

Alex is a retired Bank Manager and has been actively involved with charity work for a significant number of years. He is presently the Chair of Hull and East Riding HSBC Pensioners Association, HSBC Pensioners Council Rep, Humber Rep, Regional AOC Committee, Audit Committee, East Riding College, Hull & East Riding Amateur Athletic Association, Hull Zingari Cricket Club, and advises members of the House of Lords.

David Kitney

David is Managing Director of two leading recruitment firms in the region. His career experience covers sales, marketing and wider commercial business. David also has 8 years acting as a regional Board member for Young Enterprise a Charity that provides enterprise and business programmes to schools and colleges. David has several property investments and is an active member on our business development & investment subcommittee.

Justina Oraka

Justina is a teacher by profession, a Fellow for Society for Education & Training and has a background is in Education, Training and Development with more than 35 years teaching experience and over 25 years’ experience in the voluntary, community sector and private sector organisations. Justina has been involved in three Women’s Centre’s in Hull as trustee/directors, Northern Hull Development Trust, Hull & East Riding Race Equality Council.  Justina was a Mental Health Commissioner for 4 years and director for Humberside probation service for 6 years.

She now has her own Training and Consultancy a not for profit Social Enterprise since 2009 dedicated to imparting knowledge, building capacity and improving life through education, training and development, mentoring, advocacy and Information Advice and Guidance (IAG).  TJ Training & Consultancy provides Activities and Services to BAME, Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrant workers communities in Hull and surroundings which includes ESOL with personal development/Literacy/functional Skills, Life in the UK, Citizenship, Managing Diversity, Cultural Awareness and works in partnership with Trinity College London, English Speaking Board (ESB) and NOCN enabling accreditation and progression into employment and further education. We work with volunteers and other partners locally and nationally.

In addition, Justina is a founder member and Chair of Africa Forum and was  Trustee and Chair of Humber All Nations Alliance (HANA). We are the only licenced Trinity College London Centre in Humber preparing people for SELT/ISE for Citizenship/settlement/Tier 1, 2, & 4 Visas. TJ Training is Matrix Accredited

Donna Blank

Donna retired from her role as Partner and Head of Employment at a Regional Law Firm in June 2017. Donna specialised in employment law for in excess of 20 years advising both local and national businesses in relation to a range of employment law issues including, Employment Tribunal claims, dismissal, grievance, business re-organisation and the implementation of HR Policies and Procedures. Donna continues to have a particular interest in staff training and development.

Donna’s work included advising a number of local Charities and gaining a valuable insight into the organisation and workings of charitable organisations. Donna’s experience as an employment lawyer will enable her to contribute to human resource and employment law issues as a member of the Governance and Performance Committee.

Donna is also a Trustee of the Sailors Children’s Society and a Director of Hull Golf.

Karl Douglas

Having Trained as Management Accountant with Smith & Nephew, Karl moved in to different managerial roles over a 15 year career with the company, ultimately becoming Business Unit General Manager before setting up his own Medical Device sales company. Karl set a Travel Agency business up in 2017 as a hobby business from home, however, Beverley Travel has grown to become a well known name in the local area and has a prime position on the Flemingate Centre in Beverley.

Karl is a passionate believer in local business and communities and is committed to helping local causes, supporting a number of other charitable causes in addition to his role with MIND.

Suzy Bunton

Suzy was born in Hull, where she trained  to be a  Registered General Nurse. She has always had an interest in Mental Health and how the health and wellbeing of the body affects the mind and vice versa. Suzy has trained to be a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, specialising in Integrative and Transactional Analysis. Suzy works as a self-employed therapist in the area.

Suzy has a specialist interest in Dementia and Long Term conditions and was the Lead Dementia Nurse and a Trustee with Dementia Friendly East Riding prior to joining as a Trustee with Hull and East Yorkshire Mind.

Suzy is keen to share her knowledge and experience and work alongside other trustees to support and develop the work of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind.

Mike Reeve

Mike has worked in Mental Health since 1987 , he is a qualified General Nurse as well as a Mental Health Nurse and has years of experience working on the front line. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Navigo, the mental health provider in North East Lincolnshire. He has worked on many multi million pound projects including Capital building, service transformation and clinical and contractual negotiations. His knowledge across both North East Lincolnshire and the Integrated Care System is huge especially around mental health and urgent and long term care of those with mental health needs. He brings to the board an opportunity to advise the board on clinical direction, partnership opportunities and operational growth especially across the South Bank .

Andrew Grant

Andrew manages a property company working in the residential lettings market. His career started with experience in high street banking before setting up a business in the retail motor trade. Following 20 successful years in the motor industry Andrew started investing in property based in Hull and around the East Riding, leading to forming a company.

Residential property letting plays a vital part in the growing UK property market, Andrew’s experience in identifying, purchasing and preparing suitable properties has helped to create a growing property business. Believing that good housing is beneficial to good mental health Andrew welcomes his role at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind and is keen to be of service to the charity.