Nick Smith (Chair)

Nick retired in November 2017 after a career in IT lasting 42 years covering numerous roles where change was the norm. His last appointment was as a Development Manager for a large local company. This role involves managing and leading a team who understand business requirements, developing solutions, problem resolution and managing third parties in a complex multi project environment. He has advised and guided HEY Mind IT and has been active in fundraising. He was a Committee Member of the Humberside Branch of the British Computer Society for 15 years.

Peter Archer (Vice 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.

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.

Mike Gill

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 last post within the NHS was the Service Improvement Lead. Mike has qualifications in nursing, counselling and a Certificate from the Institute of Health Services Management.

Mike is an approved instructor for Youth and Standard Mental Health First Aid and delivers this training in the statutory and voluntary sectors.

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 and has a background is in Education, Training and Development with more than 35 years teaching experience and over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary and community sector. Justina has been involved in two Women’s Centre’s in Hull as trustee/directors, Northern Hull Development Trust and the 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 company where she is a Managing Director. In addition, Justina is a founder member and Chair of Africa Forum and a Trustee and Chair of Humber All Nations Alliance.

Peter Wheatley

Peter has held many positions within the Councils he has served on. He was the Leader of the Grimsby District Council until it was superseded by NELC in 1997 and then held the post of Deputy Leader for some years until 2003.

He took a break to concentrate on the company he was the Sales Director for when it was taken over by a PLC. He held positions within the company as Head of Estimating and Key Account Director before being appointed as Sales Director for the company operating out of Grimsby which employed some 80 personnel.

On his retirement he returned to local politics in 2011 and held the Portfolio for Environment and Regeneration before taking on the role of Adult Social Care and Public Health together with being Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board. After his successful re-election this year the Leader has asked him to return to the Portfolio for Regeneration, Skills and Housing.

Peter brings a broad spectrum of experience from both Local Government and Business perspective.

Steve Wakefield

A Freeman of Grimsby, Steve spent his working life in both the private and public sector including healthcare and education projects. Over the 40 years that he has been dedicated to his charity work he has helped many people.

Since retiring Steve takes keen interest in local politics and has served as an elected members on North Lincs Council including chairing the Social Services Committee during a period of considerable reorganisation. Steve actively supports a number of charities including North East Lincs Mind and Grimsby and Cleethorpes Lions. Steve helped to form a charity over 22 years ago Carelink which has gone from strength to strength and he has been Chairman for over 18 years.

Stephen Deas

Stephen is from Tibthorpe and grew up in East Yorkshire. After University he taught and worked in the communities of industrial South Wales . He then worked for 21 years among elderly people in Hull until he retired in 2017. He is vice chair of the Hull Resettlement Project and a trustee of several other charities and has for long been concerned with the care and rehabilitation of offenders. He serves on Hull and East Yorkshire Mind’s Governance and Performance Committee.

Liam Hughes

Liam lives in the East Riding. He has an academic background in psychology, the applied social sciences, health education and management. Born in Bradford, he studied at Oxford and the London School of Economics and began work in urban regeneration in South London. He subsequently trained as a social worker, and worked in community mental health in south and north London. He was involved in the re-provision of large hospitals and development of community care, helping to develop supported housing schemes, crisis intervention, assertive outreach and other community services. He has worked closely with Mind, Mencap and the Alzheimer’s Society since 1975.

He moved to Kirklees in 1985 to become the Assistant Director for Community Care and then Chief Social Services Officer, and to Bradford in 1995 as Strategic Director for Social, Neighborhood and Community Services. Working closely with NHS colleagues, he helped create one of the first integrated care trusts bringing together health and social care staff within a single organization. He was also seconded to the Eurocities Programme for the postwar reconstruction of Sarajevo. Later on, he served as a part-time non-executive director at the Health Development Agency, which fostered his interest in public health. In 2001 he was appointed as Chief Executive of East Leeds Primary Care Trust, where he also had city-wide responsibility for child and adolescent mental health.

When Liam retired from this post in 2006 he took on two part-time roles – Senior Associate Fellow at Warwick Business School, and National Adviser for Healthy Communities at the Local Government Association. In both, he was involved in organizational development and improvement work, as well as preparing briefings about the implementation of new policies. When these roles came to an end, he worked as an independent facilitator with organisations such as Sport England, the LGA and the Association of Directors of Public Health. He is a Fellow of the Faculty for Public Health, where he co-chairs the Mental Health Special Interest Group. He is an honorary lecturer at Manchester University.