Trustees

Trustees are our most senior leaders. They set our strategic direction, make sure we’re using our resources effectively and ensure we’re having the greatest possible impact on our community. Trustees are expected to undertake duties in a manner that reflects Hull and East Yorkshire Mind’s values and ethos. We’re looking for dedicated, empathetic and ambitious candidates to help make our mission a reality and lead us closer towards our ultimate ambition: a society where everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.

To enrich the Board’s overall knowledge and experience, we are looking for specific experience and skills in finance and/or charity management. If you are interested in joining our Board of Trustees, download our Trustee Recruitment Pack here.

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 has now retired. His various posts within the NHS included roles in nursing, clinical and operational management and finally working in the training team. Mike has qualifications in nursing, counselling and a Certificate from the Institute of Health Services Management.

Mike is passionate about ensuring we all look after our mental health and wellbeing and being on the Board at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is an excellent way of contributing to the mental health and wellbeing agenda locally. He is also a Director of Wellington Care and currently has a link role across both Boards.

Mike also tries to commit time to help out the fundraising 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.

In his spare time, Mike is a keen runner and walker, and runs a small Antiques and Collectables business with his wife.

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.

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, HR and Performance Committee.

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

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.