Mental Health Foundation appoints seven new trustees

21 July 2016

The Mental Health Foundation has appointed seven new trustees to help drive the prevention revolution in mental health: Peter Byrne, Neil Caldicott, Jacqui Dyer, Paul Infield, Valerie Jolliffe, Jenny Paton and Aisha Sheikh-Anene.

Jenny Edwards CBE, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said: "We are delighted to announce these appointments which bring an exciting blend of expertise to the Foundation. We have a proud legacy of being the source of fresh thinking about mental health for more than 65 years now, for which we owe thanks to the stewardship of a committed and passionate team of trustees."

"Good mental health is fundamental to thriving in life; it is the essence of who we are and how we experience the world. The new board members’ experience of public mental health, finance, communications, law, media and the arts will be essential as we work towards a prevention revolution. Our vision has the aim of ensuring that we make the same progress for the health of our minds that we have achieved for the health of our bodies."

Dr Peter Byrne 

A former Director of Public Education for Royal College of Psychiatry, Peter was awarded the Public Educator of the Year Award by the College in 2012. He has published widely on liaison topics and stigma-discrimination, and is joint editor with Professor Alan Rosen on a new Wiley-Blackwell book, Early intervention in psychiatry.

Neil Caldicott

Neil is Director of Marketing and Audiences for BBC Radio and BBC Music, having worked in a variety of roles both nationally and internationally for the broadcaster. He is also a member of the board for Digital Radio UK. 

Cllr Jacqui Dyer

Current Vice-Chair of England’s Mental Health Taskforce, Jacqui has a strong passion in grass roots community empowerment. As an experienced counsellor, trainer, group facilitator, mental health service user, carer and elected local councillor, Jacqui brings many dimensions to her insights.

Paul Infield

Paul is a barrister, mediator and arbitrator specialising in family finance law. He has been involved in charities and voluntary organisations for over 35 years, both as volunteer and trustee. He was Chairman of the Board of Visitors HM Prison Wandsworth between 1997 and 2000. Most recently, he was the Chairman of The Suzy Lamplugh Trust. 

Valerie Jolliffe 

Valerie has a background in finance, having worked in the City as an investment banker. Valerie sits on the board of the Imperial College Healthcare Charity, and is a trustee and treasurer of Beat (the Eating Disorders Association) and Alcohol Research (UK).

Jenny Paton

Jenny works for Mencap as their strategic programmes lead. She spent a substantial part of her career at the Wellcome Trust and continues to serve as an external member of their diversity and inclusion committee. Jenny’s previous experience spans 10-plus years in the arts and cultural sectors in a range of roles from PR to theatre producing.

Aisha Sheikh-Anene

Aisha has a successful background in both the public and private sector and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the National Audit Office. Aisha currently works as a Commercial Vehicle Project Manager for Ford Motor Company.

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