Management & Governance

Management & Governance

Health in Mind is governed by a Board of Directors, who are trustees of the charity, and the day to day management is delegated to our Chief Executive.

Health in Mind operates a clearly defined line management structure. Each of the service teams is managed by a Service Manager who in turn is accountable to the Chief Executive, Gwenn McCreath and Depute Chief Executive, Wendy Bates.

To identify the Service Manager for each service please refer to the individual service page.

We also have a Central Services Team who provide financial and administrative support.

Management Team profiles

Gwenn McCreath – Chief Executive

Gwenn has worked in the voluntary sector for most of her working life (quite a long time!), including 10 years with OXFAM, 2 years with Capability Scotland and 13 years with RNIB. Her work in these organisations has been diverse, including working with volunteers, fundraising and marketing, external relations and managing services, at both Scottish and UK levels. Gwenn is motivated by being part of an organisation that makes a difference in people's lives - she wants the world to know about the great staff and volunteers that we have here and to bring our approach and expertise into the lives of more people.

Gwenn takes an active interest in the work of the voluntary sector and is on the Boards of Volunteer Development Scotland and the Scottish Mental Health Co-operative.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors have overall responsibility for the organisation and offer a diverse range of professional backgrounds and experience.

Board members have been specifically selected for having the key skills necessary to manage the volume and diversity of our activities and/or for being representative of the communities with which we work.

Robert McCabe - Chair

Robert is a retired Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist now back for a second stint as a Health in Mind Board member having previously been a Board member between 2004 and 2010.  He worked in NHS CAMHS mental health services since 1978 firstly in Edinburgh, before Consultant Psychiatrist posts in Glasgow (1985 – 2002) then Edinburgh, 2002 onwards, until his retiral in 2012.  He has recently started to offer input at Health in Mind as a Volunteer in the Training team.  He enjoys keeping fit, sometimes running, but also enjoys less energetic pursuits like reading, listening to music and cooking. In 2011 Robert was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and travelled to Melbourne, Australia to study innovative approaches in mental health care for youth.  Robert enjoys contributing as a Board member, and is especially impressed with the broad range of excellent services on offer at Health in Mind.    

Douglas Nicholson 

Douglas has recently completed his involvement with a successful Digital Agency which he helped set up and run. Prior to that he worked for 15 years in health and social care provision, predominantly mental health, in a variety of voluntary, public and private sector organisations.

Morag Anderson FCCA

Morag spent 12 years at a firm of investment managers in finance, administration and management. She subsequently became involved with a local charity for children with learning difficulties at its inception and remained as treasurer and a trustee for 10 years.

Kate Clement

Further information on Kate will appear here shortly.

Isobel Gray

Isobel qualified as a chartered accountant in 1978 and was latterly a partner in a medium sized firm of chartered accountants, specialising in the accounts of charities. She was the treasurer of Health in Mind for over twenty years, and in that time has seen it grow from a small body with a few staff to a large organisation delivering a variety of services. Since retiring from full time work in 2013, she has become the treasurer of a number of other small local charities that operate in very varied areas.

Isobel looks forward to continuing to develop her knowledge of the operation and accounting requirements of charities in her retirement.  

Be Morris

Be is a retired Community Development Worker, having spent 27 years working in the mental health field in both development and managerial roles. Be has always worked in the Third Sector – initially for Edinburgh Association for Mental Health (now Health in Mind ) where she played a pivotal role in developing service user led initiatives. For the last 20 years she worked for Penumbra, managing and progressing their short breaks and respite service.

Be has always been committed to facilitating service user empowerment and leadership in advancing the services they find useful.She has extensive, past and present experience of sitting on Third Sector Boards. Be is pleased to have the opportunity to join the Board of Health In Mind – She has always admired the organisation's diverse and creative approaches to contributing towards mental health for all.  

Joe Pacitti

Joe has over 25 years' experience in a variety of roles in both private and public sectors encompassing both technical and commercial functions. He is currently Business Development Director for a technology service company based in Edinburgh.

Joe has past and current board positions in further education, membership bodies and property and business support organisations. He has strong business skills and experience, and believes this will be of value in his support and contribution on the HiM Board. In his spare time he tries to get in as much golf as he can between family duties.

Christina Naismith

Christina Naismith has worked in a range of policy, planning, and management posts in local authorities and in joint posts with the NHS, mostly in mental health and adult services. She also worked for the Social Work Inspection Agency and for the Care Inspectorate. Prior to joining the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate in 2015, she led national work on development and support for strategic commissioning in the Joint Improvement Team (JIT) and was a JIT lead for a number of Health and Social Care Partnerships. Currently, Christina is the Head of Strategic Commissioning for Scottish Government.  In her spare time, Christina enjoys travel, art, reading and being with her family and friends. 

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