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MANAGEMENT AND GOVERNANCE

Health in Mind is governed by a Board of Directors and they are Trustees of the Charity. 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.

Our Management Team

Wendy Bates - Chief Executive

Wendy Bates joined Health in Mind in 2001 as a Service Manager before becoming Depute Chief Executive in 2016 and Chief Executive in 2019.

Wendy has worked in the voluntary sector in a variety of roles since graduating with an MA (Hons) Psychology in 1995. She has broad experience in developing and delivering services to support people to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. Wendy is also passionate about involving volunteers in our work.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors or Trustees has overall responsibility for the organisation and offers a diverse range of professional backgrounds and experience.

Board members have been specifically selected for their key skills, necessary to manage the volume and diversity of our activities and/or for being part of the communities in which we work.

Be Morris - Chair

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.

Robert McCabe 

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 he retired 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.   

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

Kate currently works as Head of Human Resources for Royal Blind, Scotland’s largest visual impairment charity that provides care, education and employment to blind and partially sighted people from across the UK. Kate holds Msc in Human Resource Management and has extensive HR experience in both the charitable and private sectors.

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 several 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.

Christina Naismith

Christina 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. 

Alan Burnett

Alan is a long term volunteer with Health in Mind. He volunteers for the organisation’s training service and is also a trainer. Alan delivers training for Health in Mind including Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid, Understanding Psychosis, Lets beat the Stigma: Schizophrenia and Mental health Awareness.

He has over 30 years of lived experience of mental health issues. He is passionate about helping others understand the process of recovery and wellbeing. Most of his working life has been in the field of mental health and he has worked for a number of agencies in mental health.

Jeneen Gill-Graham

Jeneen moved to Edinburgh from London in 2016 and joined Standard Life as a test team manager, responsible for managing the testing of all actuarial model developments. More recently she has moved to work within the customer proposition area of the business, creating a governance framework across the Pensions and Savings business to ensure that we continue to meet customer needs. Jeneen joined the life actuarial graduate scheme at Ernst and Young in 2010 and spent four years focusing on actuarial audit and product remediation.

She qualified in 2014, shortly after moving to Prudential Group to join the Group Insurance Risk team focused primarily on managing the risks in the Asia business followed by a year looking at Longevity risk in the UK business. As well as being on the Board of Trustees at Health in Mind, Jeneen is a Director of MY Adventure, a social enterprise based in Muirhouse that offers outdoor adventure activities.

Caroline Clarkson

After growing up in Lancashire, Caroline moved to Edinburgh to study Geography in 1999 and has lived in the city ever since. Caroline worked for 12 years in local government, including seven years in the planning and commissioning of health and social care services for older people. During this time she completed an MBA with the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot Watt University. More recently Caroline has worked on a number of projects involving older people in the voluntary sector, from local community development to engagement in national policy issues. At home, Caroline is kept busy with an active toddler, enjoys dancing and spending time with her family.

Gwen Davidson

Gwen spent 12 years in the UK Civil Service in variety of different roles and Departments across Whitehall.  These included working in the Private Offices of Government Ministers, developing and implementing strategy and policy, delivering new legislation and programme management.  Gwen moved into the voluntary sector in 2010, first working for Time to Change (England's national programme to end mental health discrimination and stigma) and, finally, the MS Society where she helped set up an appeal to raise £100m for research.  Gwen moved back to Scotland in 2016 and currently works as a Macmillan professional within the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership.  Gwen has over 30 years of lived experience of mental health problems and is passionate about using her experience to help others with their mental wellbeing and recovery.

Barbara Osborne

Barbara is Chief Executive of Music in Hospitals & Care (MiHC) and has an extensive experience within Fundraising, Marketing and Health. With over 20 years of working in the voluntary sector in roles including Director of Income Generation & Marketing at Myeloma UK, Head of Volunteer Fundraising (Scotland/Northern Ireland) at British Heart Foundation (BHF), and Regional Fundraising Manager at Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS), she is also an active member of the Institute of Fundraising.