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Meet our new Board Directors (August 2020)

We’re pleased to welcome new members to our Health in Mind Board of Directors.

James Jopling

James has worked almost exclusively in the charity sector for the past 25 years for organisations such as Cancer Research UK, Oxfam, Shelter, Breast Cancer Now and Samaritans. He is currently Head of Scotland for the British Heart Foundation.  His experience ranges from fundraising to external relationships as well as developing and leading partnerships.  He has also recently been a trustee at the Scottish Refugee Council.

His four years as Executive Director at Samaritans cemented an interest in mental health and wellbeing and the role we can all play in supporting one another through whatever life throws at us.

He maintains his own wellbeing through keeping physically active and finding time to find the horizon from the beaches and hills around Edinburgh and Leith where he lives.

James said: ‘I’m hugely excited to be joining such a well-regarded charity as Health in Mind as a Director. Charities and those they support have never faced more challenging times ahead.  It is the person centred approach of Health in Mind, whether through projects providing trained volunteer listeners or specialists supporting someone recovering from childhood trauma that has never been more important.  I relish the opportunity to help shape the future direction of the charity to best meet the needs of those we support.’

Rob Simpson

Rob grew up in Edinburgh and qualified as an Accountant in 2005 with Ernst & Young. After working abroad he returned to Edinburgh in 2008 to join internal audit first with Standard Life, and then RBS where he also qualified as a Chartered Banker. He is a now a senior compliance manager with NatWest Group where he is a trusted adviser to the business, providing independent oversight for the delivery of high profile remediation activity. Key to the role is ensuring the fair treatment of customers, including vulnerable customers. Rob is married with two young children and loves spending time with his family outdoors.

Rob said: 'I’m thrilled to join Health in Mind as a Director. The staff and volunteers work passionately to improve mental health and wellbeing for the people of Scotland. The services delivered are vitality important in our communities and for individuals. Helping Health in Mind to sustainably and strategically deliver on its purpose is a great honour and I’m humbled to be part of such a caring team.'

Hazel Robertson

Hazel started her career in the NHS as a finance trainee and progressed to Director of Finance roles in several Health Boards in the NHS. She spent a short time at an Edinburgh charity that provided service to vulnerable people, followed by two years at the University in the development and alumni department. She returned to the NHS in Orkney and was a key player in gaining funding approval, and for commercial management of the contract for a new rural general hospital, an ambition of the island health board for many years.

In 2018 she moved to the further education sector in the Borders. Her portfolio over the years has included not just finance but also procurement, IT, Risk and Compliance, Corporate Services, Information Governance and Data Protection, performance management, Transformational change and programme management. She has been a volunteer Samaritan since 2013 and the lead trainer for new volunteers and ongoing training and mentoring. She is committed to making an impact for the local community and working in partnership.

She maintains her own wellbeing through being very aware of potential stressors (in others as well as herself), acting on warning signs, and by being open about it being ok to not be ok. Her volunteering as a Samaritan provides a way of staying grounded through empathising with others in distress. She loves her holidays and makes sure to switch off by trusting others to deliver and seek help as required.

In becoming a Board member for Health in Mind she hopes her knowledge and skills are transferrable, can lead to improvement in services, and greater impact on the lives of people supported by the charity.

Find out more about our Board of Directors

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