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Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors 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 for being part of the communities in which we work.

The day-to-day running of the charity is led by our Chief Executive, who is governed by our Board of Directors.

Christina Naismith - Chair

Christina has worked in a variety of policy, planning, and management posts in local authorities and in joint posts with the NHS, mostly in mental health and adult social care services. She also worked for the Social Work Inspection Agency (SWIA)and for the Care Inspectorate.

Christina worked for Scottish Government as part of SWIA and the Joint Improvement Team, where she led on national support for strategic commissioning. From 2015, she led the Health and Social Care Integration Team in the Health and Social Care Directorate providing national support and challenge to Integration Joint Boards, and Health and Social Care Partnerships.

Latterly, Christina led the Scottish Government policy team supporting the Independent Review of Adult Social Care (The Feeley Review), which was published in February 2021.  In her spare time, Christina enjoys travel, art, reading, gardening, yoga, and being with her family and friends.

How Christina looks after her mental health and wellbeing

'I look after my own mental health and wellbeing by spending time with my family and friends, and getting out for walks or lost in books.'

Be Morris - Vice 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.

How Be looks after her mental health and wellbeing

'Talking to friends, I believe in all things in moderation - a little of what you fancy does you good.  Getting plenty of sleep, yoga, ballet, fresh air and trying to be grateful and look on the bright side. All these things help me to look after my mental health and wellbeing.'

Jeneen Gill-Graham

Jeneen moved to Edinburgh from London in 2016, joining Standard Life managing testing of all actuarial model developments. More recently, she has spent the last three years within Customer Proposition, ensuring risks within Products and Services were appropriately managed through the creation of a Risk and Governance framework and Proposition Review process.

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 within the UK Longevity Risk team.

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.

How Barbara looks after her mental health and wellbeing

'I recognise the importance of ensuring I make time to do things I enjoy - such as socialising with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors with a walk along the beach, tending to my garden or exploring woodland trails with a four legged friend in tow. Swimming and yoga are essential tools for grounding myself; and music is invaluable for my wellbeing - enjoying live music brings me so much joy.'

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 Scotland Director at Parkinson's UK. 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.

How James looks after his mental health and wellbeing

'I maintain my own wellbeing through keeping physically active and finding time to find the horizon from the beaches and hills around Edinburgh and Leith where I live.'

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 Hazel 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

How Hazel looks after her mental health and wellbeing

'I maintain my own wellbeing through being very aware of potential stressors (in others as well as myself), acting on warning signs, and by being open about it being okay to not be okay.

My volunteering as a Samaritan provides a way of staying grounded through empathising with others in distress. I love  holidays and I make sure to switch off by trusting others to deliver and seek help as required.'

Barry Johnstone

Barry is the Director of People of Caledonia Housing Association, a large and complex social housing charity providing homes and services primarily to people in housing need.   

As Director of People, Barry provides strategic leadership in the development of people, organisation and culture.  His remit includes human resources, organisational development, internal communications, and health, safety and wellbeing.

Barry has significant executive and non-executive experience in governance roles. He also had leadership roles managing significant organisational change and transformation.   

Working for over 20 years in social housing has highlighted to Barry how improved mental health awareness and support is vital to help people fulfil their potential and create resilient communities. 

Brian Young

Brian has been working in the field of health and social care for 20 years, in both the public and voluntary sectors.  He recently decided to take early retirement from Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership, where he was latterly their lead for organisational development. 

Briand has held previous roles with Stirling and District Association for Mental Health (SDAMH), where he was a volunteer befriender, their information manager (InTouch Stirling/Forth Valley) and Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator.

In 2006, he moved to Inverclyde Council, initially in a lead role for improving mental health and suicide prevention.  Brian progressed into a wider health improvement policy role in 2010, before moving to his most recent post in July 2019.

Brian has a passion for behavioural change, reducing inequalities and helping organisations and individuals to be the best they can possibly be, which is all augmented by his drive for professional and personal development.

Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, having qualified as a CA with KPMG in Glasgow, as well as an affiliate member of the institute of Internal Auditors. Her first move away from practice was with Shell, where she designed financial controls, before moving into FMCG industry as an Internal Auditor with William Grant & Sons.

She has continued to work with iconic Scottish brands as Head of Internal Audit for Distell International, C&C Group plc and is now the Group Head of Internal Audit for Baxters Food Group in Edinburgh, where she continues her passion for compliance, assurance and drive for financial excellence. 

How Jennifer looks after her mental health and wellbeing

'I am a keen musician and play the trombone in a few bands across Scotland, which helps me to switch off and relax. Also, spending time and talking with those close to me is extremely important in helping my mental health.’

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