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Our Leadership Team

Health in Mind is driven by a team of creative, passionate and values-based leaders, with a wealth of experience, who work together to deliver our strategy.

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

Wendy Bates, Chief Executive

wendy.bates@health-in-mind.org.uk
@Wendy_HiM

Wendy 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.

How Wendy looks after her mental health and wellbeing

‘To look after my own mental health as well as doing a job that I love and feel passionately about I also enjoy having fun with my family.’

Martin Oxley, Depute Chief Executive

martin.oxley@health-in-mind.org.uk
@MartinOxley10

Martin has senior management responsibility for our services based in Midlothian, West Lothian, Scottish Borders as well as our Trauma Support, Trauma Training and Counselling Services.

Martin joined Health in Mind in August 2019. He has previously had senior operational and strategic responsibility for a range of public health, health, care and support services, including managed and agency managed projects and services (both accommodation- and community-based and prisons), as well as social enterprise projects and other community initiatives.

Martin has previously been Vice-Chair of Torbay Health and Wellbeing Board; Chair of Torbay Community Development Trust and Chair of Ageing Well Torbay Programme Board.

How Martin looks after his mental health and wellbeing

‘I try to walk five miles a day and spend at least an hour a day reading (normally Tartan Noir).’

Lisa McBurney, Finance Manager

lisa.mcburney@health-in-mind.org.uk

Lisa is responsible for Health in Mind’s finance and systems functions, ensuring that they are efficient and effective.

Lisa is a qualified accountant and Fellow of ACCA. After 15 years in practice, specialising in audit and annual accounts, she enjoyed two years in financial service, before joining Health in Mind in August 2018.  During her time in audit, her portfolio included a variety of charity clients across Scotland and the UK and so a move to the charitable sector was a long-term ambition.

How Lisa looks after her mental health and wellbeing

‘The role here can be a busy one and so, to look after my wellbeing, I try and squeeze in some ‘me time’ each day.  Even if it’s just 15 minutes reading the Metro on my morning commute or brief walk at lunch time.’

Alana Genge, Communications Manager

alana.genge@health-in-mind.org.uk
@AlanaGenge

Alana is responsible for the Health in Mind’s internal and external communications activities and public profile. She also manages the organisations Information Websites and the Bridge to Support service.

Alana joined Health in Mind in February 2018 and previously worked in communications roles at national charities Family Action and Grandparents Plus. She is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. 

She has an MSc (distinction) in Political Communications, Advocacy and Campaigning and a Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing (Digital Strategy) from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

How Alana looks after her mental health and wellbeing

‘I find cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends helps with my mental health and wellbeing. I also enjoy learning and am normally signed up to a creative class – anything from flower arranging, calligraphy to necklace making.’

Lynne Stanford, Fundraising Manager

lynne.stanford@health-in-mind.org.uk
@lynne_stanford

Lynne is responsible for our fundraising activities.

Lynne joined the charity in 2016 as the Community Fundraiser and is continually thrilled at how many wonderful people get involved and do incredible things to support the charity. She has a background in Community Fundraising, Individual Giving and Development, and is a member of the Institute of Fundraising.

How Lynne looks after her mental health and wellbeing

‘To look after my wellbeing I like to write, walk and meditate.’

Tom Grayson Morrison, resolve Services Manager and Trauma Counselling Line Scotland Co-ordinator

tom.grayson@health-in-mind.org.uk

Tom is responsible for Health in Mind’s social enterprise resolve and our national service Trauma Counselling Line Scotland.

Tom joined Health in Mind in January 2019. He has a counselling background, as well as several years of experience in third sector service delivery and project management. Tom is passionate mental health advocate, volunteering with charities and organising live music fundraising events.

How Tom looks after his mental health and wellbeing

‘I look after my own wellbeing with regular meditation.  Exercise is also really important for my physical and mental wellbeing and I am a keen distance runner.  A creative outlet is really important to me too, and I write songs and play the guitar (badly!)’

Alison McGhee, Edinburgh Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Services Manager

alison.mcghee@health-in-mind.org.uk

Alison is responsible for our Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Services based in Edinburgh.

Alison joined Health in Mind in 2009 during her final year of a BA Community Education Degree. She has worked in various roles during her time with the organisation and has been involved in developing and delivering services across Edinburgh, including befriending and connecting services, homelessness prevention service and volunteer development roles. She became Edinburgh Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Services Manager in 2018.

Alison is a trained WRAP facilitator and has completed a Leadership Course (ILM) with the Social Enterprise Academy.

How Alison looks after her mental health and wellbeing

‘I enjoy walking, I try to walk before and after work every day and it really helps my mental health and reduces my anxiety.’

Tammy Kirk, Trauma Support Manager

tammy.kirk@health-in-mind.org.uk

Tammy is responsible for our Trauma Support Services.

Tammy joined Health in Mind in August 2018 having previously worked for Penumbra where she worked in a variety of roles, most recently managing their Edinburgh Self Harm Project. 

How Tammy looks after her mental health and wellbeing

‘I enjoy comedy (particularly stand-up) which helps me look after my own wellbeing, as well as spending time with friends, cooking, listening to music, my cats and my Kindle.’

Kevin Kent, Midlothian Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Services Manager

kevin.kent@health-in-mind.org.uk

Kevin works closely with Gaynor McTighe and together they are responsible for our Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Services in Midlothian.

Kevin joined Health in Mind in 2002 and has had various roles during his time with the organisation. He has been involved in developing and delivering services including our befriending and connecting services, minority ethnic services and social prescribing services.

During his time with Health in Mind, Kevin has completed a SVQ2 in Care; SVQ3 in Promoting Independence and a SVQ4 in Management. He also achieved a City and Guilds Certificate in Community Mental Health which he won the Gold Medal of Excellence for. He also went on to win the Heinemann Prize for Health and Social Care Course and was the regional winner for Scotland which saw him receive an award at Buckingham Palace.

How Kevin looks after his mental health and wellbeing

‘I recognise the importance of looking after my own mental health.  I do this in a variety of ways with family and friends, getting out in the countryside with my dogs and especially with running.  In recent years I have used a mindful running app which helps keep me mentally fit too.'

Gaynor McTighe, Midlothian Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Assistant Services Manager

gaynor.mctighe@health-in-mind.org.uk

Gaynor works closely with Kevin Kent and together they are responsible for our Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Services in Midlothian.

Gaynor joined Health in Mind in 1994 and has been involved in several services and has had a variety of roles including Support Worker, Social Care Worker and Senior Project Worker.

She has a City and Guilds in Community Mental Health and is an SVQ Assessor.

How Gaynor looks after her mental health and wellbeing

‘I enjoy listening to music and being in the company of family and close friends has always had a very positive impact on my wellbeing.’

Rachael Honeyman, Scottish Borders Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Services Manager

rachael.honeyman@health-in-mind.org.uk
@Rachael_HiM

Rachael is responsible for our Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Services based in the Scottish Borders. This includes our SPRING Social Prescribing work, re:discover Borders and our Wellbeing College.

Rachael joined Health in Mind in January 2020 following a number of years managing Carer Support Services in Edinburgh. She has an MA (Hons) in Psychology and a Level 5 Certificate in Human Resources.

How Rachael looks after her mental health and wellbeing

‘I take a ‘three good things’ approach to each day and bring this into my work and personal life, focussing on the positives that happen in my day help me to overcome challenges.’

Liz Trodden, Counselling Services Manager

liz.trodden@health-in-mind.org.uk

Liz is responsible for our Counselling Services; this includes our Lothian Deaf Counselling Service, South East Edinburgh Counselling Service, North East Edinburgh Counselling Service and our Counselling Service for Survivors of Sexual Abuse in the Lothians.

Liz joined Health in Mind in February 2019. She qualified from the University of Strathclyde in 2009 with a PG Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and has worked within the mental health sector for 13 years.

Liz previously managed a Counselling Service for 7 years and has experience of delivering Mental Health Training Programmes to senior high school pupils, teachers and organisations. She has also delivered Seasons for Growth programmes for children and adults who are affected by change, loss and grief.

How Liz looks after her mental health and wellbeing

‘To look after my own wellbeing, I enjoy participating in Ballroom and Latin dance classes, walking and spending quality time with my family.’

Diane Stoddart, HR Manager

Diane.Stoddart@health-in-mind.org.uk

Diane joined Health in Mind in January 2020 having previously worked within the Financial Sector.

She has a MSc in HR Management and is a Chartered member of CIPD, she brings extensive HR expertise across all aspects of HR and has a passion for People Development; (mentoring and coaching) and Relationship Management. Diane volunteered on the Board of the Citizen Advice Bureau where she gained an insight into the charitable sector. This led her to assess how she might utilise her HR skills in the charitable sector and made the move to the HR role in Health in Mind. Diane is excited to join the leadership team and looks forward to contributing wherever she can.

How Diane looks after her mental health and wellbeing

‘I find walking and spending time with family and friends helps with my mental health and wellbeing. I have also joined a jog Scotland group to move from walking to jogging.’