Dorset Mind is governed by a Board of Trustees who meet regularly and who are responsible for controlling and administering the charity. They work together as a team to ensure that the charity is solvent, well run and is achieving its charitable aims. They are all volunteers.
Ken Heap – Chair of Trustees
Ken was a senior police officer for thirty years coming into direct contact with people with mental health issues. He has a degree in Public & Social Policy and a post graduate advanced diploma in Criminology.
After the police force, Ken worked for the government at a senior level. He spent fifteen years as the Director of Strategic Development for a major global company.
Ken runs his own company as a business consultant and also has experience in charity organisational strategy. He addressed strategic issues on behalf of the Hospice movement.
Ken brings his accumulated learning and experience together for the benefit of Dorset Mind.
Karen Butters – Vice Chair of Trustees
She is a Chartered Health & Safety Practitioner and has managed services that support people in the workplace who may be experiencing mental health difficulties. Karen is also a qualified instructor for Mental Health First Aid England.
Karen is proud to support a sibling with lived experience. She knows the impact of poor mental health on the family unit and the importance of effective support for all involved in order to promote recovery.
Karen is Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing for Bournemouth University. As an organisation, BU actively champions mental wellbeing for staff, students and the community. They also fully support her role as a Trustee for Dorset Mind.
Treasurer – Claire Wait
She specialises in Charities and is an Assistant Manager in the Not-for-Profit Audit and Accounts Team.
Claire has an interest in mental health due to personal circumstances and enjoys the challenges of being a Trustee and helping the local community.
Jane moved to Poole in 2003 after living in London where she worked for many years in the charity sector.
She has extensive strategic, business development and fundraising experience.
Jane has set up her own health and well-being business and is passionate about helping people live happier, more fulfilled and healthier lives.
Dr Andrew Mayers FRSA
Dr Andrew Mayers is principal academic at Bournemouth University, where he specialises in child and family mental health (especially perinatal mental illness, such as postnatal depression). He holds an honorary appointment with Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation NHS Trust (the local mental health service provider).
Professionally, Dr Mayers works with Dorset Healthcare, Dorset Police, and the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner on the mental health street triage (providing more appropriate alternatives to using police cells to detain people experiencing mental health crises). He provides mental health education for health professionals (such as midwives and health visitors) and helps train police officers.
Dr Mayers is also an active mental health campaigner, pressing for better services and tackling stigma and discrimination. He is frequently invited to Parliament as part of those campaigns. He also serves on several local and national advisory groups for maternal mental illness. As a reflection of that commitment to mental health he has been appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).
Ian was born in Dorset and completed an HNC in public administration at Southampton Institute of Higher Education (now Southampton Solent University). He has worked for Bournemouth Borough Council and Dorset County Council. Ian is a qualified Accounting Technician and at present is studying for the Operational Stage of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
Ian has personal lived experience of mental health problems.
Marianne has enjoyed a varied career within charitable, health and social care organisations for over 20 years.
Throughout her career, Marianne has always held a keen interest in the quality of services provided to people with mental frailty. In all her roles she has been exposed to a breadth of issues faced by people who need support, people who provide support and the organisations that surround both groups.
Marianne has an in-depth understanding of the complexities of multi-agency service provision, the commissioning, procurement and bidding processes involved in formal service provision and the difficulties faced in securing resources for informal/charitable service provision or support.
Service User Link Trustee – Anna Windett
Anna grew up in Bournemouth and as a teenager volunteered with Dorset Mind. After school she studied chemistry at Oxford University before moving to London to work as a financial analyst for a pension fund.
Anna joined the trustees at Dorset Mind to help further the important work they do in the local community. This in turn puts some of her financial analytical skills to work.