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.

Chair of Trustees

For personal reasons Chris Price has resigned as Chair of Trustees.  We are very grateful for how much Chris has helped DORSET MIND to achieve, and we are fully committed to ensuring her legacy is continued and built upon.  We also wish her the very best for the future.  New structure of Board of Trustees to follow shortly.

Treasurer – Claire Wait

Claire is a chartered certified accountant and works locally for Francis Clark.  She specialises in Charities and is an Assistant Manager in the Not-for-Profit Audit and Accounts Team.  She has an interest in mental health due to personal circumstances and enjoys the challenges of being a Trustee and helping the local community.

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Service User Link Trustee – Anna Windett

AnnaAnna 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.

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Ian Prankerd

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.

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Ken Heap

Ken was a senior police officer for thirty years coming into direct contact with the issues of mental health.  He then worked for the government and spent the next fifteen years as the Director of Strategic Development for a major oil & gas company.

Ken now runs his own company as a business consultant and has experience in charity organisational strategy.  He has a degree in public & social policy and a post graduate advanced diploma in criminology.

Ken brings all these accumulated learning and experience together for the benefit of this extremely worthwhile charity and helps addresses local issues.

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Jane Kilpatrick

Jane photoJane 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.

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Marianne Storey

Marianne qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1991 and spent her early years working in London hospitals.  She moved to New Zealand in 1994 to set up a physiotherapy service for older people with mental frailty.

On her return to the UK, Marianne continued to work with older people.  She moved into a managerial role driven by a desire to improve NHS services and outcomes.  Marianne fast-tracked through tiers of management within the NHS over several years.  She finally left in 2005 as Head of Adult and Older People’s Services.

After a short spell working as an independent Project Manager, Marianne moved to a Bournemouth based charity organisation as Director of Development.  She successfully secured new business, large service contracts and undertook extensive organisational development programmes for 8 years.  Marianne now enjoys working in a development role within her family’s business.

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Karen Butters

Originally from Norfolk, but having lived in Dorset for more than thirty years, Karen has worked in a range of roles.  She has helped provide strategic direction and personal support for people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Karen is Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing for Bournemouth University.  They fully support her role as trustee for Dorset Mind.

Dr Andrew Mayers

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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 (DHUFT; the local mental health service provider).

Professionally, Dr Mayers works with DHUFT, 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.