MindOut is a project run by and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer people. Our staff, volunteers and board of trustees, are all LGBTQ. 100% of our team have lived experience of mental health needs, or caring responsibilities for a person with lived experience.
Our board of Trustees meets regularly to oversee the running of the charity. Our trustees have a range of experience and expertise to enable effective management of the organisation. Our trustee board includes current and ex service users of MindOut services, and those who are or have used statutory mental health services and other provision.
If you would like to contact MindOut's trustees, please email [email protected]
Read on for more information about each member of the trustee board.
Alison France (Vice Chair)
Alison (she/her) joined MindOut as a Trustee in September 2016 and served as Chair between May 2017 and March 2019. During this time and with the help of MindOut's fantastic CEO, staff team and Trustees, she led MindOut to:
- Open a new, community funded, LGBTQ counselling service
- Create a new Business Development Manager role to diversify our income streams, improve funding sustainability and significantly increase unrestricted income
- Create a new Deputy CEO role to improve our leadership capability and succession planning for our leadership team
- Develop the staff team, improving their leadership capability and ability to handle serious complaints
- Complete a review and improvement of our policies and procedures
- Recruit a strong team of Trustees, providing us with fantastic capability in areas such as strategy, communications, legal aspects of governance, representation of service users etc. plus cementing invaluable corporate relationships with Lloyds Bank and EY
- Develop the role of the CEO, Chair and board of Trustees, professionalising our approach to governance
- Overhaul the board process including establishing working groups (finance, strategy, ED&I plus cementing our relationships with service users)
- Improve our ability to create strategy and approach decision making based on our strategic goals
Since she became Chair, she also become Trustee of a larger, national charity the Spinal Injuries Association, become busier with her work on inclusion in the workplace (http://www.evosis.co.uk/courageous-inclusion.html ) and she is trying to make time to write a book! So whilst she will always be around to support the team, she decided to take a step back to Vice Chair in March 2019 and supports a new Chair to take MindOut's achievements forward into the future. She is so pleased this is now Dominic Arnall!
George Eastman (Treasurer)
George (he/him) became a trustee in September 2017, and brings a wealth of leadership and change knowledge to the Board. George currently manages a vulnerable customer department for a large financial institution, which supports customers with unique and difficult circumstances including mental health, to manage and maintain their financial situation,
George is experienced at leading diversity and inclusion work streams across large areas and business units, working collaboratively at an organizational level, to achieve desired outcomes.
As current Treasurer, George has the will and commitment to strengthen the longer term sustainability of MindOut through robust financial planning, raising an awareness of services provided across the LGBTQI community and future strategic funding arrangements.
Sharon (she/her) has held leadership and management roles within the mental health and voluntary sector for over fifteen years. Sharon has many years’ experience of managing supported accommodation services for people with mental health and complex needs in the city. She has subsequently developed her experience to benefit others through her senior management leadership role in a local charity. Sharon is passionate about the delivery of quality services; client involvement, person-centred approaches, Safeguarding, equality, empowerment and partnership working are all areas of experience and interest.
Sharon is the Community Works mental health and wellbeing representative in Brighton and Hove, and is committed to raising the profile of third sector organisations in the city, as well as representing the needs and voices of people using the services.
Sharon is committed to ensuring that LGBTQI communities with mental health needs have access to affirmative and empowering support services and was delighted to join the Board of Trustees in May 2015. Sharon is committed to championing the work of Mind Out in the city and is keen to ensure service sustainability and visibility in the city.
Ben (he/him) became a MindOut trustee in September 2018 and is leading the Strategy Working Group on behalf of the Board. He’s currently Head of Communications and Engagement at EY, the professional services firm. From July 2019, Ben also became Co-Chair of Unity, EY’s LGBT+ staff network. Ben brings over 15 years of corporate communications experience to the charity, gained through a variety of sectors. He’s passionate about leading and delivering strategic change that shifts behaviours and makes people feel they belong.
Prior to EY, Ben spent eight years at the Financial Services Authority and Financial Conduct Authority working in internal and change communications throughout the financial crisis and shake up of financial services regulation. Before then, he worked in corporate PR at Sydney Opera House and the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Sarah (she/her) brings over 20 years experience of human resources and leadership development experience to the board. She has led multiple organisational improvement and learning strategies within large public sector organisations and has extensive knowledge of managing complex people change programmes.
She runs her own life coaching and mentoring business specialising in helping LGBTQ women struggling with self-acceptance and confidence. She is also a Reiki practitioner and organises monthly wellbeing events and workshops in and around Brighton.
Sarah became a trustee in October 2018 and is passionate about supporting people to live in the fullness of who they are so they can achieve their highest potential.
Vicky-Jane has recently become a trustee and brings a variety of expertise to the charity from both the charity and voluntary sector as well as from having worked in a heavily regulated industry for many years. Vicky-Jane has been a trustee of a charity managing a residential care home and also helped set up and manage a day centre for people with physical disabilities. She has also chaired several other charities and served as a committee member over many years.
Vicky-Jane started to volunteer for MindOut after meeting the group at Trans Pride Brighton and finding out about the services the charity offers. Vicky-Jane is a voluntary peer mentor, online support worker and has supported one of the peer to peer groups.
Vicky-Jane has experienced her own mental health issues over the past few years and brings these experiences to the board.
Ren (any pronoun) has been a MindOut service user since 2014, and soon also became a volunteer.
Ren has benefitted from support groups, advocacy, and peer mentoring, and has volunteered for the online support service, living library events, and interview panels, as well as being involved in service user evaluation, focus groups, and co-production/delivery of workshops and training.
Ren's years of experience and familiarity with MindOut service delivery and policy will provide valuable insight to the board.
Nic (they/them and she/her) is a grants fundraiser who has worked in the charity sector (arts and human rights) since graduating with a Drama and Theatre Arts degree from Goldsmiths College in 2013.
Nic is Grants Manager at Stonewall, the UK’s leading LGBT charity, where they raise income from trusts, foundations and statutory sources and manages relationships. She also held the post of co-chair of Stonewall’s Bi Network group for two years, before standing down in May 2020 to make way for fresh faces.
Nic became a MindOut trustee in early 2020 and is keen to use their experience of being a bi person living with depression and anxiety to improve outcomes for their peers. She also wants to use her professional background to support MindOut to succeed and believes there should be a more diverse pool of trustees in UK charities, particularly young people, queer people, disabled people and people of colour.
Chris (he/him) became a Trustee for MindOut in January 2020. Chris is an experienced public service leader with a passion for tackling health inequality and raising awareness around mental health. Chris was previously the Director of Commissioning for NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, where he worked with local organisations and communities to establish the UK's first Trans Clinical Service Access programme within primary care. Chris first became aware of MindOut whilst working in Brighton and Hove, and is committed to supporting the work of the organisation in every way he can.
Chris is currently the Joint Health and Social Care Commissioner for West Sussex, and is working to bring learning from communities and the voluntary sector to improve people's experience of using statutory health and social care services, with a focus on diversity across populations.
Yeme (she/her) became a Trustee for MindOut in January 2020. Yeme is an experienced events manager who has was worked in the human rights charity sector in numerous roles since graduating with an International Human Rights Law masters from the University of Nottingham in 2017.
Yeme is currently Events Manager at Stonewall, the UK’s leading LGBT charity, where she leads on the project management and logistics for conferences and workplace training, as well as developing their digital events offering. She is co-chair of Stonewall’s BAME/PoC Staff Network. She also supports in a volunteer capacity at Bi Pride UK as Head of Volunteer Management.
In her position as trustee, Yeme is keen to use her experiences to support in ensuring that the trustee board is a diverse and reflective group of the service users that MindOut support. She will aim to advise the organisation in her areas of expertise around race equity, accessibility and digital delivery.