Our trustees have been recruited from a range of backgrounds to ensure that we have the skill set required to oversee how the charity is run and to advise on management, development and sustainability.

Our Trustees are committed to ensuring that Sheffield Mind provides the very best standards of care and support for our service users and we are very grateful for their contribution.
If you are interested in joining the Board, check out our volunteer page for details of the latest vacancies.

Current Trustees:

Martin Loughna. (Chair)

Hello. My career history has predominantly been in the public sector.  Previous roles centred around service development, commissioning, public engagement as well as being a lecturer in further education. Key achievements that I am particularly proud of are the co-writing of national DoH guidance for the establishment of PALS (Patient Advice Liaison Services) in the NHS and the implementation of a progressive approach to setting up a Local Involvement Network for a local authority (both initiatives served to represent patient and public interests in the NHS). Ten years ago, however, I had a bicycle accident in Cuba and it was during my recovery, I decided to retrain as a psychotherapist. This role has been a life changing experience and I feel privileged and passionate to play my part in the mental health community. It is this same perspective that I bring to my role as Chair of Sheffield Mind Board.

Gill Holt.

Hello I'm Gill. I recently retired from a career working in town planning, economic development, and senior management roles in local government and, latterly, Leeds University. My interest in working for Sheffield Mind stems from a close relative who suffered from significant mental health issues over several years.

Now that I no longer have to face the daily 72-mile round trip to Leeds, I have time for playing more tennis and have developed an interest in drawing and painting. I also have more time for watching sport, and, as originally a scouser, I'm a keen supporter of Liverpool FC, and also Andy Murray.

Alex Mellows (Treasurer)

Hello I'm Alex Mellows. I'm the current trustee treasurer of Sheffield Mind, having joined in May 2018. I'm a CIMA Qualified Accountant and currently work for Harworth Group as a Financial Planning and Analysis manager. I've lived in Sheffield for 12 years, having moved up from Nottingham to attend Sheffield Hallam University.

 

Sinead Hayes (Vice Chair)

Hello. I’m Sinead Hayes. I am a Solicitor at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield, specialising in medical negligence cases, predominantly representing families at inquests. I am a member of the fundraising sub-committee. 

In my spare time I enjoy travelling and spending time with my husband, family and friends. I enjoy supporting local charities and organisations as well as promoting social mobility in the legal sector.

Andy Cain

Hello, I'm Andy Cain. I'm passionate about mental health and helping others. My passion for mental health comes from my own life journey and my own battles with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Depression. I have previous experience of working in mental health from my work as a Civil Servant and have worked as a volunteer for several support networks within the Civil Service over the years.

As well as being passionate about mental health, I'm passionate about engagement and empowerment. I'm honoured to have this opportunity to work with Sheffield Mind. Thanks for reading, Andy.

Jess Harrison

Hello, I'm Jess Harrison. Prior to becoming a solicitor, I had a successful career in Human Resource Management in the NHS.  My professional training began in a Mental Health Service in Norwich.  After that, I returned to Sheffield and spent a number of years working for Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Nether Edge Hospital and Community Health Sheffield which later became Sheffield Care Trust. I draw upon my previous experience within the NHS, mental health care settings, employment advisory roles and service management to contribute to the Sheffield Mind Board of Trustees.  

I am keen to ensure that our obligations to workers and service users are met.  I complement this role with Locum civil litigation work in private legal practice.

My motivation for supporting the mental health sector is personal.  I am very proud to be associated with this charity which has a fantastic reputation thanks to the skill and dedication of its employees and volunteers.

In my spare time I try to keep mentally and physically fit. I enjoy walking, theatre and visiting family and friends. 

Dave Henry 

Hello, my name is David Henry and I am married with three grown up daughters. I’ve lived in Sheffield since arriving from Jamaica in 1962. I count myself as much Yorkshire as Jamaican, and am very proud to be both. I am recently retired having worked in the NHS High Secure Estate in Rampton Hospital for 18 years. I have been involved as a Trustee with Sheffield Mind for many years, and am a former Chair of National Mind.

Steve Jones 

Hello, I’m Steve Jones; almost retired after a long career in mental health in various posts as a social worker, trainer and manager, but I still do some training in mental health awareness for the Council and sit on Hospital Managers Panels to hear cases involving the Mental Health Act. I've no personal experience of serious mental health difficulties, but even after all these years I find mental health issues absorbing and long to see a better deal for those with mental health problems.

I’ve been on the Board of Sheffield Mind for 11 years and was Treasurer for several years. I sit on the Finance Subcommittee. I’m a Londoner but I love Yorkshire and have no desire to return South.

I fill my retirement with hobbies done badly, including playing keyboards in an old fogeys’ rock band and cello in an orchestra. I’ve also embarked on an Open University maths degree for some reason. My best retirement pleasure was walking coast to coast on the Hadrian’s Wall path. My three granddaughters are also a source of much entertainment.

Joe Reid

Hello, I'm Joe Reid. I've worked for NatWest in different roles for 17 years and the last 5 as a Director, responsible for providing lending to commercial and corporate customers in the North of England. I also manage a team of people providing training and coaching and focusing on their career development.

I am the proud father of 3 children, Ethan (9), and Bella and Betsy (5) and enjoy spending my free time with them. I am also a big fan of all sports and like playing football, tennis, squash and badminton. I also enjoy reading and watching films covering a full range of genres.

If you are interested in joining the Board Of Trustees, check the vacancies page for opportunities.