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Governance

Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham is governed by our Board of Trustees.  Board members oversee the strategic direction of the charity holding the Senior Management Team to account and scrutinising their decisions.  Board members serve on a voluntary basis and receive no payments for their services. 

We are fortunate to have a strong Board of Trustees with diverse experience and skills. We are proud to include people with lived experience of mental health issues as well as people with experience in the fields of Mental Health, Social Care, Finance, Management and a range of other disciplines. 

Please review our Trustee information pack and do let us know if you would be interested in becoming a Trustee Member.

Tony Bonnar

Chair

After qualifying with PwC, Tony had a long career in private sector construction & property consultancies where he led finance and other support functions as a main Board member. Whilst always involved in voluntary work, Tony moved to the charity sector full-time in 2012 and is now employed by the National Centre for Circus Arts. "Relaxation" is long distance walking, rugby and a big family!


Jonathan Rae

Treasurer

Jonathan is a Chartered Accountant and is currently Finance Director of PLATFORM_, a developer and operator of residential accommodation for rent across the UK. Jonathan became a Trustee of MITHN in 2016 with the aim of applying his finance and commercial knowledge to help MITHN achieve its goals. He has been Treasurer since 2017.


Leonie Thornton

Trustee

Leonie joined the Executive Committee in May 2014 and is a senior HR professional with a background in Banking across London, Switzerland and Australia and is currently the HR Director for Reed Business Information. She also sits on the MITHN HR Sub Committee. Leonie’s keen interest to volunteer within the community, combined with a passion for supporting the mental health industry lead her to MITHN. Personal family experiences with mental health issues and the wish to make a difference are key drivers to her interest in supporting the mental health sector.


Angie Shannon

Trustee - HR and Governance Sub Committee Chair

Angie Shannon joined the Executive Committee in December 2018. Angie is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and corporate communications leader with a passion for the talking cure, mental health and inclusion. She has more than 18 years of experience providing therapy to individuals and working with boards to create, communicate and safeguard their purpose, vision, values and strategic aims. Having held senior leadership roles in telecommunications, travel and finance she brings to Mind in Tower Hamlets & Newham a deep understanding of organisational dynamics, along with skills in change management, digital transformation, stakeholder engagement, performance management, learning and development, brand management and strategic planning.


Jane Oldfield

Trustee

Jane is a criminal and healthcare regulatory barrister. She lives in Tower Hamlets and is committed to putting her personal and professional experience of mental health issues to good use as a trustee of MITHN. She relaxes by attending dance classes and the theatre and by socialising with friends.


John Whitehead

Trustee

John joined the Executive Committee in December 2018. John is a commercial lawyer and Legal COO and has worked in a variety of global businesses for over 30 years. He currently undertakes a General Counsel role at a major bank. Having experienced first-hand the difficulties faced by people experiencing issues with mental health, particularly depression, grief and dementia, John is passionate about using his legal, business and interpersonal skills to help a cause he cares deeply about.


Ajay Aggarwal

Trustee

Ajay is a medical malpractice underwriter and a former doctor. His experience from both sectors would help contribute a clinical and a risk management perspective to the Charity’s activities.


Lisa McLean

Trustee

Lisa was born and raised in Newham, in Manor Park. She has recently moved to Basildon in Essex but having lived all her life apart from the last three years in Newham she has a fondness for and attachment to Newham that will always be with her. She works as an adjudicator at the Financial Ombudsman Service dealing primarily with disputes related to payment protection insurance (PPI). Prior to that her work experience was in the legal field as a Legal Executive dealing primarily with property based civil litigation. I understand that there are disproportionate numbers of BAME people that access mental health services and are treated within the mental health system. The commitment and values of Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham speaks to me and I want to contribute to it's continued success in helping to eradicate the stigma and discrimination that is sometimes attached to people with mental health issues.


Fernan Flores

Trustee

Fernan (or Perry to his friends) hails from the Philippines and has been a UK-resident since 2008. With an MBA degree from Cambridge Judge Business School, he currently works at UBS Investment Bank and worked previously as a market researcher/strategy consultant for Zapienza Consulting and Kantar/TNS. By being a trustee of MITHN, Perry hopes that he would be able to help others who have lived experience of mental health conditions like himself. He spends his free time gardening, painting or composing songs.


Holly Taylor

Trustee

After doing the NHS Management Graduate Scheme, Holly has worked for the NHS ever since, currently working as an operational manager at a London hospital. Holly lives in Newham and is passionate about mental health and wellbeing which is how she came to be a trustee of MITHN. She enjoys running, yoga and being outdoors.


Dimitrios Goumenos

Trustee

Dimitrios is an Investment Analyst and Portfolio Manager within the Global Equity team in UBS Asset Management. He is responsible for the analysis and valuation of companies across a range of sectors with his main focus being in industrial and consumer stocks. As a Portfolio Manager, he leads on capital allocation and risk management in the Global Equity Long Short fund. Dimitrios has been actively engaged with the charity sector, as a volunteer in London but also delivering impact consulting work in Kenya and Ghana, helping pre-revenue start-ups achieve their social and financial targets. Dimitrios became a Trustee in 2020 with the aim to utilize his financial and consulting experience to help MITHN maximize its impact in the communities it serves.


Alice Dartnell

Trustee

Alice runs a business as a life and success coach in London, offering coaching for individuals, courses, training for organisations and speaking at events. She is the proud founder of Success Box, an online membership to inspire action, growth and success through personal development books. She is passionate about helping people to live a life that they love, and her passion to empower others comes from her own personal journey and transformation. Overcoming her past hurdles of depression, an eating disorder and anxiety, she wanted to give back to Mind. Prior to starting her business, she had a successful corporate career in the membership sector, which she left at the end of 2018 to set up her coaching and training business.


Lyndsy Killip

Trustee

Lyndsy works as a Head of School in primary education. Her qualifications include NASENCO, PGCert in Vulnerable Learners, Domestic Violence and Mental Health First Aid Trainer. Living in Tower Hamlets and Newham for over 10 years, Lyndsy brings an understanding of education and mental health and wellbeing of young people to the team.


Nick Aellen

Trustee

Nick is an internal audit manager, who has worked across several industries over the last 25 plus years. He currently works as an auditor for a major bank. He joined MINDTH as a Trustee in 2018, with the aim of using his experience of governance, risk and controls for this very worthy cause. His spare time is mainly used perfecting his Dad jokes and 80s music knowledge!


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