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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


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 and is a Trustee/Treasurer at the Jacksons Lane Arts Centre in Highgate. "Relaxation" is long distance walking, rugby and a big family!

Jonathan Rae


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

Turstee - HR and Administration Sub Committee Chair

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


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


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


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


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.

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