At this month’s Solent Mind AGM, we welcomed John Wilderspin as our new Chair of Trustees and Robin Goater as our Treasurer.
John is a leadership coach and independent consultant working in the health and care sector. He previously worked in the NHS running hospitals, community services and commissioning organisations, and leading a number of national programmes. He has a particular interest in partnership working; ensuring that different organisations work together to provide excellent, integrated services for the people they serve. He is a member of the Governing Board of Treloars, a Hampshire charity which runs a school and college for profoundly disabled young people.
John comments, “I know the impact that mental ill-health can have, from my professional life, but also from personal experience. I am looking forward to working with colleagues in Solent Mind to make a positive difference to people with mental health issues. I really like the way that Solent Mind uses the skills and insights of people with experience of mental ill-health to deliver services and provide practical support, and how it works with other organisations to deliver a personalised, integrated service”
Fond farewells were made to Ros Cassy and Peter Hanlon, our out-going Chair and Treasurer.
Ros says, “I joined the Board in October 2009 and since then we have doubled in size and now have over 300 staff and volunteers working for Solent Mind. It’s great to have so many people working to help those with mental health difficulties. I often hear our people say how important it is to them to work for a charity. Whilst growing, Solent Mind has succeeded in retaining its charitable ethos alongside being effective and business like. Seeing successful partnerships develop over time, both with other charities and with NHS partners, has been most encouraging – we really are stronger working with others. It has also been heartening to see much greater involvement of people with lived experience both in our Service User Forum and in delivering direct help to people through peer support programmes. I am delighted at the increasing focus on the needs of children and young people something I have long been passionate about.
Thank you all for everything you do. I am confident Solent Mind will continue to go from strength to strength. It’s been a pleasure and privilege to work with you.”
Peter adds, “After nine years as Treasurer It has been a privilege to work with such an enthusiastic team of people at Solent Mind and their commitment to improving mental health in all its many forms. So many events have occurred along the way, the award of numerous contracts, iTalk and Wellbeing among the largest and the creation of Solent Support Solutions. Throughout I have worked closely with the Finance Director Neil Evans and our Chair Ros Cassy and thank them both for their unwavering support and patience. Thanks to everyone and I wish Solent Mind continued success in the future.”
We wish Ros and Peter all the best in their future endeavours and look forward to working with John and Robin.