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Our Governance

Havant and East Hampshire Mind is governed by a Board of Trustees They are responsible for overseeing all of the work we do as a charity. The Board is made up of individual Trustees, all of whom bring their particular skills, knowledge and expertise to ensuring that our organisation is running efficiently, effectively and to the high standards expected as a registered charity and company. This includes

  • Operating within our constitution
  • Within the current financial regulations
  • Always within the spirit of our mission

The Trustee Board is Responsible for

  • Working together with our service users and others to develop our business plan
  • Ensuring the plan is delivered
  • Making key strategic decisions to take Havant and East Hampshire Mind forward.

The Trustee Board meets 11 times a year with Sub Committee meetings in between.

Trustee Recruitment

Trustees apply when we have vacancies, and are voted onto the Board accordingly. They undergo an induction and orientation process. All Trustees must comply with the fit and proper persons test and declare any conflict of interests in line with Charity Commission guidelines

Trustee Board Sub-Committees

Our core areas of work are directed and influenced by our sub-committees which are led by the trustees according to their area of expertise, closely supported by key members of the Senior Management Team.

Each sub-committee is responsible for ensuring that the relevant strategy is being delivered and the organisational goals are on the way to being met through the achievement of the specified organisational objectives in each area of work. The sub-committees meet 4 times a year, and feed back to the Trustee Board Meetings.

Richard Watts

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Richard was appointed to the Board in July 2017. His background in Marketing and Business Development includes 20 years work in London real estate, a period as European Marketing Director for Ella’s Kitchen, and as the Managing Director of Brightmatter UK. Richard is currently a Senior Business Development Manager at VX Fiber, working with local councils and advising them on how to invest in their local infrastructure. Richard became involved with HEH Mind through a fundraising activity and is now dedicating even more time and expertise to the charity.

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Steve Southwell


Ellen Dennison

Ellen has a background in customer relationships, recruitment, communications, and stakeholder engagement.

Ellen brings her skills and focus to the people within the organisation, including how we can attract the best talent and keep them with active employee engagement.

These are identified critical success factors for HEH Mind in a service area with recruitment and retention challenges. 

Since being co opted by the board Ellen has already helped HEH Mind adopt new tactics and to celebrate the passion our staff have for the charity and the work.  Ellen would like members to know she feels passionately that mental health services and believes support should be accessible to everyone. In her various work roles she has worked hard to educate others and remove stigma, preventing people from seeking mental health support. Ellen told the board  “I have worked in pressurised and stressful environments and have witnessed burn out first hand and faced the implications of poor mental health following the loss of my parents. The help and education that Mind provided to me, prior to being a Trustee, was so valuable that I wanted to do more to help the service and other users.

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Dominic Gibb-Gray

Dominic is a chartered accountant who qualified with Grant Thornton in 2006. He has worked with large corporations such as IBM and Serco, as well as owner managed businesses. His experience spans IT, consumer goods, private aviation and FMCG.

He has previously audited charities and wanted to use his finance and commercial skills to benefit Havant & East Hampshire Mind.

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Kathryn Orr

Kathryn joined the board in November 2018. Kathryn is a Minister at Leigh Park Baptist Church and is very active in our local community.

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Jenny Owen

Jenny is a retired social worker involved in the original group who helped set HEH Mind up over 30 years ago. She has been a Trustee or supporter ever since. Jenny is also a Trustee and actively involved in other charities in Hampshire.

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Rachel Redfern

Rachel is an artist and experienced coach who has worked with individuals and teams across the world. Having spent over three decades working in senior business development roles spanning a diverse range of organisations from a global partnership, private company, central government body to a national charity she brings a wealth of commercial experience, as well as creative thinking, to her trustee work at Mind. Having lost her father to suicide as a young adult she is committed to working with the charity to support those individuals who need the critical services they offer.

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Kerry West

Kerry is a qualified accountant with experience in large commercial organisations, who joined Mind as a trustee in December 2020, with a desire to devote some time to a charitable organisation.

Having grown up in the Havant area and wanting to support the great work HEH Mind does for those in her community, this seemed like a perfect fit. 

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The Senior Leadership Team

Havant and East Hants Mind is managed operationally by our Senior Management Team led by our Chief Executive, Julie Parker.

Our Senior Management Team consists of

Julie Parker

CEO of Havant and East Hants Mind

Maria Morrell

Deputy CEO of Havant and East Hants Mind

Mel Stanford

Deputy CEO of Havant and East Hants Mind

Ross Borman

Director of Business Development

Our Governance Structure

Each Operational Service has an individual service manager, details of these services can be found on this website

Accreditations & Awards