Meet the trustees

We’re governed by our Board of Trustees who are all volunteers for Mental Health UK. The trustees have ultimate responsibility for our charities vision, performance and strategy. They meet regularly to discuss our governance and operations. Meet our six trustees.

Paul Jenkins – Trustee (Chair)

Paul is the Chief Executive of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, a specialist mental health trust focused on psychological, social and developmental approaches to understanding and treating emotional disturbance and mental ill health, and to promoting mental health.

Paul was previously the Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness, a leading national mental health membership charity working to help those affected by severe mental illness. He has an MBA from Manchester Business School and has over 30 years of experience in management and policy-making in the Central Government and the National Health Service (NHS). He has been involved in the implementation of a number of major national government initiatives and was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2002 for his role in setting up NHS Direct. Paul is Chair of the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network and of the Cavendish Square Group of the London Mental Health Trusts.  He is a Trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Mark Winstanley – Trustee

Mark has been with Rethink Mental Illness for over 30 years in a variety of roles, becoming Chief Executive in February 2014. His previous roles have included Deputy CEO and  various Director positions including Corporate Affairs, Operations (North) and HR.  He has filled several front-line and operational management roles at local, regional and national levels.

Outside the charity he is a current member of the Ministerial Advisory Panel on the Mental Health Act White paper, a member of the NHS long-term plan Mental Health Steering Group and a Director of the Association of Mental Health Providers. He was also a member of the Mental Health Hospitals and Chair of the working group reviewing the implications on the Mental Health Act on families and carers.

He has also previously held a wide range of public appointments having been Chair of a Primary Care Trust (now Clinical Commissioning Group), Vice Chair of the national patient watchdog, a member of the Mental Health Task Force and Vice-Chair of a Strategic Health Authority.  He is also a past member of the predecessor to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the Specialist Training Authority of the Joint Royal Medical Colleges, and a complaints adjudicator for several North-West local authorities.  He remains an independent adviser to the NHS in relation to independent mental health inquiries.

By profession, Mark is a qualified adult education teacher and HR professional, has been a guest lecturer at several universities and a is Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Frances Simpson – Trustee

Frances has been with Support in Mind Scotland since 2012, having been previously self-employed as a Business Coach and Consultant supporting voluntary organisations to develop – including considering social enterprise opportunities.  Frances has been in the voluntary sector for 28 years, and previous roles include Scottish Development Manager with Samaritans – their first paid staff post outside London – and Manager of Dundee Carers Centre, for almost 10 years.

With a background in community development, developing new services is still her priority. In her current role as Chief Executive of Support in Mind Scotland, Frances has led the development of several new national services including supporting carers of people detained in forensic mental health services and a lottery-funded service supporting people subject to compulsion orders and compulsory treatment.  The organisation has also recently been awarded a prestigious partnership opportunity to work with the Scottish Government to pilot a new national approach to supporting people in distress.

Voluntary positions include being on the Board of Directors for ASH Scotland and Voluntary Health Scotland, and providing support to callers as a Samaritan volunteer for five years.

Alun Thomas – Trustee

Alun has been Hafal’s Chief Executive for five years. He has been a registered nurse for over 25 years and has experience of clinical management and project development in the NHS and private sector care industry. For the last 18 years he has been involved in the operational management of voluntary sector mental health services.

Alun has a Masters in Ethics of Social Welfare, and is currently studying for a PHD in Mental Health and Human Rights law. Since becoming Chief Executive, Alun has successfully overseen a 70% increase in the charity’s annual income.

Anne Doherty – Trustee

Anne’s passion over the past 30 years lies with mental health and wellbeing from early intervention and prevention perspectives. Initially qualifying as a Graphic Designer from the National College of Art and Design Dublin, she worked with RTE (Ireland TV and Radio), National Museum of Art and Design and Collaboration North, while also supporting young people at risk through arts initiatives with St John of God and subsequently back home in Belfast with Voluntary Services Belfast and the National Schizophrenia Fellowship.

Anne believes the key to success is partnership, which she has formed with the people she works for and with – most importantly the working relationships formed with those directly affected by mental health needs.

Committed to life-long learning and reflective practice she holds several health care leadership and management qualifications including an MBA and is a Life, Executive, Mental Health and Wellbeing Coach and Coach Supervisor, she is currently engaged in Trauma Studies. Anne has been instrumental in integrating Coaching into health care practice across disciplines and at all levels; actively engaged in the NI personality Disorder Network & The Regional Forensic Advisory Board; and on the Being Open Sub-Group of the Permanent Secretary’s Duty of Candour workstream. Anne is also a non-executive Director of the Human Health Project.


Lynn Pawleck – Trustee

Lynn trained as a social worker and managed social services for several years. She was passionate about mental health and took up the opportunity to move to Sefton Social Services in 1997 to manage a joint health and social care mental health team.

Following this, in 1999, Lynn helped to develop partnership working in the NHS, including as Deputy Chief Executive of two Primary Care Trusts.

A period of self-employed management consultancy followed for the next ten years with Lynn undertaking varied roles in the statutory and voluntary sector. These ranged from turnaround in both voluntary and statutory sectors and several roles within children’s commissioning. For two years, Lynn worked for Wigan Council providing assessments for children with special needs, including children suffering from mental ill health. Lynn was also involved in developing a discharge protocol with Alder Hey Children’s hospital to enable children at the end of their lives to choose where to die without having to deal with the bureaucracy that often resulted in it being too late to fulfil the dying child’s wish.  During her period of self-employment, Lynn experienced a wide range of roles and her passion for mental health continued.

Currently, Lynn undertakes voluntary work for the Make a Wish Foundation and cares for her grandson for two to three days each week.