Trustees

MindOut is a project run by and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer people.  Our staff, volunteers and board of trustees, are all LGBTQ. 100% of our team have lived experience of mental health needs, or caring responsibilities for a person with lived experience.

Our board of Trustees meets regularly to oversee the running of the charity. Our trustees have a range of experience and expertise to enable effective management of the organisation. Our trustee board includes current and ex service users of MindOut services, and those who are or have used statutory mental health services and other provision.

If you would like to contact MindOut's trustees, please email [email protected]

Read on for more information about each member of the trustee board.

 

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Dominic Arnall (Chair)

Dominic (he/him) is Chair of Mind Out and also Head of Programme Management for the national mental health charity Mind working specifically on the Time to Change campaign, which focuses on encouraging people to talk about mental health and reduce the stigma and discrimination felt by people with mental health problems.

Previous to this Dominic worked as Head of Projects and Programmes for LGBT charity Stonewall, leading international and domestic programmes to advance equality for LGBT people working with groups of activists in Russia and the Ex-Soviet Union and The Western Balkans and Turkey.

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Alison France (Vice Chair)

Alison (she/her) joined MindOut as a Trustee in September 2016 and served as Chair between May 2017 and March 2019.  During this time and with the help of MindOut's fantastic CEO, staff team and Trustees, she led MindOut to:

  • Open a new, community funded, LGBTQ counselling service
  • Create a new Business Development Manager role to diversify our income streams, improve funding sustainability and significantly increase unrestricted income
  • Create a new Deputy CEO role to improve our leadership capability and succession planning for our leadership team
  • Develop the staff team, improving their leadership capability and ability to handle serious complaints
  • Complete a review and improvement of our policies and procedures
  • Recruit a strong team of Trustees, providing us with fantastic capability in areas such as strategy, communications, legal aspects of governance, representation of service users etc. plus cementing invaluable corporate relationships with Lloyds Bank and EY
  • Develop the role of the CEO, Chair and board of Trustees, professionalising our approach to governance
  • Overhaul the board process including establishing working groups (finance, strategy, ED&I plus cementing our relationships with service users)
  • Improve our ability to create strategy and approach decision making based on our strategic goals

Since she became Chair, she also become Trustee of a larger, national charity the Spinal Injuries Association, become busier with her work on inclusion in the workplace (http://www.evosis.co.uk/courageous-inclusion.html ) and she is trying to make time to write a book!  So whilst she will always be around to support the team, she decided to take a step back to Vice Chair in March 2019 and supports a new Chair to take MindOut's achievements forward into the future.  She is so pleased this is now Dominic Arnall!

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George Eastman (Treasurer)

George (he/him) became a trustee in September 2017, and brings a wealth of leadership and change knowledge to the Board. George currently manages a vulnerable customer department for a large financial institution, which supports customers with unique and difficult circumstances including mental health, to manage and maintain their financial situation,
George is experienced at leading diversity and inclusion work streams across large areas and business units, working collaboratively at an organizational level, to achieve desired outcomes.
As current Treasurer, George has the will and commitment to strengthen the longer term sustainability of MindOut through robust financial planning, raising an awareness of services provided across the LGBTQI community and future strategic funding arrangements.

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Sharon Munnings

Sharon (she/her) has held leadership and management roles within the mental health and voluntary sector for over fifteen years. Sharon has many years’ experience of managing supported accommodation services for people with mental health and complex needs in the city. She has subsequently developed her experience to benefit others through her senior management leadership role in a local charity.  Sharon is passionate about the delivery of quality services; client involvement, person-centred approaches, Safeguarding, equality, empowerment and partnership working are all areas of experience and interest.

Sharon is the  Community Works mental health and wellbeing representative in Brighton and Hove, and is committed to raising the profile of third sector organisations in the city, as well as representing the needs and voices of people using the services.

Sharon is committed to ensuring that LGBTQI communities with mental health needs have access to affirmative and empowering support services and was delighted to join the Board of Trustees in May 2015. Sharon is committed to championing the work of Mind Out in the city and is keen to ensure service sustainability and visibility in the city.

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Ben Firth

Ben (he/him) became a MindOut trustee in September 2018 and is leading the Strategy Working Group on behalf of the Board. He’s currently Head of Communications and Engagement at EY, the professional services firm. From July 2019, Ben also became Co-Chair of Unity, EY’s LGBT+ staff network. Ben brings over 15 years of corporate communications experience to the charity, gained through a variety of sectors. He’s passionate about leading and delivering strategic change that shifts behaviours and makes people feel they belong.

Prior to EY, Ben spent eight years at the Financial Services Authority and Financial Conduct Authority working in internal and change communications throughout the financial crisis and shake up of financial services regulation. Before then, he worked in corporate PR at Sydney Opera House and the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).