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Managing Director - Sarah Meek

Sarah has extensive experience of working in the public sector and charity sectors. Prior to leading Mates in Mind, she was Director of Operations at Relate leading the strategic direction and service delivery of relationship counselling across England and Wales. 

Sarah also brings 25 years’ experience of working within the NHS – starting as a chartered physiotherapist, progressed to being a Director of Commissioning at a CCG, spent time as a GP practice manager and finally worked as Deputy Director of Operations managing General Medicine, Emergency Care and Therapies at a leading hospital trust in Surrey.

Patron - Michelle Wiles

Michelle Wiles was our first patron to join Mates in Mind.

The Wiles family have been incredible supporters and advocates of Mates in Mind in memory of Chris, Michelle's husband, for the last few years. They have done excellent work raising awareness of mental health issues that can be caused by stress at work. Michelle is a wonderful ambassador for our organisation, having a powerful message that has resonated with so many people and encouraged these vitally important frank conversations about mental health.

Meet our Trustees

Steve Hails – Chair

Steve is a Director of Business Services & HSW for Tideway and has more than 20 years' experience managing health and safety in several sectors including engineering, manufacturing and construction. He is an Honorary Fellow of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) and a founding member of the Health in Construction Leadership Group, continuously promoting the importance of health in construction. He is also a Chartered Member of IOSH and President of the Construction Health & Safety Group (CHSG)

Kevin Myers

Kevin joined the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as a Factory Inspector in 1976. He has held a wide range of operational, policy and strategy posts in HSE. From HSE's Chief Inspector of Construction, to Director of HSE's Hazardous Installation Directorate, he was appointed HSE's Deputy Chief Executive in 2008, before retiring in 2016.

Mike Robinson

Mike was appointed as Chief Executive of the British Safety Council with effect from 1 September 2015. Prior to this Mike was a co-founder of Global Navigation Solutions, the world's leading provider of paper and digital navigation products and services to commercial shipping. Before moving into the maritime services sector Mike had a successful 15 years career in Financial Services.

Paul Cottam

Paul is an experienced Trustee, having previously spent nine years on the board of the British Safety Council, and has held several board directorships in the built environment sector over the last 20 years. As such we welcome his business expertise, and passion that, not just safety, but wellbeing, is a key business success indicator across the construction and property-related sectors.

Nicola Hodkinson

Nicola's previous work improving mental health within the construction sector makes her an ideal addition to our trustee board. As a custodian of the Seddon family business, Nicola is committed to assuring longevity and a sustainable future for the organisation. This dedication to the long-term health of her family business, and central belief that there is no health without mental health, reflects Mates in Mind’s core values.

Arun Muttreja

Arun Muttreja has worked in the humanitarian and development sector in Asia/Pacific, Africa, Caribbean and Europe for nearly 40 years with national and international organisations, while being based in India and the UK. He has extensive experience in senior leadership roles with Save the Children UK on humanitarian response, programme development and management, partnership development and management, strategic and operational planning, financial management and governance, global systems and change management/organisational transformation.

Allan Wright

Allan is Managing Director of Civils & Lintels and has had a progressive 30-year career within the construction materials distribution sector with key relationships across both supply chain and contractors at all levels. He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Builders Merchants.

Danny Clarke

Danny is the commercial director for the National Federation of Builders and Director of Occupational Health and Wellbeing Community Simply-People. He has over 20 years of experience within Occupational Health and Safety in several sectors including construction, transportation and consultancy. He is a Chartered Member of IOSH and sits on numerous boards within Construction and Occupational Health including the Association of Occupational Health and Wellbeing Practitioners, HCLG, CIC amongst others.

Meet the Mates in Mind Team

Claudia Trotter.

Claudia Trotter - Support Manager

Fiona Feeney - Support Manager

Malgorzata Matys - Teams Assistant

Martin Lockham - Head of Growth & Fundraising

James Garbett - Marketing & Communications Executive

Jamie Forsyth - Head of Ops & Engagement

Peter Kelly - Mental Health Advisor

Recheal Valderama - Supporter Development Manager

Continue reading - Annual Reports

Learn more about Mates in Mind's key activities and achievements from the past year in our annual reports. These reports are also an opportunity to recognise the contributions and achievements of our wider community.

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