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Our Trustees

The Board of Trustees is made up of a group of volunteers who decide our Strategy and oversee the governance of York Mind. The board meets quarterly and also has two subcommittees

  • Finance Sub Committee
  • Quality and Performance Sub Committee

Dr Patrick Kaye


Dr Patrick Kaye`s profile will be published shortly.

Paul Yeomans

Paul Yeomans


Paul now works as a freelance Project Management consultant and trainer having previously worked for various blue-chip organisations in the Yorkshire area. Alongside Paul’s day job he is also a volunteer Mental Health Act Manager for the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to becoming our Chair in 2017, Paul was a trustee for two years and a regular fundraiser for York Mind. Paul has lived experience of mental illness and the associated stigma that can still exist in certain places, especially the workplace. Paul is currently completing a part time MA in Psychology and will soon start a Post Graduate Diploma in Voluntary Sector Management with Cass Business School.

Mary Millar

Mary Elizabeth Millar

Vice Chair


With over 25 years experience as a senior HR executive, (15 years as HR Director with leading brands such as McCain Foods and Speedo) Mary helped businesses and their leaders to achieve profitable growth and stability through business transformation and culture change. Now working as an independent consultant, Mary has worked with many individuals and organisations going through (often challenging) transitions. For individuals this may have been in their career, their leadership aspirations, the direction of their life, or developing a team. Context and environment are important, and Mary has worked in large corporate family owned companies, not-for-profit organisations and the NHS.

Mary is passionate about the aims of York Mind, having personal experience of family members who have experienced mental health issues.

David Ellis

David Ellis


David retired from teaching in 2017 after 35 years, twelve of which were served as a head teacher in York. David has recently become Captain of Sandburn Hall Golf Club and has chosen York Mind as his Captain’s Charity for the year. In his professional life David experienced first-hand the impact of mental health on the lives of young people and their families. David hopes that his experience as a senior leader and manager of a large comprehensive school will contribute to the work of York Mind allowing us to continue to make a difference to the lives of people of all ages across the City of York.

Steve Keyes

Steve Keyes


Steve works in the NHS in Leeds supporting the development and transformation of Health, Social Care and Third Sector organisations.  He has a back ground in Organisational Psychology and Organisational Development.  He has a special interest in men’s and children’s mental health and is passionate in helping to support mental health and the stigma this sometimes creates in society. He has previously accessed therapy services and understands how this can create family difficulties and challenges. He is currently the longest serving Trustee on York Minds Board.


Julie Lummas


Julie is Mum to two energetic children as well as being part of the resourcing team for the BP Downstream (not oil exploration and discovery) business within Europe. Her busy life enables her to understand how easy it is for us all to get sucked into being busy rather than looking after ourselves and helping others. She recognises the value of putting back into society and wanted to be involved with an organisation that has a positive impact on her local community. Passionate about removing the stigma surrounding those with mental health challenges, joining the team at York Mind seemed the perfect opportunity to bring her strong commercial instinct to the third sector.  When she’s not working Julie likes to spend time on the simple things in life such as being outside, jumping in puddles and hanging out with friends and family. She is also an avid runner and cross fit athlete, Julie has completed the York 10k and the 2018 Dragon boat race on behalf of York Mind.

Gaynor Raby

Gaynor (Maddie) Raby


Maddie has worked in Mental Health all her career, the last 30 years in Social Services managing various Residential Mental Health units and two attached Day Centres as well as Social Service’s Task Force and was a member of the Funding Panel.  Maddie’s passion and drive were driven by improving services and changing people’s stereotypical assumptions about Mental Health.  


Richard Weston


Richard Weston`s profile will be published shortly.

Upcoming events



6th April 2019 - 27th October 2019, 12:00 at Kunsthuis Gallery

'Positive Emotions' by Kunsthuis Gallery

We are thrilled to invite you to the opening of an exciting new exhibition of original artworks, in aid of York Mind. Read more

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Posted: 15th July 2019

Bowie Boaters cruise to Dragon Boat success!

York Mind's intrepid Bowie Boaters took part in the 2019 Dragon Boat Race to 'ch-ch-ch-ch-change' the lives of people experiencing mental ill-health. Read more

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