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Our Trustees

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.

Paul Yeomans

Paul Yeomans

Vice Chair

Paul has worked in Project Management roles for over 20 years, alongside this he also volunteers as a 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 - he stood down from the Chair role in Nov 2019 due to work commitments and is now Vice Chair. Paul has lived experience of mental illness and the associated stigma that can still exist in certain places, especially the workplace.

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Jennifer is Managing Director of Frankly, an innovative leader development organsisation. Her work enables leaders and organisations to reach their full potential. Prior to setting up her own business, Jennifer worked as a senior leader for a large technology corporate. Her work so far has enabled her to combine wisdom from three careers; marketing and business planning, acupuncture and employee wellbeing and culture change and leadership.

Having overcome difficult times of her own, she is passionate that all people should be able to access good quality mental health in the same way we can physical health. She is a published author, ambassador for IDAS charity and works extensively for the not for profit, Heard in London.

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Joy has been working in financial institutions in Hong Kong for 18 years, In her most recent role, she served as the General Manager for a US-based life insurer while concurrently holding a position on the Board of Directors. In this capacity, she played a pivotal role in the corporate governance of the company, shouldering statutory responsibilities with dedication.

She graduated with a Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance. Later on, she advanced her study in Law and obtained a Master's Degree in this discipline.
Her journey towards advocacy for mental health support began after experiencing Postnatal Depression firsthand. Witnessing the profound impact of mental health challenges, Joy recognized the critical need for accessible support, care, and compassion within communities.
Relocating to York, Joy immersed herself in various voluntary roles focused on community engagement. Through her involvement in initiatives such as Kids Well-being in Church and Community Cafe, she continues to promote mental health awareness and support networks within her new community.

York Mind are looking for new people to join our Board of Trustees!

Are you ready to help set York Mind's future direction? Are you looking for an opportunity to make a real difference to the people that we serve? Our trustees make sure we're fully focused on the biggest challenges to mental health. We are currently looking for Trustees who can support us on our journey, so if you would like to get involved then please click here for more information about the role.

Our trustees set the strategic direction for York Mind and ensure we're having the greatest impact possible on the communities in our great city and surrounding areas. They make sure that we don't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both the support and respect they deserve.

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