David Smith (Chief Exec)
Born in Sheffield in 1970, I began my working life in finance but quickly realised it wasn’t for me and ended up training as a Housing Adviser for Shelter in 1995. This was the job that opened my eyes to the power of the voluntary sector and the critical role charities play in the day to day lives of so many vulnerable people. After spending some time managing Shelter services in Nottinghamshire I moved to my first Chief Officer job in Sheffield where I spent five years leading an independent advice centre. My next stop was a move in 2006 was into specialist mental health services in York where I led a couple of amazing charities before spending a year working at The Retreat, a well-known charity whose foundation in 1796 led to the creation of the modern asylum system we know today.
Following a short spell of freelance work I was appointed Chief Exec at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in March 2015 and am incredibly proud to be leading the organisation during a time of real change and growth.
The drive for my work ever since starting as a volunteer at Shelter has been about positively changing people’s lives. That’s what gets me out of bed every day and that’s what I believe all charities should be able to show as a result of their work.
I hold a Master’s degree in Charities Resource Management and am a certified member of both the Institute of Fundraising and Chartered Managers Institute. I like to engage in public debate and can often be found tweeting and blogging on issues such as mental health, charities and leadership.
Emma Dallimore (Operations Director)
I joined the organisation over nine years ago. When I started I knew very little about mental health and I still learn something new each day. My job has changed immensely over the years and is very wide ranging. Every day is different and I love it!
I feel fortunate to be doing this job having come from a background in construction as Personal Assistant and Office Manager. I do use my past experiences, however. My passion is property development and our organisation became a housing association just over a year ago. One of my main drivers is to grow our housing provision. We’ve just completed our first property purchase and whilst we may not be taking over the world, we are taking small steps into ensuring that we can help more people and offer our residents good quality, recovery focussed housing. I’m incredibly proud to be part of that.
In my spare time I love to spend time in the Peak District or on the Yorkshire Moors hill walking (and lunching afterwards) with my family.
Justin White (Finance Director)
I am a Charted Management Accountant (ACMA) and have spent nearly 25 years working in Finance roles across a variety of sectors. After graduating from the University of Brighton in 1992, I started my career with the Social Services finance team at East Sussex County Council. In 1997 I moved to Brighton & Hove Council. During my time there I managed the Social Services finance team. After relocating to Hull in 1999 I joined the electrical retailer Comet where I worked for 10 years. My roles included property finance, new store investment appraisal and managing the Accounts Payable team. I moved on to edible oils manufacturer AAK UK in 2009 where I dealt with stock accounting.
I was delighted to get the opportunity to join Hull and East Yorkshire Mind as Finance Director in January 2016. Having started my career in the public sector I had been keen to return to a not-for-profit setting and use my finance skills and experience to benefit an organisation which genuinely exists to change people’s lives. My current role is wide-ranging, encompassing everything from financial strategy, advising the Board and other managers, budgeting, reporting, costings for funding bids, staff management, company secretary duties etc. – every day is different! HEY Mind has some exciting future plans to help more people and it is great to be involved in bringing those to fruition.
Outside of work I have a busy family life with my wife and two young sons. When I do get time to relax I love listening to music and going to gigs (particularly 80’s/90’s/00’s indie), watching sport (mainly football where I indulge my life-long passion for Ipswich Town!) and reading (currently working my way through Peter James crime novels which I thoroughly recommend).
Will Adam (Operations Manager)
My interest in Psychology and the workings of the mind started during my A-Level studies where I commenced and successfully passed A Level Psychology. Following this I developed a keen interest for the subject and from a purely academic point of view I was hungry for furthering my knowledge in this area, particularly social psychology and psychopathology which led me to complete a Bsc Honours in Psychology.
After leaving University, I was enthusiastic to move into paid employment within the mental health sector and in 2004 I began volunteering at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind.
I volunteered in a befriending capacity within the Day Services facilitating social activities. Volunteering was a valuable stepping stone enabling me to gain practical experience, allowing me to put elements of the psychological theory into practice with real people whilst increasing my confidence and skills in this area. After two years a vacancy came up in the Day Services department. That was 9 years ago and during that time I have worked in various different capacities across the organisation. I have worked as a support worker and a senior staff member building a wide range of expertise and knowledge in one to one and group support, self-help techniques and vocational development.
I am currently the Service Manager for the community based services and enjoy the challenge of managing a diverse range of contracts over a wide geographical area. Throughout my time at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind I have witnessed many changes and the organisation go from strength to strength, I am passionate about what Hull and East Yorkshire Mind stands for and I am looking forward to what the future may hold for the organisation.
Sam Bell (Operations Manager)
I left school in 1993 with A ‘levels in Art, Textiles and Fashion Design, I started my working life in 1993 by undertaking a City and Guilds in retail in a local fabric and textiles shop. Alongside this I designed and produced handmade knitwear and clothes for customers. I then went on to work in our family run florist shop and learnt the trade over the next few years until I decided to completely change career.
In 1998 I enrolled at the University of Humberside and completed a degree in Social Science, during this time I volunteered at the Hull Citizens Advice Bureau and Also at Barnardo’s as a family group conference supporter. My volunteering experience enabled me to apply to the University of Hull where I studied for the next three years for an MA in Social Work specialising in Women’s work, housing and mental health. I also gained a supplementary postgraduate certificate after successfully completing extra study modules in research methods.
My first job after graduating in Social Work was as a Safe Women’s Worker at the Bransholme Women’s Service but unfortunately due to funding the position closed. I applied to Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in 2010 and was successful for the post of Housing Support Worker. During the first two years I was given the opportunity to act as On Site Supervision for Social Workers in Training and eventually gained a certificate in Practice Education at the University of Lincolnshire. After two years I moved to senior housing worker and after six years with Mind am now in the service manager’s position and still loving every minute.
Claire Thomas (Partnerships Development Manager)
I began my working life in a family business manufacturing animal feed, covering roles such as production planning, quality assurance and office manager. After six years I decided it was time to move on, and went back to University to study International Politics. I had a period of teaching international politics at Hull and Sheffield Universities, as well as getting actively involved in local politics, before joining Hull and East Yorkshire Mind in June 2015. I joined at the beginning of our journey developing and growing our community fundraising, and have enjoyed starting lots of new projects to raise money for such a good cause.
I feel really privileged to work with a great team supporting people in the local community with their mental health. Every day is different, and it’s great to meet so many different people who are willing to support what we do, and to promote good mental health in the local area. I really enjoy talking with businesses, community groups, and other organisations about how we can all work together to help change lives in the local area.
I am always impressed by the generosity of people in the local area in donating, volunteering, and getting involved in our campaigns.
My role at Hull and East Yorkshire Mind is all about making sure we find the money we need to run our organisation, as well as making sure people in the local area know who we are and how we can help. I am a member of the Institute of Fundraising, and also Chair of Trustees for Lighthouse, a local charity supporting vulnerable women.