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Rosemary Granger (she / her), Chair of the Board

Rosemary has been a leadership coach and an independent consultant since 2010, working with the NHS and other public and third sector organisations. With 19 years’ NHS service, Rosemary has experience as both a provider and commissioner, working with health authorities and strategic health authorities at director level, with much of that in the field of mental health. Rosemary was appointed to Chair of the Board of Trustees for Mental Health Concern in 2019.

Graham Puntis (he / him), Vice Chair of the Board

Graham is a strategic leader, with over 20 years of experience in management and leadership roles across a range of engineering sectors. He has led teams through all stages of the business cycle and has a strong belief in achievement through teamwork. Graham brings his strategic and commercial skills to the board, along with his experience of governance and performance management.

Helen Baker (she / her), Chair of People Committee

A proud LGBTQIA+ woman, wife, and mother to two children, Helen has worked in the corporate world for 25 years, working in the fields of customer services, user assistance design, and product software development.

Over the last four years, Helen's career has shifted to blend her passion for leadership with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), working with Sage as Global Director for DEI to deliver a robust DEI strategy. Through this, she has built an intentionally inclusive and equitable colleague experience for candidates, partners, and customers.

Helen and her family have personal experience of receiving support from specialist mental health services, and she has a deep respect for the work that we do. She is looking forward to sharing her skills and experience to support our culture over coming years.

Paul Wait (he / him), Chair of Quality and Service Delivery Committee

Paul has worked for the NHS for almost 19 years, and has been a registered mental health nurse for 14 years. He has been in a senior clinical leadership post as Nurse Consultant since 2019.

He has an MSc in Healthcare Leadership and has trained as a Feedback Facilitator for the NHS Leadership Academy, supporting the developments of the wider NHS workforce. He is also an ILM level 5 coach and mentor in training.

Paul is passionate about helping us to ensure that our services are delivering the needs of our local communities.

Himal Kakad (he / him), Chair of Finance Committee

Himal is currently a Vice President at State Street Global Advisors, an international asset manager.

In this role, he is responsible for leading all finance activities for the exchange traded fund business across Europe and Asia.

He has extensive experience in making operational and commercial decisions within complex financial constraints; developing and driving financial strategy; and working within diverse, multicultural teams.

Himal has had an extensive finance career with a broad range of experience gained across a number of organisations, most recently Aon, MSCI, and American Express.

Himal has a Masters degree in Business Administration from Warwick University and is an Associate Chartered Management Accountant.

Dr Wendy Kaiser (she / her)

Wendy has had 40 years' service in the NHS, including within neurology services, primary care, community children's services, and adult and older people's mental health services. Wendy has also worked in mental health commissioning, with a focus on older people and dementia, investment in primary care, and quality of care in care homes. In the final five years of her career, she has been a senior commissioning manager within a non-profit organisation, providing commissioning support and delivery of services to CCGs and other commissioners.

Chris Gibbons (he / him)

Chris is a digital health leader, bringing over a decade of experience working with national and local NHS organisations to deliver large-scale technology transformation. Chris is Director of Digital Health & Technology Transformation at KPMG, and he is passionate about the opportunities to transform experiences and deliver inclusive services enabled by technology. He brings his technology experience, along with his commercial and growth strategy acumen, to the board.

Helen Thompson (she / her)

Helen is a creative and effective marketing, communications, and project management manager.

Helen has over 25 years experience in marketing; communications; customer service; equality, diversity & inclusion; social value (CSR); and project/campaign management in the private, public, and charitable sectors.

Helen also holds professional qualifications in marketing, diversity, employment law, and housing.

Helen’s current role is as a UK Internal Communications Manager for a global professional services organisation, supporting 3,000 employees in the UK with internal communications, engagement, and wellbeing.

Following a significant life-changing event in 2020, Helen is passionate about understanding mental health conditions, enabling access to relevant services, and encouraging people to look after their own mental health and wellbeing.