Cathy Benjamin – Chair
Cathy Benjamin has worked within the voluntary, education and public sectors in management and leadership roles, much of this being with children, young people and families in community settings. She brings extensive strategic and financial management experience. Psychotherapy in particular interests her due to personal experience of the ups and downs of life when mental illness and distress are present within the family.
Alison Shaw – Treasurer
Chief Executive and founder of Policy Press, and more recently Bristol University Press, Alison Shaw leads this award winning not-for-profit business in collaboration with her team. The organisation publishes work on a wide range of social issues that reach across research, policy and practice, including mental health and wellbeing, with a mission to bring about positive social change. Alison’s focus is on strategic and organisational development, financial management, brand creation, promotion and profile raising.
Jeff Hurran’s background is in Education – in the classroom, in middle and senior leadership in secondary schools, as a lecturer in higher education and as a school governor and chair in a primary school and now as chair of teaching, learning and achievement at a secondary school. Throughout his professional work and in academic research his focus has been on enhancing peoples learning and has recognised the importance of mental health within this.
Lucy Young began her career as a child care social worker 30 years ago and during that time held a variety of practitioner, management and strategic roles in safeguarding and with children in care. She is now an independent Safeguarding and Social Care consultant focussing mainly on serious case reviews. In her role as Trustee she brings knowledge and experience of statutory safeguarding, care and adoption work.