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Senior Leadership Team

  • YoungMinds Emma Thomas

    Emma Thomas (she/her)

    Chief Executive

    Emma joined YoungMinds as CEO in July 2018. Prior to this, she worked as a consultant for a range of youth organisations on digital adoption and strategic development and was Chief Executive of The Mix.
  • YoungMinds Tom Madders

    Tom Madders (he/him)

    Director of Communications, Campaigns and Participation

    Tom leads the team responsible for our communications, campaigns and participation work. He joined us in 2016 and has spent his career campaigning for change in the health and disability sector, including at Mencap, Sense, Diabetes UK and the National Autistic Society.
  • YoungMinds Deirdre Kehoe

    Deirdre Kehoe (she/her)

    Director of Training and Services

    As our Director of Training and Services, Deirdre leads the teams that deliver our parent services and training and consultancy work. After 20 years at charities like the NSPCC, Diabetes UK and Arthritis Research UK, she started working in support services in 2013.
  • YoungMinds Vanessa Longley

    Vanessa Longley (she/her)

    Director of Development

    As Director of Development, Vanessa connects supporters with what we do, so we can fund the future of YoungMinds. Vanessa began her career working for WWAV Rapp Collins in direct marketing, but has now been a fundraiser for over 20 years, with experience at both a regional and national level.
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    Mike Woolf (he/him)

    Strategy and Implementation Director

    Mike is the interim Strategy and Implementation Director and is responsible for making sure everything we do is focused on making a step change in impacting young people’s mental health.
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    Sacha Dingomal (he/him)

    Director of Finance and Business Operations

    Sacha is our Director of Finance and Business Operations and is responsible for making sure we are on good financial footing, and that we have the right processes in place to support our organisation's goals.

Youth Panel

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    Emily (she/her)

    Youth Panellist

    Emily is a student who is passionate about advocating on disability and mental health related issues in an inclusive and artistic way. She says: "I think it's important to have a wide range of experiences and voices in every aspect of advocacy, and, with a lived disabled experience, I can offer that perspective."
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    Ruth (they/them)

    Youth Panelist

    Ruth joined the Youth Panel because they are excited to work around mental health on a national level. Their advice to other young people? Your problems are always worth voicing no matter how big or small you may think they are.
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    Esther (she/her)

    Youth Panelist

    Esther joined the Youth Panel to understand more about what goes on 'behind the scenes' of a charity and make sure young people's voices are heard. Her advice to other young people? You are not alone.
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    Jacob (he/him)

    Youth Panellist

    Jacob joined YoungMinds Youth Panel because he believes in the power of young people's voices. He wants to help change attitudes towards mental health, and ensure the issues facing young people are not overlooked by people in power.
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    Nana (she/her)

    Youth Panelist

    Nana is a psychology student who joined the Youth Panel to help raise awareness about the mental health struggles young people face. Her advice to other young people? Remember that you do not have to do this alone.
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    Morgan (he/him)

    Youth Panellist

    Joining us from the Hereford/Welsh border, Morgan is passionate about making a difference for young people who are struggling with their mental health. Morgan knows how important the systems working behind the scenes are, which made the Youth Panel programme a perfect fit.
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    Chris (he/him)

    Youth Panelist

    Chris is an engineering student who enjoys walking, climbing and being outdoors. He joined the Youth Panel to help us in our mission to ensure that no young person feels alone with their mental health.
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    Omari (he/him)

    Youth Panelist

    Omari joined the Youth Panel to influence change 'behind the scenes' of YoungMinds. His advice to other young people? Don't be harsh on yourself and remember that you are loved!
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    Emry (they/them)

    Youth Panellist

    Emry is really concerned about young people's mental health, and joined the Youth Panel because they want to make a difference on a national level. Emry's advice to other young people: "It might not get better overnight, but it will get better over time".
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    Nathan (He/him)

    Youth Panellist

    Nathan joined the Youth Panel to help people, learn about the running of a charity, and gain some more life experience, He says: "I'm hoping to be able to help others with the same problems I've got and do good in the world."
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    Flav (he/him)

    Youth Panelist

    Flav joined the Youth Panel because he believes mental health is one of the topics in today's society that really matters. He says: "YoungMinds is a refreshing medium of support for those struggling with mental health, and I wanted to be a part of it!"
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    Charity (she/her)

    Youth Panellist

    Charity is passionate, a deep thinker, and always eager to learn new skills. She joined the Youth Panel to learn more about how important decisions are made, and is excited to make sure young people are always part of those decisions.


  • Catherine Hogan (She/Her)


    Catherine is a Project Support Apprentice at Mind and a Trustee. Find out more about our Trustee.
  • YoungMinds Caroline

    Caroline Hope (She/Her)

    Chair of the Board of Trustees

    Caroline is the Chair of our Board of Trustees, and a Partner at Deloitte. Find out more about our Chair of our Trustees.
  • Jeremy Dahdi (He/Him)

    Lead Finance Trustee

    Jeremy is a Director at City and Guilds and our Lead Finance Trustee. Find out more about our Lead Finance Trustee.
  • Julia Kim (She/Her)


    Julia is a Materials Science and engineering student and a YoungMinds Trustee. Find out more about Julia.
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    Julie Dodd (She/Her)


    Julie is a Transformation Consultant and a Trustee. Find out more about our Trustee.
  • Mems Ayinla (She/Her)


    Mems is a Civil Servant at the Department of Education and a Trustee at YoungMinds. Find out more about our Trustee.
  • YoungMinds Simon

    Simon Major (He/Him)

    Deputy-Chair of the Board of Trustees

    Simon is company Secretary and Group General Counsel at the Prince's Trust. Simon is our Deputy-Chair of our board of Trustees. Find out more about our Deputy-Chair of Trustees.
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    Veronika Neyer (She/Her)

    Lead Safeguarding Trustee

    Veronika is a Consultant and our Lead Safeguarding Trustee. Find out more about our Lead Safeguarding Trustee.