Deputy-Chair of the Board of Trustees He/HimSimon MajorPhonetic spelling: Si-mon
Simon is company Secretary and Group General Counsel at the Prince's Trust. Simon is our Deputy-Chair of our board of Trustees. We asked Simon to tell us a little bit more about himself, how his skills and knowledge help with his role as a Trustee and how he takes care of himself. Find out more about Simon.
Simon's values and experience
What skills and experience do you bring to your Deputy-Chair role?
"I lead the Legal, Governance and Assurance functions at The Prince’s Trust, so I can use this experience in my trustee role to support YoungMinds in ensuring that it is supporting those it serves in a safe and compliant way."
Which of our values do you relate to most, and why do you think it’s an important value for us?
I relate most to 'we're not afraid to speak up for what's right.'
"It is integral that those in a position to speak up for what is right, do. It is by speaking up that we break down barriers, dispel myths and defeat prejudice. We also show people that they are not alone, and that we are here to support them."
We celebrate what makes you, you. What three words describes you best?
What do you do to switch off and take care of your mental health?
I switch off and look after my mental health by spending time in my allotment.
What is a Trustee?
Our Board is made up of 12 amazing volunteers who bring a huge commitment to our cause, some with own and family lived experiences of mental health needs, as well as a wealth and diversity of experiences and skills. They expertly oversee the charity under the leadership of Caroline Hope, our Chair of the Board.
The role of trustees is to share their knowledge, skills and expertise, as well as give up some of their time unpaid as volunteers, to help us achieve our mission: to make sure all young people get the mental health support they need when they need it, no matter what.
They help us to enhance our three main strategic programmes:
Never alone: Helping young people to look after their own mental health.
Someone to turn to: Making sure young people have adults around them who can really help.
Powerful young voices: Building a youth-led movement to make sure mental health support is there for anyone that needs it.
Our Trustees oversee everything we do, from setting our strategy to being responsible for our work and finances, in line with the key duties as set out by the Charity Commission. They empower our CEO and Senior Leadership Team to take responsibility for the day-to-day running of YoungMinds, but they are the final decision-makers with ultimate responsibility for our success or failure. The Board are supported by the Senior Leadership Team, our wider Leadership Group and our Youth Panel; a group of 14 young people directly involved in our governance and strategy.
Take a look at our Trustees
Find out more about our Trustees and their role at YoungMinds