Here you will find information about our Board of Directors, our yearly Annual Reports and our Building on Change Strategy
Please click on the links below to take you to the relevant pages.
Below are the annual reports of Mind Monmouthshire Ltd. Here you will find what we have done each year and what we are setting out to achieve in coming years.
The board directors are responsible for the overall governance and control of the organisation and in conjunction with the Chief Executive Officer sets the strategy for the organisation.
Below you will find the names of our directors along with a brief description of their experiences and reasons for being on the Board of Mind Monmouthshire.
Ann Jones – Chair
I've worked, for over 38 years, as a librarian in local public library services and am currently Immediate Past Chair of the Society of Chief Librarians (Wales) and a new member of the Executive Committee for the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (Wales). I've got a passion for sharing information and for reading especially when the latter shows benefits for people's health & well-being. I've recently started a weekly reading group in a local residential care home. I became a member of the Mind Monmouthshire Board of Trustees early in 2015 and am totally signed up to working to help local individuals and communities to receive services that they need.
I live with my husband and we have one recently married son & daughter-in-law. I enjoy eating, drinking, gardening, walking and trying to keep fit!
Patrick Harkness – Vice Chair
I am passionate about housing, health, social care and community well-being: and my dog, garden, travel, food and music.
I have 40 years experience as a CEO, Group Chair and consultant specialising in stakeholders perceptions management, corporate and brand development, governance and services user/resident engagement. I set up and managed DOME Consultants for over 25 years, and now run Patrick Harkness Consultancy. My experience has spanned the evolution of the housing, health and social care sectors over the last 4 decades. I see the current challenges as part of a continuum.
I have chaired two large Groups of general needs housing and specialist care providers through times of transformation; been a Board member of Shelter; am Vice Chair of a community mutual housing association in South Wales, which employs over 500 staff; and have experience of working in all devolved jurisdictions. I am a trained Mediator and Appropriate Adult and member of Community Housing Cymru’s Code of Governance Task and Finish Group, which will make recommendations on changes to the Code for Registered Housing Providers in Wales.
Karen’s 30 year career in human resources has included periods within health, the police and local government, and is currently Head of HR & Training with Monmouthshire Housing. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and achieved a MSc in Strategic Human Resource Management in 2000. Karen has a particular interest in mental health and has set up a number of MH initiatives within her workplace. She is keen to ‘Make a Difference’ for anyone living with a mental health problem in Monmouthshire.
Kim Boland – Treasurer
I have many years experience as a financial manger and more recently as a Business Consultant. In this time I have worked Internationally, and learned much about good and poor management. I spent many years coaching senior executives of Blue Chip companies in how to develop strategy, and to achieve operational excellence. Much of this time was in running workshops and developing and leading training events, specifically for senior management.
I recently joined Mind Monmouthshire as a Trustee and Treasurer. I hope to be able to contribute from my wide experience in both management and financial management. I hope I can assist in making the organisation responsive to the fast changing climate we operate in.
My initial training was as a mental health nurse over 30 years ago, a registration that I still hold. I have worked both operationally and strategically, having been employed in a variety of roles as a senior leader in the NHS. I have trained in psychotherapy, coaching and organisational consulting. Currently I work independently offering a range of organisational development, coaching services and supervision. I am particularly interest in bringing a relational approach to complex and challenging systems.
I believe I have been fortunate in my career, having been able to develop a wide range of skills in providing mental health interventions to individuals experiencing difficulties and also in working more strategically, developing and managing services. I no longer work directly in this way but feel it’s important to still use these skills in a way that contributes to the wellbeing of people experiencing mental health difficulties and to the people who are providing support.
I am currently the carer for my brother who has long term mental health needs. I am very aware of how important it is for people to receive support in a way that is acceptable to them and the positive impact this can have in empower people to live well with mental health challenges.
I have worked within the child protection field for approximately twenty years. I currently Chair Child Protection meetings. During this period I worked with service users who have had mental health difficulties. Mental health is an area that I find interesting and service users never fail to inspire me as to how they manage their difficulties.
As a child I grew up always knowing social workers, with family intervention at numerous times in my life which resulted in periods of being in care myself. I became acutely aware of how mental health can affect children and the impact this can have upon them.
Outside of work I have two grown up children whom I am very proud of, as well as a fantastic dog who keeps me out and about, exercising in the fresh air. I enjoy mountains and am fortunate enough to live close to Brecon Beacons where I am most weekends.
I am a reservist with the British army and part of the Intelligence Corps, I was supported to apply through a good friend who suffers with PTSD among other mental health issues. I’m proud to be part of Mind Monmouthshire who, I think, do a great job supporting those with mental health issues.
I have worked in Caldicot school for thirty years; which is a mixed secondary school for students aged 11 – 18 years. In January 2020; I started a new position as head teacher in Greenhill Special School for students with social emotional and behaviour difficulties
I have been married for thirty-three years and with two boys who are currently practising as a doctor and a dentist.
My experience in the voluntary sector stretches over twenty years working with various charities mainly associated with drug abuse, homelessness and mental health.
Having worked, for almost 30 years, both voluntary and as a paid member of staff, in the local communities of Monmouthshire, I am becoming increasingly involved in supporting people to develop their own, or access already established health and wellbeing opportunities.
Through a number of organisations, NCH, Communities First, GAVO, WEA and Coleg Gwent, I have worked in the most deprived areas of Monmouthshire and I have seen how this has impacted on the mental health of the children, young people, families and individuals in these communities.
Through working for Mind Monmouthshire in 2014 as a Caseworker on the HiWay Project, I supported people in identifying strategies in order to improve their mental health and wellbeing through 121 support or Recovery Based Training.
I learned such a lot from the teams at Mind Monmouthshire, the work I was involved in was extremely rewarding, building relationships with team members and our clients, observing changes in thought processes and behaviours is really empowering for that person, and feeling that I had contributed in some part makes what I do really worthwhile.
I now work for Bridges Centre on the Volunteering for Wellbeing Project across Monmouthshire as a Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, I provide additional support for some of the volunteers that may need a little support to engage with their volunteer role using a number of bespoke strategies and training workshops.
Since being co-opted as a Mind Monmouthshire trustee in 2018 I have learned so much more about Mind Monmouthshire and all of the new projects that are being developed to help and support people living across the county.
I would very much like to continue as a trustee, and to contribute to this essential work during the next three years.