Our Trustee Board
All charities have a group of people who make up the governing body – a group responsible for the general control and management of the charity’s administration. These people are the trustees, but may also be known as directors, board members, governors or committee members, and collectively as a Board or Executive Committee.
We are pleased to introduce our Trustee Board who all bring a variety of experience and skills to West Norfolk Mind.
John McGourty - Chair
I moved to West Norfolk in 1988 after being appointed as a Consultant in General & Elderly Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn. I retired from that post in 2011 and worked part time as a Consultant Geriatrician based at Swaffham Community Hospital until July 2013. I am now Chairman of Shouldham Community Enterprises Ltd, a not for profit organisation that has bought our village pub, in order to run and develop it as a community asset.
Throughout my professional career I have always had a particular interest in mental health including being the hospital dementia lead & the consultant responsible for liaising & working closely with colleagues in the Mental Health Trust.
I hope that my previous experience may be useful in assisting the organisation to maintain & expand its services to the local community.
Other interests include long distance walking, golf, films & enjoying good beer & wine
Mike Preston - Vice Chair
Over the last few years I have spent a great deal of time volunteering and working for a number of different charities within the UK, including Save the Children and The Prince’s Trust. For the last five years I have been a volunteer for The Scout Association, and have seen first-hand the difference charities can make to people’s lives.
Having suffered with mental health problems myself for a number of years, I wanted to donate some of my time to an organisation that supports people through these tough times, and makes a difference in the local community. I am really excited to be a trustee for such an amazing charity and am really looking forward to helping it develop and grow over time, and help to reduce the stigma which mental health has.
In my spare time, I take time to travel around the UK, and Europe to visit a variety of friends, normally camping. I also enjoy going to the cinema, and theatre and attending the gym, and socialising with my friends.
Graham Goodwin - Treasurer
I was born in
I am a Chartered Management Consultancy Surveyor (FRICS), a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), holds an MBA from Cranfield University and a number of investment qualifications. I recently started and run my own consultancy firm where I provide strategy and asset management advice to Clients. Having previously worked for a charity I very much wanted to keep this link in the sector and help support the great work that charities do. West Norfolk Mind is a charity very close to my heart and I have close personal experience of looking after someone with a mental health condition and the difficulties from both a support and personal level during times of crisis. West Norfolk Mind has been a great support to me and I believe, especially with the recent changes in service provision, it offers the essential link that can make a massive difference to people’s lives.
I have experience in a number of sectors including Public, Not-for-Profit and Commercial and will use this to ensure the Charity runs well and is sustainable, and enabling the brilliant staff and volunteers at West Norfolk Mind to provide the essential support well into the future.
As far as hobbies go I try to keep fit (I’ll get there one day), enjoy time with my wife and two children and the odd bit of socialising!
I am pastor of The Way Church in Hunstanton where I have been living with my wife for eleven years now. Previously I have worked as a support worker and then a recovery worker for Mind, both brilliant and challenging roles. What an honour now to be a trustee for Mind. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to help someone realise they can make powerful choices towards their recovery. Social inclusion and true ‘care in the community’ are vital for long-term well-being and as a pastor I know that the church can play a massive role in this. In my spare time I like to play squash and go for walking holidays in the Scottish Highlands with my wife whilst reading up on the local history.
Barry Hobbs - Company Secretary
Have you ever thought about joining a charity board?
If you would like to find out more please click here or give our Chief Executive, Eddie West-Burnham a call at our Head Office on 01553 776966 who will be pleased to hear from you.