Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees 

The Board of Trustees is a group of volunteers who set the strategy and oversee the governance of Plymouth & District Mind. The board meets on a monthly basis.

2018-2019 Board of Trustees

Steve Scott (Chair)


Steve Scott is a mental wellbeing coach and trainer and works extensively with Mind and their corporate clients throughout the UK. He has lived in Plymouth since 1970, and is married with three grown up children. Having had Bi-polar Disorder since the age of 17 and experienced a major breakdown in 2006, he passionately believes that mental ill health can be a great teacher and that the road to recovery starts when you positively interpret your experiences and learn what your mind is trying to tell you.  Steve has been involved with Plymouth Mind since 2006, when he trained as a peer support volunteer and then joined the Board of Trustees and became Chairman 3 years ago.

Sharon Claridge (Vice-Chair)

Sharon has been involved with Plymouth Mind for over 10 years. She retired as CEO in 2016 and has been a trustee since then, and Vice-Chair since early 2018. Sharon led on the development of the Recovery College Service and was a founding member of the Plymouth Mental Health Network during her time with Plymouth & District Mind.

Stephen Emery (Treasurer)


Stephen trained and qualified as an accountant with Price Waterhouse in Southampton, and had spells in their Jersey and Cardiff offices before joining Mathias & Co in 1987. Stephen heads up the Business Support team at Condy Manthias & Co, providing accountancy software training and support, payroll and VAT services to clients. Stephen has been the Treasurer of a Plymouth & District Mind for over 20 years has an intense interest in all matters relating to aviation.

Janet Pounsberry 


Janet  worked in the field of Health and Social Care, for many years, originally qualifying as a nurse, then moving into management. She has always been committed to the needs of the most vulnerable in society, and is now actively seeking to support Plymouth and District Mind more actively, in her role as vice chair. Janet is currently working in a management and quality assurance capacity with a local construction firm, and supporting her husband in the development of his architectural practice.

Paul Guildford

Paul Guildford

Paul Guildford has 35 years’ management experience in construction and property developing. He has lived in Plymouth since 1983 and is married with 2 children. He also has nine years’ experience as a school governor. He believes in addressing mental health issues in a positive and constructive manner. Paul has been involved with Plymouth Mind as a trustee since 2013


Neil Pick

Neil Pick is the CEO of Tellus Education Group and responsible for setting the strategic direction if this educational organisation. Neil played a key role in supporting Plymouth and District Mind on the Big Lottery Fund Local Sustainabilty Project in 2017.


Mick Mullarkey

mick mullarkey

Mick came as a volunteer in 2008 to Plymouth Mind to support people who were using the ‘Oasis’ drop in centre at that time and he has used the services of  Plymouth Mind also as a service user. He trained as a Peer Support Volunteer to support other people attending drop-in services. Mick joined the Board of Trustees in 2009 to represent other services users. Mick moved to Plymouth whilst serving in the military. He has previous experience as a volunteer supporting veterans with mental ill health and homelessness in 4 other veterans charities.





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