Our dedicated Board of Trustees have overall responsibility for the management of the charity. They have wide-ranging professional experience in a number of relevant areas including finance, social work, law and the voluntary sector.
Marsha Miles, Chair
Marsha joined South Somerset Mind in 2005 and during her 8 years there as CEO raised a significant amount of money for the charity. In 2014, Marsha studied at the Institute of Fundraising and achieved a Diploma in Fundraising Practice. She started Marsha Miles Consultancy in January of that year, with a view to supporting other organisations with fundraising and to support cross sector working. Marsha has strategic level experience, most recently working as a member of the regional delivery team for the South West Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme. In her spare time she loves travelling, walking in the countryside with her dog, spending time with her young daughter, and reading and relaxing.
Brian Maxwell, Company Secretary
Brian is a partner at Porter Dodson, a local firm of solicitors having practiced in the area for 25 years. He originally became a trustee as he was keen to involve himself locally as a volunteer so as to provide some legal expertise to a charitable organisation. His background enables him to assist on general legal matters when they arise as well as being the Company Secretary
Pip has been a Public Health Specialist at Somerset County Council for the last four years, with responsibility for assembling and communicating the health and social evidence to help set priorities in health and social care in the county. He previously worked in a similar local authority role in Devon County Council, and as Director of the South West Observatory, again working in evidence to support policy-making. He has also worked as an academic geographer, with research interests in Romania and the Sudan.