Meet our Board of Trustees

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Ashley Toft, Chair of Trustees

Ashley is Managing Director of adventure travel company, Explore!

He first became involved in the charity after losing his brother to bipolar in 2009. He set-up 'Explore Bipolar' to raise awareness of the illness and raised more than £150,000 for Bipolar UK through various events, including an off-road Land's End to John O'Groats cycle in 2012.

Ashley is a member of the charity's Finance Committee, and chairs the Fundraising Committee.

Tamasin Little, Vice Chair

Tamasin Little is a lawyer and Partner at SJ Berwin & Co specialising in financial markets and regulatory matters, including structuring financial products and advising financial services firms.

Tamasin was first diagnosed with bipolar whilst working, and is a member of the charity's Finance Committee.

Sarita Dent, Treasurer

Sarita is the Global Chief Commercial Officer with Wolff Olins Ltd and brings significant commercial and financial expertise to the board of Trustees.

Sarita chairs the Finance Committee.

Clare Dolman, Trustee

Clare is a researcher in Women's Mental Health Section at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College. She was diagnosed with bipolar at the age of 23 after a severe episode of mania, but has remained largely well on lithium for more than twenty years.

As the mother of a son and daughter, the birth of whom resulted in hospitalisation for postpartum psychosis, she's actively involved in Action on Postpartum Psychosis (APP), the network group promoting greater knowledge and support for women who suffer from this condition.

Clare is a member of the charity's Finance Committee.

Jeremy Clark, Trustee

Jeremy is a Business Manager at the Department of Health. He has a diagnosis of bipolar and has been an active service volunteer with Bipolar UK for many years. He co-facilitates one of our Support Groups and helps raise awareness of bipolar through workplace training within our Employment Support service. Jeremy is an active campaigner for people affected by bipolar.

William Courage, Trustee

William Courage has a postgraduate degree in business administration and is a qualified accountant. William retired in October 2006 after nine years as Director of Finance at The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, one of four Inns of Court, in Central London.

Arising from a strong genetic link in his family, he has had first-hand experience of the extreme problems associated with bipolar as a complex and serious illness. He was diagnosed with bipolar late in life.

William is a member of the charity's Finance Committee.

Maggie Gibbons, Trustee

Maggie is a consultant focusing on strategic communications and business development. She has significant communications experience and has previously led Mental Health Media, a campaigning mental health charity, prior to its merger with Mind. Maggie has a diagnosis of bipolar and is a long-standing champion for people affected by mental illness.

Nigel Griffiths, Trustee

Nigel was finally diagnosed with bipolar having been mis-diagnosed and untreated for many years. His condition has had a major effect on his career and relationships, not always positively.

Nigel has lived in Wales since 1984 (except for two years of 'missionary work' in Shropshire, England, in the late 1980s). Nigel has been an active service volunteer within our Support Groups and our Mentoring service.

Mohini Morris, Trustee

Mohini is the policy lead for children and young people's mental health and wellbeing in the Children, Families and Communities directorate at the Department of Health. Mohini has personal experience of bipolar through her family.

Hilary Samson-Barry

Hilary is a leadership and professional development coach working mainly in the public and not for profit sectors. She has personal experience of bipolar through family members.

Bill Walden-Jones, Trustee

Following a highly successful career in the charity sector, including 11 years as Chief Executive of mental health charity Hafal, Bill retired in 2014 to focus on developing a writing and consultancy role. He retains his close links with Hafal as a consultant.

Allan Young, Trustee

Professor Allan Young is the Director of the Centre for Affective Disorders (CfAD) within the Department of Psychological Medicine in King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry (IoP).

His research interests focus on the cause and treatments for severe psychiatric illnesses, particularly mood disorders.