Chair – Amy Whitelock Gibbs

Amy brings a significant wealth of knowledge and experience to the role, with a career spanning national charities, local government, and parliament. She has both lived and professional experience of mental health services, previously leading policy and campaigns at Mind for five years and holding political oversight for mental health prevention and support services in Tower Hamlets. Amy is currently Chief Executive of Tutors United, which provides free English and Maths tuition to children who need it the most, and was previously CEO at Birthrights, the human rights in childbirth charity. Amy has previously held roles at Unicef UK and The Children’s Society, campaigning with young people to secure policy and practice change. Amy has also been a local councillor in Tower Hamlets, where she led in Cabinet on adults’ services, education and children’s social care, and is currently independent Chair of Tower Hamlets Together, the health and care partnership.

Vice Chair – Clare Stafford

Clare has worked within the mental health field for 25 years. She has extensive experience as a senior manager commissioning and providing mental health services in the voluntary and NHS sectors, including two years as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Health. Prior to her role at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Clare worked for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, developing services for people with long term conditions as well as depression, anxiety and related mental health problems. Since joining the Trust she has overseen an increase in their charitable activities, notably expanding training and resources to better equip young people, parents and professionals to support mental health and wellbeing. Clare is also Chair of the governing body for Cranbury College in Reading, Berkshire.

The Steering Group

The Steering Group acts as an executive group within the Coalition and is responsible for decision making. We currently have senior representatives of the 12 member organisations who are responsible for taking the direction of the coalition forward.

The CYPMHC team

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The Centre for Mental Health

Centre for Mental Health is a charity with over 30 years’ experience in providing life changing research, economic analysis and policy influence in mental health. Over the last decade, our work has expanded to include physical health, wellbeing, inequality and multiple disadvantage across the life course.