Together appoints Carol Cole as Chair
Posted on 19, October 2017
Together for Mental Wellbeing has appointed Dr Carol Cole as Chair of its Board of Trustees.
Carol has been involved in the leadership, design and delivery of strategic change throughout her career. She trained as a clinical psychologist in mental health and community care, becoming a visiting fellow at the King’s Fund and head of health at the Office for Public Management, before establishing her own successful consultancy practice in organisation development and change management. She brings extensive experience of systemic change, strategy and governance, applying psychology to enhance business and leadership effectiveness. Carol has advised numerous organisations in the public and private sectors and led assignments in Europe, North America and the Middle East for multinationals as well as smaller enterprises and national charities. She is a non-executive director at Central London Community NHS Trust and a trustee of Action for Hearing Loss. She was previously the senior independent director at Hounslow and Richmond Community Health NHS Trust and vice-chair of Deafness Research UK and the Association of Business Psychologists.
Carol will head up Together’s Board of 15 trustees, which, besides herself, includes three new appointments, Ben Thomas, Chris Munday and Sridevi Kalidindi.
Five members of Together’s Board have experience of using mental health services, in line with the charity’s commitment to involving people with lived experience of mental distress at every level of the organisation.
Carol Cole said:
“It is a huge privilege to have been appointed Chair of Together for Mental Wellbeing, an organisation at the forefront of transforming the lives of people with mental health issues. I have been greatly impressed by the dedication and commitment of fellow trustees, staff and volunteers and very much look forward to working with them to help oversee the next phase of Together’s long-term mission to provide high quality, specialist services that help people lead fulfilling, independent lives.”
Liz Felton, CEO of Together for Mental Wellbeing, said:
“Carol joins our board at a time of great opportunity and challenge for Together. As a charity leading the way in putting people who use our services in the lead, we are excited about the next steps as we begin a review of our future strategy. The need for good quality mental health support has never been greater and the contribution that people with lived experience can make never more important. We look forward to having the benefit of Carol’s experience to develop Together in a way that best supports our future ambitions.”
This appointment followed an extensive external search and competitive interview process.