Mental Health Matters (MHM) is a national charity which has a hugely positive impact on the lives of people living with mental health needs in local communities. MHM provides services across England, from Northumberland to Cornwall, led by a highly motivated and enthusiastic workforce (circa 400 employees) who are committed to delivering the best quality services to those in need of support.

In early 2021, MHM was entering a pivotal point as they looked to grow and evolve, whilst facing the immediate and more long-term mental health challenges presented by the COVID pandemic.

Peridot were tasked with finding two to three new Trustees, to bring a comprehensive range of skills and further develop a diverse way of thinking to their Board. We needed to search for a highly experienced qualified accountant, who could provide exceptional financial skills, who could also sit on the Audit Committee to enhance scrutiny in this area. We were also looking for an experienced professional with either an IT or Digital or Technology background who could support their IT infrastructure strategy and digital evolution.

We welcomed both experienced Board leaders and those looking to take on their first Charity Trusteeship. As always, diversity played a key factor in our search. We not only encouraged applicants with direct or transferable skills, but those who also had lived experience to bring to the table. After all, diverse leadership underpins the acceleration of positive change in society for us all.

This search was hugely successful and we recruited six new Trustees, covering IT, Finance, Digital, Programmes, Mental Health expertise, and Commissioning. Each candidate brought collaborative, caring, and ambitious thinking, as well as dynamic and innovative approaches to their work.

MHM now has a growing and passionate Board, and individuals who are highly committed to enabling MHM to flourish and ensure more people have the opportunity to engage with the organisation.

Peridot surpassed all our hopes and expectations in managing our recruitment process for new trustees. Their engagement and involvement throughout the process was spot on, from enabling the development of the candidate pack and promotional tools through to the interview process. This was really well managed with a confident and professional approach and ran like clockwork.

Jane Hughes, CEO of Mental Health Matters, on recruitment to the Board of Trustees

Janice Horsman

Janice qualified as an Economics graduate and subsequently as a post graduate Social Worker. She has a breadth and depth of experience across mental health, housing and social care. Having progressed from clinical practice into management, she has held CEO roles in the not for profits sector since 2000. Janice now works as an independent consultant and is also a Trustee of Thrive Social Housing.

Janice brings clinical and organisational development along with business skills to Mental Health Matters. She has successfully led a number of charity turnarounds and mergers in the sector. She is based in Devon where she is a carer for her parents, supported by a personal assistant. It is important to Janice to make a difference to people and communities by delivering services which develop independence, resilience, opportunity and brighter futures.


George Jenkins

George is a qualified accountant with over 25 years of experience in the commercial sector in finance and operational leadership roles. He then moved into the not for profit sector in 2014 and is currently Director of Resources for Prostate Cancer UK.

“I have a strong interest in mental health and whilst it has always been important the events of the last year have increased its prominence and the need for additional focus. I am delighted to join Mental Health Matters at this time and to support the invaluable work they do which helps so many.”

Outside of work George enjoys spending time with wife and family, is interested in most sports, playing tennis regularly, watching football and doing regular dog walks.


Kate Evans

Kate works in data and analytics for the UK government.  She has led large data and digital transformation programmes to ensure that UK government has the right data insights to make the best decisions in response to some of our most pressing social problems.

Kate has recently completed an Executive MSc in Social Business and Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics and, with one of her former classmates, has recently founded a social enterprise seeking to use social media and its data to improve the mental wellbeing of teenage girls.

“I am passionate about doing my bit to help in the invisible global pandemic of mental ill-health.  MHM’s work is fantastic and desperately needed and I am proud to be on the Board of Trustees.”

Kate is a single parent and spends much of her spare time jointly exploring whatever interests a young boy (a hamster and two goldfish have recently joined her household.)  She also loves art, theatre and reading.

Martyn Booth

Martyn is an experienced professional covering diverse topics such information security, risk, privacy, governance and digital transformation. He sits on the senior management team at a FTSE 250 company and is an experienced Trustee with another UK charity. Currently completing his MBA at Durham, he wanted to give something back to charities and leverage the skillset he has built up over 15 years in consulting and industry.

“I am committed to helping those that need it in any way that I’m most useful”.

Martyn’s hobbies include cycling, tennis, photography, spending time with his family, travelling, cooking and food (in general!)


Jill Lanham

Jill has extensive experience as a Digital leader  at senior and board level across a range of sectors including health, housing, local government and the third sector. She is passionate about utilising technology to provide innovative, accessible services for people. She is currently the Director of Digital for an NHS Ambulance Service and has lead the achievement of the organisation being recognised as a Global Digital Exemplar.

During her career she has led the delivery of a range of IT and digital transformation services both strategically and operationally.

“I am passionate about improving mental health services and removing the stigma which is unfortunately still prevalent. I am delighted to be joining an organisation like MHM and to help to support and build on the great work they do.”

Outside work she enjoys travel, walking, yoga and food.

Peter Rolland

A Registered Nurse (RN) with a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and a qualified Managing Successful Programmes practitioner (MSP), Peter has a comprehensive portfolio delivering system level change within health and higher education services on a regional and national basis.

Peter currently works as a Mental Health Programme Lead for Health Education England.  As well as this he is an honorary lecturer at City University of London, a member of the Health Foundation quality improvement ‘Q Network’, and a consultant in emotional intelligence in the workplace with Re-Think Performance, working with organisations to create sustainable culture change to improve performance.

He has a passion for improving healthcare services through creating positive and innovative solutions to the challenges of todays’ dynamic working environment.

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