Our trustees

Sarah Hillier (chair)
Sarah Hillier (chair)

MHNC’s elected chairperson, Sarah is CEO of Northamptonshire Mind – one of our member organisations. She previously held the same position at NorPip (Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership) and was a regional manager at children’s charity Spurgeons.

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John Nightingale (v-chair)
John Nightingale (v-chair)

The elected vice-chair of MHNC and a director at Manna House Counselling Service in Northampton. John is a founder member of MHNC and has vast knowledge and experience of VCSE mental health care in the county.

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Steve Behan
Steve Behan

A retired finance director who was worked across various sectors such as community housing, care services, distribution and retail. Steve heads MHNC’s finance sub-committee and is the charity’s treasurer.

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Samuel Evetts
Samuel Evetts

Samuel is Health Protection Research Unit in Respiratory Infections Manager at the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London. He was previously Laboratory and Biobank Manager at the Oxford’s Parkinson’s Disease Centre, University of Oxford.

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Rachael Lewis
Rachael Lewis

Rachael has over 30 years experience in the Health Sector, having held key leadership roles in the NHS, public sector and health charities. She has managed and delivered programmes to drive improvements in health and healthcare for public and patients at local, regional and national level. Key skills include health service design, patient and public involvement and quality improvement. Rachael’s interest in mental health comes from her experience as a regional lead for children and young peoples

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Jenny Panes
Jenny Panes

Jenny offers 15 years healthcare experience gained through NHS and consultancy leadership roles. Jenny is currently a director in KPMG’s Healthcare team where she has a dual role – she leads KPMG’s support to Midlands NHS organisations and is KPMG’s national lead for NHS Acute provider improvement. Jenny previously held a leadership role within the EY (Ernst & Young) Healthcare Consulting team, having moved into consultancy from the NHS. Jenny is an alumnus of the NHS national management train

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Sue Pepper
Sue Pepper

Previously a commissioning manager for Northamptonshire County Council, Sue now works on a freelance basis. Her expertise is in developing mental health services and has gained considerable experience through working with a variety of provider organisations including the third sector, NHS and private companies.

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Emma Smith
Emma Smith

Emma is consultant nurse at University College London Hospitals where she provides strategic direction and operational oversight of older people services across specialist hospitals.

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