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Independent Directors

The Organisation

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) is a Big Lottery Fund endowed spend-out charitable Trust, whose aim is to provide an evidence base that will influence and underpin policy making and service delivery in order to enable United Kingdom ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives.

FiMT is a voted member of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo). They benefit from an endowment of £35 million, and have ambitions to make a transformational difference to the sector through decisive and targeted grants and commissions, and their subsequent exploitation for influence. They were also about to embark upon an ambitious programme of mental health research.

The Brief

After 3 years in operation, they were seeking to complement the current strengths of their Board with the appointment of two Independent Directors who had experience in one or more of the following areas: grant making, research commissioning, Foundation or Trust strategy and operation, mental health research, local government, and strategic and corporate communications.

The Appointments

Prospectus was successful in appointing Andrew Barnett, Director of the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since September 2007 and Neil Greenberg, an academic psychiatrist based at King's College London UK.

Andrew joined the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation where he held the post of Director of Policy Development and Communications. Prior to this, he was Director of Communications at the UK Sports Council and before that, Head of Public Affairs at the National Consumer Council. Andrew had also previously held posts at HSBC Holdings, the Arts Council of England, the Foyer Federation for Youth, as well as working for the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homelessness and Housing Need.

Neil Greenberg is a consultant occupational and forensic psychiatrist. He also runs March on Stress, a psychological health consultancy. Neil has served in the United Kingdom Armed Forces for more than 23 years and has deployed, as a psychiatrist and researcher, to a number of hostile environments including Afghanistan and Iraq. Neil is also the current President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society.