The Board of Trustees is a group of volunteers who set the strategy and oversee the governance of Plymouth & District Mind. The board meets on a monthly basis.

Meet our 2019/2020 Trustees

Sharon Claridge – Chair

Sharon has been involved with Devon Mind (previously Plymouth & District Mind) for over 12 years. She retired as CEO of Plymouth & District Mind in 2016 and has been a trustee since then, and Vice-Chair from 2018 until 2019. Sharon led on the development of the Recovery College Service and was a founding member of the Plymouth Mental Health Network.

Paul Guildford – Vice Chair

Paul Guildford has 35 years’ management experience in construction and property developing. He has lived in Plymouth since 1983 and is married with 2 children. He also has nine years’ experience as a school governor. He believes in addressing mental health issues in a positive and constructive manner. Paul has been involved with Plymouth Mind as a trustee since 2013, and with Devon Mind since 2019.

Janet Pounsberry 

Janet  worked in the field of Health and Social Care, for many years, originally qualifying as a nurse, then moving into management. She has always been committed to the needs of the most vulnerable in society, and is now actively seeking to support Devon Mind more actively, in her role as vice chair. Janet is currently working in a management and quality assurance capacity with a local construction firm, and supporting her husband in the development of his architectural practice.

Neil Pick

Neil is the CEO of Tellus Education Group and responsible for setting the strategic direction if this educational organisation. Neil played a key role in supporting Plymouth & District Mind on the Big Lottery Fund Local Sustainabilty Project in 2017.


Mick Mullarkey

Mick started as a volunteer in 2008 with Plymouth & District Mind. He trained as a Peer Support Volunteer to support other people attending drop-in services. Mick moved to Plymouth whilst serving in the military. He has previous experience as a volunteer supporting veterans with mental ill health and homelessness in 4 other veterans charities.

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