Board of Trustees

Beat has an elected board of Trustees who are the Directors of the Company

The Trustees are nominated and elected by the voting membership and reflect a range of skills including governance skills, legal and financial expertise and media skills.

They are responsible for the overall direction, policies and management of Beat.

The majority of our trustees have personal experience of eating disorders as parents, carers or sufferers themselves.

Chris_Outram_pic.jpgChris Outram – Chairman

Chris has been a trustee since December 2009 and took on the role of Chairman of our Board of Trustees in March 2011.

Chris is Chairman of the International Strategy Consultancy OC&C which he founded in 1987. Prior to OC&C, Chris trained in US consultancies and pursued a number of general management roles internationally. He holds Double Honours Degrees in Engineering and Economics as well as an MBA from INSEAD.

Chris has two daughters and lives in central London.

Anne-Marie Winton - Vice Chairman

Anne-Marie is partner at law firm Nabarro LLP and specialises in pensions law (even though she has a degree in mathematics). She chairs her office’s fundraising committee and is also Chair of the education committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers.

Valerie Joliffe  – Treasurer

Valerie spent ten years in the City with Schroders, Cazenove and Flemings, before moving into early stage venture capital. Valerie currently manages the Iceni Seedcorn Fund, the university spin-out fund for the University of East Anglia and Norwich Research Park institutes, so she is a regular visitor to Norwich. Valerie is also a trustee of the Imperial College Healthcare Charity and chairs both the finance and the art committees. Valerie has a first class degree from Cambridge, a diploma in Management Studies and is a Chartered Secretary. She is currently studying for a post-graduate qualification in charity finance and management at Cass Business School.

Dr Alan Currie 

Alan joined the board in 2007 and is a consultant psychiatrist with the Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Trust. He has considerable experience of management and service development within NHS mental health services and currently serves on the council of governors of his employing Trust. He has also worked with the Royal College of Psychiatrists to promote patient involvement in service developments and mental health strategy. He has specific expertise in eating disorders in sports and acts as a consultant to a number of organisations including UK Athletics, UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport.

Pooky Hesmondalgh

Pooky is a specialist in working with school staff to prevent and manage eating disorders. She is currently researching a PhD on this topic at the Institute of Psychiatry. During the course of this research Pooky has worked directly with over 800 teachers and 500 pupils from a wide range of school settings. Since graduating from Oxford, where she studied experimental psychology, Pooky has been working in the education sector, first with Creative Education Ltd as Director of Training and latterly with the Times Educational Supplement as Social Media Manager, engaging with a network of over 2 million educators. Pooky is a seasoned school governor, having worked hands-on with up to three schools with a particular involvement in child protection issues. Pooky is author of The Eating Disorders Pocketbook (Teachers Pocketbooks) writes a blog offering advice and support to teachers and parents of eating disorders sufferers.

Hubert Lacey

Hubert Lacey is currently a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of London and Professor Emeritus, St George’s, University Of London. He is also the Medical Lead of the Eating Disorders Services at the Capio Nightingale Hospital and the Director of Newbridge Healthcare Systems in Birmingham.

He is Chairman of the European Council on Eating Disorders and has over 140 publications in learned journals on Anorexia, Bulimia, obesity and psychosomatic illness.


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