Beat's 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, family members or sufferers themselves.

Chris Outram – Chairman

Chris has been a Trustee since December 2009 and took on the role of Chairman in March 2011. Chris is Emeritus Chairman of the International Strategy Consultancy OC&C which he founded in 1987, in addition he Chairs iPulse Ltd and United World Schools. 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 a partner at law firm Nabarro LLP and specialises in advising companies and Trustees on all aspects of pensions law. She is also a member of the Risk & Audit Committee of the Pensions Management Institute and chairs the Education Committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers.

Valerie Jolliffe – Treasurer

Valerie has been a trustee since 2012. She has over ten years’ experience in the charity sector and is currently a Trustee of Imperial College Healthcare Charity and Alcohol Research UK. After working in the City she moved into early stage venture capital and currently manages a spin-out fund in the Norwich Research Park. She has a first class degree from Cambridge, a masters degree in charity finance and management from Cass Business School, and is a Chartered Secretary.

Pooky Knightsmith Hesmondhalgh

Pooky completed her PhD in child and adolescent mental health at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, where she specialised in developing practical strategies for supporting self-harm and eating disorders in schools and other non-clinical settings. The strategies that Pooky advocates through her freelance work are developed as a result of direct consultation with school staff and students and inspiration from her clinical colleagues at the Maudsley Hospital, adapting and simplifying evidence based approaches for use in school. Pooky is currently the mental health and emotional wellbeing advisor at the PSHE Association and a school governor in Croydon. Pooky won her own battle with anorexia in her early 20s. 

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.

Charlotte Rhodes

Charlotte is currently Business Unit Director for Fresh Food at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, responsible for Produce, Floral, Meat, Fish & Poultry, Ready Meals, Café, Counters and Bakery. Charlotte joined Sainsbury’s after graduating from Kings College London with a BsC Hons in Nutrition. She has held a number of diverse roles spanning from marketing planning and execution to customer service and has lead the Space & Formats team, through a period of focused innovation and change. Charlotte is an active mentor and business coach.

Vanessa Ward

Vanessa is Headteacher of The Tiffin Girls' School, one of the highest performing schools in the UK at both GCSE and A Level. She is an elected member and Vice-Chair of the Kingston Schools' Forum, a consultative and decision making body made up of representatives from schools and academies within the Local Authority which focuses on education funding.Vanessa's career in education follows her first career as a practising solicitor in which she specialised in media law. She is currently nearing completion of her training to be an Ofsted inspector.

Nicola Brentnall

Nicola joined The Queen’s Trust as a Director in January 2012. Her role is to design, implement and oversee the spend-down programme and the overall work of the Trust.Prior to this, Nicola worked as a strategy and governance consultant to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation and for The Prince’s Trust, as its Company Secretary. A qualified Chartered Secretary, Nicola has an MSc in Corporate Governance and Ethics and a degree in The History of Art.