About us – An unprecedented breed of charity
The Shaw Mind Foundation is an unprecedented breed of charity, with a direct and hands-on approach. The charity consists of highly accredited mental health experts, ex-sufferers, trustees and patrons who give their time and expertise, without remuneration alongside our amazing team of nationwide volunteers.
We are absolutely devoted to supporting mental health sufferers and their families, and our meaningful philanthropic approach brings positive, lasting change to people’s lives. For this reason, you can take pleasure in knowing that every penny of your donation goes towards ensuring that people who need help the most, receive it.
We have one simple but powerful pledge: to fight and redress mental health injustices. We give our support to children and adults – whether they are sufferers or the loved ones of sufferers – who feel that they have lost hope. We are resolute in ensuring that our children and the next generation will not be failed over mental health. Please support the work we do.
Our chairman Adam Shaw, his Board of Trustees and all the amazing volunteers who support The Shaw Mind Foundation receive no remuneration; all proceeds and donations go towards our projects for the mental health community. We are a global charity that cares, and are fully focused on helping those suffering with mental illness and the children, adults and families who are in desperate need of our support.
We stand alongside those currently experiencing mental health issues, and are proud to act as an advocate for those that feel as though they have lost hope. We tackle the stigma and misconceptions that can come with mental health issues.
We want to ensure treatment and support is made available to everyone across the globe. Working in the USA, UK and in other countries around the world, our awareness-raising programme challenges many of the myths and assumptions about mental health issues.
The Shaw Mind Foundation is also totally committed to supporting sufferers in developing countries and socially deprived areas around the globe. We believe that absolutely every single penny donated can make a huge difference to those who are affected by mental health issues around the world.
We believe recovery is possible for many who are currently not getting the help they need. This is where The Shaw Mind Foundation makes a difference; we don’t want people to continue to slip through the net because they have to wait for care, don’t have funds to access life-saving treatment, or live in an area or country that can’t currently access mental health recovery programmes.
It is our aspiration to ensure that treatment and recovery from mental health problems is made available to all, regardless of location, financial situation or the nature of their illness. Mental health doesn’t discriminate; neither should geography or financial status.
Meet our Chief Executive
Kate Majid, Chief Executive, The Shaw Mind Foundation.
Kate has accumulated over thirty years’ experience working within the mental health sector as a Registered Mental Health Nurse, Manager and Purchaser. Her extensive portfolio of practice includes working in a variety of clinical areas such as acute mental health inpatient care and community settings.
Kate also has an extensive senior operational management background, working within large and complex organisations across the mental health environment.
Kate brings with her a wealth of experience of mental health strategy development and has been at the forefront of several mental health improvement initiatives that have made a difference for thousands of people. She has led large scale change programmes with expertise and unceasing energy.
Kate’s combination of skill, experience and expertise provides a strong footing to drive forward the ambitions of The Shaw Mind Foundation. Her passion for mental health and her dynamic approach to leadership complements the philosophy of the Foundation. She is a passionate supporter of the need to improve the mental health and wellbeing of future generations. She believes that by working together we can establish the infrastructures that will make sustainable improvements in people’s lives.
When not at work, Kate enjoys nothing more than spending time exploring the Derbyshire countryside with her (large) dogs and family.
*The CEO’s position is fully funded by our founders. All public donations go directly to our amazing projects. For this reason, you can take pleasure in knowing that every penny of your donation goes towards ensuring that people who need help the most, receive it.
Meet our President
Dr James Espey OBE, President, The Shaw Mind Foundation.
Dr James Espey OBE (B.Com, MBA, PhD) is an international businessman and brand builder with over 50 years’ global experience. Responsible for founding, creating and developing the liquor brands, Malibu and Baileys, James later joined Chivas as Chief Executive of Chivas Bros and went on to became Chairman of Seagram Distillers. He’s been Non- Executive Director of several companies from Church Shoes, Fuller Smith and Turner to A.G. Barr, makers of Irn Bru. He is also an author and business consultancy mentor who believes strongly in supporting the next generation.
He has personally suffered from two breakdowns. As a result, is passionate about helping other sufferers with mental health problems, and working to encourage society to recognise and deal with the issues arising from mental health issues. As a founding member of The Shaw Mind Foundation, as well as a Patron and Trustee, James draws on his experience to help provide the Foundation with a clear strategic direction. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen for services to the global Scotch whisky industry.
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Our mission statement
“We aim to bring to an end the suffering and despair caused by mental health issues. Our goal is to make help and support available for every single person in society, from all walks of life. We will never stop offering hope. These are our promises.”