The work of Washington Mind is overseen by our Board of Trustees.  The trustees of the Executive Committee also work in a voluntary capacity.

Our Trustees

We recruit volunteers with key skills and experience in areas such as mental health service users and workers, the voluntary sector, management, finance and human resources.

We would like to introduce you to them:

Bernie Cornish

Chairperson

My relationship with Washington Mind began over 10 years ago, I have enjoyed numerous roles in that period as a member of the board, treasurer and over the past few years Chair of this fantastic organisation.

In my professional career I have experience in a wide variety of roles including Operational performance, HR, Recruitment, Customer and Colleague Experience. I am also a licensed trainer and have spent a great deal of my career developing training materials and delivering training.

In my spare time my world revolves around my family and friends. I have two wonderful sons Grant and Lewis, their partners Erin and Beth and my husband Ian. We have a really tight bond and even though my sons are grown up and live independent lives we always make time for time for each other, they truly are my support network. My Brother, Sister and their families are also very important to me, we are part of a large family who work hard to remain close and support each other...

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Bernie Cornish

Bernie Cornish

Chairperson

David Wright

Treasurer

I am a management accountant and have worked in the public, private and not for profit sectors over the years. I am enjoying using my experience and knowledge to support the great work being done by the team at Washington Mind and look forward to to continuing to do so in the future.

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David Wright

David Wright

Treasurer

Councillor Dianne Snowdon

Trustee

I am a City of Sunderland Councillor and have represented the Washington Central Ward since 2008. I have lived in the Ward for most of my life and have five grown children and three grandchildren. I am a School Governor at John F. Kennedy Primary School, Biddick Community Sports College and I am Chair of Governors at the Returners and Young Mums Management Committee. In my spare time I like to watch athletics and travel the country with my 18 year old son who competes for Gateshead Harriers.

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Councillor Dianne Snowdon

Councillor Dianne Snowdon

Trustee

Elaine Harbron

Trustee

I recently joined the Washington Mind Board of Trustees after attending the AGM in 2015. I am familiar with Washington Mind, as I support a family member who has mental health problems.

My previous working life has included working in retail, catering and I was a sewing machinist for many years. In 1999 I undertook an Access to Humanities course at Sunderland College and in 2000 I began studying for my degree in Psychology at Sunderland University. I volunteered at Washington Asylum Seekers Project from 2003, after I graduated. I supported service users and was part of the management committee.

Part of my current day job at Sunderland City Council involves supporting voluntary and community sector organisations with ICT and digital inclusion for hard to reach groups. I am enjoying being able to use my knowledge and experience to support the excellent work of Washington Mind.

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Elaine Harbron

Elaine Harbron

Trustee

Would you like to be a Washington Mind Trustee?

Download the application here and email to [email protected].

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