Money and Mental Health appoints four new trustees

8 February 2019

The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute has announced four new appointments to its Board of Trustees.

The charity was set up in 2016 by Martin Lewis, MoneySavingExpert, with the aim of tackling the link between mental health problems and financial difficulty.

The new appointments to the charity’s board bring extensive experience and insight spanning financial services, regulation, mental health and business leadership:

  • Clare Francis is Director of Savings and Investments at Barclays UK. A former financial journalist, she is an expert in consumer finance having spent eight years working on national newspapers and seven years as Editor-in-Chief at MoneySuperMarket. Clare lost her husband to suicide in 2011 and has since been committed to raising awareness and understanding of mental health issues.
  • Jo Hill is Executive Director of Strategy and Risk for the Pensions Regulator, where she is responsible for corporate strategy. She was previously Director of Market Intelligence, Data and Analysis at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Jo is a passionate advocate for better mental health support in the workplace and is a non executive board member of the City Mental Health Alliance. She brings her own experience of long term depression and anxiety to bear on her role as a trustee.
  • Patrick Nash is a social entrepreneur, having set up 12 companies, charities and social enterprises, ranging from mental health to education and renewable energy. He provides commercial advice and leadership coaching to directors of charities, SMEs, social enterprises and impact investors through his latest venture Enterprise Values. Patrick was winner of the IoD Director of the Year 2017 for Leadership in Corporate Responsibility.
  • Chris Pond is Chairman of the Lending Standards Board. He has a wealth of experience gained through ministerial, chief executive, chair and director roles, covering a wide range of organisations in the financial services industry, including statutory and voluntary regulation and consumer bodies. Chris is also an Independent Director with the Consumer Account Switch Service run by BACS.

Martin Lewis, Chair and Founder of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, said:

“The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute is only two years old, but already the team have had commitments from the Prime Minister, changed legislation to protect those in NHS crisis care from debt, and seen banks launch new spending protections for customers. In a short space of time it has established itself as the pre-eminent organisation in its area – and we have ambition for it to reach further and have an even bigger impact.

That’s why we’re delighted to be expanding our already talented board, to add four new trustees with tremendous calibre, and huge experience across financial services, regulation and business leadership – as well as lived experience of mental health issues. I am confident our super-charged Board can steer the charity from strength to strength in the coming years.”





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Notes to Editors

About  the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute

  • The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute was set up by Martin Lewis in spring 2016, registered charity number 1166493.
  • It conducts research and develops policies for essential services firms, regulators, the health service and government to help people with mental health problems protect themselves from financial difficulties and get out of debt.
  • Martin Lewis OBE, Money Saving Expert, is an award-winning campaigning broadcaster, newspaper columnist and author. He founded in 2003 for £100 and remains its full-time Editor-in- Chief. It is now the UK’s biggest money site, with more than 14 million monthly users. Martin has his own prime-time ITV programme – The Martin Lewis Money Show – and is resident expert on This Morning, Good Morning Britain and BBC Radio 5 Live’s Consumer Panel, among others.