About Oxfordshire Mind

Oxfordshire Mind is a member of the network of local Mind associations.

We have five sites spread across Oxfordshire:

Head office:
2 Kings Meadow

Information Service:
📞01865 247788

📞01865 263730

📞07760 767365

📞07394 567360
📞07803 520359

Corporate Partnerships:
📞07394 566 845

📞01865 247788

📞07394 566846
📞07593 382407

📞01865 263 759

Witney Resource Centre
8 Moorland Road
OX28 6LF

The Charter
OX14 3LZ

46 Cowley Rd

Britannia Road
OX16 5DN

📞01865 263210

OYAP Trust, Cemetery Road
OX26 6BB

📞 07593 437519 (Friday only)

We share our mission, vision and values with colleagues in other local Minds around the country and with national Mind. You can find out more about national Mind here.

To find out more about our Mission and Values, click on the titles below to reveal more information.

About us

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem at some point during our lives.

At Oxfordshire Mind we firmly believe that everyone who has mental health difficulties should have somewhere to turn to for advice and support. We exist to make that happen. 

We do this through raising awareness of mental health issues, making sure that support for mental health in Oxfordshire is easy to find, and by running a range of mental health services, including:

  • Courses and workshops to increase understanding of mental health 
  • Workplace training to support mental health at work
  • Support with welfare benefits 
  • Peer support groups 
  • Supported housing and accommodation.

We were set up in 1967 as an independent charity to support people in Oxfordshire, but our services are quality assured through National Mind’s standards. We’re part of their network of local Minds, offering support directly to those who need it within our community.

Our Vision:

We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.

Our Mission:

We promote good mental health through the provision of high quality services and campaigning for positive change.

Our Values:
  • Striving to make mental health services more human
  • Working alongside people to help them realise their potential
  • Raising awareness, promoting understanding and challenging stigma
  • The importance of community and the benefits of mutual support
How We Work:
  • Open: We reach out to anyone who needs us
  • Together: We’re stronger in partnership
  • Responsive: We listen, we act
  • Independent: We speak out fearlessly
  • Unstoppable: We never give up
Governance and Trustees:


Trustees play an important role in charities. Staff members and volunteers handle the day-to-day running of the charity, whereas trustees focus on the overall strategy and goals of a charity, and ensure that it is run sustainably. 


We also have three different sub-committees which support our Board, scrutinising different areas of work to add another layer of insight.

Meet our trustees

At Oxfordshire Mind we have trustees board with a range of knowledge, skills, and backgrounds, giving us valuable input and support.

Nick Welch

Chair of Trustees

Nick has had an extensive involvement in social work, social care and mental health services in Oxfordshire for many years. He specialised in mental health as a social worker and managed hospital-based social work services. He was responsible for mental health service and practice development for Oxfordshire County Council before becoming an Assistant Director responsible for social services’ planning, commissioning and procurement, overseeing the implementation of community care and many other service developments.  He retired in 2011 after a period of part-time work combined with his own consultancy work. Nick has been involved for many years in local voluntary groups working with young people as well as older people and has been a school governor.

He became a trustee in 2012 and was elected as Chair in 2018.

Nick Georgiou

Vice Chair and Company Secretary

He has worked in the NHS managing hospital and community mental health services in London, and as a non-executive director in the NHS.   He has carried out several enquires into deaths and serious incidents in both health and social care services.
Nick is currently the Independent Chair of a Safeguarding Partnership for both children and adults.
He first became a trustee in 1999 and is currently the Vice Chair and Company Secretary.

Mike Farwell

Mike is a chartered accountant, with a career working for international and regional accounting firms. He has been a partner at accountants and business advisers James Cowper Kreston since 1995 and is a director of several companies. Mike has substantial expertise in accounting, audit and advisory work, with a specialism in charities and education, advising on risk, governance and financial matters. He is regularly involved with the Charity Commission and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales on charity accounting and other matters.
Mike is a trustee of several charities, including Abingdon School, Newbury College and Newbury Spring Festival.

An economics graduate of St John’s College Cambridge, he also holds a diploma in charity accounting. Mike’s off-duty interests include golf, sport, current affairs, walking and travel.

John Hall

John Hall is a clinical psychologist by background, who worked in Norfolk, Yorkshire and Cardiff before moving to Oxford in 1980. He has been a member of Oxfordshire Mind since then, and in his day-job collaborated in a number of Mind-linked community mental health projects. In 2002 he moved to Oxford Brookes as part-time professor of mental health, and also worked in London as research director of a national mental health service development charity. He has been a volunteer at the Mill since 2011, and also has an ongoing interest in the historical development of mental health services, both nationally and locally.

Chelsea Birkby

Chelsea has been an Oxfordshire Mind trustee since 2018. She brings to the board years’ experience in the charity sector in fundraising, planning, social media and relationship management, in high value, community fundraising, legacy and philanthropy and partnerships. She is also is an award-nominated stand up comedian, known for her material covering her bipolar disorder and experience with mental illness; having accessed many of Oxford’s services, she brings firsthand user experience. Chelsea has performed at many of Jericho Comedy’s Oxfordshire Mind Gala’s along side big names, raising tens of thousands of pounds for Oxfordshire Mind. 

Katharine Nichols

Katharine is a solicitor, who specializes in representing people who are detained under the Mental Health Act.  She is also a Court of Protection Visitor, working (freelance) for the Office of the Public Guardian in cases of people who cannot manage their own affairs because of incapacity.


Katharine is also a carer for a family member with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Arian Beqiri

Arian is a research scientist working on using artificial intelligence to improve medical imaging. He is currently Head of Technical Development at Ultromics in Oxford but prior to this he worked in academic roles at King’s College London.

He has previously volunteered with the Restore mental health charity on their Opportunities Project, visiting inpatients on psychiatric wards and assisting them as they prepare to leave the ward. This along with lived experience of mental illness has fuelled a desire to improve access to mental health services for all.

Susan Polywka

Susan is a solicitor by background and has spent most of her career in the NHS, in Oxford and at the Department of Health in Whitehall.  She practised in-house in the field of clinical negligence before moving into the area of corporate governance; holding the post of Head of Corporate Governance and Secretary to the Board of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust up until she stepped aside from full-time work in 2018.

She currently works part-time as a Corporate Governance Consultant and volunteers for the Benefits for Better Mental Health service.

Luna Zaman

Coming soon.

Andi Reiss

Andi Reiss is an independent creative whose career encompasses a range of disciplines including documentary filmmaking, research and writing, multi-media art and installation and education. He is also a cartoonist and photographer. He has created films on the subject of mental health for the past ten years and is delighted to be a part of Oxfordshire Mind. 

Dr Alan Cohen

Dr Alan Cohen was a GP principal for 20 years in Mitcham, South London until 2004.   From 2005, he was senior primary care advisor to CSIP, the National Primary Care lead for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme, and Honorary Associate Director of Primary Care at the Department of Health.
He was a Senior Fellow at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, for 13 years up until Nov 2009.  He also worked as a Medical Director for a CCG.
He worked from 2011 until 2015 as Director of Primary Care at the West London Mental Health Trust, providing physical health care services to those at Broadmoor Hospital.
He retired from clinical practice in July 2015 but continues to teach undergraduate medical students at Salzburg Medical School, ski and publish the occasional article.

Lucy Townsend

Lucy is currently Head of People at Animal Dynamics in Oxford. Prior to that she was a HR Manager in the University of Oxford. She spent five years in the charity sector at Oxfam GB in the Humanitarian HR team, overseeing volunteers in the team as well as providing support to international humanitarian programmes.
Lucy is a member of the HR sub-committee and provides advice on policies and people practices as well as ensuring alignment with strategic priorities. She became a trustee in 2018.

Want to become a trustee?

If you’re interested in becoming a trustee of Oxfordshire Mind, please contact office@oxfordshiremind.org.uk.

Charity number: 261476

Registered Office: 2 Kings Meadow, Oxford, OX2 0DP

Company Number: 4343625


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