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.

Mike Cooke - Chairman

Mike Cooke

Mike is a local government chief executive with extensive experience of service delivery and public policy development, particularly in the field of health and social care. He has previously worked in banking and in number of local authorities and housing associations, specialising in organisational change and transformation. He was keen to contribute to Beat’s work because of his experience of supporting a close family member with a serious eating disorder.

Valerie Jolliffe – Treasurer

Valerie JolliffeValerie has been a trustee of Beat since 2012. She is a highly experienced trustee and currently sits on the boards of the Imperial Health Charity, Alcohol Research UK/Alcohol Concern and Practical Action. She has a first class degree from Cambridge, a masters degree in charity accounting and financial management from Cass Business School, and is a Chartered Secretary. In her role of Treasurer of Beat, she has a special interest in financial planning and governance.

Valerie is currently working freelance with a number of technology start-ups. She was previously working in the City in corporate finance and corporate broking.

Richard Davis

Richard Davis

Richard has been supporting Beat since 2007 and received the Beat ‘Outstanding volunteer service’ award in 2014. He served on the Fundraising Committee between 2014 – 2016 and is currently a member of the Development Board. Richard has first-hand experience of caring for someone with an eating disorder and is determined to help Beat support everyone affected by eating disorders. Richard previously volunteered as a business advisor for the charity ‘Young Enterprise’ for ten years and served as a Trustee on the Young Enterprise London board between 2009 -2011. 

Richard has worked for over 20 years in the Financial Services industry specialising in Business Continuity and Crisis Management.

Melanie Smith

Melanie Smith

Melanie runs SmithHebert a boutique strategy consulting firm specialising in consumer goods, marketing and retail. Prior to this Melanie was a partner at McKinsey & Company in London. Melanie has law (honours) and commerce degrees from the University of Auckland and an MBA from Northwestern University. 

Melanie is an active member of the Maori community in London and is on the board of Manaia and Whakaako.

Neil Roskilly

Neil Roskilly

Neil is Chief Executive of the Independent Schools Association. Neil is a passionate educator and advises DfE, HMRC, and a range of examination awarding bodies on educational policy implementation. Neil represented the independent sector on the General Teaching Council for England and is a Board Member for The Independent Schools Council, as well as UK director and trustee of the international charity and social movement “We”. As well as advising school leaders across the country, Neil taught in both the state and private sectors, is an experienced independent headteacher and state sector governor, and regularly comments on educational matters in the media.

Jo Bennett

Jo BennettJo is an experienced Human Resources leader with over 30 years working in businesses such as Mars, Cadbury and Costa Coffee, both in the UK and overseas. She has broad HR expertise including remuneration, and a specific interest in change management and talent development. Jo has personal experience of caring for a family member with an eating disorder. She has a Biochemical Engineering degree from University College, London. 

Anne-Marie Winton

Anne-Marie Winton

Anne-Marie is a partner at ARC Pensions Law 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.

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.

Melanie Carter

Melanie Carter is a partner at the law firm, Bates Wells & Braithwaite LLP.  She heads up their public and regulatory law practice.  She is also a Tribunal Judge in the First Tier (Information Rights) Tribunal and an international adjudicator for the Marine Stewardship Council.  She is formally a magistrate and a legal Chair of the Adjudication Panel for England.  She has been a trustee of various charities, most recently Vice Chair of the Public Law Project but before that a local CVS, a women’s refuge and Central London Law Centre. She has for many years been a supporter of Beat and those who work in and around eating disorders.  She was involved in setting up a phone line for people with eating disorders in the 1980s and has remained interested in this area ever since.