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

Having been the chief executive of a London borough until early 2019, Mike now provides independent leadership and organisation improvement advisory services to public sector organisations. He is also a non executive director of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and the Independent Chair of the North London Partners in Health and Care. He joined Beat in 2017, being 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 Jolliffe

Valerie has been a trustee since 2012. She has over ten years’ experience in the charity sector and is currently a trustee of Imperial College Healthcare Charity and Alcohol Research UK. After working in the City she moved into early stage venture capital and currently manages a spin-out fund in the Norwich Research Park. She has a first class degree from Cambridge, a masters degree in charity finance and management from Cass Business School, and is a Chartered Secretary.

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.

David Smart

David worked in the investment management field for 34 years for Barings, County NatWest and Fiduciary Trust which was subsequently taken over by Franklin Templeton.  He served on a number of the subsidiary boards of the last two and chaired the board of Fiduciary’s Swiss Bank for a number of years.  He currently serves on the investment committee of Beazley plc and of UNRWA, the UN agency which looks after Palestinian refugees in the Middle East.  David was elected to the National Trust Council in 2012 and appointed to the Board of Trustees in January 2015.

Melanie Smith

Mel Smith

Melanie currently is Strategy Director at Marks and Spencer. Previously she ran SmithHerbert 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.

Jo Bennett

Jo Bennett

Jo 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. 

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.

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. 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.

Dr Sandeep Ranote

Dr Sandeep Ranote is Medical Director and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at NW Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. She has been clinical advisor to The National Children's museum 'Eureka' and currently sits on the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Eating Disorder and Child and adolescent Faculty executive committees. She is a professional media expert for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and regular contributor to a range of newspapers and magazines.

She is the lead for I-thrive North in partnership with Thrive (Anna Freud and Tavistock Portman) to develop their first training academy outside of London as part of the mental health transformation programme for Greater Manchester Devolution. She is a contributing author to the Royal College of Psychiatrists' book 'The Female Mind' and was awarded a fellowship to The Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2014.

In 2018, Sandeep was appointed as Visiting Professor in Mental Health at The University of Chester and Vice President for Cheshire Community Foundation supporting the work of the third sector across health and social care.