Board of Trustees

Beat has a board of Trustees who are the Directors of the Company. The Trustees reflect a range of skills, including governance, finance, HR, strategy and clinical expertise. They are responsible for the overall direction, policies and strategy of Beat. The majority 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

A Beat Trustee since June 2017, Neil has a high-level background in education, being Chief Executive of the Independent Schools Association from 2009-2020, Board Member for the Independent Schools Council for nine years and also sat on the General Teaching Council for England. He advised DfE, HMRC, and a range of examination awarding bodies on educational policy implementation, and regularly featured in the media. He is passionate about charity governance and the importance of training key personnel in schools about eating disorders and good mental health. As well as supporting BEAT, Neil is UK director and trustee of the international charity and social movement “We”, the grant-making charity The Deakin Scholarship Fund, and the Education for the 21st Century academies group.

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.

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. 

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.

Dr Paul Robinson

Paul is a Consultant Adult Psychiatrist and has specialised in Eating Disorders Psychiatry for some 25 years, working at the Maudsley, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, the Gordon Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital, the Russell Unit and now as an honorary consultant psychiatrist at St Ann’s Hospital in North London.

He is a founder member and former chair of what is now the Faculty of Eating Disorders at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Paul has been a supporter of Beat for many years, and is Chair of the Scientific Committee that develops and delivers Beat’s EDIC conference every 2 years. 

Emily Rothwell

Emily joined Beat in early 2017 as a Beat Ambassador. At this time she was completing an MSc by Research investigating a digital treatment for those affected by binge eating difficulties. Emily then began working as a Research Officer and as a Senior Helpline Advisor for Beat, and in 2018 began the role as Beat’s Clinical Advice Co-ordinator, which later became Clinical Advisor. She left Beat in 2020 to begin her training on the clinical doctorate programme.

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