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Independent Directors

Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) is a Big Lottery Fund endowed spend-out charitable Trust, whose aim is to provide an evidence base that will influence and underpin policy making and service delivery in order to enable United Kingdom ex-Service personnel and their families to lead successful civilian lives.

FiMT is also a voted member of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of Service Charities (Cobseo). They benefit from an endowment of £35 million, and have ambitions to make a transformational difference to the sector by decisive and targeted grants and commissions, and their subsequent exploitation for influence. They were also about to embark upon an ambitious programme of mental health research.

After 3 years of operation, FiMT were seeking to complement the current strengths of their Board with the appointment of two Independent Directors with experience in one or more of the following areas: grant making, research commissioning, Foundation or Trust strategy and operation, mental health research, local government, and strategic and corporate communications.

Prospectus was successful in identifying candidates with a strong empathy for the armed forces including Andrew Barnett, Chief Executive of a leading grant making trust, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Prof Neil Greenberg of King’s College London, who has extensive experience of conducting research in military and veteran populations and led the first two ever randomised controlled trials on the effectiveness of psychological health interventions in the UK Armed Forces. 

This was our first attempt at refreshing our Board, and Prospectus made my life as Chief Executive working to the Governance Committee considerably easier.  Prospectus provided a very personal and tailored service that exactly met the needs of Forces in Mind Trust.  Easy to contact and with high standards of support, Prospectus produced excellent long and short lists, from which we were delighted to be able to recruit two very high-calibre Directors.”

Ray Lock CBE - Chief Executive.