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Become a Trustee

About Us


Thank you for your interest in Mental Health Research UK and in becoming one of our Trustees. 


Our objectives are


To protect and promote the health of the public by research into the nature, causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure of all forms of mental illness, and in particular the development of the research findings into practical applications for the prevention, treatment and cure of mental illnesses.


In furtherance of the primary objective


To provide information and raise public awareness and in particular public understanding of such matters;


To build research capacity by way of the provision of fellowships and/or training awards and/or Scholarships; and


To encourage the collaboration in research and the sharing of information both within the UK and worldwide.


Our Trustees


Trustees are an integral part of the charity. They are the people who are responsible for the management and administration of the organisation. You will join the governance structure – the board - that has overseen our organisation’s growth over the past 15 years.

Mental Health Research UK is volunteer-run. We currently have 8 core volunteers whose work is co-ordinated by our Honorary Administrator (also a volunteer). These volunteer roles ensure that more than 95% of the funds that are donated to us are spent on our core objectives.

We have no physical base, our volunteers all work from home and live all over the country. 

The skills that we need to enhance at present are in fundraising and PR/communications.

Previous experience of charity Trusteeship is not essential, and training will be given. It is important that Trustees have a genuine interest in getting involved in our work. If you would like to know more about becoming a Trustee or the work that Mental Health Research UK is doing, we would very much like to hear from you.

How to Apply

If you wish to discuss these roles further please contact


To apply for this role, please send an up-to-date CV, a covering letter explaining why you want to join Mental Health Research UK as a Trustee, and the diversity form to, by 14th April 2023


It is important to note that pre-appointment declarations will be requested to ensure that candidates have not been disqualified by law from acting as a Trustee.


Next stages

We will consider all applications and respond to candidates promptly. We anticipate recruitment will take place in the following stages and is designed as a two-way process between Mental Health Research UK and Trustee applicants:


Stage 1: Potential candidates will be invited to a have a telephone conversation with our Chair of Trustees, Mike Owen.


Stage 2: Short-listed applicants will then be invited to a face-to-face interview including members of the board of Trustees. This may be by zoom.


Stage 3: Recruited trustees will be invited to attend the first Trustee meeting as an observer before confirming the appointment.

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