Winner: Charity Governance Awards

It is with great pleasure that we announce Coventry and Warwickshire Mind has been named winner of the Embracing Opportunity & Harnessing Risk category of the national Charity Governance Awards 2019.

The award was presented to Steven Hill, CEO of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, and members of the Board of Trustees at the ceremony in London on May 22.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind had been shortlisted for identifying the need for a residential recovery centre in Coventry, leading to the development of St Clair Gardens.

“The board of trustees and senior management team at Coventry and Warwickshire Mind are proud to receive this award for Embracing Opportunity & Harnessing Risk for the challenges we faced when building a new recovery centre for people with complex mental health needs.

“This was a first for our charity, borrowing money and building from scratch, but demand has been high and we are now full, four months ahead of schedule. Thanks again for your recognition.”

Steven Hill, CEO of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

The ceremony featured a keynote speech by Nat Sloane CBE, England Chair for The National Lottery Community Fund, ahead of the announcement of the winners from the 21-strong shortlist. The shortlist also included fellow local Mind, Dorset Mind, in the Managing Turnaround category.

Michael Jarvis, who chairs the Awards for the organisers The Clothworkers’ Company, said, “Congratulations to all the winners – and the shortlisted candidates should also be proud – this was, yet again, a field of a very high standard. These creative, hard-working and inspiring trustees and their colleagues deserve to be celebrated.

“I would encourage everyone in the third sector to read the stories of our winning charities – these real-life experiences and innovative ideas could help any charity seeking to improve their own governance. It also reminds us all that by improving governance a charity can dramatically improve the lives of those it serves.”

For the Charity Governance Awards, The Clothworkers’ Company – a City of London livery company that supports trusteeship initiatives – is partnered with not-for-profit consultancy NPC (New Philanthropy Capital), sector recruitment specialists Prospectus, and trustee-matching organisation Reach Volunteering.

The expert judging panel boasts a wealth of experience in charity governance and the voluntary sector. Judges include Dawn Austwick (CEO, The National Lottery Community Fund), Vinay Nair (Co-founder, Lightful), Dan Corry (CEO, New Philanthropy Capital), David Gold (CEO, Prospectus) and Janet Thorne (CEO, Reach Volunteering) among many other notable names.

Stories of all of the winning charities, and the shortlisted entrants, can be found at

Image credit: Kate Darkins Photography

Year of Wellbeing 2019

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is proud to support the Year of Wellbeing.

L – R Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus driver, Dave Allen, Cllr Kamran Caan, Chair of Coventry Health and Wellbeing Board, Steven Hill, CEO of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, and Adrian Collins, Year of Wellbeing blogger

The Coventry and Warwickshire Year of Wellbeing is a unique partnership between Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Boards, the first of its kind in the country, to address challenges which affect us all.

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind shares the Year of Wellbeing’s vision for a strong community, inspired and empowered to take action to improve health and wellbeing for themselves and others in 2019 and beyond.

Steven Hill, CEO of Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, said: “We are delighted to support the Coventry and Warwickshire Year of Wellbeing to improve the health and wellbeing of all in our area.

“The Year of Wellbeing, 2019, is already shaping up to be exciting year for our charity as we continue to work hard to ensure sure no-one experiences a mental health problem alone with a range of free to access services.

“Our new-look Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus goes public in January with a number of scheduled stops across Coventry and Warwickshire. All are welcome to get on board where you can get advice and information.

“Our bus is one of a range of ways we reach out to communities, along with a number of Wellbeing Hub drop-ins, some of which open every day of the year.

“We also encourage everyone to join us for RED January, a move every day challenge for the start of 2019 to help manage mental health through physical activity.

“For the Year of Wellbeing and beyond, we urge everyone to focus on their mental wellbeing as well their physical health, and Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is here to help anyone who needs it.”


For more information about the Coventry and Warwickshire Year of Wellbeing, click here.