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Meet our spokespeople from Mental Health Innovations, available to speak about our latest data and research and give clinical insights into the mental health of the UK population.

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Victoria Hornby, Chief Executive Officer

Victoria is CEO of Mental Health Innovations. From 2011 to 2017, she was Director of Programmes at The Royal Foundation, building a portfolio of projects including the Invictus Games, Coach Core, United for Wildlife and Heads Together. Before joining the Foundation, Victoria was a Senior Executive at the Sainsbury Family Trusts and CEO of an international development charity. She began her career as Field Director of an aid agency, living and working in Eastern Europe for four years. Alongside her day jobs, Victoria is a Director of Social Finance, adviser to the Charles Dunstone Charitable Trust, and a trustee of the Westminster Foundation and the Bridges Impact Foundation.

Mark Ungless, Director of Data Insights

Mark is the Director of Data Insights at Mental Health Innovations. He has over 20 years of experience conducting research in the fields of psychology and neuroscience, and has worked broadly in public engagement and science communication. Before joining MHI, Mark was Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience and Director of Postgraduate Studies at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences at Imperial College London, during which time he was also Education & Engagement Secretary for the British Neuroscience Association. Prior to that he held a lectureship and then a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford following postdoctoral research training in Houston, San Francisco, and Oxford. Mark has a BSc and DPhil in Experimental Psychology and is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Dr Fiona Pienaar, Senior Clinical Advisor

Fiona is the Senior Clinical Advisor for Mental Health Innovations with responsibilities with a focus on ensuring the organisation is keeping abreast of global and national mental health trends, research and developments.  In her previous role, Fiona was Director of Clinical Services at Place2Be. Fiona has a background of over 30 years of teaching in primary and intermediate schools, special needs education, counselling in schools, counsellor education in both further and higher education institutes, educational and mental health resource development, mentoring programmes, private practice and mental health research.  Fiona has taught on the postgraduate Counselling programmes at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and the University of Cambridge, England as well as on the CONTED programme at the University of Oxford. Fiona’s research has focused primarily on children’s experiences of stress and coping. Fiona has a PhD in Behavioural Science from the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland, a MEd in Counselling, a Professional Certificate in Coaching (Henley Business School) and various other counselling, teaching and special needs qualifications. Fiona is currently based in Auckland, New Zealand, supporting and developing the MHI/Shout team there. From 2017 to 2019, Fiona was founding Chief Clinical Officer of MHI.

Sarah Kendrick, Clinical Director

Sarah has been Clinical Director at Mental Health Innovations (MHI) since October 2020, having joined MHI as Head of Quality in May 2019.  She has over 20 years post-qualification experience as a Psychotherapist and in various managerial and frontline roles.  Sarah's working life began in children's homes and reaching for an understanding of children with systemic and prolonged disadvantage and distress in their lives was instrumental in setting the path for her career.  She has worked with children and families therapeutically in school, clinics, social care, nursery, youth offending and community settings throughout her career. Sarah has an abiding interest in early intervention in mental health and retains faith in the potential for development of  emotional capital and resilience at every stage of life.

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If you'd like to speak to one of our spokespeople, please contact us at communications@mentalhealthinnovations.org and we'll be in touch shortly.