Our people

Our trustees

David Cox
Formerly a member of the management team at the world’s most popular Mindfulness app, Headspace.

Eleanor McCartney
Change professional with a background in Accountancy

Graham McCartney
Engineering consultant and Emeritus Professor at the University of Nottingham.

Val McCartney
Formerly Member of Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and Magistrate.

David McCartney
GP in the NHS

Helen Rimington
Lawyer and former trustee of the Children’s Legal Centre

Paul Meller
Paul Meller Associate Director at UK Research and Innovation with a background in research management and academia

We are indebted to our Trustees for the role they have taken on and the time they give.

Our advisory board

Penelope Aspinall (Chair)

Penny has nearly 30 years’ experience as a counsellor, psychotherapist and trainer, working in a range of settings, including Zeneca (Huddersfield), Arla Foods, the NHS and in private practice as a counselling and organisational mental health consultant. However, most of her career has been spent working in Higher Education, most recently at the University of Bradford as Head of Disability, Counselling and Mental Health. After leaving Bradford in 2018, she joined the Charlie Waller Trust where she continues to work as a mental health consultant, developing and delivering training and creating written materials for both Charlie Waller and Jonathan’s Voice.

Oscar Benito

Legal advisor at Gavi, the Vaccines Alliance. Oscar is a legal expert in international brand protection management with significant life sciences knowledge. Experience in private practice for 5 years in Spain and 17 years in-house in the UK at GlaxoSmithKline. Oscar is a Council member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) and leads its WIPO Liaison Committee, interacting with senior stakeholders at the UK IPO and WIPO to make the International Trade Mark Registration system more user-friendly.

Jonathan Foster

Jonathan is a trainee patent attorney at Appleyard Lees and Welfare Officer to the CIPA Informals (the trainee arm of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys). Jonathan aims to help tackle the specific issues that trainees sometimes face within the profession. More importantly, Jonathan hopes to be known as a friendly face, and an approachable ally, throughout the IP profession!

David Hammond

Senior UK and European patent attorney
David is a partner, and UK and European patent attorney at Haseltine Lake Kempner where Jonathan worked. Since Jonathan’s death, David became a Mental Health First Aider, and a founding member of the firm’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Group, responsible for promoting internal and external initiatives to foster good mental health in colleagues. David has supported Jonathan’s Voice since its beginnings, including speaking with Graham at the This Can Happen mental health conference in 2019, where they joined a panel discussion on suicide prevention and awareness.

Dr Alicia Instone

Past president Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA). Alicia is a Chartered Patent Attorney, a European Patent Attorney and a Chartered UK Trade Mark Attorney. Alicia has also obtained the Intellectual Property Litigation and Advocacy Certificate at Nottingham Trent University which enables her to represent clients directly before the High Court. Alongside sitting on the Council for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys’ and being an active member of their Trade Marks and Design & Copyright Committees, Alicia also sits on the Council of FICPI-UK as treasurer.

Graham Mccartney

Graham now works as an independent consultant in materials engineering. Prior to that he was a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham where he lectured to graduate and undergraduate students and supervised postgraduate research students. Since founding the charity he has been active in giving talks and webinars to many different workplace and community groups.

Helen Undy

CEO Money and Mental Health Policy Institute. Helen previously led Mind’s policy and campaigns work on public mental health and social care as well as working for a number of different third sector organisations and in Parliament. Helen sits on the advisory group to the board of the Money and Pensions Service, the Government’s Financial Inclusion Policy Forum and the UK Finance Consumer Advisory Group. (she/her) @helen_undy

Peter Vaughan

Peter is a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University specialising in Intellectual Property and teaching on a range of courses including the Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice. Peter is also a volunteer supervisor with Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre, supervising Intellectual Property work. Peter qualified as a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney in 2014 and prior to joining NTU in 2020 worked as a trade mark attorney in private practice for a London firm. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Law and Practice Committee and Chair of the Domain Names Working Group.

We are very grateful to all the members of the Board who share their expertise and give their time voluntarily.

Mental health consultant to Jonathan’s Voice

Penelope Aspinall
Penny has nearly 30 years’ experience as a counsellor, psychotherapist and trainer, working in a range of settings, including Zeneca (Huddersfield), Arla Foods, the NHS and in private practice as a counselling and organisational mental health consultant. However, most of her career has been spent working in Higher Education, most recently at the University of Bradford as Head of Disability, Counselling and Mental Health. After leaving Bradford in 2018, she joined the Charlie Waller Trust where she continues to work as a mental health consultant, developing and delivering training and creating written materials for both Charlie Waller and Jonathan’s Voice.

Social media manager

Mollie Targett
Mollie has worked with Jonathan’s Voice since 2021. She has worked in the Performing Arts Industry for many years, both as a singer/ actress and a teacher. She has also gained a lot of skills in Social Media and building an audience on line. Mollie has personal experience with Mental Health and knows how important it is to stop the stigma and provide help and support.