The Mental Health Foundation is pleased to announce that Isabella Goldie, who was Head of Scotland for the organisation from 2005-2014 is stepping up to be Directory of Delivery and Development for the Foundation across the UK. She will be responsible for the Foundation’s research and policy programmes as well as developing new areas and will manage a staff team who are specialist in research, policy and a range of equality issues including learning disability in her new role.
Her own areas of expertise and interest include addressing mental health inequalities, the mental health of people in later life and refugees and asylum seekers, as well as wellbeing in the workplace and mindfulness.
She strongly believes that people with experience of mental health problems and learning disabilities must have a voice in public policy as well as on service development and has supported the development of VOX, the Scottish mental health service user organisation alongside the capacity building of pan disability collective advocacy in Malawi.
She believes that the arts can play a role in reducing stigma and discrimination and chaired the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, as well as leading the next phase of the Scottish Government’s national anti-stigma programme.
Isabella also oversaw the merger of the Foundation with the Scottish Development Centre for Mental Health and is responsible for leading the 10 year Review of Mental Health Services for the Scottish Government.
Previous positions include 12 years in the voluntary sector within the Glasgow Association for Mental Health in a range of post. This included six years as Scotia Clubhouse Director when she also sat as an invited member on the International Centre for Clubhouse Development Faculty Board.
She has a Master’s degree in Public Mental Health from the University of Glasgow and trained and worked as a registered mental health nurse for nine years within the NHS. Isabella has contributed to a number of publications including editing the Public Mental Health Handbook and she sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Mental Health.
Jenny Edwards CBE, Chief Executive of the Foundation said, ‘We are delighted that Isabella will now be operating on a UK wide basis and bringing her wealth of knowledge and expertise to our new Department of Development and Delivery. This is the heartbeat of the organisation, where we undertake the research and policy work which reinforces our position as a centre for excellence in research and application, not only for mental illness but for mental health and wellbeing.
Isabella Goldie said, ‘I look forward to working with the talented and diverse team ranging from specialists in infant and maternal mental health through later life and ensuring that the voice of the Foundation continues to be a significant one amongst policy makers right across our 4 nations.’