People

Board of Trustees - UK

MOHAMMAD HAROON JP MSC FRSA – Chairman

Mr Haroon is a senior leader with a record of over 20 years of leading multi-million pound complex organisations and programmes including wide ranging multidisciplinary teams in the public sector/UK Civil Service.

As Chief Executive of the National Connexions Service of the Department for Education, he led improved performance & service delivery of a network of 47 companies and 15,000 employees across England. He then led nine regional programmes and 150 LA projects and transformed the arrangements for young people to improve services and performance.

In his capacity as Director and Senior Civil Servant at the Department of Health he led the UK delegation that negotiated the first WHO international health treaty and was Senior United Kingdom Official at EU Council of Health Minister meetings.

He has a long-held passion for supporting local, national, and international initiatives that make a positive impact on society and people’s lives and wellbeing. He has been a Non-Executive Director of a leading Mental Health NHS Trusts in the UK and Chair of the Governor Strategy Grp, one of the biggest Mental Health NHS Trusts in the UK.

Supervisory Board - Netherlands

JOS BRINKMANN - Chairman

Mr Brinkmann is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the leading Dutch mental health service provider GGZ Noord-Holland-Noord.

A highly experienced leader and manager, Mr Brinkmann has led mental health services and teams. Among others, he was managed various care companies of the Parnassia Bavo Group and has been Director of the healthcare company PsyQ.

Under his leadership, GGZ Noord-Holland-Noord become a centre of innovation in mental health care, with the service being rated as one of the best in the Netherlands and Europe.

Mr Brinkmann holds an MBA, and his academic background is in Psychology and Sociology.

DR RENE KEET

Dr Keet is the Chair of the European Community Mental Health Services network, which brings together 61 partners from 21 countries. He is a director at the community mental health service GGZ-Noord-Holland-Noord in The Netherlands – one of the best rated mental health services organizations in the country. He leads the FIT Academy, that provides training, e-learning, service evaluation and support to international reform projects of community mental health care. In addition, Dr Keet is Member of the Council Clinical Leaders of the International Initiative on Mental Health Leadership.

Dr Keet has a substantial track record in management and expert supervision of community mental health teams and on intersectoral partnerships & policy dialogues. In his current capacity, he provides leadership and mentorship to other mental health professionals, including psychiatrists and nurse practitioners, and facilitates peer information exchanges between care providers.

Dr Keet is a psychiatrist and holds a PhD in public health and and MSc in epidemiology.

RALUCA MARRIN

Ms Marrin is a seasoned Human Resources professional – a passionate, adaptable, and intuitive leader with a track record in building and leading people functions while supporting companies through explosive growth. She specializes in developing HR infrastructures from start-up phase to acquisition and beyond. Her experience covers a broad range of industries and company sizes, and has been at the helm of multiple high performing HR teams throughout her career. Currently Head of People Operations at Routable, she has previously served as the Chief People Officer at Apex Clearing, a highly successful FinTech firm based in Dallas, TX, prior to that she was Chief People Officer at Spark Networks, and VP of People at i.am+ (will.i.am’s Tech startup in Hollywood, CA).

For many years, Ms Marrin has been a keen advocate and supporter of vulnerable people, and has contributed to various charitable initiatives. With her academic background in psychology, she has particularly focused on helping orphaned children by partnering with several organizations in Europe as well as the United States.

FREDERICK WILLIAM SANDERS, OBE

Mr Saunders is an experienced civil service leader, awarded an OBE in his previous capacity as Chief Executive of East Staffordshire Borough Council, for services to Local Government in the West Midlands. He has substantial experience with managing organisations and with supporting people from vulnerable and marginalised groups.

Mr Saunders  also brings a wealth international experience serving on the Management Board of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, as well as being the Vice President for the Northern Hemisphere on the Management Board of the International City and County Management Association and on the Management Board of the European Association of Chief executives. He has a track record of charitable work at international level, in particular in Tanzania.

MOHAMMAD HAROON JP MSC FRSA

Mr Haroon is a senior leader with a record of over 20 years of leading multi-million pound complex organisations and programmes including wide ranging multidisciplinary teams in the public sector/UK Civil Service.

As Chief Executive of the National Connexions Service of the Department for Education, he led improved performance & service delivery of a network of 47 companies and 15,000 employees across England.  He then led nine regional programmes and 150 LA projects and transformed the arrangements for young people to improve services and performance.

In his capacity as Director and Senior Civil Servant at the Department of Health he led the UK delegation that negotiated the first WHO international health treaty and was Senior United Kingdom Official at EU Council of Health Minister meetings. 

He has a long-held passion for supporting local, national, and international initiatives that make a positive impact on society and people’s lives and wellbeing. He has been a Non-Executive Director of a leading Mental Health NHS Trusts in the UK and Chair of the Governor Strategy Grp, one of the biggest Mental Health NHS Trusts in the UK.

Management Board

DR IONELA PETREA

Dr Ionela Petrea is a senior international mental health expert with over 20 years of experience, including 9 year at the WHO EURO, 9 years as Head of the International Department of the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health (Trimbos), where she also served as Director of Institute’s WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health. In addition, she is Board Director, co-initiator and founding member of the European community based mental health service providers (EUCOMS) network, currently having over 61 members from 21 countries.

Her work covers international mental health policy, reforms of national mental health systems, dissemination of good practices on mental health and wellbeing. She contributed to writing of the first WHO Mental Health Action Plan for Europe, let the first WHO assessment of mental health systems in 42 European countries, led the EU Compass for Mental Health and Well-being and organised key international events on mental health (e.g. the 2016, 2017, 2018 European Fora for Mental Health).

Overall, she has operated in over 50 countries and has a far-reaching formal and informal network of contacts with influencers and decision-makers in national governments (often at ministerial level), international organisations, civil society, scientific communities & donor agencies across EMEIA. Dr Petrea holds a PhD in medicine as well as a Post-graduate Diploma in Public Health and Policy from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her background education is in psychology, she has an MSc in International Health from the University of Copenhagen. She fluent in English and French, intermediate in Spanish, Italian and Dutch, and her mother tongue is Romanian.

Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. RUTHER ENGELS

Rutger Engels is professor in Developmental Psychopathology, at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He received his MA in Psychology at the University of Groningen, his PhD at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Maastricht and did a post-doc at Utrecht University. In 2001, at the age of 32, he was appointed as a full professor in Nijmegen. From 2014-2018, he was CEO of the Trimbos Institute; the national institute for mental health and addictions, and distinguished professor in Developmental Psychopathology at Utrecht University in the period 2016-2018. From 2018-2021 he was Rector Magnificus of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

His fundamental and applied research focuses on early stages of substance use, depression and anxiety in children, adolescents and young adults. His research is funded by Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), ZONMW, Dutch Cancer Society, Dutch Asthma Foundation, EU, and two NWO career awards. He publishes extensively in the top-ranking journals in Addiction and Psychology disciplines, and has an excellent track record of successfully coordinating research projects and mentoring PhD students. He is passionate about taking science to the frontline where it matters most, and developing state-of-the-art prevention programs that will have a far-reaching, international impact on policy and practice.

TEAM

Our team includes a core team and associates. Team profiles include senior international mental health experts with track records as project managers, implementation experts, academics, policy advisors and practitioners.

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