Anne Beales has many years’ experience working directly with those who access mental health services. She describes ‘working in partnership to bring about positive change’ as the best summary of her philosophy and uses her own experiences of accessing mental health services in her roles.
In 2004 she joined Together to set up, develop, and lead the new Service User Involvement Directorate where she worked until her retirement in 2016. Anne was a founding member and continues to be a supporter of the National Survivor User Network, and from 2008 to 2014 she was a service user consultant to the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network. She also served as part of the government Social Work Task Force, set up to examine the quality, recruitment and retention of the profession..
Anne is Chair of Disability Rights UK.