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.
Anne supported the formal setting up of the Service user led West Sussex charity the 'Capital' project and remained director as it grew until 2004. In 2007 Anne received an MBE for services to health care. During this time she moved to the national charity Together, working 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 was trustee at Disability Rights U.K. and was chair for two years until she stood down in 2017
Anne is currently Chair of the trust's Charity Committee 'Heads On' and sits on the Audit Committee.