Our founders and trustees
The Shaw Mind Foundation is a registered charity. Our founders and trustees are responsible for making sure that as a charity we act in accordance with our mission, aims and objectives.
As a board, we really do understand mental health – as sufferers and also from a clinical background.
Our Chairman (Adam Shaw), our board of trustees and all the amazing volunteers who support The Shaw Mind Foundation receive no remuneration; all proceeds and donations go towards our projects for the mental health community. We are a global charity that cares, and are fully focused on helping those suffering with mental illness and the children, adults and families who are in desperate need of our support.
Dr James Espey OBE (President, trustee and founder)
Dr James Espey OBE (B.Com, MBA, PhD) is an international businessman and brand builder with over 50 years’ global experience. He is also an author and business consultancy mentor who believes strongly in supporting the next generation. He has personally suffered from two breakdowns. As a result, is passionate about helping other sufferers with mental health problems, and working to encourage society to recognise and deal with the issues arising from mental health issues. As a founding member of The Shaw Mind Foundation, as well as a Patron and Trustee, James draws on his experience to help provide the Foundation with a clear strategic direction. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen for services to the global Scotch whisky industry.
Adam Shaw (Chairman and founder)
Adam is a worldwide mental health advocate, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author. Adam lives in the UK and is married with 6 children.
Now in recovery from debilitating OCD, anxiety and depression himself, he is committed to helping others suffering from mental health issues through The Shaw Mind Foundation.
Dr Lauren Callaghan (Mental Health Director, trustee and founder)
Lauren is an innovative, industry leading psychologist based in London. She was a psychologist at the specialist national treatment centres for severe obsessional problems in the UK and is renowned as an expert in the field of mental health, recognised for diagnosing and successfully treating OCD and anxiety related illnesses in particular.
She is a frequent guest speaker on mental health conditions in the media and at academic conferences, as well as a guest lecturer and honorary researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry Kings College, UCL.
Vaughan Collins (Compliance Director, trustee and founder)
Vaughan is a very successful retired engineer and ex-business owner. Since the sale of his business he has become an active angel investor helping several cutting edge, high technology, UK businesses grow and bring their products to market.
As a recovered depression sufferer he is also passionate about helping others suffering with mental health issues to overcome their illnesses and lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.
Ian Wallace (Creative Director and trustee)
Ian is founder and Managing Director of a successful, long-standing graphic design agency, Fusion Graphic Design. As Creative Director, he takes overall responsibility for the marketing, web building, graphic design and brand image of The Shaw Mind Foundation.
Nik Goddard (Finance Director, Treasurer and trustee)
Nik is a trained accountant who brings with him nearly 20 years of experience in various finance roles across a number of industries. His main area of focus has been working with ambitious start-ups and SME’s who are keen to expand and bring new products to market.
Dr Az Hakeem (Trustee and Founder)
Dr Az Hakeem (MBBS FRCPsych MSc MInstGA) worked as a consultant psychiatrist in General Psychiatry & Psychotherapy at Camden & Islington. He also worked in Forensic Psychotherapy at The Portman Clinic until 2012. He remains a senior lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales. He has worked, off and on screen, as a media consultant, including on GMTV and Big Brother on the Couch. He has published extensively in magazines and psychiatric and psychotherapeutic journals.
In 2011 he was awarded Fellowship to The Royal College of Psychiatrists.
After over 15 years working in the NHS, Dr Hakeem now works exclusively in the private sector as a Staff Consultant at The Priory Hospital, Roehampton.