A multi-award-winning social enterprise breaking emotional wellbeing barriers within education and employment

Our Journey

The community interest company Innovating Minds was founded on leap year day in 2016 while Dr Asha Patel (CEO & Clinical Psychologist) was working in forensic mental health services.

Her frustrations led her to create a model that lets children and adults access expert help more quickly. The community interest company has grown rapidly and the team are working nationally and with international partners.

Vision, Mission, Values

We offer a world where people with emotional and mental health needs are supported to achieve their aspirations


To create mentally healthy environments


To provide accessible psychological support

To support access to education, training or employment


We encourage autonomy and we will promote the development of ‘Innovating Minds’ by listening to the voices of our community members


We will work with
the people and systems influencing young people’s lives


We are flexible, responsive and creative


We will provide a first class, transparent & innovative service, deliver evidence-based interventions & continue to evaluate our programmes

Our Senior Leadership Team

Dr Asha Patel

CEO & Clinical Psychologist

Cara Haffey

Non-Executive Director, Finance

Chris Bayliss

Non-Executive Director, Marketing

Dr Leanne Griffiths


Dr Joanna Mohite

Director, paediatric registrar

Caroline Bristow

Non-Executive Director, Education

Our Partners


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Whole School Approach

Mental Health Accessing Employment

Children Impacted by Domestic Abuse