Our small central team and large national network of individual’s and organisations allows us to take on the projects we want, in the way we want.

Robin Barker, Director

Robin is the founder of Healthy Teen Minds and provides leadership, strategy and ideas.

Robin has 20 years experience working with children and young people in the voluntary, education and health sectors. He is a registered nurse in mental health and spent 10 years in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) as well as national roles at Health Education England and NHS England.

He has received multiple leadership scholarship/fellowship awards in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Karen Whitelaw, Deputy Director

Karen leads on engagement, innovation and team integration at Healthy Teen Minds.

Karen joins from Youth Access, where she was National Programmes Manager and lead on engagement with young people, service providers and internal HR.

Karen is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Knit Aid, a social enterprise that uses craft to empower refugees.

Young Advisors

Our young advisors take on various roles from design to delivery of our projects.

Our young advisors are aged 18-25 and all bring with them their lived experience. They work to amplify the voices of young people in the work we do. In return support them through paid roles, development opportunities and supervision (just like we do all our team).


We have a national network of freelance associate trainers and advisors from health, education and patient experience backgrounds. We bring in the best people for each project we are working on.