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, Chief Executive

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, Head of Operations and Partnerships

Karen oversees operations, innovation and partnerships 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.

Stuart Dodzo, Coproduction and People Coordinator

Stuart ensures projects are meaningfully co-designed & co-delivered and leads on team development & well-being.

Stuart joins Healthy Teen Minds with a strong interest in and experience of co-production influenced by his lived experience and involvement in national advisory groups for a range of organisations including the Care Quality Commission (CQC), National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and the Mental Health Foundation. He is committed to ensuring young people are involved in service co-design to help shape services for young people and people with long term health conditions. He is currently studying towards an MSc in Human Factors and Patient safety.

Jodie Devereux, Projects Coordinator

Jodie leads on project management and building scaleable systems.

Jodie joins the team at Healthy Teen Minds with a vast background in administration and over 6 years of project management and behaviour change experience from within the charity sector. She is passionate about supporting people to do their jobs the best they can and is currently studying towards a BSc (Honours) in Psychology with The Open University.

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.