Kay St Clair was appointed in 1989 as Coventry & Warwickshire Mind’s (Coventry Mind as it was then) first Chief Executive – with a brief to develop community based services initially for the repatriation of individuals following the closure of a long stay psychiatric hospital near Warwick. Back in 1989 the organisation employed 6 staff, today the organisation employs around 140 people, has input from around 150 volunteers and provides a vast range of services for children, young people and adults.
In the mid-1990s Kay was part of the steering group which established Mind in South East Staffordshire and served, for a time, as Vice Chair and Chair of that organisation.
Prior to her appointment at CW Mind, Kay had taught personal and social education in schools, worked as a project co-ordinator for a Council for Racial Equality, been Chief Executive of an Age UK organisation in Lancashire and worked as a Senior Health Promotion Officer in Staffordshire with mental health as part of her portfolio of responsibilities.
Involvement with mental health is also evident in Kay’s voluntary work as an Associate Hospital Manager which involves hearing, as part of a panel, patient’s appeals for discharge from sections under the Mental Health Act and applications for renewal of Mental Health Act sections.
Kay lives with her husband and four dogs and has been part of an amateur dramatics group for almost 30 years.