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Who we are

MindSpace Stamford was founded in 2015 by Dr Dan Petrie, a Stamford GP passionate about mental health and wellbeing. We are now supported by a group of local trustees.

We believe in creating an empathic community where all citizens are valued for their innate humanity and are able to flourish. 

Our aim is to increase the knowledge and understanding of mental health. To provide ways to prevent ill health and help those who may be suffering from illness through better conversations.

By upskilling people in the ways we interact day to day, we hope to create a more empathic community that can better support loved ones, friends, colleagues and neighbours, therefore decreasing the burden of loneliness, social isolation and mental ill health.

Board of Trustees

The MindSpace Board of Trustees consists of six local professionals with range of skills including a former headteacher, a marketing director, an accountant, a hospital doctor, a GP and a former nurse and non-executive director of the local NHS Trust. All trustees work for MindSpace on a voluntary basis.


Together the group has developed both an aspirational strategic plan and a detailed operational plan to guide their work and achieve their mission:

"Improving the mental wellbeing of the whole town of Stamford through a community approach"

Dr Dan Petrie

Founder, Vice Chair and Trustee

Stamford was already our home and where my kids went to school when I started working here as a GP and that final piece of the jigsaw led to start MindSpace to promote a grass roots response to the mental health issues we face as a community. I firmly believe we have the answers here in the town to enable all our neighbours to flourish and I hope MindSpace is the lightning rod to make it happen. I personally endeavour to finesse my work/life balance, enjoy cycling and spending time with friends over a coffee/good meal.

Helen Howe

Chair of Trustees

My professional career spanned several decades as a Teacher of French; Senior Leader; secondary school Head Teacher, school inspector and school improvement professional in both the primary and secondary sector. I have always been very aware of the importance of emotional health and well-being and how all of us can be susceptible to mental health challenges. Having moved to Stamford in 2005 I am passionate about our wonderful town! It is an amazing place to live in. I always vowed to make a social contribution in my retirement in between grandparent duties! Through MindSpace we have an opportunity to do something unique here. We hope that you can support us in whatever way possible.

Mary Dowglass


Mary previously fulfilled a Director of Nursing role for the former Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals until 2002 and has since worked as CEO of an international charity providing health services in the developing world before returning to the local area to work as a Development Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support.

​Mary is currently a Non-Executive Director for the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the North west Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.

MindSpace is a great opportunity to utilise all the professional experience Mary has gained over her professional career to support the local community.

Cassie Petrie


Cassie is passionate about helping people to navigate life with Mental Illness. With a background of working in the medical field and lived experience she knows first-hand just how much a community-based approach can help. MindSpace Stamford was initially part of her own recovery and now sitting on the board of trustees she adds a unique perspective to the team. Cassie loves anything related to sports, outdoors, her family and her church. 

Louise Bellis


With a background in finance and a qualified accountant (ACMA) Louise is currently on a career break focusing on supporting her young children and family. Louise moved to Stamford in 2007. It is after having her children that Louise realised that emotional health is just as important as physical health. Louise would like to offer her knowledge and support to ensure Stamford residents can get the support required. Louise in her spare time loves to spend time as a baby swimming instructor.

Paul Sinfield


I am a marketing professional and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. My experience has predominantly been gained through working with professional services firms who I continue to advise as a freelance marketing and communications consultant. Having seen the impact MindSpace has had in Stamford, I am pleased to offer marketing advice and support as a member of the board of trustees. Outside of work, I have a busy family life with four children and enjoy good food, spending time with friends and (trying) to keep fit.

MindSpace Stamford is a registered charity in England (no.1181637) and a registered company (no. 1189840) in England and Wales.

Registered Address: MindSpace Stamford Limited,
Shyp House, 1 Barnack Road,
Stamford, Lincolnshire. PE9 2NA


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