The executive team
Ray Lock, Chief Executive
Ray is a retired Royal Air Force pilot and commander, whose extensive operational career included flying Tornado, Hawk and Hercules aircraft. He commanded Royal Air Force Lyneham and the Joint Services Command and Staff College, as well as operational detachments in Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar.
With many years spent in Germany, 5 years at the Defence Academy, and a series of ground-based deployed and staff appointments in multi-national and tri-Service environments, he brings significant breadth and understanding to the Trust. His recent experiences in leading academic research and his own transition add further depth.
A former chairman of Combined Services Rugby Union, Ray continues to referee through his local Society in Gloucestershire. He joined the Forces in Mind Trust as Chief Executive in December 2012 on his retirement from the Royal Air Force as an air vice-marshal.
Meri Mayhew, Head of Policy
Meri spent 14 years in the RAF as an air traffic control officer, serving at several bases in the UK and overseas. Following military service Meri became Director of Bridges – a medium-sized independent charity addressing a diverse range of charitable objectives including welfare, education, disability, and health.
Meri graduated with an Honours Degree in Business Studies from the Open University in 2013. She has also held several voluntary positions including; Management Committee member of a domestic violence charity and a SSAFA volunteer.
Meri became the Development Manager for Forces in Mind Trust in May 2012, before becoming Head of Policy in June 2015.
Kirsteen Waller, Research and Support Manager
Kirsteen started her career as a Royal Air Force (RAF) Officer in the Administrative Branch where she spent four years across three roles: supporting Station Headquarters in the Fighter Controller and Search and Rescue base of RAF Boulmer; Careers Liaison Officer (Glasgow and Ayrshire) for the RAF Inspectorate of Recruitment; and Armed Forces Recruitment Office Commander (Leicestershire and Bedfordshire).again supporting the Inspectorate of Recruitment.
Following military service, Kirsteen held several Human Resource positions for various small and large businesses, as HR Manager for DialogueDirect (UK); lead HR Consultant at Snowdrop Systems to establish a new consultancy business; and European HR Project Manager at Brother International Europe. After graduating in 2013 with an MBA from Ashridge Business School, Kirsteen supported new businesses with market research and website content before joining Forces in Mind Trust to support operations and Research Commissions in November 2013.
Lucy Caruana, Grants Manager
Lucy has over 12 years’ experience working in grant-making having joined the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in 2003. During her time at HLF Lucy worked in a number of roles including Grants Officer and Senior Grants Officer and worked on a large portfolio of grants ranging in size. She has experience working with a variety of different organisations and advising on all areas of grant-making from project conception through to project completion.
Lucy has a Postgraduate Certificate in Grant-making, Philanthropy and Social Investment, a degree in Ancient History, and is a PRINCEII Practitioner. She joined the Forces in Mind Trust as Grants Manager in November 2015
Robert Thorburn – Grants Officer
Robert has worked in the charity sector since graduating in 2006. Having been elected as Ethics and Environmental Officer and subsequently President of his Students’ Union Robert developed a keen interest and passion for driving forward positive change in the world. This motivation initially took him overseas for 24 months where he co-managed Frontier’s conservation and education programmes in Central America, followed by a placement with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), advising and facilitating community development initiatives in West Africa.
When Robert returned to the UK he continued working with VSO as a Corporate Partnerships Executive and Marketing and Events Officer. Robert left VSO to pursue his interest in charitable grant making and worked for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) as their Trust Officer – managing relationships and awards from a portfolio of charitable foundations and trusts. In January 2017 Robert took up the position of Grants Officer with FiMT where he’ll help deliver the Grants and Commissioning Plan.
Rodrigo Voss – Operations Manager
Isabel Summer – Evaluation Officer
Isabel graduated from Cardiff University in 2012 and went on to work in the charity sector as Charity Membership Lead at the fundraising platform JustGiving. Isabel then went on to complete an MSc in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Social Research after which she joined Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association (UCEA) as a researcher. There Isabel was responsible for UCEA’s pay and workforce benchmarking service and for providing research and analysis on reward and employment issues in Higher Education.
Isabel is a PRINCE2 Practitioner and volunteers at Circles UK, a charity working with ex-offenders. Isabel joined FiMT in November 2017 as Evaluation Officer and works closely with Meri to evaluate and exploit the various projects funded by FiMT.
Tina McKay – Communications Officer
Tina graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2004 and went on to work as a Tutor in a Pupil Referral Unit, working with young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Having returned to complete a Masters in Journalism, Tina went on to do some PR for the 2012 Olympics and most recently had a stint on the airwaves as a Presenter/Producer for the Armed Forces Broadcasting Service BFBS.
Louisa Dominguez – Executive Assistant