How we’re run

Richmond Fellowship is a registered charity, a company limited by guarantee and a registered provider of social housing.

In 2011, 2Care, a voluntary sector provider of mental health rehabilitation and recovery specialising in supporting  people with high and complex needs, joined Richmond Fellowship. In 2015, our partner My Time, became a fully integrated division of Richmond Fellowship. It’s an award-winning, pioneering and innovative service user led multi-lingual community mental health service provider working in the Midlands and the Isle of Wight. And in 2016 our Cumbrian-based partner Croftlands Trust also became a fully integrated part of Richmond Fellowship.

All organisations are part of Recovery Focus, a new group of expert charities being built to inspire individual recovery nationwide. By bringing together partners with strong individual services, innovative approaches, and flexible local presence, we can draw on a wide range of expertise from around the UK. We make this a reality not just at the local level but at the personal level too.

Between us we’ve a track record of more than 200 years of developing and running personalised services that work with people with mental health, substance misuse and other complex needs to achieve their ambitions. Each partner organisation has its own rich history of success but together we believe we can lead the way in evidence-based recovery pathways that we can tailor to meet local and individual need.


Richmond Fellowship is overseen by the group Board which leads, directs, monitors and controls its activities as part of the wider group. Operationally, Richmond Fellowship is led by two managing directors:

Joe Redmond, managing director (north)

Joe_RedmondJoe has worked in the housing, health and social care field for the best part of thirty years. He started his career with the various Simon and Cyrenian communities in the homelessness and alcohol dependency fields before training to become a psychiatric nurse. Before joining Richmond Fellowship he worked for Turning Point.

Stephen Smith-Trask, managing director (south)

Stephen_Smith-TraskStephen’s career started with a number of local authorities and voluntary sector organisations predominately in the health development field. He gained experience in most age ranges and disadvantaged groups – from young people’s information, advice and guidance services to working in ‘falls clinics’ for older people.  He started working in the mental health sector after being involved with research into how effectively physical activity could manage certain issues/conditions. He worked with the NHS to build a range of health programmes including exercise, health eating and smoking cessation.  He originally joined Richmond Fellowship in 2005 to work in its employment and training services.