Our People

Chris Balfe


Chris has been with Dorset Mental Health Forum since 2014 and was the Chair from December 2017 to November 2020.

Chris has enjoyed a 40-year career spanning the public and private and sectors.  His professional life has included periods in accountancy firms, NHS, local government and non-governmental organisations.  Chris’ areas of work included consultancy, audit, performance and change management roles.

In more recent years, as well as volunteering with Citizens’ Advice and local charities for the homeless and the food poor, Chris’ Non-Executive and Board experience has included:

  • Chair of a growing, successful family business
  • Lead Governor of Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, and
  • Independent Chair, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Mental Health Alliance.

Chris is also a keen baker, chef, cyclist and runner and lives in Dorset with his wife. His most recent passions are a growing number of grandchildren and discovering Tai Chi.


Chris Balfe - Dorset Mental Health Forum