Our history

The McPin Foundation has evolved from a small family foundation to a specialist research charity dedicated to putting the lived experience of people affected by mental health problems at the heart of the research agenda. 

The Foundation was established in 2007 by Dr Nick McNally and Dr Vanessa Pinfold (“McPin”) as a small grant-giving family foundation.

Our focus until 2012 was on promoting mental well-being by awarding grants to organisations undertaking education, research and community projects. Our grant making programme is currently closed.

In 2012, our Trustees decided to refocus the activities of the charity and to establish the Foundation as a dedicated user focused mental health research organisation.

From April 2013 we were joined by researchers from the current Rethink Mental Illness Research Team.  The team had a strong track record of work in this field and we are building on this work at The McPin Foundation.

Although our previous grant-giving programme has now ceased, we continue to host the Judi Meadows Memorial Fund, maintaining their finances as a restricted fund in The McPin Foundation’s accounts.

We remain interested in other potential collaborative hosting arrangements to support individuals or organisations committed to delivering mental wellbeing.