The North of England Mental Health Development Unit social enterprise was established in November 2011 by two members of the former NHS-funded North East Mental Health Development Unit (Dave Belshaw and Paul Johnson), with a Board of Directors ensuring transparent governance arrangements, as well as supporting the development of strategy and vision for the company. The company closed on 31 March 2017.  Brand NEMHDU continues with Paul Johnson trading as NEMHDU, offering health and social care consultancy with Dave Belshaw retaining an 'associate' role.