Queen has Mind Chairman in mind for New Years Honour
Posted Thursday 31 December 2009
Mind’s Chairman David Henry has been bestowed with an OBE for services to healthcare in today’s New Years Honours List.
It was a tremendous and pleasant shock to be nominated for an OBE. I feel very honoured and very grateful. I will be accepting the award on behalf of all people with experience of mental health problems.
David joined Mind’s governing board in 1997 and has been Chairman of the leading mental health charity in England and Wales since 2002. He is a keen advocate of user involvement and helps ensure that people with experience of mental health problems drive Mind’s work.
A former social worker, he has also worked as Operational Manager at Sheffield African Caribbean Mental Health Association and Diversity Adviser at Rampton Hospital working on the development of appropriate services for BME patients.
Mind’s Chief Executive Paul Farmer said:
“David Henry has dedicated his life to raising awareness about mental health issues and campaigning for improved services. He is an inspirational figure and one of very few black leaders in the voluntary sector. We are delighted that he has been recognised in the New Years Honours List.”
Notes to editors
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