A recruitment panel including Mind’s trustees, staff representatives, and members with personal experience of mental health problems were involved in the appointment.
A portfolio director, investor and adviser, Stevie graduated in law and, after roles in marketing, television and international advertising agency management, was appointed UK Chief Executive of Clear Channel, the world's largest radio, out of home and live entertainment company. From 2006 to 2012 she was CEO of Future plc – an international consumer publishing company - where she led the company's restructure and digital transformation. Prior to Chairing Children in Need, she served three terms as Chairman of The Groundwork Federation, and was Audit Chair for Arts and Business. Stevie was awarded the CBE in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours.
“I couldn't be more thrilled to be joining the brilliant team at Mind. I've come across the organisation often over many years, both as a supporter and in receiving support. Mental wellbeing, treatment and public attitudes to mental health and are all topics about which I care passionately. Mind has achieved so much in the space, but there's lots still to do and I can't wait to get started building on the successes to date.”
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, says:
“We are delighted that Stevie is joining the Mind team. The role of chair is all about strategy, scrutiny and support and Stevie brings with her a wealth of experience, as well as a passion for and commitment to mental health, that will be enormously valuable to Mind. Stevie joins us at what is a crucial time for mental health, and Mind – a charity that now supports over 300,000 employees through our workplace wellbeing programme, over 500,000 people through our local Mind services and have helped improve the attitudes of over 4.1 million people through Time to Change.
“I am hugely grateful to Ryan for everything he has done in his time as chair. He has overseen Mind as it has developed a central role in transforming mental health, helping us to change attitudes, influence government and support millions of people. Ryan’s passion, knowledge and expertise have been fundamental to our success.”