Marking Ryan’s huge contribution to Mind, Paul Farmer, Chief Executive, said:
“As Chair, Ryan 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. We now support 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. During his time with us, Ryan’s passion, knowledge and expertise have been fundamental to our success.
"Our new Chair will build on these achievements. Their role will be a crucial one, ensuring that we continue to put people with lived experience of mental health problems at the heart of our work. They will embody Mind’s values, leading an organisation that is effective and transparent. In leading our board of 15 trustees and with the support of our Executive Team of Directors, they will help us deliver the second half of our ‘Building on Change’ strategy and lead us closer towards our ultimate ambition: a society where everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.
"It is a unique role, with the opportunity and privilege to drive change across England and Wales, helping to tackle the challenges facing those experiencing mental health problems. With exceptional skills and experience, they will understand these challenges and ensure that our collective voice is heard and inspires change.”
In order to find the best candidate, our Council of Management have appointed a Chair Appointment Panel to oversee the process. To help ensure our new Chair has the confidence of our community, the Chair Appointment Panel will be supported by Mind members with lived experience and staff representatives.
The closing date for applications is Friday 4 May. For further details please visit GatenbySanderson.