Chief Executive of Mind to speak at this year's Community Awards

A leading expert in mental health will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s Community Awards.

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, will address guests at the Guernsey Community Foundation’s annual awards event, which this year takes place on 31 October.

Mind is the UK’s leading mental health charity, comprising 150 independent and locally-managed associations working across England, Wales and the Channel Islands. As well as providing direct advice and support, it campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

‘I’m delighted to have a chance to talk about my passion and the work that Mind does for communities all around the country,’ said Mr Farmer, who was awarded a CBE in 2016 for services to mental health. 

‘Mind’s vision is to ensure everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. Leadership and engagement of people with mental health problems is at the heart of its activities - over half of Mind’s staff and two thirds of its trustees have personal experience of a mental health problem.’

Mr Farmer is also chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), which represents senior staff working in the UK’s charity and social enterprise sector. It is in that capacity that he will be speaking at a special breakfast seminar organised by the Guernsey Community Foundation.

The seminar, for invited guests from the voluntary sector, politicians and senior civil servants, will take place on the morning of the 31 October and will look at the sustainability of the local voluntary sector.

Tickets for the Community Awards are available by contacting the Guernsey Community Foundation on 748056 or email GCFadmin@foundation.gg

Paul Farmer has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006.

He is Chair of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), the leading voice of the UK’s charity and social enterprise sector. Paul is also a trustee at Lloyds Bank Foundation which invests in charities supporting people to break out of disadvantage at critical points in their lives.

Paul was Chair of the NHS England Mental Health Taskforce which brought together health and care leaders and experts in the field, including people using services, to lead a programme of work to create the current mental health Five Year Forward View for the NHS in England.

Paul has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of East London, is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, and The Royal College of Psychiatrists, and was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2016.

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