Jack Straw's former special adviser Mark Davies named comms chief at Rethink

Mental health charity Rethink has appointed Jack Straw's former special adviser as comms director.

Named Rethink's comms chief: Mark Davies
Named Rethink's comms chief: Mark Davies

Mark Davies has spent the past five years as special adv­iser to ex-justice secretary Straw. He also worked for Valerie Amos, when she was leader of the House of Lords. Before that he was a journalist.

He replaces Paul Corry, who was director of public affairs at the charity. Corry left the organisation earlier this year.

Davies, who joined Rethink last week, said: ‘The stigma and prejudice that still exists in relation to mental illness is one of the biggest challenges currently facing our society.’

Rethink is calling for better, more cost-effective treatment for people affected by mental illness.

A poll commissioned by the charity revealed that only one in six people with mental illness were receiving all
the treatments recommended to them.

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