Mind beefs up comms team ahead of CEO's arrival

Mental health charity Mind has boosted its comms team ahead of the arrival of chief executive Paul Farmer.

Jeni Matthewman, previously Help the Hospices marketing manager, arrives as comms manager on 3 April. Royal Albert Hall press and marketing manager Claire Ashby has joined as head of media relations.

Farmer, who joins in May, said he wants Mind to become more involved in clinical services.

The CEO role was left vacant by Richard Brooks when he left for the Office of the Public Guardian last month. The post has since been shared by policy director Sophie Corlett and finance director Katherine Gardiner.

Corlett said Mind – which this year celebrates its 60th birthday – would this year focus on incapacity benefit reform and the planned Mental Health Bill.

Farmer has been director of public affairs at mental health charity Rethink since 1997. The charity made the headlines last week after erecting a statue of Winston Churchill in a straitjacket as part of an anti-stigma campaign (PRWeek, 10 March).

Matthewman replaces Claire Pimm, who has  moved to head of communications at baby charity Bliss.

Ashby, meanwhile, fills the role left by Adrian Thomas, who departed to Help the Aged in a similar position last September.

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