Departure of CEO – update

Stewart Lucas will leave Lancashire Mind on the 15th September after four highly successful years as Chief Executive. He leaves the organisation in a unique position, where it is a key player in shaping the strategic landscape for Mental Health and Wellbeing across the county, as well as being a highly regarded provider of services and interventions.

Despite a vigorous recruitment process the trustees have not yet been able to identify someone that they feel has the blend of skills required to lead an organisation as unique as Lancashire Mind. The trustees plan on going out to advert again later in the year, with the expectation that a new Chief Executive will be post by the 1st April 2018.

Until then our Business Development Manager, Lauren Oakland, and our Service Delivery Manager, Emma Lord, will be taking joint responsibility for ensuring that Lancashire Mind continues to be both a passionate influencer and an innovative service provider. They will be supported by the newly elected Chair of the Board of Trustees, Lisa Bibby and the organisation looks forward to continue to work with each and every one of its supports, stakeholders, funders and clients to achieve mental wellbeing for all in Lancashire.


Announcement of CEO departure

Stewart LucasWith sadness we need to announce that after four successful and innovative years in post our current Chief Executive, Stewart Lucas, has decided it is time for him to seek further challenges elsewhere and will be leaving Lancashire Mind in early September.

He leaves behind an organisation that is fully focused on achieving a vision of mental wellbeing for all, is highly regarded and is on a journey towards being financially sustainable. Stewart says “It is with a very heavy heart that I step away from Lancashire Mind but I am incredibly proud of the position that we have carved out for ourselves as the county’s thought leader in the area of mental wellbeing, and in the fact that we have been instrumental in starting to shift Lancashire’s understanding of mental health. Three years ago, when we decided to take on the vision of mental wellbeing for all, there were many who thought it was an unachievable pipe dream but the passion with which people have embraced the vision, and the rapid positive changes and shifts in the public perception of mental wellbeing, has shown that, whilst still aspirational, our vision is achievable”.

The Chair of Lancashire Mind’s Board of Trustees, Jenny Hotchkiss, added “As a Chair, I’ve been inspired, challenged and entertained by Stewart.  He has demonstrated incredible energy, a hugely creative brain and genuine drive to move us forward with purpose and vision. However, Stewart would be the first to recognise that all of our achievements in the last four years have been the result of the collective passion, drive, skills and commitment from the whole staff team, our amazing volunteers and all our supporters. Therefore, whilst we are sad that Stewart is stepping down, we will continue to revolutionise attitudes, challenge perceptions and alter provision with the same amount of optimism, passion and innovation”.

The organisation is interested in hearing from anyone who feels they have the skills and aptitude to lead a revolution, to change key stakeholders’ perceptions of mental health and to embed our vision across the county and nationally. To register your interest in the post email your contact details to admin@lancashiremind.org.uk