NATIONAL charity Rethink Mental Illness is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn Tyson as their new Chair of Trustees. She picks up the baton from Philippa Lowe, who steps down after six years.
Kathryn brings decades of experience to the role, having spent over 30 years as a civil servant at the Department of Health. Here, she led policy on child health, including CAMHS, public health, well-being, and adult mental health, covering the full range up to and including high secure provision.
Her achievements include securing initial funding for IAPT; championing Early Intervention in Psychosis; and overseeing the co-production of New Horizons, the first comprehensive mental health strategy following the 2004 Mental Health Act revision. She takes on chairing Rethink Mental Illness alongside her occasional work as an executive coach, and her burgeoning grandmother duties.
Mark Winstanley, Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness, said:
“We’re delighted to name Kathryn as our new Chair of Trustees. Serving on our board over the last three years she has already contributed to our success, with a strong commitment to our vision to improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness. She will bring copious amounts of knowledge and expertise to the role.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to pay tribute to Philippa and thank her for her dedicated support of our work, which began when she first contacted our advice and information service for support as a carer, going on to take up a number of roles before becoming Chair of Trustees. We’re hugely grateful for everything she has done to help guide the organisation forward over the years.”