New chair at West Sussex Mind

Sue Hawker chair of West Sussex Mind

Sue Hawker, former vice-chair, steps into the lead role

West Sussex Mind has a new chair, Sue Hawker, who brings a wealth of experience to the role. Sue was vice-chair of the Worthing-based charity for three years, supporting outgoing chair Sally Lefroy.

Sue, from Bognor, said: “Sally will be a hard act to follow. She has driven and overseen a growth in our services including a new service in Chanctonbury, a merger with Shoreham District Mental Health Association and an increase in our training plus the change of our name to West Sussex Mind (dropping the Coastal).

“It has been a pleasure and an honour to work with Sally as vice-chair and, although our roles have swapped over, we will continue to work together for the benefit of people in need of support with their mental health.

“With personal and family mental health experiences, I know how vital it is for such support to be available and accessible.”

West Sussex Mind currently supports round 3,500 people per year – and demand is growing.

Sue added: “A key value for our charity is to ensure the people that receive support from us are at the heart of our organisation and both the staff and trustees are passionate about this.”

She has previously been a trustee of The Reading Agency, a national charity that supports reading as a route to well-being. She has worked in local government all her working life in various authorities around the country.

“Throughout my working and volunteering experiences, I have seen that putting the people at the heart of the organisation and working with partners is key, even more so in today’s often challenging environment.

“I am looking forward to working together with people who use our services, fellow trustees, staff and partners to continue the good work that West Sussex Mind has developed for all people who may need support with their mental health.”

Former chair Sally, who first joined the charity, when it was Arun and Worthing Mind back in 2012, added: “We are so fortunate at West Sussex Mind to have such an excellent staff group and senior management team who are so dedicated and have such a massive commitment to our work. It has been a pleasure and privilege for me to be the chair of West Sussex Mind for the last four years and I look forward to continue working for the organisation as vice-chair.”

 

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