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Neil Balmer

Neil joined MQ in June 2014. He has over fifteen years experience in healthcare strategy, communications and advocacy, largely focused in the area of mental health.

He began his career in Parliament, working for the Liberal Democrats in both the Commons and Lords, including as Political Secretary to the Rt Hon Lord McNally, the then leader of the Liberal Democrats in the Lords. 

Having advised Peers during the passage of the Mental Health Bill, he developed a passion for mental health and in 2007 he joined the Royal College of Psychiatrists, leading their public affairs. At the College, he led campaigns bringing about legislative and policy change. This included the landmark discrimination legislation, the Mental Health (Discrimination) Act.

In 2010, he joined communications agency, Munro and Forster, where he was responsible for developing and implementing communications strategies and campaigns for a range of clients including charities, professional medical bodies, and healthcare organisations. 

When not working, Neil is is often spotted running around the parks and streets of deepest South-East London. 

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