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Lindsey Bennister appointed as MQ's new CEO

We're delighted to announce that Lindsey Bennister has been appointed as MQ's new Chief Executive. She will take up her position on 8th May, 2018.

Lindsey joins MQ after eight years as Chief Executive of Sarcoma UK. As the charity’s first CEO, she developed Sarcoma UK into a leading national charity investing in ground breaking cancer research and providing vital information and support for those living with the condition. 

She set out a transformative vision for the organisation, backed by a strategy to seek answers through research, engage the sarcoma community and build resources for the future.  Through her leadership, Sarcoma UK has invested over £2 million into scientific breakthroughs in the understanding of sarcoma, and built high-profile partnerships to amplify sarcoma awareness, including becoming 10 Downing Street’s Charity of the Year in 2016/2017. 

Prior to this, Lindsey worked in a senior role at Prostate Cancer UK for seven years, where she was responsible for the charity’s research programme and investment, campaigns and marketing communications.

Sir Philip Campbell, Chair of the Board of Trustees at MQ, said: "We're delighted to be welcoming Lindsey to MQ. With over a decade of leadership experience in the charity research sector, and a track record of community building, she is very well placed to build on the fantastic launch of MQ, continuing our journey to becoming a major funder of mental health research.

MQ is committed to working towards a world where mental illness is understood, effectively treated and one day preventable. We look forward to working with Lindsey to make this vision a reality."

Lindsey said: I am excited to join MQ at this pivotal time for mental health – and at an important point in MQ’s growth and development.

MQ fills a vital gap in the mental health landscape - providing, through research, the hope for better understanding, treatment and support for millions of people affected by mental health conditions. Mental health has risen dramatically up the public agenda over the past years, but each day too many people still struggle to get the answers and help that they need.

I look forward to leading the team at MQ to make mental health research the long-term solution to this challenge - building on major advances to date. Under Cynthia Joyce’s leadership over the past five years, MQ has set out a transformative research agenda and begun to put mental health research in the public eye like never before. This sets an exciting stage to truly build a movement for mental health research and transform lives.”

In 2017, MQ launched ‘We Swear', their first national campaign to raise awareness of the need for mental health research and build unprecedented public support.

The campaign invites the public to join MQ in taking on mental illness by supporting their young people’s research programme 'Brighter Futures' – a flagship part of MQ’s £6m commitment on research to-date.

In 2017, MQ’s voluntary income more than trebled and support base grew to nearly 100,000. Scientists, politicians, celebrities and the public have all joined MQ in championing the need for progress in tackling mental health.  

Last year, MQ's founding chief executive Cynthia Joyce announced she would be stepping down in 2018. Read more in the annoucement.

Last updated: 30 January 2018

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