Paul Farmer has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006.
Mind was established in 1946 and has since grown into a major network with around 200 staff and a turnover of over £30 million centrally. Mind’s vision is to ensure everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. The charity campaigns to improve services, raise awareness, promote understanding and provides advice and support on the phone, digitally and locally. Leadership and engagement of people with mental health problems is at the heart of its activities - over half of Mind’s staff and two thirds of its Trustees have personal experience of a mental health problem. Current campaigns in 2013 include Acute and Crisis Care and Welfare reform.
Paul is Chair of the Disability Charities Consortium and Chair of the NHS England Mental Health Patient Safety Board. He is an advisor to the Catholic Bishops on mental health and was on the Metropolitan Police commission on policing and mental health.
He is a trustee at the Mental Health Providers Forum, an umbrella body for voluntary organisations supporting people with mental distress. Paul is also trustee at Lloyds Banking Foundation and an elected member of the Acevo board.
In November 2012 Paul received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of East London in recognition for achievements in promoting the understanding and support of mental health.
Nominated by sector experts and voted by chief executives, Paul was selected most admired charity chief executive in the Third Sector Most Admired Charities Awards 2013.
At Responsible Business Week 2014 Paul will be speaking at the session Big Conversation on Mental Health.