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New Chief Exec. will lead mental health charity "into the next chapter"

New Chief Exec. will lead mental health charity

Wednesday 12 January 2022

New Chief Exec. will lead mental health charity "into the next chapter"

Wednesday 12 January 2022


Guernsey Mind - which promotes positive mental health - has appointed Jo Cottell as its new Chief Executive.

Chairman Boley Smilie said Guernsey Mind is confident that Ms Cottell's appointment will drive the organisation in the right direction.

“Jo has worked for Guernsey Mind for nearly seven years, initially developing our training services and the provision of mental health first aid locally, and then more recently as General Manager,” said Mr Smilie. 

“Jo cares deeply about the values of Guernsey Mind and we know that her strength of character and compassion is exactly what we need to lead us into the next chapter.”

Ms Cottell said: “I am delighted to have been asked to undertake the role of Chief Executive. As a community, our understanding of the importance of positive mental health has never been higher, and I am looking forward to continuing the great work of the charity and leading the team going forward.”

Outgoing Executive Director Emily Litten was noted for her contribution as she leaves the charity to focus on new professional challenges. 

“Guernsey Mind has grown and developed enormously over the last 12 years of Emily’s leadership," said Mr Smilie.

"The Board and staff appreciate the hard work, passion and commitment Emily has shown during her time with the charity."

Prior to joining Guernsey Mind, Ms Cottell spent many years in managerial positions in personnel and human resources. 

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