Len came to the voluntary sector after a professional career in the NHS. He trained and practised as a clinical psychologist, with substantial experience of working with people with enduring mental health problems. After over twenty years in clinical practice, Len moved into service management posts in mental health services, ultimately in Chief Executive roles in mental health, learning disabilities and community services NHS Trusts. He was a Mental Health Act Commissioner from the late 1980s into the mid-1990s.
Having taken early retirement from the NHS, Len worked in healthcare management consultancy, specialising in mental health, taking up assignments ranging from localised service commissioning and delivery issues to national work alongside Department of Health colleagues. Len has worked also in interim Director roles in both charitable organisations and independent sector companies in the social care sector, delivering social care and support to people with mental health problems, learning disabilities and addictions.
Len hopes the experience gained in his professional life has brought some value to the Board of MHM, where he believes that the complementary skills and expertise of the current group of Trustees have built a broad platform to support the charity and the work of its management team. He is confident that the brief background information on his colleagues which follows will demonstrate that broad base.