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Published: January 19, 2022 | Updated: January 19, 2022

New CEO of Dorset Mind calls for ‘together is better’ approach to mental health & wellbeing

Linda O’Sullivan, Dorset Mind’s new CEO.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

The new CEO of one of Dorset’s leading charities has called for a collaborative approach to help people with their mental health and wellbeing.

Linda O’Sullivan takes over from Marianne Storey who is to retire after four successful years as Chief Executive of Dorset Mind.

During her leadership the charity has grown exponentially, positively impacting many people across Dorset needing help.

Wishing her the “very best in the future” Dorset Mind thanked Marianne, pictured left, for her significant achievements during her time with the charity.

Linda has extensive third sector experience having worked for charities including Age UK and Homeless Oxfordshire.

She joins Dorset Mind from The Alzheimer’s Society, where she had responsibility for London and the South East regions.

Linda said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as CEO and am very much looking forward to building on the phenomenal successes already achieved at Dorset Mind.

“I believe that a key priority for our charity in the next few years is to enhance our reach across Dorset and continue to develop services that ensure we fulfill our vision.

“Our mission is to continue providing support for people across Dorset that need help with their mental health & wellbeing.

“We cannot achieve this alone.

“To address these challenges facing us all, we very much need to take a ‘Together is better’ stance.

“I am looking forward to connecting with all stakeholders across Dorset, who share our vision through collaboration, partnership and community engagement.”

Ken Heap, pictured right, Chair of the Dorset Mind Trustee Board, said: “I am delighted that Linda has joined us, bringing a great deal of knowledge and experience to the role.

“I am sure she will both build on the best of the past and launch us forward in this ever-changing world where good mental health has never been more necessary.”