Demelza Chief Executive awarded CBE

11 June 2018
Ryan Campbell has been awarded a CBE by the Queen, in his role as Chair of the national mental health charity Mind, for services to improving mental health provision in England and Wales.

In his role at Mind for over a decade and Chair for the last six years Ryan has overseen the charity’s governance at a time of unprecedented development in the challenging of stigma around mental health problems and increased public and political attention on the nation’s mental health.

Ryan has also been Chief Executive of Demelza Hospice Care for Children since 2015 and has been pivotal in driving forward the charity’s five year strategy, with the aim of doubling the number of children with terminal conditions it cares for by 2021. 
 
Demelza provides emotional support to family members too, who by the nature of their situation may find themselves consumed by grief, anxiety and depression brought about by the unpredictability of their child’s condition and high likelihood of death in childhood. 
 
In response to the news, Demelza Chairman Sarah Phillips, said: “We are thrilled that Ryan’s remarkable and ongoing commitment to mental health throughout his career, including at Demelza, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. 
 
“As a children’s hospice charity, Demelza supports those who are living with the fact that their child or children will die before they do and each family member will undoubtedly face their own difficulties and stress. 
 
“With Ryan at the helm, Demelza continues to do an incredible job of supporting families who would otherwise be struggling to cope. This is a thoroughly deserved honour and I know I speak for everyone at Demelza in offering my congratulations to Ryan.” 
  
Ryan said: “I truly believe that people who experience mental health problems (of whom I am one) and those around them have brought about one of the most significant and positive changes in our society in our generation, in terms of the acceptance and understanding of mental health problems and the support available.  I have been part of that change, but a tiny part, a voice amongst millions.  To be associated with that movement by this award is a deeply meaningful honour.  But we are nowhere near done, we need to go much further for people with mental health problems to get the support and respect they (we) deserve and need.  For me this award is a spur to keep going.”