Demelza CEO receives CBE from Prince William

09 November 2018
Demelza’s Chief Executive Ryan Campbell proudly received a CBE from Prince William when an awards ceremony was held at Buckingham Palace at the beginning of November.

Ryan received the CBE for the work he has carried out with the mental health charity Mind, where he is the outgoing Chair of Trustees. He was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List earlier this year for services to improving mental health provision in England and Wales.

Ryan also managed to include a subtle tribute to Demelza on the day by sporting a pair of shoes purchased from the Demelza Shopping Outlet and cufflinks from the Demelza charity shop in Tonbridge.

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. 
Following the presentation Ryan said: “I'm very proud to have received this. Not so much proud of me, but of the wave of awareness which has picked up throughout society and the progress which has been made in how mental health and people like myself with mental health problems are viewed, a wave of which this particular royal gentleman is a part.”