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Leading third sector chief steps down after 22 years at the helm

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Successor being sought

Nigel Henderson is retiring from Penumbra after heading up the organisation for 22 years.

The chief executive joined the mental health charity in 1991 as a projects manager and then worked in a number of senior roles before becoming its head in 1999.

Henderson is a qualified mental health and general nurse and has worked in mental health for over 40 years gaining a wealth of experience in leading, managing, developing and innovating services.

He is also a director of the Coalition of Care and Support Providers Scotland (CCPS), a Senior Policy Adviser to Mental Health Europe and was President of Mental Health Europe (April 2014 – April 2018).

Henderson also helped set up See Me and the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN).

In a blog written for TFN, Henderson said: “I have worked, and continue to work, with fantastic people who share my passion for making the world a better and more just place for people who experience mental ill health.

“When I joined Penumbra, in 1991, you could fit the whole staff team into one room. Now, we have around 500 staff providing services to 23 of Scotland’s IJB’s/Health and Social Care Partnerships.”

He added: “Personally, I have enjoyed the opportunities to lead, shape and contribute to Penumbra’s work, to work with others to develop ideas and practices that have improved the way services are organised and delivered.”

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