Samaritans has appointed Jeremy Hughes as its new CEO.
Jeremy joins Samaritans in May 2020 after spending ten years as CEO of Alzheimer’s Society, where he worked ceaselessly to better lives of people with dementia, including overseeing the creation of the National Dementia Declaration with the Dementia Action Alliance, which informed the 2012 PM Challenge on Dementia.
Jeremy is taking over the reins from current Samaritans CEO, Ruth Sutherland, who has been with the charity since 2015. Ruth announced her intention to pursue a portfolio career and family-focused life in October 2019 after a 40 year career in third sector and public sector roles, which recently earnt her the prestige of a CBE for her service to vulnerable people in the Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours.
Jeremy said: “I feel enormously privileged to be appointed the new CEO of Samaritans, and I am committed to build on all the work of recent years.”
Never has the need for Samaritans been greater. The dedication and expertise of volunteers and staff are a model many other charities aspire to.
Jeremy joins as Samaritans commences its new strategic planning cycle. His aim is to ensure Samaritans remains relevant and accessible to those going through a difficult time and is even more inclusive and diverse. Jeremy will lead the organisation through its next period of growth and innovation and make sure it has a sustainable service that will be here to support anyone now and in the future.
Jenni McCartney, Chair of Samaritans said: “I am delighted to welcome Jeremy to Samaritans. He brings with him a wealth of experience from the voluntary sector, and a passion for what we do. Over the last five years, Samaritans has achieved some significant positive changes under Ruth’s leadership, including improvements in our infrastructure, service offering, visibility and influence. Jeremy joins at an exciting time for us and I look forward to working with him to build on our recent successes to ensure that we achieve our mission that fewer people die by suicide.”
Jeremy was previously Chief Executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and Head of External Affairs at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. His career in health and social care charities includes leadership posts at the British Red Cross, Leonard Cheshire, Muscular Dystrophy and NCH Action for Children.
Jeremy co-chairs the Dementia Friendly Communities Champions Group with Angela Rippon for the UK Prime Minister. He is also Vice-Chair of the World Dementia Council and a member of the NHS Assembly. Jeremy was awarded a CBE for services to older people in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2015 and he received an Honorary Doctorate from Exeter University in recognition of his outstanding contributions to dementia research in December 2018.
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