James McQuiggan

I have worked within the voluntary sector for more than twenty years in a varying range of capacities. I have a background in management and organisational development. In the early phase of my career I quickly established that I wanted to focus more directly on healthcare and the wellbeing of people. Moving away from a corporate environment I started to develop networks within the third sector. I worked across a wide range of different organisations in both paid and voluntary capacity.

In 2006 I become more interested in mental health and how people can be discriminated against in the workplace. This over a period of time led me to become the Deputy Director of what was Colchester Mind. I identified the need for more joined up services across Essex. I then became focused on ensuring robust services can be developed and maintained for the future across a wider area of Essex.

I’m now proud to say that I’m Chief Executive of Mid and North East Essex Mind. In addition to working within the Mind network, both locally and nationally, I’ve actively been able to support the developing strategies within the local area. I have supported various work streams with both the local authority and clinical commissioning groups.

I’ve been a public elected governor for what was North Essex Partnership Mental Health Trust and for the newly formed Essex Partnership University Trust. This means I’ve been involved with NHS Mental Health services for more than an 8 year period. Previously I’ve held other positions such as the treasurer for ECVYS (Essex Council for Voluntary Youth Services). A trustee for a local charity supporting schools across North East Essex. Most recently have been appointed to a Non-Executive Director of a charity that supports individuals with hoarding problems across Essex.

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