New Year Honours for YoungMinds

YoungMinds are delighted to announce that both our Chief Executive, Sarah Brennan, and our Chair, Dr. Carole Easton, are to receive OBE’s.

The honours are a tremendous recognition of the work of Young Minds, and the crucial importance of addressing the mental health needs of children and young people. 

Dr. Carole Easton, Chair, said:

“Sarah’s honour is an extremely well deserved acknowledgement of all that she has done throughout her career to improve the lives of young people.  Sarah’s efforts have been instrumental in raising the awareness of the enormous challenges facing young people with mental health concerns and in addressing the associated stigma. Under her stewardship of YoungMinds, the charity has become the leading organisation promoting the well-being and mental health of children and young people. It is a privilege to work alongside her.”

Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive said:

I am delighted at this recognition of the crucial importance of addressing the mental health needs of children and young people. It is a huge honour for Carole and me to work alongside dedicated young people and parents, who campaign tirelessly to raise awareness and to improve services.”

Sarah Brennan became chief executive of YoungMinds on 12 May 2008. She had acted as its interim chief executive since October 2007.

Sarah has over 25 years experience as a champion of young people’s causes, starting out in youth and community work, teaching and youth counselling. She gained an MSc in Voluntary Sector Organisation at LSE in 1990. From 1994 to 2001, she became director of services at the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, moving to Motiv8, a charity creating life chances for young people, as Chief Executive.

Dr. Carole Easton is currently Chief Executive of Young Women’s Trust which is working to achieve fair financial futures for young disadvantaged women.  She has been Chair of Young Minds for 5 years and has extensive experience in the voluntary sector, having originally practiced as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist.

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