News Archive December 2019
Our new CEO Rebecca Steele
We are pleased to announce that Rebecca Steele has been appointed as the new CEO of Rochdale and District Mind.
Following the retirement of our previous, long standing CEO Tricia Hornby, Rebecca brings a wealth of experience, passion and enthusiasm to develop Rochdale and District Mind’s services and community impact.
Rebecca will replace Tricia Hornby, who is retiring from Rochdale and District Mind after dedicating over 30 years to the organisation, bringing it from a small project to an organisation that now employs over thirty five members of staff and has over 120 volunteers. Rebecca started her new role as of November 2019 and is working closely with Tricia throughout the transition period up to Christmas 2019 where she will continue to build on these solid foundations and bring a new perspective on growth and collaboration.
Rebecca began her career in finance within the private sector which helped her develop key skills and an understanding of the importance of reporting, governance and quality processes. Over a decade ago, she experienced an internal pull towards working in the third sector where she could utilise her passion and drive to make a difference and influence change.
Starting out as a family and community worker for a women’s service she quickly progressed into management roles, managing various programmes of work and holding a strategic lead position. She has established a number of projects with the aim of supporting those facing multiple needs and disadvantage and is passionate about supporting and empowering individuals to have a belief in themselves and an improved quality of life.
Rebecca’s passion and leadership comes across when she talks of her vision of the future for Rochdale and District Mind:
“I am keen to work with key stakeholders to develop collaborative ways of working to better meet the needs of individuals within our communities. We will work together to form an alliance to achieve a united goal of ensuring that people do not face mental health issues alone and can lead their lives free from stigma and discrimination.”
Rebecca has the full support of our Board of Trustees. Barry Windle, Rochdale and District Mind’s Chair of the Board of Trustees commented:
“As we record our thanks to Tricia for her contribution and wish her a long and happy retirement we are delighted to welcome Rebecca Steele as our new Chief Executive. As a board we were very pleased to appoint Beccy and feel confident that she will both maintain the strong reputation that Mind has locally, and appropriately develop the organisation on the future.”
Author: Hayley Price
Posted on: 17th December 2019
Retirement of our CEO
Our CEO, Tricia Hornby retires after over 30 years at Rochdale and District Mind
Rochdale born and bred, Tricia Hornby has been involved with Rochdale and District Mind since it was established in 1988. Initially, Tricia was a volunteer Trustee and then became Chair of the Board. During her time volunteering Tricia also worked full time in various other mental health roles for other organisations across the borough.
A passionate campaigner
In 2002, the CEO role at Rochdale and District Mind was advertised. Tricia applied and became our Chief Executive. Using her own lived experience of mental distress, throughout the years she has passionately campaigned for equality, dignity and respect for all people experiencing mental health conditions. She has worked tirelessly to break down the barriers people face when accessing services and has actively tackled the stigma surrounding mental health by being a voice for service users at every mental health related meeting she could attend across the borough.
Tricia has taken Rochdale and District Mind from a small project to an organisation that now employs over thirty five members of staff and has over 120 volunteers. We are now one of the leading mental health service providers in the borough!
Thank you for your passion, commitment and dedication
Everyone that attended Tricia’s Retirement Do at Rochdale Town Hall enjoyed listening to wonderful music performed by The Salvation Army. The inspirational speeches celebrated everything Tricia Hornby has done for Rochdale and District Mind and the people of Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton for over 30 dedicated years.
The staff, volunteers and service users at Rochdale and District Mind would all like to thank Tricia for her passion, commitment and dedication to the organisation and to the people of Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton. We wish her a long and happy sun soaked retirement with her husband Graham and her grandchildren.
Author: Paula Hall
Posted on: 4th December 2019