Sarah Hughes

Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health, United Kingdom

Sarah Hughes is the chief executive of the Centre for Mental Health. She has worked in mental health and criminal justice for 27 years. Having initially trained as a social worker, Sarah has managed a range of innovative community and secure services, most recently at CPSL Mind. She also led the research and evaluation of the pioneering First Night in Custody project in Holloway Prison which saw the roll out of these principles across the prison estate supported by the Cabinet Office. In recent years, Sarah has led CPSL Mind, an organisation known internationally for values led practice and high impact campaigns including Stop Suicide and StressLess. After completing her master's degree in understanding organisations, Sarah is undertaking a professional doctorate with the Tavistock and Portman Centre, studying women, resilience and leadership. She writes a blog and has written many guest pieces for various platforms. Sarah also has a weekly vlog about mental health and wellbeing. Sarah has also been lucky enough to undertake many speaking events around the world. In her current role as chief executive of the Centre for Mental Health, Sarah works with the UK government and high profile organisations on mental health policy and practice. Sarah is passionate about the mental health of the nation and believes it is possible to achieve parity of esteem by drawing on the amazing work already being undertaken across the country.