New chief executive for mental health service provider



The head of mental health service provider Mind in Norfolk, Peter Gianfrancesco, is stepping down after 14 years at the helm.

The 50-year-old will be replaced as chief executive of Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind by Amanda Hedley, who is currently the charity's service development manager.

She will assume the top role in October as Mr Gianfrancesco prepares to join his wife, the broadcaster and former columnist for the EDP, Trisha Goddard, in the USA.

He will also resume his career in Australia by undertaking short-term training and consultancy roles.

Mr Gianfrancesco joined Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind after moving to Norfolk from Australia in 1999.

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When he left Australia, he was the New South Wales quality manager, responsible for standards in all public, private and voluntary mental health services across the state. He initially volunteered his services with Norwich & Central Norfolk Mind, before being offered the senior role.

His replacement, who is originally from New Zealand and has lived in the UK for 26 years, has been working part-time for Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind since 2009.

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She has been working in the area of mental health for over 30 years, both as a practising social worker and as a manager within social services and the NHS.

She holds a master's degree in mental disorders and an MBA.

As chief executive, she will be responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation, including building relationships with key partners, setting the business plan and working closely with the board of trustees.

Kevin Long, chairman of trustees, said: 'Peter Gianfrancesco has been an extremely effective and highly regarded chief executive of Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind and has led a major transformation in services for people with mental health issues.

'He will be greatly missed but he leaves with our best wishes for his future.

'We have appointed a very able successor to the chief executive post, Amanda Hedley, who has demonstrated enormous abilities in senior positions in mental health services, most recently with us at Mind. I look forward to working with Amanda.'

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