WithYou announce the appointment of Simon Phillips as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Simon will join WithYou from Macmillan Cancer Support, where most recently he has been Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for strategy and performance alongside cancer support operations.

Prior to this, Simon was Macmillan’s Executive Director of Strategy and Performance, having been with the team since 2005.   

Simon will replace Belinda Phipps who has been interim CEO for the last three years and leaves the organisation in a strong position and with secure finances. 

Simon brings extensive charity leadership experience, having been an executive leader for over a decade, including organisational strategic development, broad operational expertise, and leadership of setting up specialist services such as the Macmillan Support Line.

Simon will join WithYou starting January 2024.

Simon, commented: ‘I am delighted to have been appointed to lead WithYou from January 2024. I’m incredibly passionate about giving people the support they need to live a happy and healthy life, no matter their background or current situation – WithYou does this without question.

‘I can already see the passion that comes from the staff delivering life-changing services at WithYou, alongside the breadth of specialist expertise delivered to support those most in need of support.’

Anne Chapman, With You’s Chair of Trustees, commented: ‘Simon’s experience means he is the ideal person to lead WithYou on the next phase of our journey as a provider of expert drug, alcohol and mental health recovery services. He has a considerable breadth and depth of charity experience in health and social care, supporting people in what could be the most challenging chapter of their lives.

‘Under Simon’s leadership I am confident that WithYou will continue to thrive and ultimately realise our vision of a future free from harm, suffering or deaths caused by poor mental health, drug and alcohol use, where anyone seeking help feels welcomed, not judged.’

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