Julie Repper appointed as new Director of National Programme helping mental health services to support recovery

9 January 2015

Stephen Dalton, Mental Health Network Chief Executive, and Sean Duggan, Centre for Mental Health Chief Executive, are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Julie Repper as the Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change (ImROC) Programme Director from 1 April 2015.

The appointment follows the retirement from the role of programme director of Professor Geoff Shepherd, who has led the programme since 2008 and will continue as a team member after 1 April.

Julie brings a wealth of experience to the team, both in facilitating service wide developments to support recovery and a rich academic history in researching recovery-focused innovation. Julie’s appointment will ensure the ImROC programme continues to grow from strength to strength in the following years working alongside its experienced team of consultants and associates.

Stephen Dalton said, “I am delighted that we attracted a strong field for this important role and that Julie has accepted the post. She has an outstanding record in this field and her appointment will be widely welcomed.”

Centre for Mental Health chief executive Sean Duggan said: “Under Geoff Shepherd’s leadership, the ImROC programme has helped mental health services across the UK to focus on personal recovery, to make big changes to the way they work and to transform the support they offer. Recovery Colleges and Peer Support Workers are now appearing in more and more mental health services and safety in inpatient wards is becoming a bigger priority.

“Julie Repper has been a key member of the team since the ImROC programme began and I am delighted that she will be taking up the role of Programme Director following Geoff’s retirement from the role at the end of March.”

Hear Julie set out her vision for supporting recovery in mental health care at the ImROC annual conference on Friday 13 February.

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