In the 18 months he has been here, Lee has completely transformed our public profile – rebranding our website and literature, driving three successful multi-media recruitment campaigns and developing and delivering highly innovative schemes such as the Research Champions initiative and the Headspace pop-up shop in Cardiff City Centre. All of these have helped to raise the profile of the NCMH and of the unjustified stigma associated with mental health problems. Furthermore, it has highlighted the important part that the public can play in helping us to further our research into these conditions and ultimately improve early diagnosis and treatment.
NCMH Director, Prof Ian Jones, said ‘We are enormously proud of Lee for what he has achieved. Lee faced some stiff competition in this category and being shortlisted for this prestigious award is testament to the exceptional standard of his work over this relatively short period. In our view, not only has he made an outstanding contribution to the work of the NCMH, but also to the role that research and Universities play in reaching out to communities too.’