Raymond took over Bridge Mental Health (now Bridge Support) in 2009 as CEO. Wellbeing, recovery and community integration became founding principles for the development of the award-winning innovative services that are delivered by Bridge today.
Raymond is masters level qualified in leadership coaching and mentoring from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), was the elected Lead Governor of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust for 9 years, a Panel Member on the Monitor (NHS Improvement) Independent Advisory Panel and has chaired a Health and Wellbeing Board for a London Borough to design a whole population mental health strategy. He completed the Business Growth Programme at Cranfield University in December 2015 and has returned as a guest lecturer in social entrepreneurship. As CEO of Bridge Support the organisation has grown significantly while developing a culture where people thrive in supporting people with a mental health problem to live as independently as they can.
Quote: ‘I am excited to be part of such an important organisation doing it’s best to keep members up to date and well informed about developments in mental heath service provision while influencing and shaping policy and innovation at the highest levels of Government and across social care systems.
I am committed to getting the recognition and resources our sector needs to be able to do the things we are good at and for the system to realise that social care is an equal partner with health in the lives of everyone, including those with an ongoing mental health problem’.