Nigel Simpson from Zurich International appointed to our board
February 10, 2021
Nigel Simpson has been appointed to the board of MCH Psychological Services (MCH), the charity behind the Isle Listen and Minds Matter initiatives that provide mental health and wellbeing support in schools, the workplace and community, and to people living with cancer and other life-changing conditions.
Nigel has worked for Zurich International for more than 25 years in several management and business development roles and is currently Head of International Markets.
In October last year, Isle Listen, the Z Zurich Foundation and Zurich International announced an unprecedented collaboration to provide mental wellbeing education, prevention and transformative early intervention in the Island’s schools, the workplace and community. Since the start of the September 2020 academic year[i], Isle Listen has already reached 2,619 students in schools, delivered 64 student group sessions and provided 333 one-to-one student listening sessions and, in the workplace, 28 courses reaching 645 people.
Commenting on his appointment, Nigel said: “Whilst there is a growing awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing, there is still a stigma attached to the issue. At Zurich, we’ve been hugely impressed by the work that MCH has done in firmly establishing the Isle Listen and Minds Matter initiatives in the field of psychological support and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to contribute towards the growth of the charity and its long-term success.”
Welcoming Nigel to the board, MCH Chairman Stuart McCudden said: “We’re delighted to have Nigel join our rapidly growing charity and at this crucial time in our evolution. He further strengthens our Board by bringing strong commercial experience and additional strategic and conceptual thinking which will be extremely valuable as we develop.”
Zurich has a long association with promoting good mental health, most recently launching an online Wellbeing Toolkit to provide support to the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Locally, Zurich International was already working with Isle Listen to offer mental health awareness sessions.
MCH Psychological Services is a registered Isle of Man charity that can trace its roots back over 35 years to Manx Cancer Help and The Lisa Lowe Centre. It provides clinical guidance and oversight to the Isle Listen and Minds Matter initiatives.
[i] Up to 31 December 2020