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Cygnet Health Care supports people with complex and acute mental health needs across the UK through a national network of high-quality, specialised mental health services for the NHS and local authorities.
Mark will be responsible for their Business & Human Rights portfolio. He brings to this role his advocacy, passion and extensive global experience in Human Rights and the UN Ruggie Principles.
He has significant experience of chairing and serving on boards to give independent oversight in heavily regulated environments, and has also held many charitable, regulatory, government and academic appointments
Mark Stephens CBE said: “I am delighted to be taking on this new role in an advisory capacity. Mental health has never been as much in focus as it is now and, through its range of services, Cygnet helps some of this country’s most vulnerable people.
“Making sure we are always doing things well, in the right way, for people’s human rights is at the core of what I do and is the foundation for delivering person-focused care. Through this role I will support Cygnet to further develop its structures and processes, to reflect, learn and enhance the significant work already being done in the delivery of quality care.”
Cygnet Chief Executive Dr Tony Romero added: “Respecting human rights like dignity, fairness, respect, equality are at the heart of good mental health care, and Mark’s experience – and passion - will help us ensure these principles inform and firmly underpin every aspect of our work.
“To underline our commitment to the delivery of high quality, safe care, Mark will oversee an annual company-wide assurance process, based around the core principles of human rights, that will provide us with an opportunity to further improve the way we plan and manage services, measure improvement and the way in which we identify and address gaps.”