New chief executive officer for Gloucestershire teenage mental health charity

A Gloucestershire charity that carries out vital mental health support for teenagers in the county has appointed a new CEO to lead its restructuring scheme and plans for the future.

By Sarah Kent  |  Published
Claire Power-Browne, new CEO of Gloucestershire teens in crisis charity, TIC+, will take up the reins in August 2024.

Gloucestershire-based charity TIC+ (formerly known as Teens in Crisis) has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer, Claire Power-Browne, who will take up the reins from Thursday 1 August 2024.

Currently working as director of operations at the young persons' charity, Claire joined TIC+ in 2017 and has co-led the organisation alongside Judith Bell, its chief clinical officer, for the last six years.

During Judith's time at the charity, its income has increased from £670,000 to an expected £3 million turnover in 2024; and in the last five years, referrals to TIC+ have increased by 64 per cent, with the charity now supporting more than 3,500 young people in Gloucestershire.

TIC+ has offered crucial support services for teenagers and young people in the county for the last 30 years, including free counselling, workshops, confidential support via phone and text chat and parent support groups, with some 90 counsellors working throughout Gloucestershire.

On her promotion, Claire said: 'I am thrilled to be given this opportunity at such an exciting time of growth and expansion. It has been an absolute joy and privilege to co-lead with Judith Bell for so many years and I am enormously thankful that she remains a key part of the senior executive team to help ensure the quality, innovation and care for which TIC+ is known stays at the heart of our work.

'With our 30-year anniversary coming up, we have firmly established TIC+ as an essential support for young people struggling with their mental health in Gloucestershire, and one which we want to grow further. I’m excited by our ambitious plans and the opportunity to continue working with our fantastic team toward making our new five-year strategy a reality.'

John Hubbard, chair of trustees at TIC+, said: 'Claire has already made a very significant contribution to TIC+ including over the COVID-19 crisis, to ensure our services remained open to young people when they were isolated, growing the operations team to keep up with demand and launching the first Live Impact Dashboard for a mental health charity.

'Claire’s strong track record as a leader together with her solid corporate experience across operations make it a natural evolution for her to become CEO. The board of trustees are delighted by this appointment, and we are excited for her to lead us to the next level.'

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