MQ - Mental Health Research
c £120,000 per annum

Researchers have made extraordinary advances in treating many physical health conditions. But we have lagged behind in treating mental illnesses – even though these conditions will affect 1 in 4 of us. For those who seek help, it can take years to get a diagnosis, let alone find a treatment that works. Millions of people are left struggling, simply because our society has drastically underfunded mental health research. That’s why MQ is taking a different approach. By connecting a community of supporters with a world-class network of international scientists, we can bring real change to millions of people affected by mental illness. MQ’s mission is to bring researchers and the public together to fund mental health research more quickly.


Following the sudden loss of our inspirational chief executive Lea Milligan, we are now seeking a new chief executive to lead our charity. This is a complex and multifaceted strategic role with income generation and partnership working at its heart. We are an award winning charity with an ambitious board and team all focused on driving a step change in our understanding of mental ill health. Everything we do is centred on delivering outstanding outcomes for people across the globe. 

You will lead a talented team and we will be looking to you to grow MQ in scale and impact. You will bring a strong track record in income generation and in building collaborations which bring diverse teams together to tackle complex issues. Currently generating £3.4m per year our ambition is to raise over £10m pa in the next five years. The majority of our income is from trusts and foundations and major donors and you will build on this, diversifying our income streams and building a sustainable footing so we can continue to fund world class life changing research. 

Comfortable operating across a broad stakeholder community including funders, the scientific community, the media and policy makers, you will be an outstanding communicator and an entrepreneurial thinker able to spot opportunities to deliver impact. We fund pioneering, evidence based research and you will be intellectually robust, an innovative and ambitious leader, able to demonstrate your ability to use evidence and data to inform your decisions. 


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.

How to apply

To make an application, please click on the apply now button below, with the following prepared:

  • Your CV (no more than three sides).
  • A supporting statement (no more than two sides) that sets out why you think this role is the right move for you and how you meet the knowledge and experience criteria.


Closing date
Monday 1st July 2024

Preliminary interviews
w/c 15th July 2024

Final Panel interviews
Early August 2024