Jenny Edwards, CBE

Chief Executive

Jenny has been Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation since 2013. She has focused the Foundation’s work on the prevention of and early intervention in mental health problems.  

Jenny is a member of the Common Mental Health Disorders Expert Reference Group; the Mental Health Policy Group; the Dementia Truth Inquiry Panel, the Steering Group of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition and the CCG Mental Health Leadership Programme.

Previously, Jenny chaired the Ministerial Advisory Group on Homelessness and the Mayor’s Roundtable of Homelessness. Jenny was instrumental in founding the Making Every Adult Matter Alliance, focusing on the multiple needs of mental health, addiction, homelessness and offending.  She co-authored the Hard Edges Report, mapping severe and multiple disadvantage across England. She was awarded a CBE in 2011 for her work.  

Jenny spent 11 years working in the arts at the National Campaign for the Arts, and working as Director of Development at the Arts Council, London Office.

Jenny was an expert advisor to Heriot Watt University's study of severe and multiple disadvantage in the UK, published as Hard Edges.  She has also been a consultant to Government on approaches to multiple disadvantage and support for vulnerable people.

To look after her mental health, Jenny enjoys walking and attending the opera.