Lucy Thorpe

Head of Policy

Lucy leads the policy team in the Foundation and works with colleagues to ensure that policy informs and supports all aspects of its work. She has a strong commitment to social justice, public mental health and reducing inequalities, and has an interdisciplinary master's in child studies from King's College London.

Before joining the Foundation, Lucy worked in a variety of senior policy and campaigning roles at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the NSPCC and the Health Education Authority. Her work in mental health, child abuse and neglect, and public health has included membership of several government advisory groups. For example, on the development of child death review processes in England.  

She is co-author of Whole-person care: from rhetoric to reality, the report of an expert working group established by the Royal College of Psychiatrsists at the request of the coalition government’s care services minister, to consider and define 'parity of esteem' for mental health, and examine how it might be achieved in practice.

Outside work, she likes to be walking in the country whenever life and time allows, and enjoys reading, theatre, cinema, visiting art galleries and spending time with family and friends – often doing one or more of these things.