Richard Kotulecki appointed to lead Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project
Lamp (Leicestershire Action for Mental Health Project) has appointed Richard Kotulecki as its new CEO. Richard brings more than 17 years’ charity leadership experience to his new role, having previously served in senior positions including Chief Executive, Services Director and Transformation Lead. He will be responsible for leading the organisation to expand its service provision, grow its income, and provide high quality mental health advocacy and support for the people and communities in Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.
Richard has previously led and served in some of the UK’s well-respected charities including Care of Police Survivors (COPS), Move It and the Willow Foundation. During his time at COPS, Richard grew the charity to help more people by increasing the range of support available, diversified and increased funding by building partnerships with private individuals and organisations, and built a sustainable organisation at the heart of the police community.
In addition to his work with police organisations, and in public and charity sectors, he has delivered major projects on behalf of local government and regional public agencies.
Richard has key expertise in leading change and transformation, particularly in growing organisations into highly effective and sustainable service providers, and champions of their beneficiaries’ quality of life.
Commenting on his new role, Richard said:
“I have a strong belief – born out of a family history of poor mental health and backed by my experiences working with people who have suffered physical and emotional trauma – that mental health challenges should not cost the opportunity to live a fulfilled life. I believe that this experience will help me to lead Lamp through the next stage of its developmental journey.
“The combination of high-profile people addressing their own challenges and the realities of pandemic living has engendered a greater societal understanding and acceptance of mental health issues. Whilst this increased exposure is a positive development overall, it could also create a substantial challenge for smaller organisations such as Lamp, so I am committed to leading the team to address these challenges in evolving our successful and well-regarded services to reach a wider and more diverse audience.”
Richard succeeds Sue Langley, Lamp’s previous CEO, who has taken up new role as CEO of The Bridge, East Midlands, a charity which aims to alleviate homelessness.