Up and Coming: Rosie Tressler from Student Minds

The 26-year-old is chief executive of the mental health charity for students

Rosie Tressler
Rosie Tressler

Q. How do you find being a younger chief executive when it comes to working with young beneficiaries?

It's really helpful to be so close to the issues, and people want to hear the voices of young people. They will listen if what you're doing is guided by strong research and you really understand the issues and stakeholders.

There are limitations, so I do appreciate being able to call on the expertise of people who have years of experience in the sector and years of life experience, such as our trustees. That said, it's not just age that equips you, and there's a lot to be said for being able to relate to the young people you're working with.

As a young woman, when I work with people outside the charity I sometimes realise I'm bringing a little bit of difference to the room. But in universities in particular they're used to working with youth leadership because of the student unions.

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?

I was probably a sad toddler - from a really young age I wanted to be a teacher.

Q. What do you do to relax?

Working for a mental health charity, I'm well aware that I need to look after my own wellbeing, so I flit between a mixture of running and light doses of television to make sure I'm not getting tunnel vision about things.

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