New chief executive appointed at Combat Stress

Jeff Harrison has been with the charity since 2013 and has been interim chief since January

The veterans mental health charity Combat Stress has promoted Jeff Harrison to chief executive. 

Harrison, who joined the charity in 2013 and has been its director of resources since 2017, has also been interim chief executive since Sue Freeth stepped down in January after five years in post.  

The charity said that Harrison’s previous director of resources role would be deleted as part of his move into the top job. 

It said the past year had been “exceptionally busy” because it had been working to adapt and enhance its services to provide accessible, modern and evidence-based treatment for armed forces veterans. 

The charity said that in August and September there was a sharp increase in calls to its helpline because the withdrawal of Nato troops from Afghanistan retraumatised some veterans or worsened their PTSD.

Combat Stress said it was planning to move its Scotland treatment centre in Ayrshire to a more accessible location in Edinburgh.

It also said it would open a smaller base in Glasgow and operate more than 20 community-based clinics across the country. 

Harrison said: “I am grateful to the board of trustees and the staff at Combat Stress for their trust in me to lead this charity.

“We are currently working with our board of trustees on the next phase of our strategy to ensure all veterans with complex mental health problems can live full and meaningful lives.”

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