North East-based mental health organisation, Insight IAPT, has announced the appointment of Andy Wright as their new National Operations Director.

Most recently, Mr Wright has been involved in several projects that focus on NHS talking therapies, as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. As an advisor to NHS England, he helped to build relationships between talking therapy providers and commissioners, with the aim of improving the overall performance of services for anyone with mild to moderate mental health struggles.

Mr Wright has worked in mental health for the majority of his career, with experience across a variety of organisations, including the Home Office, Ministry of Defence, and the NHS.

In his new role as National Operations Director, Mr Wright will be working with Insight IAPT’s local teams across the country, helping them with their day-to-day running, as well as supporting their community and employment services. It is Insight IAPT’s priority to support users of the service, helping them find their path to feeling better, and ensuring they get the help they need and deserve.

Mr Wright said: “I am delighted to be joining Insight IAPT team as their new National Operations Director and I’m excited to get my teeth stuck into my new role.

“I have been an advocate for IAPT therapy for over a decade and I’ve witnessed how it can transform people’s lives for the better. I’m eager to get started and find how we can link our IAPT provision with our community and employment services to make the service better for everyone.”

From their base in Newcastle upon Tyne, Insight IAPT provides talking therapies services on behalf of the NHS across the UK, and is a subsidiary of leading North East mental health charity – Mental Health Concern.