PANDA farewells CEO Belinda Horton after 10 years
PANDA CEO Belinda Horton has announced her resignation from PANDA following ten years of dedicated service with the organisation. The PANDA Board of Directors thanked Belinda for her enormous contribution to PANDA and the Australian community in increasing awareness of perinatal depression and anxiety and support services for families experiencing these illnesses.
PANDA Chairperson Susie White said “Belinda has been instrumental in PANDA's development, growth and public recognition as an organisation over the past 10 years and we wish her every success in her future.”
“Under Belinda’s leadership PANDA has grown to provide Australia’s only national federally-funded perinatal mental health Helpline and PANDA’s website was rated Number One internationally for women with perinatal depression. She has also overseen the launch of innovative support programs including a home-visiting service, and the professional education of thousands of maternal child health workers.”
Outgoing CEO Belinda Horton said “I truly treasure the experiences that I have had in this role and I am proud that I leave PANDA in a more robust and relevant position. After ten years it is time for me to move on to new ventures."
“PANDA has helped tens of thousands of families experiencing perinatal depression and anxiety to access the information and support they need for recovery. I feel privileged to have played a key part in growing community awareness and reducing the stigma associated with perinatal mental health issues.”
Belinda finished in her official role as CEO on Friday August 15.
The process to recruit a new CEO has commenced and PANDA’s Board of Directors is working with Belinda and PANDA’s senior team to manage the transition.
PANDA National Helpline Manager Jenni Richardson and Accounting and Payroll Manager Narelle Smith will share the acting CEO role until a new CEO is appointed.