Sad news but Neil’s legacy will live on

It is with the deepest regret that we report that Alternative Future Group’s Chief Executive Neil Campbell sadly passed away on 9 September.

Chris Hannah, Chairman of AFG’s Board of Trustees said:

“This unexpected loss has come as an immense shock to all of us and our deepest sympathy goes out to Neil’s family, friends, colleagues and many business contacts that he made during his career and his 12 years as CEO at AFG.

“Anyone who met or worked closely with Neil will know that his heart and soul was deeply engrained within AFG. He was incredibly passionate and proud about the life changing care and support that AFG provides to its beneficiaries. He spent his entire career – starting as a nurse in the NHS – dedicated to helping others. During the past 12 years as our CEO, Neil truly lived our values and gave his all to the people that we support, whilst at the same time driving the organisation forward. Neil’s legacy will live on.”

“During this difficult period for the organisation, I would like to reassure all our service users, families/carers, employees, commissioners and partners that AFG care services and corporate business functions continue as normal and to the usual highest professional standards set by the organisation. Neil would expect nothing different…

“Whilst we will miss Neil and his leadership tremendously, the organisation must continue to look to the future and move forward. We have only recently created an ambitious five-year strategic vision and plan for the organisation that is in the early stages of implementation.

“To provide some stabilisation and continuity, I am pleased to confirm that Ian Pritchard (Director of Corporate & Commercial Development) has been appointed to the role of acting Chief Executive Officer for the foreseeable future. Ian has been instrumental in shaping the five-year strategic vision for the organisation and his appointment comes with the full support of the Board of Trustees.”

Neil was passionate about Mobee UK Ltd, the charity which he founded in 2015 to support the development of mental health services in the Gambia – following the two-year partnership of AFG with Mobee Gambia to provide study tours for support workers and other staff.

Neil energetically led the work of Mobee UK. He negotiated official recognition from the government in the Gambia for the work of Mobee Gambia and for the need to change and develop their mental health services. Through the work with Mobee Gambia and the funding from Mobee UK, land was gifted this year for a community Mental Wellbeing Centre in Brufut. Initial work has begun, including the enclosure of the land and the drilling of a bore hole for water – essential in such a dry country.

This is a small charity but providing vital support for mental health services in one of Africa’s smallest countries. Neil’s family has asked for donations to Mobee UK Ltd, preferably in the form of a cheque (payable to Mobee UK Ltd). Any donations will support the continued work of the charity Neil founded.