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Chief executive appointed on governing body of University of York

The chief executive of York-based specialist mental health provider, The Retreat, has been appointed to the governing body of University of York.

Jenny McAleese, chief executive of The Retreat since 1997, has been appointed to Council which exercises general control over the university and its affairs.

As a Council member, Jenny’s role is similar to that of a non-executive director of a company, representing an external view and offering special skills.

Jenny joined The Retreat’s senior management team in 1996 as director of finance, after a career as a chartered accountant working for leading accountancy firm Grant Thornton, in Bradford and Leeds.

The Retreat is a specialist mental health provider, working with the NHS to provide care for people with complex and difficult needs.

She became chief executive at The Retreat in 1997 and began building up her management team. During her time at The Retreat Jenny has helped the organisation gain financial stability and gain its reputation as a provider of high quality specialist services. Together with the rest of her team, she has also modernised its image, whilst retaining and respecting its traditional values.

Jenny is a former trustee of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and lives in Harrogate with her husband, Kevin.

She said: “I am extremely honoured to have been considered for this position and look forward to supporting the university during my time on the council.”