The Nightline Association, one of the country’s leading student mental health charities, has appointed Jack Watts as its new Chair of Trustees.

The charity supports over 30 Nightlines, which are student-run listening and information services, based at universities across the county. Nightlines are open during the night when other services on campus may be closed, and offer confidential information and support to students, answering over 25,000 calls every year.

Jack Watts has been appointed as the charity’s Chair of the Board of Trustees, replacing Emily Wheeler, who served as Chair for just under three years. Emily said: “Having been on the board of this brilliant organisation for the past six years and Chair over the last few of those, it has been a privilege to work with such passionate and skilled volunteers as they ensure our confidential listening support service is available to as many students as possible. 

“While I will be incredibly sad to say goodbye to the charity in this role, I will remain a dedicated advocate and supporter, and I am excited to hand it over to Jack Watts at such a pivotal time in our history, and in the world of student mental health. Nightline and all it represents has never been more needed.”

Jack joins Nightline with experience in the charity and education sectors. Jack has previously been a trustee at the University of Exeter Students’ Guild, and worked as Operations Manager at a local charity, Exeter City Community Trust, before moving to work in fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK. Jack also works with local charities as a freelance consultant and is a governor at the Deaf Academy, in Exmouth.

Jack said: “It is a pleasure to join the Nightline Association as Chair of the Board of Trustees, and to serve an organisation that I admire so much. I have always had a passion for student mental health and wellbeing, and strongly believe in the unique role that Nightlines play in their university communities.

“After two years of disruption to learning and the student experience caused by the pandemic, it is more important than ever before that we ensure students have access to suitable support.”

Jack takes over as Chair of Nightline’s Board of Trustees on 1 January 2022.


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