The Story Continues with a New CEO

Kintsugi Hope
Kintsugi Hope
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4 min readMay 20, 2024


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ellie Gage as the new CEO of Kintsugi Hope. Ellie has been a charity leader in both the Christian and secular sectors for the last 20 years and brings a wealth of experience of working in partnership with churches and charities at a UK wide level. Ellie has a passion for supporting people toward good mental health and wellbeing, and a passionate Christian faith which is woven into her leadership style and all areas of her work.

“We are thrilled that we will be able to hand the leadership baton over to Ellie Gage as Kintsugi Hopes’ new CEO, we are excited to see how Kintsugi Hope will develop as we know Ellie will bring her many skills to the role, joining an amazing staff team and hundreds of brilliant group leaders across the UK. With Ellie’s leadership and our ongoing encouragement and support, we are sure Kintsugi Hope will continue to make a huge difference bringing hope to all the many communities served.” Diane and Patrick Regan OBE Co-Founders Kintsugi Hope

It’s a new season in many ways for Kintsugi Hope as our co-Founders, Diane and Patrick Regan OBE are, after 6 years, leaving their roles for new things. We announced earlier this year that Diane would be leaving her role as Acting CEO to pursue her lifelong ambition to become a midwife. Patrick will continue to be involved in Kintsugi Hope, but now in a new role as a consultant/advisor and ambassador, and you will see Patrick speaking at key events and enabling key relationships on behalf of Kintsugi Hope. From late September 2024 though he will start undertaking more freelance work outside of Kintsugi Hope and developing ideas to ensure wellbeing is central in all areas of society — from the most marginalised to business executives. Patrick and Diane will, of course, always be our founders and key ambassadors. They will continue to encourage and support Kintsugi Hope as it moves into a fresh season of impact.

This is an exciting and pivotal time for Kintsugi Hope, as we look ahead to the next 5 years and plan for increased impact. We are currently seeing 1000 people attend a Kintsugi Hope Wellbeing Group every week, but with increasingly worrying headlines and statistics about the state of mental health in the UK we need to see an increase in our ability to deliver positive impact. Working in partnership with others will be a core element of this, and we are looking forward to playing our part and accelerating our vision to see a world where mental health is understood and accepted with safe supportive communities for everyone to grow and flourish.

“This is an important transition time for Kintsugi Hope as we seek to build on the excellent vision, mission and values of the co-founders Patrick and Diane Regan and to address the continuing and growing need for effective peer to peer support and safe spaces for people struggling with their mental wellbeing. We’re delighted that Ellie Gage is bringing her wealth of experience of engagement in the Christian charity sector with Christians Against Poverty to Kintsugi Hope to help us be even more impactful. As trustees we look forward to working with Ellie, Patrick, the staff team and the amazing volunteers and leaders across the country and are prayerful for an even greater movement of churches to respond to these important issues facing society today” Simon Barrington, Chair of Trustees.

Ellie will join the team as CEO Designate from mid-May to enable a good handover with Diane, and Ellie will become CEO from 1 August 2024. We are very much looking forward to seeing Kintsugi Hope going from strength to strength and continuing to make a significant impact across the UK.

“I passionately believe that there is nothing more important than people. We all have inherent value, and deserve dignity, care and inclusion. With 1 in 4 adults in the UK experiencing a mental health problem each year there has never been a more important time to focus on how we come together to understand, support and practically help anyone who is struggling with their mental health and wellbeing. I am delighted to be invited to serve Kintsugi Hope and see the charity develop its impact to help thousands more people each year.” Ellie Gage, CEO Designate

Diane Regan Co-founder
Patrick Regan OBE Co-founder
Simon Barrington Chair of Trustees