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Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Mental health trust welcomes new governors

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation mental health trust have welcomed 11 new governors.

The governors will soon take up their seats to represent the views of local people and help shape the future of mental health services provided by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT).

The newly-elected governors, three public governors in Norfolk and two in Suffolk, a Service User governor in Norfolk and two in Suffolk, a Carer governor in Suffolk, and two staff governors will take up their seats from February 1.

Rebecca Driver, Interim director of corporate affairs and communications.
Rebecca Driver, Interim director of corporate affairs and communications.

Candidates put themselves forward last year to fill the 11 seats and voting was opened last month to the Trust membership to choose who should join the council of governors.

The successful included, Stephen Benns, Rebecca Toye and Nigel Boldero public Norfolk, Sara Muzira and Katharine Axford, public Suffolk, Kevin James, service user Norfolk, Maximilian Clark and Derek Sanders, service user Suffolk, Peter Coleman, carer Suffolk, Lisa Breame and Jemima Jackson, staff.

They will sit on the council for three years.

The council is made up of 21 elected governors across six constituencies as well as six appointed governors from local organisations.

Governors are responsible for holding NSFT’s non-executive directors to account for the performance of the board of directors.

They meet six times a year in public, hold two special themed events annually, attend sub-groups, committees, visit services and speak to staff.

Rebecca Driver, Interim director of corporate affairs and communications, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming our new Governors, who will help make sure the voices of our community are heard and their views represented.

“We were delighted to receive so many high-calibre nominations, and would like to thank everyone who stood for their interest and ongoing support.

“Our Governors play a vital role at NSFT by driving through improvements, hosting important public engagement events and appointing our non-executive directors. They share an interest in mental wellbeing and a desire to see NSFT develop and thrive for the good of service users, their carers, staff and the communities we serve across Norfolk and Suffolk.”

To find out more about the Trust’s Governors, visit: www.nsft.nhs.uk

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