Eleven new 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).
Governors, who come from all walks of life, bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to fulfil the vital role they play as a key link between the Trust and the communities it serves.
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 1 February 2019.
Candidates put themselves forward last year to fill 11 seats and voting was opened last month to the Trust membership to choose who should join the Council of Governors.
The successful candidates are:
Public (Norfolk): Stephen Benns, Rebecca Toye and Nigel Boldero
Public (Suffolk): Sara Muzira and Katharine Axford
Service user (Norfolk): Kevin James
Service user (Suffolk): Maximilian Clark and Derek Sanders
Carer (Suffolk): Peter Coleman
Staff: Lisa Breame and Jemima Jackson
They will sit on the Council of Governors 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 and committees, and 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, carers, staff and the communities we serve across Norfolk and Suffolk."
To find out more about the Trust's Governors, and full details of the election results, find 'Our Council of Governors' in the 'About Us' dropdown menu above.
Membership of NSFT is drawn from people living in the communities served by the Trust – its serv ice users, their carers, staff and interested members of the public. They bring their commitment and enthusiasm for improving mental wellbeing locally.
Membership is free and includes a range of benefits. If you are interested in joining or want to find out more, visit: nsft.uk/becomeamember or call 01603 421468.
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