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Meet our directors

Non-executive directors​

​Marie Gabriel CBE, Chair

I have been Chair of East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) - which is rated as ‘outstanding’ by the CQC and was the HSJ’s ‘Trust of the Year’ in 2016 - since October 2012. 

Before that, I was Chair of a variety of health organisations, including NHS East London and the City, North East London and the City, NHS Newham and Newham Community Health Council. 

I was recognised on the HSJ’s inaugural ‘Inspirational Women’ list and made a CBE for services to the NHS in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2017.​ 

It is a huge honour to be joining Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust as Chair and I truly look forward to working with staff, service users, carers, partners and Board colleagues, building on what the Trust does well and drawing on ELFT’s successful improvement experience.

Tim Newcomb, Non-Executive Director and Vice-Chair​ 

I joined the Trust in September 2014 after a 30-year career in the police service. As Assistant Chief Constable for Suffolk Constabulary, I led a number of high profile projects including a regional group responding to mental health challenges in communities. I'm excited about bringing my police experience of working in partnership in the mental health arena in order that we can maximise the efficiency of the service provided by the Trust.

I will ensure that the Trust maintains a relentless focus on quality of service to patients and carers, in particular being certain that feedback in respect of their issues and concerns is acted upon.

I'm looking forward to working with the Board of Directors to increase the confidence of local communities in this important section of the NHS which plays a vital role in ensuring the wellbeing of us all.

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​Adrian Matthews, Non-Executive Director

I am a management consultant with a wealth of NHS and both public and private sector experience and joined the Trust on 1 September after taking early retirement from the East of England Ambulance Service, where I spent 23 years fulfilling a variety of director and senior management posts in finance, operations, strategy and commissioning. 

I'm a qualified accountant and also hold a post-graduate diploma in Board Direction from the Institute of Directors and works as a specialist advisor to the Care Quality Comission (CQC), assisting during inspections of ambulance trusts across the country.
I plan to use my experience in my role at NSFT.

Bishop Tim Stevens, Non-Executive Director

I joined the Trust as a non-executive director in December 2015 after retiring as senior bishop with the Church of England.

I began my church career as a curate in East Ham and held various roles in Canvey Island, Chelmsford and West Ham before I was appointed Bishop of Dunwich in 1995. In 1999 I became the Bishop of Leicester, during which time I was responsible for managing an annual budget of £9m and leading of a diocese of one million people from a diverse range of backgrounds.

I also spent six years chairing the Bishops’ Bench in the House of Lords, where I contributed to national debates by speaking on the behalf of 26 bishops. I retired from both positions in July 2015.

I have wide experience in a variety of other public roles, and have served as chairman of The Children’s Society and Senior Appointments Group of the House of Bishops, and have also been a member of the Archbishops’ Council.

I am looking forward to focusing on health policy in my role as non-executive director and making good use of the knowledge and experience I have built up during my career.

Ken Applegate, Non-Executive Director

I bring with me extensive NHS experience, having served as Chair of Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust and as a NED with Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Foundation Trust. I've previously worked at a Board level with Norwich Union Insurance, and was also Managing Director of Hill House Hammond.

I'm really pleased to become a Board member and look forward to working with the Trust. Hopefully my recent wider NHS experience will be of value as the organisation addresses the challenges ahead.

Pip Coker, Non-Executive Director

I've spent 10 years as Chief Executive of Julian Support, and have also worked in the Probation Service, latterly in Norfolk as Assistant Chief Probation Officer. I'm also a former Chair of the Mental Health Provider Forum, a member of the Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Board and a Partner Governor at NSFT.

I'm really excited to be joining the Board of NSFT at this time. I hope my interest in leading cultural change and commitment to putting individuals at the heart of service provision will bring an important dimension to driving further improvements.

Executive directors
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Jonathan Warren, Chief Executive

I have a track record of improving NHS Trusts by creating the conditions where staff are provided with the skills, space and support to lead improvement with service users and carers.

A senior manager and clinical leader with over 35 years’ experience in a variety of healthcare settings, but predominantly within mental health, I was recently Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nurse for Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which included 10 months as Acting Chief Executive. Before that, I occupied a similar role at East London NHS Foundation Trust. 

At both Surrey and East London, I led the work that enabled both organisations to improve their Care Quality Commission rating. At East London, this led to the Trust becoming the first combined mental health and community health services trust to achieve ‘outstanding’. 

I am dedicated to creating cultures where staff and senior management are connected through a joint ambition to deliver the very best care, maximising staff talents, experience and fulfilment at work.  

I also have a national profile as a specialist advisor to the Care Quality Commission and the National Mental Health Patient Safety Project. In addition, I have received international recognition for my work on quality improvement.​

Stuart Richardson, Chief Operating Officer

Before jo​ining NSFT, I was Managing Director of Mental Health and Specialist Services with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, where I successfully introduced a cultural change programme to support quality improvement and financial sustainability. I am a registered learning disability nurse, and have held senior roles in community services and the learning disability service.

I am very impressed with everyone’s commitment and willingness to enhance the quality of services which NSFT provides and am excited that I’ve been given the opportunity to be involved in the improvement journey at the Trust.

My focus is on getting care right for the people who use our services and the staff working in them. We want to make sure that we are listening to the workforce while also engaging with our service users to ensure we are providing the care which they want and need. It’s also vitally important that staff feel empowered and able to make positive changes to improve quality so that they too can be part of the Trust’s transformation. ​

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Daryl Chapman, Director of Finance

I took up my post on Monday (9 October) after spending 16 months working as Finance Lead for the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

I have held Finance Director roles with a variety of private sector companies since qualifying, and I also spent a year working and travelling in New Zealand.

I am already familiar with NSFT, having previously held the position of Deputy Director of Finance at the Trust around four years ago.

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Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

I joined NSFT in November 2018 after spending two years as Chief Nurse with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, where I helped drive through significant improvements to patient care. Before this, I held several senior roles at East London Foundation Trust, including Interim Director of Services, Deputy Director of Nursing and Associate Director for Forensic Nursing.

I qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1990 and worked at St Clements in East London before moving to Hackney, where I fulfilled roles such as Nurse Specialist, Matron and Lead Nurse.

At NSFT, I will be responsible for improving safety and the experience which service users have when accessing care, as well as their confidence in our services. Recruiting and retaining high-​quality staff will also be important – our aim will be to offer something really exciting which enthuses people while also looking after our existing staff and making sure they feel valued.

I am looking forward to helping create the right conditions and culture so that we can make the necessary changes to improve mental healthcare for everyone in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Bohdan Solomka, Medical Director

I qualified as a doctor in 1988 and joined the Trust in October 1994 as Senior Registrar in Forensic Psychiatry. I worked in Suffolk as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist from 1997 to 2007, then in Yarmouth and Waveney from 2007 to 2014.

I have worked in the Women's Medium Secure Service since February 2014. I have been a Lead Clinician in the Secure Service since January 2013. I became Medical Director of the Trust in January 2015.

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