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Meet our directors

Non-executive directors​

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.

Ian Broo​kman, Non-Executive Director

I became a non-executive director with NSFT in December 2015.

I have spent my career working in management and finance and have held a variety of senior positions, most recently as finance director with Ormiston Families, a regional charity which supports children and young people from across East Anglia.

As well as helping to improve the finances at a range of different organisations, I also played a key role in enhancing the performance of schools and helped establish a not-for-profit start-up organisation to take over the provision of library services across Suffolk.

I hope to put the extensive experience built up during my career, as well as the knowledge I have gained by working as trustee for a national academy chain, to good use during my time as a non-executive director.

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.

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Jill Robinson, Non-Executive Director

I joined the Board as a non-executive director in January 2016 having spent more than 35 years working in mental health, education and research, most recently as Executive Dean and Professor of Healthcare Practice in the Faculty of Health and Applied Science at University Campus Suffolk (UCS).

I started my career as a mental health nurse and held a variety of roles working with young people and in the community before moving into education as a nurse teacher. I had a number of senior roles at the University of East Anglia before spending a year as a psychological therapist with NSFT. I later moved to UCS as Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery before becoming Executive Dean in February 2014.

I have held positions on a wide variety of external bodies as well as honorary appointments in universities and in the NHS. I have also led funded research studies, supervised and examined research students and regularly review papers for publication in international journals, and am keen to put this range of experience to good use during my time as a non-executive director.

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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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Antek Lejk, Chief Executive

Formerly Chief Officer for NHS South Norfolk and North Norfolk CCGs, I have over 10 years’ experience as a Chief Executive and Chief Officer, including at two organisations that provided mental health services, Mid Anglia Community Health Trust and Local Health Partnerships Trust, which were predecessor organisations of our Trust. 

I have worked at Director and Board level within NHS commissioning and provider organisations for more than 20 years and was also Executive Lead for the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

I have spearheaded many change and recovery programmes during my career and will put my experience and skills to good use in leading our Trust’s quality improvement priorities.​​

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.

​Duncan Forbes, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

While I worked as HR Director with Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service, I was responsible for driving initiatives to significantly improve recruitment and retention of staff while introducing new ways of working.

Before joining the service in January 2016, I held a variety of roles across the UK and Europe, including HR Director at Jaguar Land Rover, Organisational Development and Change Consultant at E-On and HR Director at WorldPay.

I have also run my own successful consultancy business, where I specialised in continuous improvement and change management, designing bespoke workforce strategies and embedding successful development, engagement and talent management processes.

I am passionate about people and helping them to give the best of themselves. A huge part of my job is about helping staff to feel confident in themselves, their job and their ability to make a difference to those whose lives are incomparably benefitted by our services.

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Peter Devlin, Operations Director Mental Health and Learning Disabilities (Suffolk)

I started this exciting new joint director role between NSFT and Suffolk County Council on 1st June 2017 and I will build on the strong history of effective partnership between the organisations to further the integration of services.

I am a qualified social worker with 19 years’ experience of working in various positions across health and social care services in Suffolk. The last 14 years of my career, has been dedicated to working in integrated mental health services assuming leadership roles in a number of service development and improvement initiatives.