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Three new non-executive directors join mental health trust

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has appointed three new non-executive directors (NEDS) with a wealth of experience in mental health, finance and management to join its Board of Directors.

Bishop Tim Stevens (pictured) and Ian Brookman joined the Trust today (1 December), with Professor Jill Robinson beginning on 1 January.

Tim, from Bury St Edmunds, has joined the Trust after retiring as senior bishop with the Church of England.

He began his church career as a curate and held various roles in Canvey Island, Chelmsford and West Ham before he was appointed Bishop of Dunwich in 1995. In 1999, he became Bishop of Leicester with responsibility for managing an annual budget of £9m and leading a diocese of one million people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Tim also spent six years chairing the Bishops’ Bench in the House of Lords, where he contributed to national debates by speaking on the behalf of 26 bishops.

He applied for the role of non-executive director so that he could focus on health policy, while making good use of the knowledge and experience he built up during his career.

Ian, who lives near Bury St Edmunds, has spent his career working in management and finance and is currently part-time finance director at 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, he has 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. He also serves as a trustee for a national academy chain.

Jill, who lives near Diss, has become a NED after spending more than 35 years working in mental health, education and research, most recently as Executive Dean and Professor of Healthcare Practice at University Campus Suffolk (UCS).

She started her career as a mental health nurse and held a variety of roles working with young people and in the community before moving into education, and has since worked at both the University of East Anglia and UCS.

In addition, Jill spent a year working as a psychological therapist for NSFT, and has also held honorary appointments at universities and in the NHS.

Lead Governor Guenever Pachent said: “We are really pleased to have recruited three new high calibre non-executive directors. Their knowledge and expertise will be vitally important and we look forward to working closely with them over the coming years.” 

Trust Chair Gary Page said: “I am delighted that we are able to welcome Jill, Tim and Ian to Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. They bring with them a wealth of experience in a wide range of different areas, and will make a valuable contribution to our discussions at Board and shaping our plans for the future.

“I look forward to working closely with all three as we continue to drive through quality improvements at the Trust for the benefit of our service users and their carers.”