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Trust welcomes new Governors

​Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has seven new Governors who will take up their seats from 1 February 2017. They bring a wealth of knowledge in healthcare, local government and teaching, as well as first-hand experience of accessing mental health services or caring for someone with an illness.

The Trust held elections to fill seven public and service user seats before Christmas, with the results announced on 30 December 2016. The successful candidates are:

Public (Norfolk):

Ron French (re-elected)
Leonard Wellings
Sheila Preston (re-elected)

Public (Suffolk):

Paddy Fielder (re-elected)
Andrew Good (re-elected)
Kathleen Ben Rhaba (re-elected)

Service user (Norfolk):

Richard Gorrod

The new Governors, who are elected by the Trust membership, will represent the views of local people and act as a key link between the Trust and the communities it serves. They will sit on the Council of Governors, which is made up of 23 elected seats spread across six constituencies as well as partner governors from local organisations. Governors are responsible for holding NSFT’s non-executive directors to account for the performance of the Board of Directors.

All seven successful candidates will hold a three-year tenure, which begins on 1 February.

Robert Nesbitt, Company Secretary, said: “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 come from all walks of life and share an interest in mental wellbeing and a desire to see NSFT develop and thrive.

“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.”