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Two new non-executive directors join mental health trust

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors.

Marion Saunders and Tim Newcomb will join the Board of Directors on 1 September.

Marion, from north Norfolk, has had a personal interest in mental health services for many years. She is a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Fitness to Practice Committee and a specialist advisor of safeguarding matters to the Care Quality Commission.

She also has previous NHS board level experience as a Chair of a Primary Care Trust and currently as non-executive director with social housing and the insurance industry.

Marion said: "Despite the national picture of reduced funding for mental health, I am determined to ensure that what money is available is spent well and that ideas for maintaining and improving services are generated by everyone involved with the Trust."

Tim, from south Suffolk, enjoyed a 30-year career in the police service. As Assistant Chief Constable for Suffolk Constabulary, he led a number of high profile projects including a regional group responding to mental health challenges in communities.

"I'm looking forward to working with the Trust’s directors to increase the confidence of local communities in this important section of the NHS, as it plays a vital role in the wellbeing of us all," explained Tim.

"I'm excited about bringing my experience of partnership working to the mental health arena. I want to ensure that the Trust maintains a relentless focus on quality of service to patients and carers - in particular that feedback related to their issues and concerns is acted upon."

Gary Page, Chair at the Trust, said: "I'm pleased to welcome Marion and Tim to Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and am delighted that we have been able to appoint two such experienced candidates. They both bring a wealth of experience from two very different backgrounds and I am sure that their addition to the Board will help us to tackle the challenges ahead."​