Andrew Good - Public Governor, Suffolk
Term of office started 1 February 2014
We must all help people through the daily challenges they face with their mental health. Governors are the eyes and ears of the public who elect us. Together with service users and carers, we challenge and scrutinise the Trust.
I became a Governor to use my experience as a Samaritans volunteer and my knowledge of dementia in a wider setting. I wanted to help the Trust form partnerships with the voluntary sector.
I also wanted it to listen better to those who use services. I have helped to establish partnerships between the Trust and Samaritan branches. These give emotional support to people in crisis, at a time of their choosing and in confidence. I have first-hand experience of family and friends who have Alzheimer's. Through my Samaritans role, I understand the daily challenges people face with their mental health.
My professional background was in local government. My last job was as Chief Executive of Mid Suffolk District Council.