Council of Governors

Our Governors represent the views of Trust Members and local people. They host important public engagement events. They hold the Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board.

Governors come from all walks of life and share an interest in mental wellbeing. They help the Trust to develop and thrive for the benefit of the people who use our services.

The Council of Governors comprises:

  • the Trust Chair
  • 23 Governors elected by Trust Members across its six constituencies
  • six Governors appointed by partner organisations

Elections to the Council take place every year. Governors usually serve a three-year term which starts on 1 February. This is the date we became a Foundation Trust. Elected governors can only be re-elected twice and stand for up to nine years.

Only Members of the Trust can stand for election: Find out about membership

The Council​ holds meetings in public every two months. It holds special events throughout the year. For details, see our events calendar

To find out more about our Governors, please click the sections below.


Marie Gabriel CBE, Trust Chair

Marie Gabriel  I was Chair of East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT)​ from 2012 until 2020. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated ELFT as ‘outstanding’. ELFT was the Health Service Journal's (HSJ) ‘Trust of the Year’ in 2016. In 2020, I stepped down from ELFT to be Independent Chair of the north east London Integrated Care System. This is part of the East London Health and Care Partnership. 

Before being Chair of ELFT, I was Chair of a variety of health organisations. These included NHS East London and the City, North East London and the City, NHS Newham and Newham Community Health Council. 

The HSJ included me in its inaugural ‘Inspirational Women’ list. I was made a CBE for services to the NHS in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2017.​ 

I lead the NHS Race and Health Observatory (RHO). This identifies and tackles the health challenges facing people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds. I also hold several strategic NHS roles. These include: 

  • Chair of the NHS WRES Strategic Advisory Group

  • Board Member of the NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network

  • Board Member of the NHS Policy Board 

  • Board Member of the NHS People Plan Advisory Group

It is a huge honour to be Chair of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. I have found the role extremely rewarding since joining in 2019. I look forward to continuing to work with staff, service users, carers, partners and Board colleagues. We will build on what the Trust does well and draw on ELFT’s successful improvement experience.


Service User Governors - Suffolk

Service User Governors - Norfolk

Carer Governor - Suffolk

Carer Governor - Norfolk

Youth Governors

Vikki Versey


Partner Governors

Peter Beazley ​– University of East Anglia

Heather Rugg – University of Suffolk

​Kim Clipsham – Norfolk County Council

James Reeder – Suffolk County Council

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