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

When I joined NSFT I was also Chair of East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT)​ from 2012 until 2020. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated ELFT as ‘outstanding’. In 2020, I stepped down from ELFT to be Independent Chair of the North East London Integrated Care System. . 

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. I have also been Vice-Chair at Newham University Hospital Trust.

My career was within the voluntary sector and local authorities. It focused on regeneration, commissioning and social justice. I am still involved in the voluntary sector as a Trustee of two charities.

The Health Service Journal (HSJ) included me in its inaugural ‘Inspirational Women’ list and in its 2020 list of the 80 most influential people in the NHS. I was made a CBE for services to the NHS in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2018.​ 

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

  • Member of the National People Board 
  • Board Member of the NHS Confederation
  • Member of the National Equality 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 service users, carers, staff, Governors, partners and Board colleagues to continuously improve. We will build on what the Trust does well and work with partners to deliver integrated services.

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

​James Reeder – Suffolk County Council

Vacant – Norfolk County Council

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