Our Executive Directors

Executive Directors are employees of the Trust. Along with the Non-Executive Directors, they are accountable for the Trust's performance.

Stuart Richardson, Chief Executive Officer

Stuart Richardson I was Managing Director of Mental Health and Specialist Services with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. I introduced a cultural change programme to support quality improvement and financial sustainability. I am a registered learning disability nurse. I have held senior roles in community services and the learning disability service.

Everyone’s commitment to enhance the quality of services at NSFT is impressive. I am excited to help in the Trust's improvement journey.

My focus is on getting care right for the people who use our services and the staff working in them. We want to make sure that we are listening to the workforce while also engaging with our service users. This will ensure we are providing the care they want and need. It is vital that staff feel empowered to make changes to improve quality. ​

Daryl Chapman, Chief Finance Officer

Daryl Chapman, Chief Finance Officer I am delighted to be the Trust's Chief Finance Officer. I have learnt so much from our staff and service users since 2017 when I first started in this role. 

Prior to this role I spent over a year as Finance Lead for the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), and I previously held the position of Deputy Director of Finance at the Trust many years ago.

I have held Finance Director roles with a variety of private companies, and also have Operations Director experience.

On a personal note I know that physical activity is key to maintaining my wellbeing so try to run, exercise or play sport regularly.

I have experience of caring for a household family member with complex needs and appreciate how emotional this can be.


Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull, Chief Nurse I joined NSFT in 2018 after two years as Chief Nurse with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. There I helped drive through significant improvements to patient care. Before this, I held senior roles at East London Foundation Trust. These included Interim Director of Services, Deputy Director of Nursing and Associate Director for Forensic Nursing.

I qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1990 and worked at St Clements in East London. When I moved to Hackney, I fulfilled roles such as Nurse Specialist, Matron and Lead Nurse. I have a family member who has experienced issues relating to their mental health and wellbeing during their teenage and early adult years. I have supported, cared for and been part of their struggles, this has been both a privilege and a challenge.

At NSFT, I am responsible for improving safety and service users' experience of care. Recruiting and retaining high-​quality staff is important. Our aim is to offer exciting opportunities which enthuse people. Meanwhile we seek to look after our existing staff and make sure they feel valued.

I am committed to help create the conditions and culture to improve mental healthcare for everyone in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Dan Dalton, Chief Medical Officer

Dan Dalton, Chief Medical OfficerI qualified in medicine in 1999. I completed my core psychiatric training in East London. I then completed my higher training in forensic psychiatry in the Eastern Deanery. I have worked as a consultant psychiatrist since 2009. I have experience in inpatient and community services.

I am responsible for providing strong clinical leadership at our Trust. I play a key role in inspiring and supporting colleagues as we continue to develop our new model of care. I sit on the Board as:

  • Lead executive for Quality Improvement
  • Medical management and professional development
  • Pharmacy and research
  • Physical Healthcare

I also provide advice on the quality and safety of all clinical matters.

I am passionate about giving Norfolk and Suffolk high-quality mental health services. We can do this by empowering staff with a strong clinical voice and being creative in co-producing and delivering services.


Kathryn Ellis, Director of Strategy and Partnerships

I joined the Trust in May 2021. My previous role was the Locality Director for Great Yarmouth and Waveney for NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group. A portrait photo of Kathryn Ellis

I’ve worked in a variety of commissioning and provider roles across Norfolk, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire. Those roles were in acute hospital, primary and community care, and mental health. 

Before my appointment as Locality Director I worked as Transformation Director at East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH). Before that I held director-level roles in community provider and CCG organisations.

I am passionate about mental health care and wellbeing, starting my career at Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Care Trust.

I am delighted to join NSFT as we increase partnership working. I see this role as an opportunity to foster greater collaboration between health, social care, VCSE and community partners. This will aid the development of services across Norfolk, Suffolk and at regional level.

Amy Eagle, interim Chief Operating Officer

A picture of Amy Eadle I have worked at NSFT for 2 years as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer and now Interim Chief Operating Officer.

I’m a mental health nurse, trained in Leeds qualifying in 1996 and have recently completed my MBA at the University of East Anglia. I’ve worked in the Norfolk and Waveney system since 2000.

I have learnt so much during my career from my personal experiences and from people I’ve worked with; service users, carers and colleagues. I embrace learning so we can provide services to meet the needs of local users of our services. Also to support our workforce, our most valuable asset to thrive and grow.

I’m committed to improving access to mental health services so people receive the right treatment at the right time. I’m also passionate to work as an active partner in the Suffolk and Norfolk systems to ensure we all consider mental health alongside other presenting needs.

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