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, Acting Chief Executive

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 fulfilled this role on an interim basis from October 2017. I secured a substantive position in July 2020. 

I have held Finance Director roles with a variety of private companies. I spent 16 months as Finance Lead for the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

Previously, I held the position of Deputy Director of Finance at the Trust around seven years ago.


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.

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 Officer I 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 clinical risk management
  • medical management and professional development
  • pharmacy and research

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.

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