Members’ views are represented at the Council of Members by governors who are elected and appointed for specific groups of members, known as constituencies.
Elected governors: representing service users from the boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow
- Bob Walker: Bob wants to bring his positive experience of CNWL Trust services to promote better understanding of service user perspectives. He also wants to ensure all service users are made aware of all assistance and opportunities that are available.
- Angela Hook: Angela is very actively involved in her local community including police community board, local LINk, doctors participation panel and the Harrow user group. She will bring an insight into the community perceptions to help the trust make informed effective decisions.
- Timothy Seale: Tim wants to end the postcode lottery for good quality psycho-therapy and promote recovery. He wants to see service users building meaningful lives for themselves including optimizing their employment opportunities. As a service user he has experienced good and bad treatment and supports CNWL as he feels strongly that it always does the best for its service users.
Elected governors: representing service users from the boroughs of Camden, Enfield, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and the rest of the Greater London area
- Elvira De Souza: Elvira is passionate about de-stigmatising mental health and campaigning for better services. As an ethnic minority woman she is acutely aware of the over representation of black and ethnic minority people in receipt of mental health services and is keen to ensure that services are culturally sensitive and appropriate.
- Lina Christopoulou: Lina is particularly interested in representing those service users who are treated in a day care setting, i.e. the large body of people in the community who may have less severe mental health struggles which may even go undiagnosed or untreated. She believes that many people, like herself, carry on with a professional existence without seeking help for any difficulties, and she is keen to de-stigmatise and de-mystify mental health challenges in the wider community and in the work place.
- Sean Bell-Briggs:Sean strives to be an independent voice for everyone that has a shared interest in making CNWL a leader in quality and care. He hopes that he can make a difference in helping shape a Trust that he believes “puts people first and at the centre of its policies and practice.”
- Ezzat Jalili: Ezzat is very active within his local community including his local residents association and has also taken a keen interest in health and social care delivery. He has worked in a wide variety of professions and is looking forward to making a very positive contribution to the work of the Trust.
Elected governors: representing carers
- Molly Mandah: Molly has been a carer for nine years and has developed a very good understanding of mental health services and legislation. She believes strongly that professionals, carers and service users need to work together in a collaborative manner. She is a professional coach and a particular interest in the health and wellbeing of people.
- Monique Klang-Voves: Monique has a background in communication design and media production. She is a qualified counsellor and founder of Kensington & Chelsea Mental Health Carers Association and former member of the PPI Forum. She is committed to better communication between carers, service users and professionals.
- Janet Seale: Janet has been a carer for the past 30 years. She is interested in networking with carers across the Trust and ensuring that the important role of carers is properly financially.
Elected governors: representing public members (residents of Greater London)
- Stephen Chamberlain, representing Brent: Stephen believes that the NHS will in the future be more service user led and says the needs of the user should be at the centre of their treatment and care within the NHS. More emphasis is placed on 'Wellbeing and Recovery' and Stephen has recently taken on a new active role as a ' Hospital Trust Governor'.
- Irene Leeman, representing Harrow: Irene has been a Harrow resident for 37 years, and has 40 years experience working locally in the NHS. Irene is passionate about NHS patient care. She would like to play a part in developing the work of this large and growing Trust, in improving the quality of its services to meet the needs of its changing populations, by ensuring and supporting equality in service accessibility and delivery at the highest possible standards.
- Samuel Whiteside, representing Hillingdon: Sam currently works on a voluntary basis with vulnerable adults, young people and children. As an older person in good health he feels he can contribute to enhancing the effectiveness of our engagement with older people. He is a strong believer in the NHS and would like to be able to contribute to NHS work in the borough of Hillingdon.
- Kevin O'Brien, representing Kensington & Chelsea: Kevin is immensely interested in the work of the Trust he is also actively involved with the charity MIND. He believes that by getting involved in the work of the Trust he will make a real difference.
- Betina Birtchnell, representing Westminster: Betina had a very successful career in the City and now has the time and energy to put something back into the community. Betina has received excellent treatment from the NHS and has worked as a volunteer in her local hospital. She therefore has experience as a user and as provider of services and is keen to represent the voice of her fellow citizens.
- Cheryl Prax, representing Westminster: Cheryl, a Westminster resident for 36 years, is a passionate campaigner for humane treatment of people going through extreme states. She has extensive links with service user organisations. She has spent the last few years exploring various approaches to mental health and has attended conferences and lectures by experts in their field. She is committed to challenging the dominant medical model and exploring humane and successful psychosocial models of care which take into account service user and carer perspectives with long term rehabilitation at the core. She would especially like to see CNWL adopt approaches such as Soteria and Open Dialogue along with freedom of choice of treatment and support for patients who want to taper off their psychiatric drugs. Her main aim is to end forced drug treatment and electroconvulsive therapy.
- Barry Colin Gibbins, representing Ealing, Hounslow, Hammersmith & Fulham: Barry has been a resident in the local area for over 15 years and an actively involved member of the community. Having assisted with many individual service users and having been a service user himself, he strongly believes each individual should be treated in a consistent way and deserves understanding, respect and personal dignity from all involved.
- John Kerslake-Dunne, representing Camden: During the past year, due to various illness, John says he has relied quite heavily on NHS services in Camden. “I found the level of care and treatment I have received to be exceptional and I have come to realise that we are so very lucky, as a nation, to have such a free service.” As the Governor representing community health services in Camden John believes it is his duty to represent the borough of Camden to the Board of Governors. He says he understands that there will always be room for improvement in various areas, and that he knows the Trust Board is doing what it can to offer a better service. “I will continue to do all that I can to represent Camden and I am so proud to live in such a diverse and accepting area.”
- Henry Arthurs, representing England and Wales (excluding those named above): Having been a mental health service user himself, Henry has a deep interest in mental health issues. He says that he knows how often these are misunderstood or simply not recognised. Henry would like to help raise awareness of how mental health issues impact on service users and their carers and of how important it is that patients themselves are at the very centre of their own care. He has a background in accountancy and financial audit and is keen to ensure the Trust achieves good value for money from the resources it has at its disposal.
Elected governors: representing staff
- Paul Byrne, representing nursing staff (including healthcare assistants): Paul has 20 years experience at CNWL which provides good knowledge of challenges facing the Trust. He is the lead nurse for children's services and believes that quality of care should be at the top of the Trust agenda.
- Bridget Clarence Smith, representing nursing staff (including healthcare assistants): Bridget has been a nurse for over 30 years and has experience in health visiting, palliative care, practice nursing and as a community Matron. She has considerable experience in the fields of diabetes and dementia. She is a strategic thinker who believes that all nurses have a responsibility to be at the forefront of delivering care imaginatively to meet the needs of their communities.
- Karim Dar, representing medical staff: Karim has worked in the Trust as a Consultant Addictions Psychiatrist for 11 years. He believes that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. He believes that no organisation can progress without learning from mistakes and without active involvement of its users. In Addictions, he has played a leading role in implementing the recovery agenda .
- Charlotte Green, representing Allied Health Professionals: Charlotte is a clinical psychologist and trade union representative. She is interested in the development of clinically effective and responsive services across the Trust; to serve patients and to strengthen our services within an increasingly competitive market.
- Ann Sheridan, representing social care staff: Ann holds both nursing and social work qualifications and is actively engaged in ensuring seamless social care provision. She positively champions the empowerment of service users.
- Laura Chatterton, representing all other staff: Laura has worked for the Trust for over 10 years. She believes it is imperative for staff, service users and carers to work together to make real improvements to the quality of care.
Appointed governors: representing local organisations such as other NHS trusts, local authorities and voluntary services
- Ketan Sheth, representing Local Authority Constituencies, Brent: Ketan is a councillor in the London Borough of Brent. He passionately believes in the Trust continuing to providing a high quality medical and general care service to all the users within our community. He is a lawyer by profession and sits on a number of public bodies, including as a Chairman of the Valuation Tribunal for England.
- Cllr Margaret Davine, representing Local Authority Constituencies, Harrow: Margaret is the appointee of Harrow council where she is the Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder
- Cllr Peter Kemp, representing Local Authority Constituencies, Hillingdon: Peter is the Appointee for Hillingdon Local Authority. He has taken a special interest in the provision of services for people with Dementia in the Borough
- Cllr Charles Williams, representing Local Authority Constituencies, Kensington & Chelsea: Charles Williams is a councillor representing the Redcliffe Ward in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. He is vice-chairman of the Council's Health, Environmental Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee. He is keen that CNWL should focus on providing mental health services of the highest quality.
- Position vacant, representing Local Authority Constituencies, Westminster
- Sandra Mounier Jack, representing Primary Care Trust Constituencies, Inner north west London: Sandra is an appointee form the Inner North West London PCTs. She represents the commissioning voice. She is an expert in public health and in the control of infectious diseases.
- Position vacant, representing Primary Care Trust Constituencies,
- Position vacant, representing Primary Care Trust Constituencies
- Jill Patel, representing Voluntary Constituencies, Hillingdon Mind: Jill has been an appointed Governor for 5 years. She is Chief executive of Hillingdon Mind which is a voluntary sector organization which responds to issues within Hillingdon by involvement in the planning of local mental health services, local campaigning on mental health issues, linking with Mind's national campaign work and activity aimed to raise awareness of, and change attitudes towards, mental health.
- Beverley Dawkins, representing Voluntary Constituencies: Beverley is the appointee from Mencap the national voluntary sector organisation which champions the rights of people with learning disabilities. The Council of Members was particularly keen to have a Governor with particular interest in people with learning disability who are so often marginalized.
- Mike Crawford, representing Imperial College: Mike is a researcher at Imperial College and a psychiatrist working in a service for people with personality disorder. He has a special interest in the development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions for people who experience long-term mental distress.
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