Carer governors

These governors represent the interests of carers who care for people using the Trust's services.

Carer governors:

 

Myrna Hayter

Myrna Hayter

Myrna Hayter

Myrna has been a carer for many years. She is a trustee of the Carers Network Westminster and uses her experience to help others in a similar position.

 

 

 

 

Chandu Shah

Chandu Shah

Chandu is a carer who has looked after his son for the past 27 years. He is a very active member of the Carer Council of CNWL and has worked to shape CNWL’s approach to Carers both at Trust wide level and locally.

Chandu helps local organisations and communities to support carers in the community, challenging prejudice about mental health and helping to traverse the seemingly complex world of Health and Social Care.

Chandu is a Mental Health Campaigner and helps Carers Training and the Self Advocacy Project and Mencap. He is also an active member of Mind in Harrow (EKTA group); a Lay Partner of Embedding Partnership (Whole System Integrated Care) and; Like Minded for Northwest London CCG including Harrow CCG, Harrow Patients Participation Network, Civic Medical Centre, Patient Participation Group (PPG) Chair, Harrow Carers, Time to Change, Carer Champions Group and more.

Chandu speaks and understands various languages and wishes to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community members.

Ponniah Rasanesan

I have lived in Harrow for 30 years and have been a service user and also the carer for my wife for 32

Ponniah Rasanesan

Ponniah Rasanesan

years. The long years of caring bringing up a young family has given me a great deal of experience of the challenges facing families where one of the partners comes down with a long term illness. 

I am particularly interested in mental health services provided by the Trust. I believe I could make a useful contribution based on my own battles with holding down a job, caring for a young family and a spouse with a serious condition.

I have served as Finance Director and Chief Executive for organisations. I have also served on the Boards of Housing Associations as non-executive director - and still do. I have also chaired Risk and Audit Committees and sat on Remuneration Committees and Investment Committees. These experiences in governance, I believe, would stand me in a good stead if elected as a governor of the Trust.