These governors represent the interests of Trust staff members to the Council of Governors.

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Kevin SnowI am a trainee nursing associate at the Kingswood Centre where I have worked for two years in the CAMHS learning disability unit.  I worked part-time for a year at the Grenfell Wellbeing Centre on the multi-faith mental health project. Before this, I spent three years as a support worker in adult mental health and learning disability services at Cygnet.

In my spare time I am training as an adult psychodynamic psychotherapist at Birkbeck College. I currently work as an honorary psychotherapist at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust as part of the training.

Before working in mental health, I spent 15 years in civil service and local government communications. My voluntary experience has included working with ex-offenders, the elderly and with GCSE and A level students. I currently sit on the executive committee of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist (BACP) in the spirituality division.

Nastaran Sepanj.jpegI’ve been a registered Dietitian for 9 years with a passion for not just treating illnesses but also preventing them. As well as working for CNWL NHS Foundation Trust in Ealing for three years I have also been a resident of the Borough of Hillingdon for 20 years. Therefore I am applying to contribute to the council of governors as an AHP staff member whilst also offering a service user’s perspective.

I celebrate the successful patient experiences whilst equally embracing constructive feedback enabling our service to offer a better patient experience.  By being a member of the council, I want to be an advocate for working collaboratively, valuing and complimenting other disciplines. I aspire to gain a better understanding of how a large NHS foundation is managed behind the scenes and to learn transferable skills that further enhance my ability to promote the important role of AHPs in such an organisation.

Nik Galanis.jpgNik has been working for CNWL as an Employment Services Team Leader since 2019. Nik, and his team, support CNWL service-users, secure competitive paid work and help employers find the right candidate for their organisation. Nik is originally from Greece and has a background in Supported Employment/ Internships, working for and with Local Authorities and completing Post Graduate studies in Applied Social Care. He was also recognised as a “Supported Employment Practitioner of the Year (Highly Commended)” from the British Association of Supported Employment (BASE) in 2018. Nik is passionate about making a difference and supporting underrepresented and vulnerable people and groups. He is part of the LGBT+ staff committee, where he delivered LGBT+ Awareness sessions to CNWL staff, and he is a proud ally of the Disabled Employees Network. Nik is excited about being the new Non-Clinical (Other) Staff Governor and aims to be a voice for all Non-Clinical staff irrespective of their background, individual circumstances and position within the Trust.

Surjeet Mann.jpegSurjeet Mann has been working in the field of Addictions for the last 20 years. During this time Surjeet has worked closely with people whose lives have been affected by substance misuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, ill health, homelessness, mental health problems and those involved within the criminal justice system. Surjeet is currently based at ARC in Hounslow and works as a ‘Parental Alcohol Outreach Worker’.

Surjeet strives to help others by connecting in meaningful ways and having had her own adverse experiences is motivated to help others overcome challenges, by establishing new ways of thinking and being.

Previously Surjeet worked as a Team Leader on the Reach Day Programme and soon after starting in the field of Addictions, completed a Diploma in Psychological Counselling at the University of Roehampton.

Preceding her work in Substance Misuse, Surjeet engaged in many ventures including training as a soldier with the Territorial Army.

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I am honoured to have been elected to the team of staff governors.

I have always believed that teamwork is more powerful than individual effort in being a driving force for positive change. It has always been an aspiration of mine to help others having been inspired myself by my mother, after losing my father at a very young age.

I was brought up in a well educated family from Pakistan. Since coming to the UK I have been actively involved in charitable work and social activism on a grassroots level.

I have a wealth of experience in both medicine and team management, and shall use the skills I have harnessed to make improvements within the trust. My aim is to focus on bringing about better working and social environments that will improve staff and patient experiences