We announced our first ever Council of Governors on 2 April 2012
following our elections. Staff Governors and Governors who have
been appointed by partner organisations also sit on the
North Manchester Constituency
Edith has been a member of the Trust's Service User and Carer
Forum for three years and has undertaken important work such as
dignity walkabouts on the wards.
"I believe we have to give the best help we can to all our
patients both in and out of hospital," she said. "Recovery should
begin before they leave hospital and follow on after, showing
dignity and respect at all times."
Thomas has personal experience of mental illness, having
suffered from depression and anxiety for several years. He has also
worked in the health sector.
Thomas said: "I know what it feels like to be ill with
depression and anxiety, mornings when you have had enough,
pressures of daily life. Our mental illness and the support should
be treated in the same way as any other health problem, with the
same respect and understanding."
Steve has a strong interest in the role of carers at the Trust,
having cared for a close relative with a severe mental illness. He
has also worked at the Princess Royal Trust for Carers at
Manchester Carers Centre for nearly five years.
"I have personal and professional experience of Caring which has
given me invaluable insight to the role and difficulties many
carers face and it is this insight that leads me to want to be a
voice for Carers," said Steve
Working as a Training Adviser in health and social care has
given Fiona valuable knowledge and skills.
"Becoming a governor will allow me to transfer the skills I
gained throughout my career from a professional and personal basis
into new and changing situations," she said.
Anne has been a carer since 1995 and has previously served as
Non-Executive Director on the Trust Board.
"I have time to give and a strong commitment to User and Carer
issues," said Anne. "I will use this together with my
experience, to continue to raise the profile and needs of Users and
Carers of the Trust."
South Manchester constituency
Louise has a depth of experience in the voluntary sector,
serving as Director of Bubble Enterprises, a Community Interest
company which offers workplace and volunteering opportunities for
people with mental health issues.
Louise said: "I have empathy with mental health service users
and I have learned a lot about raising the expectations and
achievements of those who have suffered severe mental
Nicholas has previously worked in housing advice, homelessness
and housing benefit services as well as volunteering with the
Trust's own Health Living Network.
"I believe that high quality mental health and social care is
essential for a decent society," he said.
Rebecca is extremely active in her local community and has held
several senior voluntary positions in a number of organisations
including the Chrysalis Family Centre. She is also a qualified
Rebecca said: "My experience cuts across the spectrum of the
community; this has highlighted the importance of exploring new
ideas to improve learning in public services, in order to raise
awareness of the misunderstanding and prejudices."
Doreen is a Trust service user and qualified counsellor who has
been active as a service user representative.
Doreen said: "By working together we can improve the quality and
provision of mental health services."
George first became involved with the Trust in 2003 when his
mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia and he became her
carer. He is an active member of the Service User and Carer Forum
and also attends dementia support group meetings.
George said: "I want to make a difference to people who use
mental health services in Manchester, particularly those in later
Natalie is a support worker for children with disabilities and
has personal experience of mental health problems.
Natalie said: "I joined the Trust at an event at the Arndale
centre in Manchester, as it is dear to my heart. I want to be more
involved in helping people in Greater Manchester to better their
||Alan McQueen Porter
A former fireman, Alan experienced post-traumatic stress after
being injured in a blaze. He has extensive experience of mental
health issues having been a volunteer with MIND and at Prestwich
"I feel that I can represent the views of the community and act
as a go-between for members and the Board," he said."
||Zeph Curwen (representing non-clinical and management
Zeph has worked for the Trust for 12 years and is currently the
Service Manager for Occupational Activity and Employment.
"I would like to play a part in seeing the organisation continue
to go from strength to strength and hope that by joining the
Council of Governors I will be in a position to represent the views
of non-clinical staff and managers," she said.
||Rebekah Roshan (representing registered and
Inpatient ward manager Rebekah has been at the Trust for seven
She said: "I am very passionate about improving the service we
provide for our patients."
||Dr Robert Baldwin (representing registered medical
Robert has been a consultant in old age psychiatry at Manchester
Royal Infirmary since 1985.
"The Trust's Council of Governors is important," he said. "Even
though it will not be involved in operational matters, it will have
oversight of all the Trust's activities; it will be a referent for
Trust management and its views will be taken seriously."
||Dr Nasur Iqbal (representing social care and
Clinical Psychologist Nasur has a depth of experience of not
only the NHS but also the independent and voluntary sectors.
Nasur said: "As a Clinical Psychologist my training, skills and
experience lead me towards understanding and analysing the
intricacies and inter-relatedness of a number of complex factors in
mental health. Such principles are transferable to understanding
wider dynamics whether that is on an individual, group, local or
||Professor Nav Kapur (University of Manchester)
Nav is Professor of Psychiatry and Population Health at the
University and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the
"I am delighted to have been appointed to the role of Governor
for the Trust," said Nav. "This represents an excellent opportunity
to strengthen the existing partnership between the University of
Manchester and the Trust."
||Councillor Bev Craig (Manchester City Council)
Bev has been a local councillor in Burnage since 2011. She is
the Lead Councillor for Lesbian and Bisexual women's issues. She is
also a school governor, chairs a youth charity and sits on the
Southway Housing Board.
"Mental health affects us all, we just don't talk about it
enough," she said. "I want to work to ensure that all
residents in Manchester have access to efficient and effective
mental health services that suit their needs."
||Councillor Julie Reid (Manchester City
Julie represents Gorton South for Labour on Manchester City
Council and is also a member of the School Forum and Young People
and Children Committee.
"I am delighted to have been appointed to the Trust," said
Julie. "I am really pleased that I will have the opportunity to
work together to shape new ways of working to ensure that
Manchester residents get the right help at the right time."
||Monica Weir (Joint Union representative)
Monica has been a nurse for more than 40 years and is currently
the Lead Steward for the Royal College of Nursing at the Trust. She
was appointed to her position on the Council of Governors due to
her being Chair of the Joint Unions Committee.
'I'm looking forward to building on the good work done so far
between the joint unions and the Trust," she said.
||Chief Inspector John Egerton (Greater Manchester
Chief Inspector John Egerton will represent Greater Manchester
Police on the Council of Governors. John has worked for the Police
for more than 20 years and is currently leading on partnership
working across Manchester.
"I'm looking forward to helping to integrate approaches to
addressing mental health issues through my work with key agencies
and communities," he said.
||Ian Trafford (voluntary and community sector)
Ian is Head of Operations for youth mental health charity
42nd Street and has 20 years experience in the voluntary
and community sector.
Ian said: "I'm excited at taking up the challenge of
representing the voluntary and community sector on the Council of