I have been working in various voluntary roles for the last 30 years, including being a publicly elected governor for the Braintree district over the last two years, working on the merger between NEP and SEPT.
I am also chair of a local community group, giving me the privilege of working with residents from a variety of backgrounds – with the accompanying concerns and issues that arise – as well as local authorities, groups and organisations.
My working background is administration based within local government and HM Forces, I now work with a local charity supporting adults with learning disabilities to live independently.
My sons both have mental health conditions, over the last few years their medical care has given me a good insight into how individuals access treatment and support in Essex.
In recent times I have been involved in campaigns trying to increase public knowledge of mental health conditions. I believe that raising awareness helps people discuss illnesses openly and honestly. With improved access to appropriate treatment, upgraded facilities and other improvements, we can work together towards gaining excellent mental health services, allowing us to provide an easier process for the individual, as well as hopefully easing the concerns of family members and friends.
As an EPUT Governor for Essex Mid & South I will continue in my role in the local community, raising the concerns and challenges relating to mental health issues that arise, thereby helping the Trust improve their services.