Meet our Patrons, Trustees and Ambassadors
Norfolk and Waveney Mind, as a registered charity exists to fulfil its charitable purposes. Trustees have a responsibility to understand the environment in which the charity is operating in the area of mental health and to lead the charity in fulfilling its purposes as effectively as possible with the resources available.
The board of trustees must be effective and work well together, with shared vision to deliver the purpose of Norfolk and Waveney Mind. A good board involves people who represent a broad spectrum of experience, perspectives and opinions and recognises that there will be disagreement at times, but is able to deal with this and see it as a strength.
Diversity is critical for a board to be effective; enabling varied discussions, active debate and decision making, so that together we can have the greatest impact. We encourage applications from people with lived experience of mental health problems and from all ethnic, socio-economic, religious and professional and personal backgrounds.
Our Trustees are responsible for:
- Ensuring that the organisation pursues its stated objects (purposes), as defined in its governing document, by developing and agreeing a long-term strategy.
- Ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing document (ie its trust deed, constitution or memorandum and articles of association), charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
- Ensuring that the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects (ie the charity must not spend money on activities that are not included in its own objects, however worthwhile or charitable those activities are) for the benefit of the public.
- Ensuring that the organisation defines its goals and evaluates performance against agreed targets and scrutinises the impact of the organisation.
- Safeguarding the good name and values of the organisation.
- Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place.
- Ensuring the financial stability of the organisation.
- Protecting and managing the property of the charity and ensuring the proper investment of the charity’s funds.
- Following proper and formal arrangements for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the chief executive (if the charity employs staff).
- Leading the organisation towards fully achieving its commitment to a society where everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.
Meet our Trustees
Louise Jordan-Hall - Chair of Trustee Board
As the previous Chair at Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind for 5 years, Louise was a key member of the group merging the 3 Norfolk Minds into Norfolk and Waveney Mind in July 2019; when she became our Chair.
She brings extensive experience in both commissioning and managing the delivery of Mental Health services, as well as other specialist Adult, Substance Misuse and HIV/ AIDS services in Brighton & Hove and across East Sussex. She brings a range of skills at Chief Officer level in local authorities, from joint working across health and social care, to economic regeneration, democratic services and governance.
She has run her own Coaching and Mentoring Company and her career started in the third sector. Louise’s personal experiences and her time as a carer are key to her person-centred approach to service delivery.
Louise has a Master’s degree in Social and Public Health Policy, her dissertation focusing on the accessibility of mental health services for women from minority groups. She is also a qualified coach and mentor. For 10 years as a Non-Executive Director and Lay Member, she was Vice Chair at GYW Primary Care Trust , Norfolk and Waveney Cluster PCT and GYW Clinical Commissioning Group. Louise also led on Patient Safety & Quality, Safeguarding, and Patient & Public Engagement.
Louise is a Trustee at Centre 81 in Great Yarmouth, providing outreach services for people with physical disabilities. For 2 years Louise was the Chair of the Eastern Local Safeguarding Adults Partnership (ELSAP), which brings together partner organisations from across Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
“Working with a local Mind charity has brought together for me the range of experiences I have had during my career. Mostly, it’s enabled me to assist people with lived experience of mental ill health to be at the centre of changing services for the better – a passion I have held for many years,” says Louise.
Collaborative partnerships, the integration of services across agencies, community engagement as well as co-production are at the heart of Louise's approach, with the aim of providing more streamlined services for people using mental health services. She feels privileged to be the Chair of Norfolk and Waveney Mind, and to have the opportunity to continue improving services alongside people with lived experience, volunteers, staff and trustees.
Pete Boczko - Trustee
"We’d like to offer you the position of Trustee within the local Mind charity"….
That was the sentence (from the Chair of the Board, as Pete was driving to John Lewis in Norwich) that began Pete’s time (or tenure, if you’re posh!), as a member of an experienced Board, guiding a local branch of a charity that, since its inception in 1978, had gone from strength to strength.
That was 2017!
Pete’s own journey to this point had been what you might call ‘a bit of a ride’… leaving home at 15 to join the Army, then serving worldwide in some nice and not-too-nice places, finally leaving after 24 years’ service with great memories… but a pair of dodgy knees, a knackered back, one wife and two daughters!
Pete joined Caterpillar (global manufacturing giant) as an Operations Manager and began a second career, holding various positions in Peterborough (UK), Larne (NI), Atlanta and Chicago (USA), Bangalore (India) and finally back to the UK as General Manager - Global Solutions. Phew!
He still has a dodgy back, knackered knees, one wife and now two married daughters, plus two beautiful grandchildren… but is now truly ‘jet-lagged’.
Pete finally arrived in Hemsby, Norfolk, and is trying to slow down, but also looking for something to keep him semi-active; maybe add a little value from some of the experience gained in the 40 years-plus from being involved in the Engineering & Global Business environments.
As a plus, having now moved into house number 28, tips on packing can be supplied free of charge!
Pete says: “It is exciting being a Trustee at this moment within a respected charity, involved in the areas of mental health and wellbeing. These subjects have become national talking points - we are well-positioned to continue with the excellent service provided to date, and maybe - just maybe - we might even look to provide more! Being part of that will be a pleasure.”
Janice Warford - Trustee
Janice enjoyed a career in buying and merchandising in retail Head Offices for Debenhams, Topshop and H. Samuel the Jewellers - a varied and interesting role involving travelling the world, working with the buyers and the product ranges.
As a Senior Executive, she was responsible for making a profit working with her team, Finance & Marketing, by creating their strategy, then managing and achieving key performance indicators. Understanding the customers and high street trends was very important and fascinating, and management skills were key.
Janice returned to Suffolk due to family issues and was heavily involved in caring – her Mum had dementia, her Dad became disabled and her brother had mental health issues.
Janice became a Trustee for Great Yarmouth & Waveney Mind in 2017. After losing her brother to mental health problems, Janice wanted to help others find and receive the support that her brother sadly did not have.
Graham Goodwin - Trustee
Graham was born in Nottingham and moved to Norfolk in 1965, and so feels he is ‘an adopted son’ of the county. He worked as an accountant ln King's Lynn all his working life until September 2016, when he had to take early retirement as a result of kidney failure. He is now making good progress following a kidney transplant in January 2019.
Graham has been a carer for over 30 years and was honoured to become a Trustee of West Norfolk Mind in 2013.
Graham enjoys long walks in his spare time, and has undertaken several half-marathon walks for charity, including one for Mind.
Chris Rees - Trustee
Chris became a Trustee of Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind in 2016. He has a long-standing interest and passion for supporting people with mental health challenges, based on family experiences.
Chris worked for 35 years in the oil and gas industry around the world as a project manager, responsible for delivering projects in the North Sea, Middle East, Europe and Asia. He has led large project teams and is keenly aware of the challenges that the modern work environment puts on workers and their families.
Through his work and living overseas, he has had opportunity to see the mental health challenges faced by people around the world and how people and countries respond.
Chris is an active Rotarian and school governor in Norwich, where he lives.
Steve Bazire - Trustee
Steve was Chief Pharmacist for the NHS Norfolk mental health services from 1986 to 2012, and then Consultant Pharmacist from 2012 to 2015. During that time, he set up numerous novel service developments, such as the medicines telephone helpline in 1989, the book, Your Medicines – Any Questions?, the Handy Charts, the Norfolk lithium database, electronic prescribing, and automated dispensing.
Steve took on Pharma and got the price of clozapine reduced from £1.86 to 20p a tablet. He was awarded an MBE in 2010 for Services to Pharmacy.
Steve now runs the Choice and Medication website (local link: www.choiceandmedication.org/nsft), used across the whole of the British Isles, plus Australia, New Zealand and Canada. He is well known globally as the author of the Psychotropic Drug Directory, and nationally as a speaker on medicines to all types of audience - anyone who will listen, in fact. He is also a member of David Nutt’s Drug Science group.
Steve became a Trustee of Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind in 2014. Steve and his family have been season ticket holders in the Lower Barclay at Carrow Road for several decades - but don’t hold that against him (!).
Ed Fraser - Trustee
Ed is a social researcher, specialising in translating the lived experiences of service users and families into meaningful improvements in health and care. He is particularly interested in developing effective models of mental health care.
His research into veterans’ experiences of NHS mental health services was published in the Journal of Public Mental Health (2017), and he recently contributed to a landmark Palgrave handbook on Masculine Psychology (2019).
A member of The Health Foundation’s Q Community for leaders in health and care improvement, Ed’s work has received three national awards. He currently works as a Commissioning Manager for Adult Social Services at Norfolk County Council.
Nick Francis - Trustee
Nick is a Chartered Accountant, now retired after a career with PwC . This involved advising businesses, from small to global, on their taxes, with a particular focus on technical aspects of UK tax law. He has been a Trustee, and Honorary Treasurer, of the charity for four years, and currently chairs the Finance committee.
Nick says, "My interest in mental health, and my determination to improve the lives of others in Norfolk and Waveney, stems from my own experience of living with poor mental health and the continuous recovery path I journey along. I am lucky; others need more support, and I want to help with that."
Nick lives near Norwich, is a keen and active rower and rowing coach, and like other Trustees, carries the burden of a season ticket at Norwich City!
Christine Walsh - Trustee
Christine became a Trustee of Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind five years ago following her retirement from working in the NHS. She had been looking for an opportunity for some time that would enable her to use the skills and knowledge that she had gained in her working life, and a former colleague who was already a Trustee suggested it may be something Christine could do.
Christine worked in the NHS for most of her working life, initially in administration and then in training in London. Following a career break to have children, a period of time living in Yorkshire and a move to Norfolk she took her professional qualifications in human resources and then worked in a number of NHS organisations in Norfolk in an HR role. Her first job was working in the HR department at the old St Andrews south site. She saw and was involved in a lot of change and reorganisations.
Outside of her Trustee work she spends a lot of time with her five grandchildren, running them from place to place and feeding them when required. She also likes travelling and various sport activities, both watching and participating, and is a Norwich City Football Club season ticket holder. Last year after 30 years living in Sprowston she persuaded her husband to move and they now live happily in Hethersett, where Christine spends many hours maintaining their lovely garden.
Over the last five years Christine has seen many changes and developments in the work that Mind undertakes. She has always been impressed with the professionalism and commitment of those who work for Mind and is excited about the future of Norfolk and Waveney Mind.
Barry Hobbs - Trustee
Barry worked for many years in technical recruitment as a consultant and launched his own business, Boffins Recruitment, from an office in Maidenhead. He then took a career break and went back to school at Brighton University, emerging three years later with an honours degree in Media Studies during which he had completed a dissertation on media law. He then took a post-graduate diploma (PgD) leading to a Masters degree in English law (LL.M.).
He worked for a year as a law lecturer at The Henley College teaching A-level law before taking a job with a major recruitment consultancy, within the Contracts and Compliance team, as legal advisor - providing legal support to consultants and directors and helping to minimise legal and financial risk to the company.
Barry became an ADR Group Accredited Mediator in 2011 and now works with his wife, Birgit, as a director in a risk-based quality standards management consultancy, Eminence Grise, where he can advise on contract law, privacy and data protection and on how to avoid litigation.
Barry and Birgit enjoy travelling and skiing. His hobbies include music and playing the guitar. He is a former school governor and town councillor and was a Trustee and Company Secretary at West Norfolk Mind prior to the merger in 2019.
Our Ambassadors use their communication and network to help raise funds and awareness for the services we provide to support people’s mental health.
They're a friendly face of the charity in our communities, supporting events, networking and giving talks to raise awareness of our services and inspiring people to support us.
Our Ambassadors are responsible for :
- Making introductions to key community figures, groups and networks who could either help with fundraising, campaigns or volunteer themselves, and improving mental health services (e.g. MPs, mayors, WI, golf clubs, rotaries etc.)
- Sitting on local advisory boards and engaging in dialogue with local professionals, identifying needs within communities and feeding back to our Board of Trustees.
- Attending local functions, meetings and fundraising events.
- Speaking on behalf of Norfolk and Waveney Mind at cheque collections and events.
- Managing stands at community events, galas, fetes, balls and sports events to inspire support for our services.
- Taking part in organised bucket collections and providing support at local events.
- Researching and exploring local networks and using existing networks to increase support for the charity.
- Introducing our fundraising team to decision makers in local companies and the community.
Meet our Patrons
Lady Dannatt - Patron
Philippa Dannatt was born into an old Norfolk family. She remains a partner in her family farm. Whilst serving as a military wife she trained as a professional counsellor, formerly volunteering at the Sue Lambert Trust in Norwich to help survivors of abuse.
Lady Dannatt has served as High Sheriff, taking mental health as her theme. She is a Lay Canon of Norwich Cathedral, Vice President of SSAFA and a former Deputy Chair of its Adoption Panel. She is also President of The Army Widows’ Association, President of The Norfolk Club and active Patron of numerous county-based organisations, particularly those involved with mental health.
Lady Dannatt lives in Keswick near Norwich with her husband Richard. They have four married children and eight young grandsons and a granddaughter.
Lady Dannatt was appointed as HM Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk in August 2019.
William Armstrong OBE, LL.D - Patron
Lawyer William Armstrong served for almost two decades as Coroner in Norfolk. He has had a long-standing interest in and passion for mental health issues - practising as a solicitor in the field of mental health law, training other professionals and sitting as a Mental Health Tribunal Judge for 30 years. He was also a Legal Assessor to the General Medical Council.
He has a master's degree in medical law, a postgraduate diploma in mental health law, and has been awarded an honorary doctorate in law by the University of East Anglia.
William Armstrong has taken a leading role in a number of local organisations. He is a past Sheriff of Norwich, the founder Chair of Healthwatch Norfolk and a Lay Canon of Norwich Cathedral.
A Norfolk man, he is married with two daughters, three grandsons and a granddaughter.