15 November 2018
AWP announces appointments to the Board
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is
delighted to announce the appointment of Marie-Noelle Orzel as a
Non-Executive Director and Shelley Whitehead as an Associate
Marie-Noelle Orzel has been appointed as a Non-Executive
Director (NED) by NHS Improvement (NHSI) and has joined the Trust
as Director Designate prior to taking up her Board position from 1
December 2018 to 30 November 2021.
Marie-Noelle has worked for the NHS for over 30 years in a
variety of clinical, academic, managerial and executive roles at
local, regional and national levels. She is currently
Improvement Director with NHSi and will leave this position at the
end of November to take up her position on the Trust Board.
Marie-Noelle said: "I am delighted to take up this post with AWP
at such an exciting time for the Trust. I am committed to
delivering high quality patient care and striving to ensure
organisations deliver continuous improvement.
"Mental health is one of the top priorities for healthcare right
now. I want to play my part in ensuring it is given parity with
physical health, whilst developing and modernising existing
services to respond to the needs of service users, our workforce
and the wider healthcare system."
Shelley Whitehead is joining the AWP Board as an Associate
Non-Executive Director from 1 December 2018 to 30 November
Shelley has supported a number of local and national
organisations such as Young Minds and her local chapter of the
Carers Support service in raising awareness and challenging to
achieve improvements in mental health systems and services for
children and young people.
Shelley specialises in strategic change projects, partnership
development , governance and stakeholder management within both
public sector and commercial organisations.
Shelley said; "I am thrilled to be taking up this
opportunity. Driven by personal experience of having a family
member who has experienced mental ill health I am committed to help
deliver change that will secure lasting improvements and outcomes
for people affected by mental health and learning
"I am looking forward to working with the Trust, fellow Board
members and service users and using my experience and skills to
support the Trust in ensuring service users' needs are met and
protected and the best services are delivered."
AWP Chair, Charlotte Hitchings, said: "I am really pleased that
Marie-Noelle and Shelley are joining the Trust Board. They bring a
wealth of experience and expertise and share our commitment to
providing high quality services to improve the lives of the people
we serve. I'm confident these two new appointments will
enhance our Board and I'd like to welcome them both to our
Role of NEDS
The Board comprises Executive Directors who manage the
Trust on a day-to-day basis and Non Executive Directors who provide
additional experience and an independent perspective to the
Board. They broaden and strengthen the range of skills and
experience in the boardroom and also hold the Executive Directors
to account for the effective management of the Trust.
NHSI is the organisation responsible for appointing all
chairs and non executive directors to NHS trusts in England.
Appointments are made by NHSI in accordance with the Governance
Code for Public Appointments, through an open, transparent and fair