15 November 2018

AWP announces appointments to the Board

Marie Noelle Orzel

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 Non-Executive Director.

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

Shelley Whitehead is joining the AWP Board as an Associate Non-Executive Director from 1 December 2018 to 30 November 2019.

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 disabilities."

"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 organisation."

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 process.





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