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New Trustees join Maudsley Charity

Maudsley Charity appoints three independent Trustees to amplify voices of south London communities, and re-appoints Dr Nicola Byrne, National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care as Trustee.

By Richard Morley · May 26, 2021 · 4 minute read

Maudsley Charity appoints three independent Trustees to amplify voices of south London communities, and re-appoints Dr Nicola Byrne, National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care as Trustee.

“I hope to be able to contribute by amplifying the voices of seldom heard groups, offer local knowledge and experience to the Maudsley Charity.” Peter Baffoe, Independent Trustee, Maudsley Charity.

The Maudsley Charity, which funds mental health projects in south London, has appointed three independent Trustees to help better represent the views of local communities in their work.

Dr Nicola Byrne,  National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care has also been re-appointed for a further three year term.

The Charity is the hospital charity for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and works with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London to support innovation, research and service improvement together with community organisations, NHS patients and carers, clinical care teams and researchers, with the common goal of improving mental health.

Speaking about the appointments, Maudsley Charity Chief Executive Rebecca Gray said:

“We are committed to making a positive impact on the lives of people who experience mental illness locally and nationally. We are thrilled to have three people with exceptional knowledge and experience joining our board. They will enhance our ability to make good decisions about what and how we fund, and connect us more closely to the communities of south London we serve. I know they will make a huge contribution to our work.”

The Maudsley Charity supports projects locally in Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark as well as nationally.

 

The three new Trustees are

Josephine Namusisi-Riley

Josephine lives in Lambeth and is currently Lead for the Parents and Communities Together (PACT) programme at Citizens UK, where she and her team have achieved successful mental health outcomes for vulnerable parents and their families in Southwark.

She has more than 25 years’ experience in the charity sector in the UK, initially working for the Citizens Advice Bureau then in the fields of HIV support, support to vulnerable children and families and outreach to those from African communities living in London.

In her spare time, Josephine is Chair of the Well_Lab Wisdom Board at Brink. She is the Founder of White Allies, an alternative approach to tackling racism and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, for whom she has written blogs on the subject.

Speaking about her appointment Josephine said: “I am delighted and honoured with this appointment. Serving as a Trustee for the Maudsley Charity is a massive opportunity to amplify some of the voices from local communities and to use my knowledge and experience to contribute to a larger and more impactful organisation.”

 

Peter Baffoe

Peter grew up, and lives in Southwark. He is currently the Interim Director of South London Mission, providing strategic leadership and vision for the charity which provides support to those who are in extreme poverty or are marginalised and vulnerable in other ways. Prior to his work in community development, Peter managed a patient complaints and liaison service in the NHS.

In a voluntary capacity Peter has been a school governor. He is a non-executive director of Peabody Housing Association, where he chairs their disposals sub-committee. He is also a trustee of the Peabody Community Foundation.

Speaking about his appointment Peter said: “I’m really looking forward to joining the team at the Maudsley charity as a Trustee. It is a real privilege and opportunity to support the fantastic work of the Charity. I hope to be able to contribute by amplifying the voice seldom heard groups and offer local knowledge and experience to the strategic conversations that take place at the board level.”

 

Daniel Acquah

Daniel is Assistant Director of Evaluation at the Youth Endowment Fund, a charity that exists to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence. He has extensive experience in the evaluation of early intervention, as well as evidence-informed policy making more broadly.

Daniel has worked in a range of different sectors including roles at the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development, the Early Intervention Foundation and the Office for Civil Society at Cabinet Office. Daniel is a developmental psychologist with a PhD that focused on social and cognitive development and lives locally in Lambeth.

Daniel said: “’I am delighted to be joining the Maudsley Charity as a trustee. I share the Maudsley Charity’s commitment to improving mental health, and I look forward to working to supporting the Charity in using evidence and evaluation to increase their impact and achieve positive change.”

 

Trustee re-appointment of National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care

Dr Nicola Byrne, a Maudsley Charity Trustee nominated by the Board of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, has been appointed for a further three year term as a Trustee.

In addition to being a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, Nicola has recently been appointed to the role of National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care. The role exists to ensure the public can trust that health and care information is securely safeguarded and used appropriately.

 

Notes to editors:

The Maudsley Charity Board comprises eight independent trustees including the Chair and three trustees nominated by the Board of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

The Maudsley Charity an independent NHS charity working with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.  

The Maudsley Charity is here to promote positive change in the world of mental health. We support innovation, research and service improvement, and raise public awareness and understanding. We support patients and families, clinical care teams and scientists who are working towards the common goal of improving mental health. 

Working closely with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, which provides the UK’s widest range of mental health services, and the world-renowned Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, we help fund ground-breaking neurological and mental health research, service improvements and therapeutic programmes. 

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