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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Leading London mental health Trust appoints Ann Beasley CBE as new Chair

Leading London mental health Trust appoints Ann Beasley CBE as new Chair

South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG), which provides national and local mental health services across Richmond, Kingston, Sutton, Merton and Wandsworth, has today (Thursday 13 September 2018) announced the appointment of Ann Beasley CBE as its new Chair.

Ann, a Kingston resident and a lifelong supporter of public services, has extensive experience of working at the highest levels of government and brings a wealth of experience across a range of sectors, which will help steer the Trust towards its goal of being a CQC Outstanding organisation.

Speaking about her new role, Ann said “Mental health impacts one in four people and I am delighted to be joining as Chair at a time when mental health is being talked about openly across the country. There is, however, much more that can be done to challenge the stigma and discrimination that people with mental illness still face today and I am looking forward to being able to use my experiences to champion the development of our services. As Chair I will be taking an active role in listening to the voice of the people we serve, to understand what we are doing well and understand better what we need to do to improve.”

David Bradley, Chief Executive at the Trust, said “On behalf of our patients, their carers and our staff I am delighted that Ann has been appointed as our new Chair. With her extensive experience, Ann will ensure that the Trust Board continues to hold the organisation to account and remains focussed on delivering the highest standards of care for our patients.”

David paid tribute to the outgoing Chair and said “I would like to thank Peter Molyneux for all that he has done for SWLSTG in his time at the Trust. Peter has played a pivotal role in the continued success of the Trust. Through Peter’s unrelenting focus on addressing some of the key underlying issues which can impact on mental health, including housing and employment, we have been able to take a whole systems approach to mental health and prevention. This is a strong platform which we will continue to build on with Ann’s expert guidance.”

With a strong background in finance, Ann’s most recent role being Director General for the Finance, Assurance and Commercial Group at the Ministry of Justice, Ann also has over ten years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director and Trustee within the Charity and NHS sector, having been Chair of Trustees for the Alzheimer’s Society and Non-Executive Director and Vice-Chair at St George’s NHS Foundation Trust. In 2010 Ann was awarded a CBE.

Ann formally starts her new role on 1 October 2018, taking over from Peter Molyneux, who has been with the Trust since 2011.