National Voices members elect new trustees

Wed, 29 June 2016

Three new trustees have been elected to the National Voices Board of Trustees following a ballot of eligible National Voices members.

Three new trustees have been elected to the National Voices Board of Trustees following a ballot of eligible National Voices members.

Olivia Belle, Director of External Affairs at Arthritis Research UK, Dr David Crepaz-Keay, Head of Empowerment and Social Inclusion at the Mental Health Foundation, and Barbara Gelb, CEO of Together for Short Lives, were confirmed as new trustees at National Voices 2016 Annual General Meeting.

Elected trustees work for a National Voices member organisation. Their role is to ensure that members’ voices are heard at the highest level of National Voices decision making.

Commenting on her election, Olivia Belle, said:

I am delighted to have been elected by National Voices members and look forward to working with colleagues to champion a vibrant and diverse voluntary sector in delivering person centred care and support

Commenting on his election, Dr David Crepaz-Keay, said:

It is a privilege to join the board of such an important organisation, at this crucial time. Having spent many years as a psychiatric patient and had my views dismissed because of my diagnosis, I understand both the frustration and alienation of being ignored, but also the power of being part of a collective voice. I look forward to ensuring that those most disadvantaged are given the strongest possible voice.

Commenting on her election, Barbara Gelb, said:

I am delighted to have been elected as trustee at National Voices.  The UK faces a challenging and uncertain future, but I believe improved health and social care is central to building a good society and I am committed to working with National Voices members to ensure that this remains at the top of the governments agenda, to help bond and build a positive future that is centred around people.

The newly elected trustees replace a number of outgoing trustees who have completed their term. Sophie Corlett, Director of External Relations at Mind and Renata Drinkwater, CEO of self management UK, stood down as elected trustees, whilst Angela Coulter and Julia Oliver stood down as independent trustees. New independent trustees will be appointed later in 2016.

Commenting on the election, National Voices Chair, Hilary Newiss, said:

I am delighted to welcome our three newly elected trustees. Olivia, David and Barbara each bring a range of skills and sector knowledge that will help National Voices to continue working towards a health and care system that is truly person-centred.

I would like to thank our outgoing trustees, Sophie, Renata Angela and Julia, for the guidance and expertise they have brought to National Voices during their tenure. They have overseen National Voices emergence as the leading coalition of health and care charities in England.

For further information, please contact Andrew McCracken, National Voices’ Head of Communications, on or 020 3176 0737.