Appointed Governors - Representing Partnership Organisations

Denise Jones(Appointed November 2017, representing London Borough of Tower Hamlets)

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Jim Weir(Appointed 2 August 2019, representing Bedford Borough )
Jim Weir moved to Bedford Borough from Lancashire 21 years ago. He is a Councillor representing Bedford Borough and the Kempston Rural Ward.  Jim is semi-retired working in the logistics industry He is very active in the community, he was chair of the parish council for 12 years, helped design and build a new primary school and was chair of governors, he set up a charity which designed and built a state-of-the-art community centre and remains a trustee and treasurer of the charity. Jim a former volunteer trustee and treasurer of the Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society continues to work towards influencing and holding to account the Borough on how it support those most in need.
Neil Wilson (Appointed May 2013, representing Education)
Neil Wilson is the Executive Member for Equalities and Social Inclusion in Newham. He was first elected councillor in 1994, and has served as a Vice Chair and Deputy Chair of Education as well as the Chief Whip and Council Business Manager. He has been a strong advocate for the improvement of mental health services, particularly the development of robust services to provide information, advice and guidance for those in the greatest need of support. He is passionate about mental health and is keen to work with the Trust to tackle health inequalities and discrimination.
Rachel Hopkins(Appointed April 2017, representing Luton Unitary Authority)

Rachel has been a councillor on Luton Borough Council since 2011 and a member of the Cabinet since 2016. She is currently Portfolio Holder for Public Health and sits on Luton’s Health and Wellbeing Board. She is lead member overseeing commissioning of health and wellbeing services, Luton Culture (arts, museums and libraries), Active Luton (sport and leisure) and parks across Luton. Alongside her councillor duties, Rachel currently works as Head of Human Resources for a small, expert health regulator, having previously held a range of public policy and project management roles across the public sector. She is also a governor at Luton Sixth Form College.

Rehana Ameer(Appointed October 2017, representing City of London)

Rehana Ameer is a London business owner. She is the Founder and Director of Prosap Technologies Limited, an IT, Management and Engineering Consulting Company. She has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology, managing and successfully delivering multi-country, large, complex IT and Business Transformation projects for clients in the City and worldwide. She also runs a small retail business. Rehana holds an MBA in International Business from the UK and has gained numerous IT certifications. Her key focus areas are improving road safety, improving air quality, mental health and well-being, safer city and Brexit representation.

Susan Fajana-Thomas(Appointed December 2014, representing London Borough of Hackney)
Susan is a Labour councillor in Stoke Newington and the formal civic  Mayor- Speaker of Hackney. She has lived in Stoke Newington with her family for over 20 years. Susan has an impressive record of community activism in Hackney and she currently serves on the Board of Trustees of seven organisations. Susan is currently working on a project that aims to engage BME communities in mental health serves and tackle mental health stigma
Susan Masters(Appointed July 2018, Representing London Borough of Newham)
Newham Council's current lead Councillor for Health and Social Care has spent the last two years as a Chair of Scrutiny producing reports on Newham’s adult social care market, the NEL STP and Newham Hospital’s improvement plan. She is a former Vice Chair of the Inner North East London Joint Health and Overview Committee, ex- founding secretary of Newham Save Our NHS, and has also served her community as a patient participation group chair and Ofsted commended Governor of two schools, working with residents to create a community market and women’s institute. She is committed to making services transparent and easily accessible to all, as well as improving quality