Luton Governors

Jamu Patel (3 year term from 2017)

Jamu has lived in Luton for over 40 years. She is a retired qualified dental nurse and also worked part-time with special needs children at a Junior School. Jamu was also a school Governor for three years and on the PTA committee at her children’s school. Jamu is very active, working in various voluntary organisations locally where she has gained an understanding of the social and medical needs of her diverse local community. Jamu wants to represent the views of the public and use her knowledge to ensure she can support ELFT to provide services to meeting the needs of local people.


Keith Williams (Second, 3 year term from 2018)

Keith is passionate about the NHS and has over 30 years’ experience in mental health services. He is keen to work with service users and carers and represent their views in the Trust. Keith is actively involved as a Governor and is a member of the Communications and Engagement Committee, Nominations and Conduct Committee and also a member of the Governors Quality Improvement working group.


Paula Williams (3 year term from 2017)
Paula works for the North Herts IAPT Service within the NHS and for two charities specialising in trauma and LGBT specific issues as a psychotherapist. She has 16 years of experience working within the drug/alcohol and mental health field with adults, young people and carers both in the capacity of practitioner and counsellor. This experience has given Paula an insight into the struggles and obstacles service users face. Paula wants to apply her skills, knowledge and passion to represent service users and help facilitate positive change within the Trust's service delivery.

Bedford Governors

Felicity Stocker (3 year term from 2018)

Having used ELFT’s services, Felicity would like to represent service users to the Council of Governors. Before becoming ill, Felicity worked as a Health Visitor predominantly with ethnic minority families which enabled her to learn about their individual cultures and their needs to access and use the NHS. Felicity is actively involved in ELFT’s People Participation, including the Working Together where she represents service users concerns to senior staff. Felicity is also on the CMHT Project Board and Recovery Partnership Board. Felicity is passionate about providing a good reactive service for all the people of Bedford Borough.

Central Bedfordshire Governors

Lawrence Smith (Second, 3 year term from 2018)
Lawrence has a background in defence working as an Aeronautical Engineer. He is recently retired and has experience of serving as a public Governor.  Lawrence currently cares for a family member who experiences mental health difficulty.  He would like to represent the views of Bedfordshire and carers. 
Steven Codling (3 year term from 2016)

Steven currently runs an independent psychotherapy practice giving him an insight into service user experience and how this can be improved. Steven has extensive experience in adult social care as a manager, trainer and practitioner and as a psychotherapist and counsellor. He is also a full member of the British Psychological Society. Steven is passionate about the quality of mental health services. He has both professional and personal experience of services and wants to ensure that standards are not just met but exceeded. Steven is committed to promoting the voice of service users to ensure their views are reflected in service delivery.