Luton Governors

Fatima Begum  (3 Year Term from 2021)

Fatima is passionate about helping others and has been very active within the Bedfordshire community since 2008 working with different communities and organisations. She is the vice chair of Bedfordshire Women’s Forum since 2009, organising events with various topics and delivering advice and support to local women.  Since 2014 Fatima has been a project manager at the Centre For Youth and Community Development in Bury Park, Luton organising major events, delivering workshops on issues such as Hate crime, Safeguarding, British Values etc. Fatima joined ELFT before she was elected as Councillor on October 2021. Fatima took part on the Big Local Bedford board for a year; to get the area regenerated and consulted local people on to how to spend the money to improve their area. Having the experience and skills of working with people from minority community as well experiencing health issues provides Fatima with the skills to support others.

Jamu Patel [Deputy Lead Governor]  (Second 3 year term from 2020)

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.

Jamu Patel is our Deputy Lead Governor

Paula Williams  (Second 3 year term from 2020)

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

Dawn Allen  (3 year term from 2019)

Through her work in local Government housing, Dawn has insight into understanding homelessness. Dawn wrote and implemented Bedford Borough’s first homeless strategy., Dawn was inspired to become a Governor when her daughter accessed services and observed both good and poor mental health services. Dawn says ‘I believe when you listen, it’s amazing what you can learn. When you act on what you’ve learned, it’s amazing what you can change’. 

Felicity Stocker (Second 3 year term from 2021)

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 taking a great interest in Community Mental Health Teams transformation, co-production and the plans for a new inpatient mental health unit in Bedford.  

Central Bedfordshire Governors

Larry Smith (Third 3 year term from 2021)

Larry has a background as a senior manager in commercial aviation and is a qualified Aeronautical Engineer. He has 10 years’ experience of serving as a public Governor with two foundation trusts. Larry lives near Biggleswade and currently cares for a family member who experiences mental health difficulty.  He represents the views of Central Bedfordshire service users and carers and has taken a number of local issues to the Council of Governors which have been actioned and resolved. 

Mark Underwood (3 year term from 2019)

Mark is passionate about mental health and understands its impact on families. Mark is an Ambulance Technician and also volunteers with the Light House at ELFT which is an out of hour service for people who need support. Mark is very impressed with the dedication of qualified mental health staff and through his Governor role he would like to bring further positivity to ELFT’s services.

Steven Codling (Second 3 year term from 2019)

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.

Suzana Stefanic (3 year term from 2019)

With over 10 years of experience as a Business Process Management, Improvement and Quality Consultant in large UK companies, Suzana actively uses her skills to help improve services across the Trust with focus on service users' experience. She is QI coach in the Trust and is involved in many ELFT’s Quality Improvement projects. For her, daily improvement is a way of living, and in her improvement work she is dedicated and focused on helping to identify and removing various obstacles service users and staff face providing ideas and solutions in order to help them achieve coproduced win-win outcome.  She is also a member of Significant Business Committee, People Participation Committee, Shaping the Future Coproduction Workstream, Community Mental Health Transformation Work and project group developing and planning new inpatient mental health facility in Bedford. She is passionate about all matters concerning mental health recovery and a better quality of life. To the Council she also brings awareness of the challenges rural landscape of Central Bedfordshire presents to various communities needing services of the Trust.