Our Trustee Board
All charities have a group of people who make up the governing body – a group responsible for the general control and management of the charity’s administration. These people are the trustees, but may also be known as directors, board members, governors or committee members, and collectively as a Board or Executive Committee.
We are pleased to introduce our Trustee Board who all bring a variety of experience and skills to West Norfolk Mind.
John McGourty - Chair
I moved to West Norfolk in 1988 after being appointed as a Consultant in General & Elderly Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn. I retired from that post in 2011 and worked part time as a Consultant Geriatrician based at Swaffham Community Hospital until July 2013. I am now Chairman of Shouldham Community Enterprises Ltd, a not for profit organisation that has bought our village pub, in order to run and develop it as a community asset.
Throughout my professional career I have always had a particular interest in mental health including being the hospital dementia lead & the consultant responsible for liaising & working closely with colleagues in the Mental Health Trust.
I hope that my previous experience may be useful in assisting the organisation to maintain & expand its services to the local community.
Other interests include long distance walking, golf, films & enjoying good beer & wine
Graham Goodwin - Treasurer
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Barry Hobbs - Company Secretary
Having worked for many years as a recruitment consultant and running my own business, Boffins Recruitment, a technical recruitment consultancy, for about ten years, I took a career break and studied law. After graduating in 2007, I worked for a year as a law lecturer at The Henley College, Henley-on-Thames. I then took a temporary position within the Contracts and Compliance team at ARM, a major technical recruitment consultancy in Havant. I helped provide legal support to consultants and directors, thereby minimising legal and financial risk to the company. I now work as a director for Eminence Grise Consulting Limited (EG Consult), where I offer advice to clients on Data Protection and the GDPR, and generally on how to avoid litigation! I have been an ADR Group Accredited Mediator since 2011.
Specialties: Excellent understanding of IT, media and the law. BA (Hons) in Information and Media Studies. Post-graduate diploma (PgD) in Law and LL.M (Master of Laws) with a dissertation on privacy and freedom of the press. Expertise in commercial and contract law. Specialist areas include recruitment, privacy and media law.
As a trustee of West Norfolk Mind I hope I can be a valued member of a team which continues to make a real difference to people’s lives, providing help and support wherever it is needed.
I am also a town councillor and former school governor. Hobbies include playing the guitar, skiing, cycling and walking the dog.
West Norfolk Mind has played a great part in my life for some years. In 2005 and subsequent years, the organisation supported and encouraged me through a period of deep depression and anxiety. As my mental health improved I decided to become a trustee of West Norfolk Mind so that I would be able to encourage and support other service users. I find great satisfaction in this role as I watch others enjoy improved mental health. However I also enjoy reading, photography and watching old black and white films!
Have you ever thought about joining a charity board?
If you would like to find out more please click here or give our Chief Executive, Eddie West-Burnham a call at our Head Office on 01553 776966 who will be pleased to hear from you.