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New mental health service governors elected

Samantha Gordon and Nick Russell among the winners

14 September, 2021 — By Tom Foot

Nick Russell

A CONSULTANT ophthalmologist and a former Lib Dem councillor have been elected governors of the mental health service.

Dr Samantha Gordon and Nicholas Russell will join NHS inspector Michelle Murray and Dr Maz Azidi as governors at the Camden and Islington (C&I) NHS Foundation Trust.

Their three-year term follows an election that saw all seats contested for the first time, part of a national trend of public support for the NHS post-Covid.

There were 29 candidates who stood for 14 seats on the governing body of C&I, which decides how NHS mental health funding is spent in Camden and Islington.

Dr Gordon, an eye doctor at Barts for 20 years, said: “I am so pleased voters responded so positively to my message to treasure our NHS. Thanks to everyone who voted for me. I hope we can all work to ensure that our health service is protected from private interference and government tinkering.”

Mr Russell, a former Lib Dem councillor, said he hoped to use his “change management” skills to “improve corporate governance” and also hoped to join the trust’s celebrated choir. Governors responsible for “service users” include Hagir Ahmed, Bamidele Esuola, Peter Lyons, Michael A. Rowan; Islington Public Governors: Frances Bradley, Olga Cecilia Farach, Valerie Graham-Dunkley, Jacqueline Noone; the staff governors are Mitchelle Tokunbo Basorun-Smith, Simon Ramage.

A C&I statement said: “Our campaigning was done differently this year due to Covid-19 but doing promotional activities online for the first time has opened up a whole new set of opportunities for us which we would like to retain for the future.”

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