Diverse Cymru CEO Martyn Jones is pleased to announce that following the Board’s Annual General Meeting on November 4th, we can confirm that Helen Bennett will now serve as Diverse Cymru’s Chair.
Helen has been on the board since Diverse Cymru’s founding in 2011, and we are delighted that she has now agreed to step up to lead the board and organisation as we continue to grow our services across Wales.
It will be a busy time for Helen as she has also been appointed to work with the team tasked with turning around Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board to help develop a new mental health governance framework.
After 40 years service, Helen retired from the NHS in October 2013. Her last post within Cardiff and Vale University Health Board was Clinical Board Nurse for the Mental Health Division. Helen was awarded the first Royal College of Nursing (Wales) Lifetime Achievement Award for services to nursing in 2013 and now works on a consultancy basis for mental health charity Hafal and South Wales Police. Helen is a Magistrate and is also a board member of Linc Cymru.
Throughout her career Helen’s focus has always been around improving quality of care for service users and carers. To this end she was instrumental in bringing about relevant changes in the law to enable individuals with serious and enduring mental health problems to access free legal representation at Mental Health Act hearings and tribunals. She has a keen interest in law and ethics and the rights of individuals using mental health and learning disability services.
I am pleased and privileged to take up the position of Chair for Diverse Cymru. I look forward to working with everyone to promote, support and drive the organisation forward for the benefit of individuals that Diverse Cymru comes into contact with.
Our vice-Chairs will be Sally Fowler and Gaynor Legall, who are also long serving members of our board.
Sally, left, and Gaynor, right, speaking at the launch of Diverse Cymru in the Senedd in December 2011
Diverse Cymru and it’s board would like to thank Keith Dewhurst who stood down from the board after the AGM after many years of support and service.