Chairman Bill happy to stay on

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THE highly-respected Chairman of a local specialist mental health and learning disability services provider has been reappointed for a further three years.

Bernard Pilkington’s current term at 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is due to expire in May this year.

But the Trust’s Council of Members made the unanimous decision to reappoint him at the recommendation of their Nominations and Renumeration sub-committee.

“Bernard is a passionate advocate for people with mental ill-health and learning disabilities and demands the very best from this Trust, its staff and our services,” said Simon Barber, the Trust’s Chief Executive.

“He is selflessly dedicated to improving the lives of some of society’s most stigmatised and vulnerable people. I am delighted that our working relationship will continue so that together we can ensure consistent, effective leadership at this Trust.”

Bernard first became involved with the health service in 1984 – serving as a Non-Executive of St Helens and Knowsley Health Authority where he is a Vice Chairman.

He became Chairman of 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust in May 2007, later championing its successful bid for Foundation Trust status in 2010.

The 5 boroughs provides treatment, support and guidance for people affected by mental ill health and learning disabilities living in the boroughs of St Helens and four nother Northwest boroughs.

“It is a source of great pride to me that the Council of Members welcomed my reappointment,” said Bernard who is also Chair of St Helens Mind - a voluntary organisation working with people who are isolated due to mental health problems.

“The Council of Members have made a commitment to speak up for the wants and needs of local people and they have the power to recommend positive changes to our services on their behalf. The fact that they feel I am the right person to help drive that change through is extremely encouraging. I’d like to thank everyone involved with this Trust for their continuing support.”