Chair – The Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb
Sir Norman Lamb was Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk from 2001 to 2019. After serving as a minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, he was appointed Minister of State for Care and Support at the Department of Health in September 2012 until the end of the Coalition Government in May 2015. As Health Minister, Norman worked to reform the care system and led the drive to integrate health and social care, with a greater focus on preventing ill health. He also challenged the NHS to ensure that mental health was treated with the same priority as physical health, including the introduction of access and waiting standards in mental health for the first time. He was the Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson between 2015 and 2017 and Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee between 2017 and 2019. In the Queen’s 2019 Birthday Honours, Norman received a knighthood with the citation noting in particular his mental health campaigning.
Vice Chair – Clare Stafford
Clare has worked within the mental health field for 25 years. She has extensive experience as a senior manager commissioning and providing mental health services in the voluntary and NHS sectors, including two years as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Health. Prior to her role at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, Clare worked for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, developing services for people with long term conditions as well as depression, anxiety and related mental health problems. Since joining the Trust she has overseen an increase in their charitable activities, notably expanding training and resources to better equip young people, parents and professionals to support mental health and wellbeing. Clare is also Chair of the governing body for Cranbury College in Reading, Berkshire.
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