2gether NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to welcome new non-executive director, Maria Bond, to the board.
Maria said being a mother of three daughters was a key reason why she had wanted to become involved. She explained: “In this day and age, I’m interested in preparing my daughters for what life may throw their way and hope they will stay well.
“I’m very interested in mental health and it’s an area I’d like to learn more about. Friends and family have used services, so it’s an area that is close to my heart.
“Raising awareness is key; people need to understand that it’s okay to say ‘I’m struggling’.”
Although Maria doesn’t have a clinical background, she believes that her professional experience will be valuable to the Trust, alongside her previous experience as a non-executive director for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She says this has given her a valuable understanding of how acute services works and the challenges they, and the wider NHS, face.
Her professional experience comes in the construction and commercial development sector, where she has worked for many years as a chartered quantity surveyor. She has particular experience in integrating small businesses and change management.
In her role as a non-executive director with the trust, Maria says she will be guided by the trust’s vision and values. She added: “I want to make sure that we are continuously improving and helping people. My role will be about change and making life better.
“The trust has been very welcoming and I’m looking forward to working on the huge challenges that we face as an organisation. I will remain focused on our true values and as long as we continue to make a difference, then I feel that I am in a role worth doing.”
Ruth FitzJohn, Chair of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, welcomed Maria to the board. She said: “Maria’s vision and values align directly with those of the trust, which will make her an asset to our board.
“We will certainly be making the most of her skills and experience, both in the commercial world and her understanding of the acute healthcare setting, and the pressures we all face as part of the NHS.
“Maria says she wants to make life better for people, and I am very much looking forward to working with her to achieve this.”