New Chair joins the Trust

The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) has today confirmed the appointment of Danielle Oum as Chair of the Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, starting from 8 September 2014.

Danielle Oum said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Trust and look forward to working with the Board and staff teams, partners in the local health economy and community groups to help ensure residents receive the best care possible.”

Danielle will be attending the Trust Board meeting this week and has local experience as a Non –Executive Director at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, with a strong senior leadership background in health strategy, transformational change and performance management. She supported the previous Dudley Primary Care Trust during 2009-10 with the transfer of community services and consultation processes.

Danielle lives in Birmingham and a major focus for her work has been on improving ICT training, support and employment opportunities for disadvantaged communities, and access for unemployed people to healthcare and construction opportunities across the West Midlands. Previous roles include setting up a new organisation at University Hospital Birmingham to deliver a programme supporting 2000 people into jobs. She managed a £5m programme for the Learning and Skills Council (2002-2003) to develop employment and training, and worked for the Regional Development Agency to deliver an Employment and Skills Strategy for the Black Country.

She has also worked with the Family Housing Association (2009-2014) to oversee a governance review of the organisation, with Optima (Family) and Groundwork UK (2010-2014) where she led a significant change programme to design and incorporate quality standards, performance measures, governance and infrastructure across this UK-wide federation of charitable trusts.

Gary Graham, Chief Executive of Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust said: “We are delighted to welcome Danielle to our team at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from our local communities which will help us to further improve mental health services and the well-being of the populations we serve in Dudley and Walsall.”