A new non-executive director has joined the board of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
The Trust provides a range of community, mental health and learning disability services to people in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield as well as specialist forensic (medium secure) services to the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber.
Rachel Court will take up her role as non-executive director at the Trust on 1st October 2015. She has enjoyed a successful career in the financial sector for more than two decades.
Rachel has previously worked in a number of senior management roles at the Yorkshire Building Society with her recent role being part of their executive team with responsibility for customer service and human resources.
Currently, she is a non-executive director for a number of organisations such as the Leek United Building Society and is the chairperson of the NHS Pension Board.
Rachel also holds a number of voluntary roles including serving as a magistrate, being a Governor of Calderdale Further Education College and is the chairperson of the Bradford based educational charity – PRISM. In her spare time, she is a long-standing member of the Halifax Choral Society and enjoys hill walking and travelling abroad.
Rachel said: “I’m delighted to be appointed as a non-executive director at the Trust especially as I have a keen interest in mental health.
“I look forward to being part of the Trust and hope my wide range of knowledge from customer service to corporate governance will add value to the Trust board and help the Trust to develop and implement future strategies.”
Trust chairman Ian Black said: “I am thrilled to welcome Rachel to our Trust board where I’m sure she will bring her valuable set of knowledge and skills.
“With the appointment of Rachel, our Trust board is now complete and we will now continue to work hard to shape services for local people “