Prospective trust governors battle it out

Friday, 27th August 2021

A CONSULTANT ophthalmologist, refugee worker, homeless volunteer and a race rights activist are among a group vying to become the next governors of the Camden and Islington Foundation Trust.

Twenty-nine candidates are standing for 14 seats at the trust that commissions mental health services in both boroughs. Service users, carers, and health workers are eligible to vote for governor positions.

Sam Gordon, an eye doctor at Barts, said she would bring “a wealth of experience about finance, estate and the changing political landscape”.

Other candidates include Jacqueline Noone – a volunteer at the Hillside Clubhouse on the Market Estate.

She said: “I have volunteered at an elders’ day centre for seven years and am currently coordinating a campaign to keep it open.”

In his pitch, Radu Alexandrescu, who has Asperger’s, said he is “very intelligent and assertive” but had been let down by “all institutions”.

Votes must be received before 5pm on September 2.

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