DIRECTORS BIOGRAPHIES

JOHN BLEWITT - CHAIR
 

For many years I had “known about” Murray Hall, but it wasn’t until I helped to set up the Tipton Foodbank in 2013 that I began to “KNOW” Murray Hall. Important work largely goes unnoticed by the wider community – but those who have received the care and compassion which we offer know us in a different way – in a life changing way.

I’ve been on the Board of Trustees since 2013 and it was a great privilege to be appointed Chair in 2016. It’s been a time defined by challenges, change and uncertainty but our Trustees and Management Team have worked tirelessly to still put community and people at the centre of what we do.
 

I spent most of my working life in a financial environment. I’m also a committed Christian and Methodist preacher. I have learned, over many years, to try and look at a person as a whole person – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. My greatest pleasure is working alongside a team who are like-minded and, through Murray Hall, are able to bring positive changes to peoples’ lives.

 

DAVID HILL
 

David grew up and went to school in the Black Country, namely Walsall and Wolverhampton.  His professional background and experience lies at various times in providing, commissioning and monitoring mental health services in the public, private and voluntary sectors.  His past appointments include NHS Executive Director of a Mental Health Trust in Manchester, Non-Executive Director of a former Special Health Authority, Chief Executive of a National Mental Health Charity and Hospital Director in the private sector.  David also has first-hand experience of working with Murray Hall as a Duty Clinical Officer in the Sandwell Wellbeing Hub.  He holds degrees from the University of East Anglia and University of London and is passionate about community wellbeing and positive mental health.  David chairs the Clinical Governance Sub-Committee.

 

JOHN MILLER
 

John has a wealth of financial experience being a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators and a Fellow of the London Institute of Banking and Finance. The majority of his working life was spent in the building society industry where he finished his career as Director, General Manager & Secretary of the Tipton and Coseley Building Society.

Now retired, John is Assistant Manager of the Severn Valley Railway booking office in Kidderminster, Treasurer of the Black Country Circuit of the Methodist Church and a West Bromwich Albion season ticket holder.

 

CHRIS HARRISON
 

I am a qualified social worker with a history in practice in child protection and broader aspects of social care. I have been involved in the education and training of social workers at qualifying and post qualifying levels for over 30 years, and I have also been involved in the education and training of a number of other professionals (teachers and medics, for example).  I have good knowledge of relevant research and the legal framework and the needs of adult learning in relation to service development and training. Social work students come from diverse background and they are often contending with difficult circumstances.
 

I have been involved in a consultancy capacity with a number of practice initiatives, including a hostel for women offenders, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, and a project for young sexual offenders. I have been an active researcher in the field of domestic violence for a number of years, and I am currently involved in a European network devising training materials for statutory workers and workers in NGOs. I am working on a literature review about the mental health needs of BME women who have been affected by domestic violence. I have undertaken a number of service evaluations in the fields of social care and adult and child services.

 

CHRIS PATTERSON

I am a Sandwell resident, husband and parent. Now retired, I came to this area over 40 years ago to work as a Probation Officer. During my career I specialised in developing, running and training colleagues to run group work programmes. I was also able to work with groups in the community concerned about or affected by crime. This role included working alongside Local Authorities and Health Service providers.

 

For nearly 20 years I was a voluntary board member of a large Midlands Housing Association. I was also a local school governor for over 10 years.

 

As a consequence of my professional experience and community involvement I am committed to the provision of and access to local services that enable people to deal with the issues and challenges that they face living today.

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