Youth Leader Appointed NHS Director

Saeed Atcha MBE DL, CEO of Bolton-based Youth Leads UK, has been appointed an Associate Non Executive Director at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. Pennine Care deliver mental health and learning disability care services across Greater Manchester.

Saeed joins a team of Directors on the Trust Board, who together contribute to the development of strategy for the Trust, monitor its activity and represent Pennine Care to the immediate and wider community.

Evelyn Asante-Mensah OBE, Chair of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We’re really pleased to have someone as talented and skilled as Saeed working with us.

“His young age, alongside expertise and experience of working with young people and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, will add great value to our Board.

“This associate non-executive director role is just one of the ways we are working to improve diversity and to create opportunities for people from BAME communities. During his time with us, we will support Saeed to develop further so he can apply his expertise at Board level in the NHS.”

Speaking on his appointment, Saeed Atcha MBE DL said:

“I’m pleased to join an incredibly talented team who are well respected in delivering mental health and learning disability services across Greater Manchester.

My greatest passions are supporting young people & mental health. Coronavirus has impacted massively on the mental health of the nation, and I hope that my experience of working with young people and increasing youth voice will support Pennine Care through the coming years.”

Saeed will focus on increasing engagement with young people, improving the diversity of the workforce and bringing independent judgement, an external perspective and advice on issues of strategy.

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