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Trust Vice Chair Joy Warmington awarded an MBE for services to healthcare and community

Published: 03/01/2019

Joy Warmington, Chief Executive of Brap and Vice Chair of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded an MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours for services to healthcare and the community in the West Midlands.

Brap is a charity transforming the way people think and do equality.  In her role as Chief Executive, Joy supports organisations, communities, and cities with meaningful approaches to learning, change, research, and engagement. She is passionate about helping anyone who believes in the rights and potential of all human beings and has successfully guided the organisation to its cutting edge position where it is nationally recognised for producing innovative equalities and human rights research and strategies.

Joy was appointed to the Board of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust as an Associate Non-Executive Director in January 2012, becoming a non-executive director in May 2013. She has been Vice Chair of the Trust since June 2016.

Joy Warmington - Non-Executive Director

Sue Davis, Chair of the Trust, said:

“I am delighted that Joy has been recognised with an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List. As Chair of the Trust’s Integrated Quality Committee, she ensures that the Trust Board has assurance on the effectiveness of quality and safety in the Trust, and drives forward improvements to ensure the highest possible quality of services for our service users and their carers.  This includes ensuring that maintaining and improving quality and safety of services is at the forefront of key financial decisions. She has also brought her significant experience in the development of equality, diversity and inclusion and staff engagement initiatives to the Trust.”

A former lecturer with an MSc in Organisational Development and Management Learning, Joy has written and co-authored over 20 books, articles, and reports on subjects as diverse as implementing organisational change, improving public sector engagement practice, and using human rights to improve service delivery. In addition to advising the Department of Health on health inequalities, Joy’s services have also been sought by Macmillan Cancer Support, the Care Quality Commission, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Barts Health Trust, University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust, Sheffield Trust, and many others.

Joy is regularly asked to comment on equalities issues in the media, appearing in the Economist, Daily Telegraph, and Health Service Journal in addition to numerous appearances on BBC radio and television.