Our Chief Executive, Melanie Walker, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for 2019.
Our Chair, Julie Dent, says: “Melanie joined us five years ago and during that time she has led the organisation on Our Journey to becoming a centre of excellence. She has worked with everyone to increase funding and to build new services and she has been a passionate voice in the field of mental health and learning disability both locally and nationally.
"Since she first qualified as a nurse, Melanie has devoted her entire career to the NHS and to challenging inequality and working with people who use services and staff to make a difference. As some of you will know, she is also active in a number of charitable and voluntary roles. I am thrilled that her contribution has been recognised and, on behalf of the Board, I offer her our heartfelt congratulations. We are very proud of her, but I am sure she will say it was all down to our fantastic staff and that she would like to share this moment with them all.”
On hearing the news about her MBE, Melanie said: "I am proud to work for the NHS and, most particularly to be Chief Executive of Devon Partnership Trust. The opportunity to work with people who need our services, committed volunteers and our amazing staff - and to see the impact of their knowledge, experience and compassion for others - is a privilege. This award belongs to all of them."
John Turner, one of our independent Mental Health Act Managers, has also been awarded an MBE for his work with our organisation, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and, previously, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
John, who runs a charity fundraising business as well as administrating The Respite Association (a national charity supporting carers) was honoured to receive the award. “Mental Health Act Managers carry out a vital role within the NHS and do so very much ‘below the radar’. I am so delighted because I feel that the selfless work of Mental Health Act Managers across the country is also being recognised with this honour,” he said.
John is also being honoured for his continuing work with The Bentley Young Persons’ Trust, supporting young people to fulfil their potential in Portsmouth, where he was resident for many years. He is also involved with Diabetes UK as well as red squirrel conservation.