Nadeem joins Ellie’s Journal charity board with a uniquely diverse background, experience and skill set. Mental health has been a constant thread as far can as he can remember; from his time in Uganda, his landing a refugee, throughout all his life experiences personally and professionally. As a consultant service lead for a tertiary clinical service, he uniquely added a consultant psychologist and psychology trainee to the service, to support the children and families living with life altering chronic disease. The positive impact on staff and families was measurable and lasting. Nadeem’s experience as a cancer patient was a reminder of the importance of mental health support when going through difficult and often frightening experiences.
Covid is a tragic reminder of the fragility of mental health and the often unspoken impact on the lives of everyone, but especially the young who are often assumed to be resilient, but more often than most in need of early, rather than too late connection, conversation, and support, on their own terms.
Nadeem is a medical clinician, retired from practice, with experience in the NHS as a clinical leader, leading and transforming services and organisations, as Director of Strategy, and Medical Director. He has worked in the independent health care sector, as CEO, and Chief Medical Officer. He works at a strategic level, supporting organisations, regional health and care economies, nationally and globally. He uses innovations, including technologies, to help professionals work to improve patient care. He brings all this and more to the Trustee Board.
Nadeem has watched in admiration the work of Ellie’s family and friends, impressed by the passion and determination to turn a tragedy into a benefit for many locally and ultimately nationally. He is privileged to join the Board to support the work to build an exciting and sustainable future for the charity.