Dr Paul Kitchener became a trustee more than ten years ago. He previously worked in the NHS, in both clinical and management roles.
What experience do you bring to The Advocacy Project?
“After qualifying as a doctor, I spent seven years in clinical hospital posts, followed by a year in the USA, researching ways to improve the quality of medical care. I then worked in the UK in NHS management positions for district health authorities, where my responsibilities included strategic management, finance and personnel.
After I took early retirement from the NHS, I wanted to continue using this experience, coupled with my longstanding interest in mental health, by becoming a trustee in the charity sector. I am keen to support people with health problems in areas that are inadequately recognised and resourced.
My interest in mental health and clinical psychology inspired me to join the Board of Trustees. At the time, I also worked with social housing boards and other health-related causes.”
What do you like about being on the Board of Trustees?
“In my former role as chair of the board, I oversaw the merger of three charities, leading to the birth, development and growth of The Advocacy Project. This has supported us to reach more vulnerable people in more London boroughs.
This is an exciting time for The Advocacy Project, as we have developed a diverse board, a third of whom are experts through their direct experience of mental health issues and learning disabilities. It is important that everyone has a voice in board meetings.”
What do you do in your spare time?
“I have children and grandchildren in Australia, and in my spare time I look after a small cottage I own near Oxford.
I am a trustee of the Jung Club of London, which provides a forum for people interested in Jungian psychology, as well as serving on the Board of Governors of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.”