Melanie Walker joined the Trust in April 2014. Since her arrival she has been instrumental in raising the profile of mental health and learning disability. A nurse by background, Melanie has worked at all levels and in all settings in the NHS. She has a long history of leading change in mental health services and has also been a commissioner. Melanie was formerly Chief Executive of Newham Primary Care Trust and comes to us from her role as Chief Executive of The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow, Essex. She was NHS Community Leader of the year in 2009 for her work in involving patients and communities in healthcare.