Boardroom Apprentice Joins South Eastern Trust

15th October 2021

For the first time the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust is delighted to take part in the ground-breaking project, the Boardroom Apprentice, supported by the Department of Finance.

The vision is simple, the Boardroom Apprentice programme seeks to bridge the gap between aspiration and reality. It is a 12-month board learning, development and placement programme which enables those who would like to serve on a public or Charitable Board to learn and gain experience in a safe way, before they take that step.  It seeks to enable a wider diversity of individuals to play their part within boardrooms across Northern Ireland.

“Boardroom Apprentice is about delivering diversity, creating change and achieving aspirations”

This year, over 50 Boards in Northern Ireland, across health, education, justice, funding, young people, older people, housing and government, including all six HSC Trusts, are acting as host boards and welcoming Boardroom Apprentices to their teams.

The South Eastern Trust is pleased to introduce its Boardroom Apprentice, Judith English

When Judith was given the opportunity to select a Host Board to apply to, the South Eastern Trust was her first choice.  Since 2013, Judith has performed an active role with some of our support groups bringing her considerable expertise and business experience to promote patient and family care. Judith says, “I am delighted to have this opportunity to be the South Eastern Trust’s Boardroom Apprentice this year.  It’s a privilege to be able to get involved with such a dynamic Trust, and I’m looking forward to the year ahead.”

Speaking on behalf of the Trust Board, Chairman Jonathan Patton said, “As a major Northern Ireland organisation serving the public, it is crucial we participate in this programme to demonstrate that opportunities abound for people to become involved in shaping our future.”

“The Boardroom Apprentices of today are the decision makers of tomorrow. As healthcare leaders we have the responsibility to ensure access not just to our services but to our Board and how we plan and shape what we do.”  

“We look forward to working with Judith for the next twelve months and opening up new horizons for her as part of our family at the South Eastern Trust.”