Regional Chair: Lilian Owens

Attend Trustee & Regional Chair - West Midlands

Chair of Voluntary Sector Mental Health Forum of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Chair of Mental Health sub group of Telford & Wrekin LINk. Lilian's first involvement with L of F was during 1986 when the Strategic Health Authority plans were to close the Cottage Hospitals in Shropshire. At this time Lilian was Chair of Broseley Hospital L of F. Lilian negotiated a peppercorn rent with the solicitor of the SHA and campaigned along with many others for the retention of Shropshire Cottage Hospitals many of which were saved by their local community. Secretary to Shropshire Association for 15 years during which time she realised the value of networking and sharing information. Lilian's background is working in the voluntary sector predominately in Mental Health always working in partnership with many other agencies promoting the voice of service users. Previous work includes working for ruralMinds and the Mental Health Helplines Partnership working with colleagues at DH and NHS Direct and across many partnerships.