Sound Minds Patron Melba Wilson is passionate about improving mental health services, particularly for people from BME backgrounds. Melba has long association with Sound Minds which began when she spoke at our 2003 ‘Sounding Out’ conference.

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Melba Wilson has more than 20 years of working in the health and social care sector. Her work has included strategic planning, policy and analysis; corporate management; partnership and leadership development and service improvement.

Melba was previously national director for the Delivering Race Equality in Mental Healthcare programme, a five-year action plan sponsored by the Department of Health. The DRE programme ended in December 2010. Its aim was to improve access, experiences and outcomes for people from black and minority ethnic communities who use mental health services.

Most recently, Melba was national programme lead for equalities within the former National Mental Health Development Unit, which completed its work on 31 March 2011. She is currently a member of the board of Advance Housing Association, which offers housing, support and employment services to people with mental health problems and learning disabilities. Other roles have included: chair of Wandsworth Primary Care Trust from 2002-2007; policy director for national Mind; and a non-executive director on the board of South West London & St. George’s Mental Health Trust. Melba was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to healthcare.