The Trust offers its sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Councillor Darren Cooper, who sadly passed away on Saturday 26th March. Cllr Cooper had served as a stakeholder governor of the Trust for over a year and was well known and respected by many staff at the Trust.
Karen Dowman, Chief Executive, said:
“I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of Darren’s passing. I have known Darren for over 20 years and considered him a personal friend as well as a great advocate for the Trust and an amazing champion of mental health services not just in Sandwell, but in Birmingham where he worked for most of his career and the wider West Midlands. The community of Sandwell and Mental Health have lost someone who was a passionate believer in supporting those who were disadvantaged and stigmatised and we will miss him terribly."
Joanna Newton, Chair of the Trust, said:"Cllr Cooper had a passion for mental health which he brought to the political arena, challenging the NHS and local government to recognise parity of esteem. As a governor he provided valuable insight in support of our sustainability agenda and will be sadly missed. On behalf of the board I would like to extend my condolences to Darren's family and friends."