Paul Harding new on the Council of Governors

News: Paul Harding, Service User Governor
Paul Harding pictured at the communal gardens close to his home in Anerley.

A former merchant navy deck officer, Paul Harding, 45, has been elected onto the trust’s Council of Governors as one of Bromley’s Public Members.

He hopes to be able to “steer the trust in a positive way”. A service user himself, Paul suffers from bipolar affective disorder, which used to be known as manic depression. However, Paul said: “I have been stable for 17 years through being attentive to medical advice.”

A qualified electrician Paul has strong views on how the public react to people with mental health problems. He said: “Sometimes members of the general public laugh at people with mental health issues. I believe it is because they are frightened, but once service users are accepted into the community and people get to know them the community does care and they tend to keep an eye on them and make sure they are OK.”

A well travelled man, Paul who said he has “sailed the seven seas” enjoyed his five years in the merchant navy. He said: “I’ve seen a lot of the world except for the Americas, but I have to say I always like returning home to the UK, it really is a great place to live.”

Paul has a very positive outlook on life and regards himself as honest, loyal and trustworthy. He believes in learning from mistakes, moving forwards, onwards and upwards. He was educated at Chatham House Grammar School, attended Southampton’s Warsash Nautical College and is City and Guilds qualified as an electrician.

His hobbies include being a qualified football referee and linesman and doing voluntary work for the British Red Cross. Paul is also a member of the Royal British Legion.

Paul will take up his position on the Council of Governors in the Public: Bromley constituency after the Annual Members’ Meeting on Wednesday 28 September.

Published on 30th August 2011