Sarah Armstrong, Chief Executive of a national charity promoting inclusion and achievement for deaf children, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.

An experienced leader in the charity sector, Sarah has also been a senior manager for a national charity leading in volunteering policy and practice as well as being a regional lead for raising aspirations for young people with disabilities. In another previous role, she was Chief Executive of York CVS, an ambitious social action organisation.

Sarah is passionate about the value of volunteering and the unique contribution volunteers can make, especially within a healthcare setting.

An active volunteer herself, she has undertaken a number of roles from advocate to event organiser, and on one occasion she spent a week supporting disabled adults in Italy learning how to ski.

Speaking on her new role, Sarah said: “I am delighted to be joining Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust’s Board. I look forward to bringing my expertise and experience to work with colleagues to continue to develop local NHS services. I believe it is important to be positively engaged and involved in your local NHS Trust and and I am very pleased to be able to use my experience in this way.”

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust cares for the population in Harrogate and the local area as well as across North Yorkshire and Leeds. It also provides children’s services in County Durham, Darlington, Teesside and Tyne & Wear.

Angela Schofield, Chairman at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am really pleased to welcome Sarah to the Board. She brings with her a wealth of experience from her time with charitable organisations which will bring a new perspective to our planning and decision-making.

“On behalf of the Board I would also like to thank outgoing Non-Executive Director Ian Ward for his expertise, input and insight over the past few years and wish him well in his future endeavours.”