Who our Associates are

The Council introduced the Associate scheme in July 2020, to provide opportunities for talented individuals with potential to develop the skills and expertise needed to be a Non-Executive Director in the future by gaining first-hand experience of what being a Council member involves. 

Associates are involved in all aspects of the Council’s work and contribute to the Council’s business in a similar way to appointed Council members. 

Our Associates

Jabu Chikore

Jabu Chikore photo.JPGJabu has been a Mental Health Nurse since 2000 and has been Mental Health Lead Nurse at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since October 2020. His earlier roles include Head of Nursing and Interim Assistant Clinical Director at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust. 

He is a member of the Jabali Men’s Network and was previously Chair of the Black and minority ethnic network at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust, leading the BME strategy at the Trust. As part of this work, he highlighted the difficulties and inequalities being faced by ethnic minority staff due to Covid-19. Jabu has a strong academic background obtained through two MSc degrees, one in Health Informatics from City University London and another in Management and Leadership. 

Jabu is on the Executive Director Pathway run by the Leadership Academy which aims to prepare candidates for Executive roles in the future.   

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Navjot Kaur Virk

Navjot Kaur Virk photo.JPGNavjot has been the Head of Discipline for Midwifery, Children and Professional Practice at the University of Derby since February 2021. She has previously held a number of academic nursing roles including Programme Leader and Admission Lead, and Senior Lecturer.  

Navjot has strong professional history in the National Health Service and Higher Education Sector in India and England. She is a member of various local, regional, and national professional groups and holds national credibility in the fields of Health Promotion, Safeguarding, Infant Mental health and Speech and Language development. Navjot is well known for her passion in leadership and has supported and coached various health professionals across England. She is passionate about improving quality of services. 

As well as her full-time work, Navjot volunteers at her local Sikh Gurudwara; is a governor for an independent school and foundation member for a Sikh faith free school; and an appointed marriage Registrar for Derby Singh Sabha Gurudwara. Navjot is a well-known Sikh speaker on leadership and women’s empowerment in the UK. 

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