East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) has strengthened its Board of DirectorsMelissa Hatch ANED 122023.png with the appointment of Melissa Hatch as the Trust’s newest Associate Non-Executive Director.

Melissa has gained extensive senior management experience within the third sector - organisations that are not for profit and non-governmental. Her time at Age Concern, the Royal Voluntary Service and more recently at Citizens Advice, demonstrated her skills in steering organisational strategy, service development, overseeing whistleblowing investigations, and managing stakeholder relationships.

A fervent advocate for equality and diversity, Melissa played a pivotal role in establishing the Windrush Initiatives Community Interest Company. Over her three-year directorship, she collaborated with health, education, housing, and judicial services, addressing inequality and empowering black and multiheritage communities.