Norest Mararike was a logical choice to be a new trustee at The Evelyn Trust, given her considerable skill set. Her background is as a highly qualified nurse with a BSc in Health and Social Studies and an MSc in Public Health. She brings huge strengths in both disability services and in mental health, with her current role being the Clinical Lead for the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team, looking after many people with complex mental health needs. Norest is also a Non-Medical Prescriber and a Staff Governor and Diversity Champion at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, where her work is based.
“If I’m being totally honest it took almost six months to finally decide to apply for the role of trustee. I asked myself if I really wanted to commit to the role while I’m working full-time as a nurse in the NHS as part of a very busy team. Then I realised that this was a rare opportunity to join an organisation that makes a real difference to individuals and society, so I couldn’t resist!
“With my skills and expertise as a mental health nurse, I hope to help shape the direction of the Trust, particularly in our work to support communities in Peterborough and Fenland and also to encourage more focus on diversity. This is my first experience as a trustee and I feel humbled but also excited to be working alongside the existing trustees who have such extensive knowledge and experience.”
Originally from Zimbabwe, Norest has lived and worked in the north of Cambridgeshire for many years and has an in-depth understanding of the needs of vulnerable people locally.
She lives with her family, enjoys travelling, swimming, table tennis, Zimbabwean music and is a keen Arsenal fan.