Mary-Ann Munford returned to the town council, standing as an Independent in May 2023

Mary-Ann has had a long career in the NHS. Originally she trained as a general nurse (RGN) and a mental health nurse (RMN) and worked in various hospitals and therapeutic communities before re-training in general management at the Kings Fund and Kings College Hospital, London, through the NHS leadership programme.

Mary-Ann holds a BSc in Psychology and Anthropology and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and has held a number of senior management positions in the NHS including:

  • Director of Mental Health Services, Warley Hospital
  • Chief Executive of Castlepoint and Rochford PCG
  • Chief Executive of Basildon PCT, South Essex.

After field work with the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement (NHSIII) and a 3-year break living abroad in Portugal, she became a Non-Executive Director of Essex Partnership University NHS Trust.

Mary-Ann retired fully from paid work in 2018.

Her professional interests have always been in healthcare and promoting well-being as well as good governance and leadership in organisations.

To that end she was first co-opted onto the Town Council in October 2020 and served for 20 months during which time she, together with Cllr Paula Stanbury, developed the health and well-being plan for Burnham.

Standing as an independent candidate, Mary-Ann Munford was elected back onto the council in May 2023, so now has a new mandate to continue her work on this project.

Outside of work Mary-Ann plays golf locally, sings in a local choir and volunteers in a number of community activities.

She and her partner have lived in Burnham for 20 years and in Southminster for 10 years before that. Her passions are serving the community, health promotion and well-being and helping to support local people to get access to the care and support they need.