William Armstrong OBE, Patron of TimeNorfolk
Our Patron, Norfolk born Norfolk lawyer William Armstrong was Coroner in Norfolk for nearly two decades and a Mental Health Tribunal Judge for thirty years. He also served as a Legal Assessor to the General Medical Council (Medical Practitioners Tribunal) and an Appeal Tribunal Judge.
Mr. Armstrong has played a leading role in public affairs and organisations in the County and is a past Sheriff of Norwich. He was the founder Chair of Healthwatch Norfolk and has for many years promoted and supported the provision of services for the bereaved in the County. A Lay Canon of Norwich Cathedral he served as a member of the Cathedral Chapter for six years.
He was made an OBE in 2014 and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of East Anglia.
“We are delighted to welcome William Armstrong as patron. His extensive experience in the field of bereavement across Norfolk is incredibly valuable. His warm and empathetic nature is an encouragement to our staff and volunteers as we support people affected by pregnancy loss, baby loss and pregnancy choices.”
William Armstrong said that it was an “immense privilege” to have been invited to be Patron of TimeNorfolk. "The loss of a baby at whatever stage and in whatever circumstance, is a loss like no other” he said. "Those who experience and endure such loss feel that part of their own life has been taken away forever" he added.
Mr. Armstrong said that he had always admired and valued the tremendous support given by TimeNorfolk to those living with such devastating and life changing loss. He paid tribute to the dedication, expertise and commitment of all engaged in providing this important service.
He said that he was looking forward to championing and promoting what he described as "this brilliant organisation."