Executive management team

Sheila Stenson - Chief Executive

Chief Executive, BA ACMA CGMA

Sheila has a proven track record of leading teams within challenged trusts across acute, foundation and mental health services. She has led and been part of significant change in her career, including service redesign, transformation, restructuring, implementing new systems, technology and governance, and developing robust financial processes and controls.

Sheila joined KMPT in 2017 as its Chief Finance and Resources Officer, and then also became its deputy Chief Executive in October 2022. During this time under her direction the trust delivered break even for the first time, eradicated its underlying financial deficit and began ambitious programmes to make its estate greener and cleaner and to transform its digital services offer so staff can use technology to free up more time to work with service users, their loved ones and carers.

In November 2023, Sheila joined Kent and Medway’s Integrated Care Board as the partner member for community and mental health, representing both KMPT and Kent Community Health Foundation Trust.

She is a chartered management accountant and has been awarded a number of Healthcare Financial Management Awards (HFMA) including an honorary fellowship award in recognition of her dedication to the NHS and HFMA. Sheila graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA Honours Degree in Business Studies.

Dr Afifa Qazi - Chief Medical Officer

Dr Qazi is a consultant for older adults with special interest in care for people with dementia. She won the prestigious HSJ award in 2016 for Community Services Redesign. She is also the winner of the EAHSN Health Innovation award in 2014, which she received for transforming crisis services for dementia services in Essex. In 2022 she received the highly competitive Psychiatrist of the Year award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) and was commended by the judges on her person-centred approach.

She been instrumental in partnership working with the Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS).  She takes an active part in teaching medical students and holds a Clinical lecturer post at KMMS.

She is passionate about Medical Education and has ensured that KMPT offers robust training to all trainees in psychiatry, with the majority of them now remaining in Kent on completion of their training. She has had significant successes in medical recruitment and retention with huge reduction in agency doctor usage by the trust.

She is the executive lead for the BME network.

She previously worked for North East London NHS Foundation Trust as a consultant Psychiatrist and as an Associate Medical Director for services provided by NELFT in Essex and Kent.  

Andy Cruickshank - Chief Nurse

Andy is an experienced mental health nurse who has held several senior nurse leadership and management positions within East London NHS Foundation Trust, including the Director of Nursing for the London Mental Health Services for ELFT, prior to coming to KMPT in March 2022.

For many years Andy worked in CAMHS, developing acute admission and intensive care services for adolescents at Guy’s Hospital and then in East London.

He led projects to reduce violence within inpatient units and developed frameworks to use Quality Improvement to tackle some of the most difficult issues within services.

He trained as an Improvement Advisor at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and is a Fellow at the Health Foundation. he has a Masters in Leadership for Improvement.

Sandra Goatley - Chief People Officer

Chartered Fellow CIPD

Sandra was appointed to the Trust Board as Director of Workforce and Organisational Development in March 2016. Sandra has worked for a number of organisations as HR and OD director covering both the private and public sector.

These include Amicus Horizon (social housing), Legal Services Commission (public sector) and the Morleys Stores Group (private sector). Whilst Sandra had not worked in the NHS previously she brings a wealth of HR and OD experience with a specific focus on employee engagement and change management.

Donna Hayward-Sussex - Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive
Donna Hayward-Sussex

Donna joined the Trust in March 2022 from her previous role as Service Director at South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust. In this role, Donna led several transformation programmes including the development of the Mental Health Alliance in Lewisham and the trust wide redesign of crisis services. Donna became Deputy Chief Executive in November 2023.

Donna is a psychotherapist by background and combines a strong management background with extensive experience in operationally leading and developing mental health services in the NHS and voluntary sector. Her previous role in Buckinghamshire Mind led to a partnership with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust delivering CAMHS and adult services across the county.

Donna is passionate about service provision and is committed to working in partnership to provide excellent care across Kent and Medway. She is particularly keen to develop integrated services that blur the boundary between the voluntary and statutory sector.

Dr Adrian Richardson - Director of Partnerships and Transformation

Adrian has over 20 years’ experience working within the NHS. He qualified as a doctor in 2001 and transitioned from clinical work as a Geriatrician into leadership roles in successful organisations across the South of England. He has extensive experience in transformation, partnership working, strategy, improvement and engagement.

He trained with Virginia Mason in improvement and transformation and lead the Patient First improvement transformation programmes at Western Sussex Hospitals and Brighton and Sussex Hospitals.

He moved to Frimley Health where he established an improvement programme and worked on several large-scale transformation programmes including implementation of their Electronic Patient Record system.

He worked in partnership to design and deliver a portfolio management system and designed a number of initiatives within the organisation to support change as well as recovery from Covid-19.

Since joining KMPT last year he has led a redesign of the transformation function within the organisation and the implementation of a new methodology to deliver the KMPT Strategy.

He strongly believes in a collaborative approach to transformation and improvement, empowering everyone to deliver change for our patients and service users. 

Kindra Hyttner - Director of communications and engagement

Kindra is a senior communications leader with a rich and diverse career gained in-house and in agencies, covering the private and public sector. She has handled sensitive and complex issues high on the public and political agenda and worked at senior levels to own and protect reputations and create insight-led behavioural change communications that have won industry awards.  

Before KMPT, Kindra was at the National Audit Office where she was director of communications and marketing. She joined the NAO in 2017 and achieved lasting improvements in how the NAO communicates to secure greater impact and drive improvement in how public services are delivered. Prior to the NAO, Kindra was at FTSE 100 Capita plc where she led a fast-paced, high-performing communications team leading on contracts with central and local government, and the private sector. 

During her career Kindra has demonstrated that she can quickly improve performance, stakeholder relations, effective leadership, staff engagement and external impact. Highlights include launching Ireland’s first ever postcode system to 2.1 million citizens; directing successful recruitment campaigns on behalf of the British Army and the Department for Work and Pensions; launching the government’s new gas safety body and it’s NHS Choices website; and driving local and diverse communities online to access council services.

Nick Brown - Chief Finance and Resources Officer

Nick is an experienced senior finance professional who has fulfilled a variety of roles during his career in the NHS. He has a proven track record of working within financially challenged systems.


Having begun his career as a National Finance Trainee he worked across a number of mental health providers before moving into commissioning roles within South East London. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and has over twenty years’ experience in the NHS.


He has led and been part of significant change in his NHS career, which has included service redesign, transformation, implementation of new financial systems and governance and developing robust financial processes and controls.


He joined KMPT from South East London ICB where he was Director of Financial Management.


Nick graduated from the De Montfort University with a BA Honours Degree in Business Studies.