Non executive directors

The non-executive directors share responsibility with the other directors for the organisation. They have a particular responsibility to ensure the Board acts in the best interests of the public and is fully accountable for the services provided with the public funds it uses.

Non-executive directors can ensure the interests of patients and the community remain at the heart of the Board's discussions. Non-executive directors have voting rights on the trust Board.

As well as having corporate responsibility, the non-executive directors work closely with service directors, staff, service users and carers to provide a link between local people and trust management.

Overall, they provide a valuable role, giving a constructive challenge to the executive team where necessary and support when appropriate.

Dr Jackie Craissati - Trust chair

MBE - Consultant clinical and forensic psychologist

Jackie joined the Board in May 2016 and became Trust Chair in July 2020. Prior to this she was Chair of the Quality Committee and Deputy Chair of the Board.  

She is a Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and was previously Clinical Director of the Forensic and Prisons Directorate at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. After 26 years in the NHS, she left in January 2016 to set up her own not for profit community interest company - Psychological Approaches CIC - offering consultancy and training to those working with complex mental health and offending behaviour, as well as leading independent investigations into serious incidents as commissioned by NHS England.

Jackie has been appointed Chair of Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust.  She is also Chair of Crohn’s & Colitis UK and an Independent Governor of the University of East London.

Catherine Walker - Non-Executive Director, Deputy Chair & Senior Independent Director (SID)

MA Cantab (Law), Masters in European Law, Brussels

Catherine joined the Board in August 2016. She qualified as a barrister and most of her early career was spent as an investment banker at Warburg, NatWest and Schroders. She holds a specialist First Tier Tribunal judicial appointment, hearing social security appeals on health and disability cases. Catherine is also a founder member of the Health Service Products (Pricing Cost Control and Information) Appeals Tribunal.

She chairs the Appointments committee of a large London acute NHS Foundation Trust. She was a lay advisor for Health Education England, involved in reviewing the quality of medical education in London acute Trusts.

She is the former Practice Director of a firm of employment and pensions solicitors. She was the   Chair of the Members’ Panel of the National Employment Savings Trust (Nest).

At KMPT she has been Chair of the Quality Committee, Vice-Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee and Vice-Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. She is currently Chair of the Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee and a member of the Finance and Performance Committee. She is KMPT's Senior Independent Director and Deputy Trust Chair.

Dr Asif Bachlani - Associate Non-Executive Director

MBBS BMEdSci, Diploma in Medical Education, FRCPsych

Asif joined the Trust in November 2022 as an Associate Non-Executive Director with his portfolio being the Data Strategy, Digital Transformation and Improved Patient Outcomes.

He works clinically as a Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for the ASD pathway at Priory Woking Hospital.

Asif has held various managerial and digital positions in NHS and independent sector including Clinical Director, Clinical Lead for Mental Health Outcomes and Chief Clinical Information Officer.  Asif has also been the NHS London Clinical Lead for Mental Health Outcomes for 2 years (2017-19).  

Asif has been an actively involved within the Royal College of Psychiatry and has been part of the RCPsych General Adult Faculty for the past 10 years with his last role being Treasurer.  Asif has subsequently become a Fellow of Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2019 and has recently become the Vice-Chair of the NHS Benchmarking Mental Health, Autism and Learning Disability Reference Group.

Asif is also a committee member of the RCPsych Digital Special Interest Group and is Co-lead for the Digital Module of the RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellowship scheme.

Currently Asif is leading the development on data and digital literacy skills for all grades of psychiatrists for the RCPsych.  Within this work stream, Asif is the

  • Lead co-author of the RCPsych Data and Digital Literacy Competencies for all Psychiatrists which was launched in March 2023.  
  • Created and developed the RCPsych Digital Team of the Year award which was first awarded in 2023.
  • one of the Co-author of two part series on Digital literacy in Contemporary Mental Healthcare published in RCPsych Advances (2024)
  • Developing the RCPsych PGCE Programme on Digital and Data Literacy due in 2025.


Peter Conway - Non-Executive Director

Peter has a background in banking and finance spanning 28 years, latterly as a Finance Director with Barclays Bank PLC. He has been a Non-Executive Director with the NHS since 2006, and was the Non-Executive Vice-Chair and Audit Committee Chair of Kent Community Health Foundation Trust until 31.3.2024

He has held a portfolio of public sector roles in the past including:

- Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair, Rural Payments Agency

- Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair, NHS West Kent

- Independent Member of the Audit Committees of the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, DEFRA, Health and Safety Executive and Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

- Trustee Director, Citizens Advice North and West Kent

Peter chairs the Trust's Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the Finance and Performance Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Kim Lowe - Non-Executive Director

Kim joined the Board in August 2020 as an associate non-executive director (NED) before being appointed as a NED in November 2020. She has spent most of her career at John Lewis Partnership and for over 36 years she has worked across people, customer service, employee engagement, HR and business.

She was appointed Managing Director of John Lewis Bluewater in 2014. In 2007 she was appointed Partnership Board Director, and also as a member of the audit and risk and remuneration committees.

Her final role was to lead the pension review at John Lewis before leaving John Lewis in 2020 to continue to build her portfolio NED career in the public and private sector, including John Lewis Partnership, Central Surrey Health and Council Lay Member at University of Kent.  

Kim has become the Chair of the People Committee.

Sean Bone-Knell - Non-Executive Director


Sean joined the Board in August 2020 as an associate non-executive director (NED) before being appointed as a non-executive director in September 2021. He retired from his role as the Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Director of Operations in March 2020. During his 33 years of service he progressed through the ranks developing operational and strategic experience and in 2019 he was awarded the Kent Medal for Outstanding Service. 

In the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2020 he was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal.  

Sean previously held a National Portfolio with the National Fire Chiefs Council for the areas of Road Safety, Marine Firefighting and Dementia. Whilst holding the Dementia portfolio, he worked as part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge Group on Dementia with the Alzheimer’s Society.

Sean is the Chair of the Mental Health Act Committee and the Charity Committee, and a member of the Quality Committee.


Mickola Wilson - Non-Executive Director

Mickola joined the Board in August 2020 and is a non-executive director (NED).

She is an Executive Director at Seven Dials Fund Management, a real estate investment Consultancy and has a number of non-executive roles. She is a NED the Mailbox Investment Holdings PLC and an advisor to the Mercers Livery Company.

She is also a very active member of the Chartered Surveyors Livery leading a programme to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds through university.

Mickola is Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee and a member of the Remunerations Committee.

Dr Mary Ann Ferreux - Non-Executive Director


MaryAnn joined the Board in February 2023 as an Associate Non-Executive Director.

MaryAnn has international experience working across both the Australian and UK health system, with specialist qualifications in health system leadership, management, and public health. She has held Board level roles as a medical leader in both primary and secondary care and is passionate about improving the patient experience and delivering better integrated care. She is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Health Innovation Kent Surrey Sussex.   

She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, Australasian College of Health Service Management and Faculty of Clinical Informatics, as well as being a Certified Health Executive and leadership coach. She has a special interest in researching health equity and the impact of the social determinants of health; her current doctoral studies will explore health inequalities within the Kent and Medway region. 

Stephen Waring - Non-Executive Director

Stephen joined the Board in January 2023 and he has had a long and varied public sector career. At the Department of Health his roles included private secretary to the Secretary of State for Health, Head of the National Cancer Programme and chief of staff for a former Chief Executive of the NHS. He ran a whole health economy NHS reconfiguration programme in south west London, and led the production of the cross-Government Mental Health Strategy, ‘No Health without Mental Health’.

Stephen currently works for the Greater London Authority on health and care policy and partnership working.

Stephen is vice chair of trustees for a leading national charity that works alongside people with an acquired brain injury and physical disabilities offering specialist community-based and residential support to help them live as independently as possible.