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. She took over the role of Trust Chair in July 2020. Prior to this she was Chair of the Quality Committee and Vice-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. She has a special interest in developing innovative and evidence-based partnership approaches to the community reintegration of individuals with complex psychological difficulties who may otherwise suffer social exclusion.

Jackie has recently 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 and Senior Independent Director

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

Catherine Walker joined the Board in August 2016. She qualified as a barrister and the majority of her early career was spent as an investment banker at NatWest and Schroders. She currently holds a specialist judicial appointment with the Ministry of Justice, hearing appeals on health and disability cases in Tribunal. Catherine is also a 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 pensions solicitors. She is the Chair of the Members’ Panel of the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).

She was Vice-Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee and Vice-Chair of Integrated Audit and Risk Committee. She is currently Vice Chair of the Quality Committee and Chair of the Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee. She is KMPT's Senior Independent Director.

Venu Branch - Deputy Trust Chair and a Non-Executive Director.

Venu joined the Board in August 2016 as an associate director and was appointed a non-executive director on 1 September 2016. From February 2021 she became the Deputy Trust Chair.

Venu is the CEO of the Westway Trust and her background is in director-level posts in non-departmental public bodies within the creative and public sector. These include the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA), Creative Scotland and the British Council. She has also worked at executive director level in the charitable sector, including at Stonewall and Community Links. In 2022 she was named as one of the UKs Top 20 CEOs by the CEO Publication, one of only two from the charity sector.

Her public policy work includes serving as the inaugural chair of the East Midlands Cultural Consortium, appointed by the Secretary of State to co-ordinate the 10-year cultural strategy for the region. She has been the creative director for the celebrations for Commonwealth Day in London and has been awarded the National Asian Woman of Achievement award.

Alongside her professional roles, she has extensive board-level experience, this has included a governor of Guildford Conservatoire and a Council Member of Loughborough University.

She is currently a fellow of the RSA and o-editor of the International Journal for Creativity and Human Development.

Venu is now Chair of the Workforce and Organisational Development Committee and Co-Chair of the BAME NEDs Forum for the Kent and Medway system.

Dr Asif Bachlani - Associate Non-Executive Director

MBBS BMEdSci, Diploma in Medical Education, FRCPsych

Joined the trust in November 2020 as an Associate Non-Executive Director with his portfolio being the Data Strategy, Digital Transformation and Improved Patient Outcomes

Current Role: Dr Bachlani works as 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, Associate Medical Director, Clinical Lead for Mental Health Outcomes and Chief Clinical Information Officer. 

Due to his interest in mental health outcomes, Asif was also the NHS London Clinical Lead for Mental Health Outcomes for 2 years (2017-19).  In this role, Asif has co-authored various policy documents and papers around data and digital include NHS London Introduction to HoNOS, the HoNOS analytical framework and Healthy London Partnership Development of Primary Care MH Models.

Within the Priory Group, Asif was Clinical Director for Acute and PICU service lines.  This was a strategic role for 25 Priory hospitals providing NHS patient care with remit on Quality and Safety. Asif set up the Inpatient Care Pathways for the Acute and PICU networks in 2021 which were the basis of 1st clinical quality data dashboards within the Priory Group in April 2022

Asif has had an interest in clinical value of data and data literacy for clinicians.  Asif set up 1st ever data events for clinicians initially regionally in 2018 and then nationally from 2019 via RCPsych Better Data, Better Care series of conferences which is now in its 4th year.  Asif is the lead co-author of the RCPsych Data and Digital Literacy Competencies for all Psychiatrists which was launched in March 2023.  Asif was also one of co-authors of two-part series on Digital literacy in contemporary mental healthcare in RCPsych Advances (2022). 

Asif was awarded a Fellowship of Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2019 in recognition for his contribution of work in field of mental health.   Asif has been a member of the RCPsych General Adult Faculty for the past 10 years with his last role being Treasurer.  Asif is also a committee member of the Digital Special Interest Group and the RCPsych Representative on the NHS Benchmarking Network, Mental Health Steering Group.

Asif is a member of the Quality Committee.

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 is currently a Non-Executive Director, Audit Chair and Vice-Chair of Kent Community Health Foundation Trust.

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

  • Non-Executive Director and Audit Chair, Rural Payments Agency
  • Non-Executive Director and Audit 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 Trust 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 progressed through various operational and general management leadership roles, being 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 is passionate about employee engagement which she believes lies at the heart of a successful enterprise. An empowered workforce delivers better service and happier working environment for all. She joined KMPT because of it’s strong values and understanding of the importance of an inclusive culture.

 Kim has become the Chair of the Mental Health Act Committee and a member of the Workforce and OD Committee.

Sean Bone-Knell - Non-Executive Director


Joined the Trust 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. He was a Corporate Management Board Member for 11 years and is experienced in community safety, partnership working, strategic planning, implementing and sustaining change projects. From 2012 until this year, he 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 to introduce national policies and a Strategic Commitment for all emergency services in working with and supporting people living with dementia. Sean completed his MBA with the University of Kent at Canterbury and has also studied at Cranfield and Warwick Universities.

He has had close personal experiences of mental health issues and knows how effective and life-changing the right intervention can be. He wants to be part of the team that helps KMPT move to the next level and continue to build, develop and learn.

Sean is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Mental Health Act Committee.


Mickola Wilson - Non-Executive Director

Mickola joined the Trust in August 2020 and is a Non-Executive Director (NED) and Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee.

She is an Executive Director at Seven Dials Fund Management, a real estate investment Consultancy and is a NED for Mailbox REIT, specialising in property investment.

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

Spurred on by the sheer enthusiasm of the KMPT team, she hopes to make her contribution to the  ambitious programme to ensure that health care in the community is treated equally with the outstanding work of hospitals and GPs in Kent.

Dr Mary Ann Ferreux


Current role - Medical Director at Kent Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network.  

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 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. 

She is leading a number of initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion in healthcare and is a Trustee and Chair of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and Chair of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators Diversity & Inclusion Committee. MaryAnn is committed to using her position to role-model an inclusive leadership approach whereby she supports, mentors and coaches’ clinicians from disadvantaged backgrounds to widen participation in medicine and increase diversity within healthcare leadership and management.

Stephen Waring - Non Executive Director

Stephen’s long and varied public sector career has spanned frontline social care, NHS commissioning, service transformation and national health policy. 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, supporting the Mayor of London’s role in championing and challenging the NHS to deliver safe and consistent services to Londoners.

Stephen has long been a champion for equality, diversity and inclusion and a strong advocate for fairness, and social justice. As chair of the Department of Health’s LGBTQ+ staff network, he took the Department into the Stonewall workplace equality index top 100 and maintained it there during his tenure.

Stephen has a first degree from Oxford University and an MBA from Imperial College London and is a trustee 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.