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.

Julie Nerney -Trust Chair

CDir and FIoD - Institute of Directors
MBA - University of North London

Julie holds a range of non-executive positions and joined KMPT as Trust Chair in July 2019. She is also Chair of Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Chair of the Association of Colleges and a Non-Executive Director at Pharm@sea Limited. She is a Chartered Director and was awarded a Fellowship by the Institute of Directors in recognition of driving best practice in governance.

Julie is committed to organisations which drive social justice and social mobility through inclusive and high quality service provision. She has a long history of supporting the aspirations of young people and women into senior roles in business. She has been a volunteer mentor for the Prince’s Trust for over 25 years, holds ambassadorial roles for the Government in respect of diversity in public life, and supports a number of women’s networks.

Before establishing her non-executive portfolio, Julie’s career was wide and varied. She spent the first twelve years of her working life starting, running and selling a number of businesses in the UK and Europe across a range of industry sectors. She then spent 15 years as an interim leading business transformations, turnarounds and complex programmes, including leading LOCOG’s transport operation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Her non-executive portfolio is complemented by activities which draw on her experience, being a critical friend to major change programmes, teaching and facilitating on leadership and Chair development programmes, and public speaking engagements.

Anne-Marie Dean

NHS Accelerated Management Development Programme Kings Fund College Strategic Leadership Programme, Templeton College Oxford Global health challenges Judge Institute Cambridge

Anne-Marie joined the Board in November 2013. She has more than 25 years experience in the NHS - including roles as chief executive in the acute sector and director of strategy within a primary care trust - and brings extensive knowledge and experience in setting and delivering strategic agendas.

She is currently chairman of Healthwatch Havering, which is part of the Care Quality Commission framework, is a trustee of the charity One In Four and a volunteer with St John’s Ambulance.

Anne-Marie is Vice-Chair of the Workforce and OD Committee

Rod Ashurst

MBA Finance and Marketing, Diploma in French Studies

Rod joined the Board in November 2012. Rod has a wealth of business experience, holding many senior and executive positions with BT PLC over a 30-year period.

He has a background in leading transformational programmes, commercial development and contract management. As part of his work at BT, Rod was seconded to Concert, an Anglo-American telecommunications joint venture where he was based in Paris for five years, managing a team across 12 countries.

Rod is the chair of the remuneration and terms of service committee, the chair of the workforce and organisational development committee and vice chair of the quality committee.

Catherine Walker

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

Catherine Walker joined the Board in August 2016. She is vice chair of the finance and performance committee and a member of the integrated audit and risk committee.

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 judicial appointment with the Ministry of Justice, hearing appeals on health and disability cases in tribunal.

She is practice director of a firm of solicitors and is on the members panel of the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST). She has an interest in educational standards and governance and held a long-term role as governor and director of an academy trust in Kent, ranked outstanding by OFSTED.

She is a lay representative for Health Education England, involved in reviewing the quality of medical education in the London teaching hospitals.

Dr Jackie Craissati

MBE - Consultant clinical and forensic psychologist

Jackie joined the Board in May 2016. She is a consultant clinical and forensic psychologist and was previously clinical director of the forensic and prisons directorate at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. Jackie has been a trustee on the board of the Samaritans since 2014.

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. Jackie retains a role as consultant advisor to the national Offender Personality Disorder Pathway and ongoing academic links with the University of Nottingham and London.

Jackie has a special interest in developing innovative and evidence-based approaches to the community reintegration of individuals with complex psychological difficulties who may otherwise suffer social exclusion and poor outcomes.

Jackie is the chair of the quality committee and a vice chair of the integrated audit and risk committee.

Mark Bryant

BA (Hons) Engineering, Cambridge University

Mark joined the KMPT Board in October 2012. He was previously managing director at Accenture and board member focused on communication and high tech clients across Europe and Latin America.

He now has a portfolio of executive roles and business interests spanning high tech engineering design, financial services, property and agriculture. Mark is also a non-executive director at a law firm and supports the board of the British Heart Foundation.

Mark brings to KMPT’s Board a range of management and commercial skills and experience of growing and transforming businesses. Mark is chair of the finance and performance committee at KMPT.

Tom Phillips

BSc (Hons) Physics, FCA (Fellow of Chartered Accountants), Member of the Institute for Turnaround (MIFT)

Tom was appointed to the Board in November 2012. He has previously held senior board roles as chief executive, chief operating officer and group finance director in commercial multi-site retail operations within the pharmacy and leisure sectors.

Most notably, Tom spent 15 years as an executive board member of the Tote, a commercial organisation and also a statutory body.

Tom is a non-executive director for two companies including an international language school charity. Tom is the chairman of the integrated audit and risk committee and vice chair of the strategy steering group.

Venu Branch

Venu joined the Board in August 2016 as an associate director and was appointed a non-executive director on 1 September 2016.

Currently running a niche creative and organisational development consultancy, Venu’s background is in director-level posts in non-departmental public bodies within the 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 the Nottingham Theatre Trust.  

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 member of University College London’s museums and heritage committee, a governor of Guildford School of Acting Conservatoire and a council member of Loughborough University.

She is currently a fellow of the RSA, co-editor of the International Journal for Creativity and Human Development and a member of the European Cultural Parliament. She holds two visiting professorships, at Nottingham Trent University and the University of the West of Scotland.

Venu is a member of both the quality committee and the workforce and organisational development committee. She is the non-executive lead for 'raising concerns and whistleblowing’.