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. Jackie retains a role as consultant advisor to the national offender personality disorder pathway, and leads 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 held a number of Board roles in the past few years and is currently an Independent Governor of the University of East London and external Non-Executive Director on the Office of the Public Guardian's Audit Committee.  

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-elect of the Members’ Panel of the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST). She held a long-term role as governor and director of an Academy Trust in Kent.

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. On the 1 September 2020 Venu became the interim Deputy Trust Chair and 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.

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. 

Venu was Chair of the Mental Health Act Committee, Vice-Chair of the workforce and organisational development committee and a member of the Quality Committee. She is now Chair of the Workforce and Organisational Development Committee and Co-Chair of the BAME NEDs Forum for the Kent and Medway system.

Asif Bachlani - Associate Non-Executive Director

Asid bachlani has the following roles:

  • Associate Non-Executive Director
  • Member table Funds Commitee
Peter Conway - Non-Executive Director

Joined the Trust in August 2020 as an associate non-executive director before being appointed as a non-executive director in October 2020. He has a professional background in banking and finance spanning 27 years, latterly as a Finance Director with Barclays Bank PLC. Between 2006 and 2011 he was NED and Audit Chair of NHS West Kent and since 2011 he has been NED, Vice-Chair and Audit/Risk Committee Chair for Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT). He has held a portfolio of public sector roles including, NED and Audit Chair of Rural Payments Agency, Independent Member of the Audit Committees of the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, DEFRA, Health and Safety Executive and Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, and he was also Trustee Director of Citizens Advice North and West Kent.

Peter’s aspirations are to help the Trust become excellent in the eyes of patients, staff and regulators, encourage closer working with KCHFT and influence transformation across the wider Kent healthcare system.

Peter took over as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee in October 2020 and is a member of the Finance and Performance 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 - Associate Non-Executive Director

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 role at Seven Dials Fund Management, a real estate investment Consultancy and has a number of non-executive roles. She is a NED at Palace Capital PLC and the Mailbox  REIT both listed companies specialising in property investment .

She is also 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.