The Non-Executive Directors share responsibility with the other directors for the organisation. They have a particular responsibility to ensure that 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 that 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 when necessary and support when appropriate.
Andrew Ling, Chairman
BSc (Econ) – UCL, FCA
Andrew held a Non-Executive Director position at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust from January 2008 and was appointed Chairman at KMPT in November 2011.
Andrew was appointed due to his leadership skills and strategic and financial experience. He is leading the Trust to improve the quality mental health services across Kent and Medway whilst ensuring it remains a financially sustainable organisation.
Andrew has a strong background in Finance and Banking holding a variety of senior appointments at Lloyds Banking Group from 1987-2006, including that of Finance Director of the Wholesale and International Banking Division from 1995-2004.
Andrew is also an Economics graduate of University College London. Andrew qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1978 where he spent the following 10 years. He is currently also Finance Director of The Vintners' Company and Trustee and Chairman of the Finance and Resources Committee at Montessori St Nicholas Charity.
BA (Hons) Engineering, Cambridge University
Mark joined the KMPT Board in October 2012. Mark 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.
BSc (Hons) Physics, FCA (Fellow of Chartered Accountants) Member of the Institute for Turnaround (MIFT)
Tom was appointed to the Board in November 2012. Tom 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 at an international language school charity. Tom is the Chairman of the Integrated Audit and Risk Committee and Vice Chair of the Strategy Steering Group.
Qualifications: 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 about 12 countries. Rod is the Chair of the Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee, the Chair of the Workforce and OD Committee and Vice Chair of the Quality Committee.
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. Anne-Marie has over 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 Council framework (CQC), is a Trustee of the charity One-in-Four and a volunteer with St. John’s Ambulance.
Anne Marie is Deputy Chair of the Trust Board, the Senior Independent Non-Executive, former Vice Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee and Chair of the Strategy Steering Group.
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 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.
Venu joined the Board on 8 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, Creative Scotland and the British Council. She has also worked at Executive Director Level in the Charitable Sector, including at Stonewall and the Nottingham Theatres Trust. Her public policy work includes, 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 as; a Member of University College London’s Museums and Heritage Committee; a Governor of Guildford 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 & Organisational Development Committee. She is the Non-Executive Lead for ‘Raising Concerns and Whistleblowing’.
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.
The Executive Directors represent the interests of both the Trust services as well as the strategies, which help the Trust to achieve its organisational goals and objectives. Executive Directors have voting rights on the Trust Board.
Helen has worked in mental health services for thirty-four years having started her mental health nurse training at Friern Hospital in London in 1983. She has worked across a range of settings during her career including acute inpatient psychiatry, low secure services and with Mind in London where she worked to resettle patients from Claybury Hospital in to the community.
Helen led the establishment of the first rehabilitation team in Brighton, a forerunner of what would later be described as Assertive Outreach and was appointed to her first executive role in 2002. She was an Executive Director of Nursing for fourteen years before being appointed as KMPT’s Chief Executive in June 2016.
Executive Director of Partnerships and Strategy / Deputy Chief Executive
Vincent Badu joined KMPT as Director of Transformation for Integrated Older Adults Services in autumn 2016 before being appointed as Executive Director of Partnerships and Strategy / Deputy Chief Executive in September 2018.
Prior to this he was a Director and member of the executive team at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust from May 2006 where he held a strategic lead for mental health social work, partnerships and people participation. Vincent is an experienced senior leader and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from leading and developing services across a range of sectors including social care and housing. He gained over 20 years of experience in local government across London and the Southeast before joining the NHS.
Vincent is passionate about leadership development, celebrating diversity and shaping improving care and experience through participation and involvement.
Professor Catherine Kinane
Executive Medical Director MB BCh BAO Dip Obs DCH MSc MRCGP MRCPsych Dip FMH. CCT GA and For Psychiatry
Catherine Kinane is the Executive Medical Director for KMPT, having been appointed in March 2014. Prior to this she worked as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist for the Trust, having trained in London in Forensic and General Adult Psychiatry and previously as a General Practitioner.
Quality improvement is at the heart of Dr Kinane’s work, and putting the patient at the centre of everything, with carer involvement, is her critical focus on quality within KMPT. Clinical leadership and professional development are also key and academic opportunities to progress knowledge and skills are very welcome.
Her research interests include carer involvement, carer burden, risk assessment and she is a NIHR grant holder for ComQuol, a pilot trial to assess the effect of a structure communication approach on quality of life in secure settings, which won the 2012 MHRN award for ‘Best User Involvement in a Portfolio Study’ made by SURE (Secure User Research England).
Chief Operating Officer
Jacquie trained as a mental health nurse in Newcastle, qualifying in 1991. Her first role was in rehabilitation services at a time when the trust forged an interesting partnership with a housing association where the association provided the buildings and the trust provided the staff.
Jacquie moved to London in 1994 to work for an older person’s day hospital. She was appointed as staff nurse becoming manager within the year. After two more years at the day hospital she accepted an interesting position at Barnett County Council. From this role, Jacquie gained a good understanding of the workings of a local authority and the responsibility of the ‘public purse’.
Jacquie’s next role was Director of Operations at North East London NHS Foundation Trust, where she worked across health and social care. She said her focus was on constantly improving the patient pathway by joining up services where possible, working in partnership and building relationships.
Her last position was with Devon Partnership NHS Trust, which provides a wide range of services to people with mental health and learning disability needs. Jacquie’s first role there in 2011 was Managing Partner for the Older People’s Service, however she was promoted to Deputy Chief Operating Officer after only 18 months and has been there ever since developing relationships with CCG’s and improving system care pathways.
Executive Director of Finance
Sheila is an experienced senior finance professional who has fulfilled a variety of roles during her career in the NHS. She has a proven track record of working within financially challenged Trust’s and has worked for South London Healthcare NHS Trust (SLHT) Medway Foundation Trust (MFT) and most recently, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW).
Sheila is a Chartered Management Accountant and has over fifteen years’ experience in NHS Providers. She has led and been part of significant change in her NHS career, which includes service redesign, transformation, successful restructuring, implementing financial systems and governance and developing robust financial processes and controls. She joined KMPT from MTW where she was Deputy Director of Finance for Financial Performance. In this role Sheila and her team focused on supporting MTW to undertake an extensive efficiency programme by creating and setting a clear vision as well as promoting a culture of putting finance at the heart of all decision making.
She was awarded HFMA Deputy Director of Finance of the Year 2016.
Sheila graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA Honors Degree in Business Studies.
Director of Workforce, Organisational Development and Communications (FCIPD)
Sandra joined the trust in March 2016. Sandra has in-depth experience and knowledge across the full strategic human resource, organisational development and learning and development spectrum. Her previous role was Human Resources (HR) and Organisational Development (OD) Director for Amicus Horizon, which is a large housing association. Before that Sandra worked for the Legal Services Commission where she led on all areas of HR and OD including rewards, employee relations, learning and development, payroll and HR transactional services.
Executive Director of Nursing and Quality
RMN, MSc Mental Health Studies, MSc Health Management
Mary started her career as a staff nurse in Lewisham and Guys Mental Health Trust. She has worked in senior nursing leadership roles, clinical governance and quality improvement across community and inpatient settings. Mary has extensive knowledge of mental health services having worked in a number of mental health and learning disability provider Trusts in London and East of England. She joined the Trust from Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust where she was the Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality.
Mary has a keen interest in quality improvement that is led by front line staff. Her strong values of fairness, transparency and equality have shaped her leadership style and she is passionate about ensuring that staff are developed, trained and supported to provide the best care possible.
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