Chief Executive, Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Paul Jenkins is the Chief Executive of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, a specialist mental health trust focused on psychological, social and developmental approaches to understanding and treating emotional disturbance and mental ill health, and to promoting mental health.
Paul was previously the Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness, a leading national mental health membership charity working to help those affected by severe mental illness. He has an MBA from Manchester Business School and has over 20 years of experience in management and policy-making in the Central Government and the National Health Service (NHS). He has been involved in the implementation of a number of major national government initiatives and was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2002 for his role in setting up NHS Direct. Paul is a member of the Board of the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network.
Chief Executive, Mental Health Network
Sean joined the Mental Health Network in November 2016. A registered mental health nurse by background, Sean joined the network after five years as Chief Executive at the Centre for Mental Health, where he started as Director of the criminal justice programme in 2006. Prior to this Sean was Director of Health and Social Care for Criminal Justice at the London Development Centre and offender health consultant for the Department of Health.
Founder, Chairman and CEO, Healios
Having close family and friends who’ve suffered from mental illness and dementia, Richard experienced first-hand the challenge of accessing support for both those affected by the illness and the families involved. In 2013, he founded Healios to transform the way mental health care is delivered through technology; helping people with mental illness or neurodevelopmental conditions, families and carers effectively move forward and achieve their goals - providing a better quality of life. His passion for combining overall wellbeing, science and technology has led him to develop world-leading innovative services that fit around the lifestyles and circumstance of the whole family - improving lives by bringing exceptional healthcare easily to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Richard is a healthcare advisor to The Economist and has been the recipient of ‘Best UK Mental Health Executive Award’ and ‘Excellence Award for Suicide Prevention Initiatives’.
Chief Executive, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Nick joined the Trust in November 2017 as Chief Executive. Nick was previously Chief Executive at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Nick is a psychiatrist by background and has worked as a Consultant in Forensic Psychiatry since 2000. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1989 and completed his medical training at St. Thomas’ Hospital Medical School. He trained in psychiatry in North West London. During the course of his consultant career he has worked in a wide variety of secure settings including a specialist remand service, an enhanced medium secure service for women, a remand prison and a young offenders’ institution. Nick held a number of managerial positions prior to joining Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust including being Clinical Director for a forensic service and Medical Director of a large specialist mental health Trust. In January 2012 he was appointed Chair of the National Clinical Reference Group for Secure and Forensic Mental Health Services, a position he held until 2014. He was joint Clinical Director and Co-Chair of London’s Strategic Clinical Network for Mental Health and a Director of Imperial College Health Partners.
Chair, Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust
Beatrice is an industrial designer and ergonomist with particular expertise in designing systems and products aligned to end user requirements. Her early career was in design, ergonomic research and teaching at UMIST and Liverpool University. Her public-sector life has always involved regeneration and economic development schemes at a local and regional level – first as Chair of the Rope Walks Partnership in Liverpool, then as Chair of Renew NW. Beatrice was a Non-Executive Director of Liverpool Health Authority, then Chair of South Liverpool Primary Care Trust. Beatrice is a CQC special advisor specialising in governance and leadership. She is a Trustee of the Design Council and an Hon.FRIBA. Her past roles have included Chair of a Housing Association, Trustee of Tate Liverpool and Chair of the Architects Registration Board.
Chair, East London NHS Foundation Trust
Chair of NHS East London and the City from March 2011 to March 2012 and then Chair of North East London and the City until October 2012
Chair of NHS Newham from 2003-2011, previously Vice Chair of Newham University Hospital Trust
Chair of Newham Community Health Council
Over 20 years in senior roles within local government and the Third Sector
Runs her own consultancy company specialising in action research, the delivery of regeneration projects and developing the not for profit sector.
Recognised by London Borough of Newham in 2010: awarded Honorary Freedom of the Borough.
Recognised on the Health Service Journal’s inaugural 'Inspirational Women' list.
Qualifications: BA (Hons) DMS
Head of Nursing Academic Development/Consultant Nurse, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
Professional Lead for Mental Health, Royal College of Nursing
Catherine is head of nursing academic development at South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust and associate clinical director for the South London Health Innovation Network. Alongside her academic role, Catherine practices clinically with people with psychosis and has a special interest in social inclusion and promoting families’ expertise in recovery based services. As a founder of “Gold Standard” evidence based training in psychosocial interventions, Catherine has published widely, has national and international recognition for leading numerous service development initiatives within her own and other health service organisations. Catherine delivered the prestigious Journal of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing’s Eileen Skellern memorial lecture in 2007, won the Royal College of Nursing’s Mental Health Nurse award in 2008 and was appointed to represent Mental Health Nursing on the Prime Ministers Nursing Quality Care Forum in 2012.
Deputy Director for Organisational Learning, Advanced Nurse Consultant and Psychotherapist at RDaSH NHS Foundation Trust
Judith is an advanced nurse consultant and consultant psychotherapist who has worked in a variety of clinical posts within the NHS for over 15 years. Judith has worked within inpatient and community setting and her roles have included the provision of specialist clinical assessment and treatment for adults and older adults who have a range of mental health and learning disabilities, and also people with drug and alcohol problems. She is an Independent Prescriber, and specialist assessor for Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
Judith has been published in scholarly heath journals, and has presented at national and international conferences on mental health issues, specifically regarding personality disorder, complex trauma, prescribing ethics, and also systems leadership. Judith has a Professional Doctorate specialising in analysing the effects of individual, systemic and organisational trauma.
Judith was awarded the title of Queens Nurse in 2015. Judith’s leadership role is as Deputy Director means that she supports operational services when focusing upon improving patient safety, quality improvement, enhancing professional leadership and nursing roles and also striving for clinical excellence. Judith is the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian for RDaSH and she is also the Lead Guardian for the Yorkshire and Humber Region. Judith is passionate about service user and professional education. Clinical teaching and supervision is also a core part of her work, and she has lectured at several universities on various mental health topics.
Chief Executive, Look Ahead Care Support and Housing
Chris was appointed Look Ahead’s Chief Executive in January 2015, following fifteen years at the organisation including time as both a Director and Deputy Chief Executive.
Chris began his career in local government and has worked for two inner London Local Authority Housing Departments. Chris has over 20 years’ experience working in housing and social care, including research and campaigning on behalf of the National Housing Federation as well as working in new business, policy and communications for two London based Housing Associations.
Chris has previously chaired the National Housing Federation’s Supported Housing Providers Forum and is a member of their National Care and Support Advisory Group.
Executive Medical Director, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Julie holds the formal role as responsible officer for medical revalidation and shares with the Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Experience, responsibility for the quality of all services provided by the Trust. She also takes the Executive Lead for medicines management, patient safety, reducing restrictive practices and research and innovation.
Julie has had a career across a number of Mental Health Trusts. Before joining Nottinghamshire Healthcare, she was Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, where she worked since 2005, within a number of management and leadership roles.
Julie’s career has included Clinical Director roles for Service Redesign, Service Improvement, Governance and Adult Services.
Julie has also been influential at a regional and national level, most recently as a National Professional Advisor for Mental Health for the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Phil Hough has been in a caring role for 32 years for various family members. He is the chair of a local Support Group, which is for carers of people who have mental health problems.
Phil is also the Carer Representative for the Mental Health Network.
As a Carer he supports Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) with various activities including Recruitment and Selection of new trust staff, service and staff development. Phil has supported the development and delivery of the Peer support programme across the trust.
Phil Has helped to lead the Development and Implementation of the Nicotine Management Policy at CWP. He is now working across the country in supporting other NHS Trusts and organisations in their smoke free journeys.
Phil undertakes Independent consultation projects with NHS trusts in re-focusing and developing the Involvement of service users and carers within these organizations, enabling them to focus on the power of lived experience and enabling services to embrace recovery, it gives Phil the chance to continue to work with large and diverse groups of service users, carers and staff.
He is a Member of the Patient Advisory Forum for Health Education England, and supports the delivery of the Mental health workforce agenda.
He also works at a National and international level, including seminar and conference presentations, workshops, training and awareness sessions.
Chief Executive, Place2Be
Catherine Roche has been Chief Executive at Place2Be since January 2014. She was Chief Operating Officer from 2003, instrumental in delivering organisational growth, before becoming Deputy CEO in 2013. Originally a secondary and adult education teacher, Catherine first became involved with Place2Be in 1996, giving pro bono advice and support while a strategic planning and organisational development specialist with KPMG Consulting. She worked with a wide range of private and public sector clients across Europe and the US with KPMG's UK operation and later as part of the US based Change Solutions team. Catherine holds an MBA, magna cum laude, from Boston University, a BA (Hons) in English and French and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education, both from University College Cork. In 2018, Catherine was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Psychology by University of East London in recognition of her services to mental health.
Chair, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
As a graduate in systems engineering from the Open University, Michael has held a number of senior management positions in the water industry, culminating in Director of Human Resources at Yorkshire Water until 2007. Michael is also involved with voluntary organisations supporting people with learning disabilities and older people.
Chief Executive, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Ifti qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1988, training at St George’s Hospital in London. He has held a range of clinical posts in adult mental health services, both in acute inpatient and community settings, and has held operational management posts in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Ifti joined the Trust in 1997 and was appointed the Trust’s Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Chief Executive in January 2013. He became the Trust’s Acting Chief Executive on 26 June 2015 and was formally appointed to this position on 6 October 2017.
Corporate Governance Director, Cygnet Health Care
Vicky is Cygnet’s Corporate Governance Director and a member of the Executive Management Board. Cygnet Health Care provides a national network of mental health services for men, women and adolescents in over 20 locations.
Vicky graduated in Law and worked in retail management before joining Cygnet Health Care in 1995 as a management trainee. In 1996 Vicky was appointed Hospital Director and then Regional Director in 2001. Vicky has been working in her current role as Corporate Governance Director since 2008.
Vicky is responsible for monitoring performance and standards across the group to ensure required standards are achieved and exceeded. Vicky manages the Corporate Governance Team who work closely with units to identify risks to quality of care as well as sharing best practice in order to drive continuous improvement.
Chief Executive, Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Melanie Walker joined the Trust in April 2014. Since her arrival she has been instrumental in raising the profile of mental health and learning disability. A nurse by background, Melanie has worked at all levels and in all settings in the NHS. She has a long history of leading change in mental health services and has also been a commissioner. Melanie was formerly Chief Executive of Newham Primary Care Trust and comes to us from her role as Chief Executive of The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow, Essex. She was NHS Community Leader of the year in 2009 for her work in involving patients and communities in healthcare.
Service User Representative, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Ken has over 20 years’ experience of working at executive director, board and ambassadorial levels across all sectors within regeneration to fulfil people’s health, social, economic and environmental needs. This has included, for example, being the chair of Wakefield and District Housing, a housing association of over 30,000 homes, and Executive Director of Groundwork Wakefield and North Yorkshire.
As a service user at the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for ten years he has benefitted greatly from their services. He is now a Member of the Trust, chairs the Trust’s Linked Charities Governance Committee and is a proactive volunteer within the Strategic Directorate and Recovery College. All of this has given him close contact with the development of the Trust, the challenges of the sector and the needs of service users.