Meet the Team

Sean Duggan

Sean Duggan - Chief Executive

Sean Duggan joined the Mental Health Network as Chief Executive in November 2016. Sean is passionate about raising standards of care and treatment of mental health services and improving lives of those who use services and their carers. His focus is on influencing politicians, policy makers and heads of public sector organizations and other key stakeholders to deliver evidence based intervention with a sound economic basis.

Previously, Sean joined the Centre for Mental Health as director of Criminal Justice Programme in 2006, and became Chief Executive in 2011. Immediately before joining the Centre, 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. He trained as a registered mental health nurse in Sussex, where he also held his first NHS Board Director’s post.

Sean was Vice Chair of the National Advisory Group to the Health and Criminal Justice Programme Board, which was set up following the Bradley report in 2009 until its conclusion in 2011. Sean is a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Mental Health and in 2013 was awarded the President’s Medal by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Rebecca Cotton - Director of Mental Health Policy

Rebecca joined the Mental Health Network in 2009. Rebecca leads on policy and public affairs for the Network, working with senior officials, Ministers and Parliamentarians on behalf of  members. She has authored over 20 publications, both for the NHS Confederation and in conjunction with organisations such as the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the London School of Economics and Political Science.


In recent years, she co-founded the Mental Health Policy Group – a coalition of six national organisations working for better mental health, including the MHN, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Centre for Mental Health and the Mental Health Foundation. She co-wrote the group’s Manifesto for Better Mental Health and chaired the group through the 2015 general election year. Rebecca also recently graduated from Cambridge University’s MBA programme and in 2017 was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to explore the use of digital technology in improving mental health internationally.

Contact: / 020 7799 8681

Chloe Knight - Communications and Membership Manager

Chloe joined the Mental Health Network in August 2017 and leads on all the communications and member engagement activity for the network.

Prior to joining the team, Chloe worked in digital campaigns and engagement for the Royal College of Nursing working on a wide range of campaigns and communications projects including the complete redevelopment of the RCN website in 2015. Chloe led the organisation of the opening ceremony for RCN Congress 2017 and successfully engaged thousands of RCN members in the #scrapthecap campaign. Before this, Chloe spent three and a half years at running the online community management and digital marketing for a scientific publisher. 

Contact: / 020 7799 8602

Emma Paveley - Policy Manager

Emma joined the Mental Health Network in August 2017 and leads on all policy and public affairs activity for the network.

Emma previously worked for the core NHS Confederation in both policy and public affairs roles, focusing on system-wide issues such as finance, regulation and workforce. Prior to this Emma was a senior researcher and co-ordinator at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Health (APHG) where she researched a wide-range of health policy areas, organised many successful parliamentary events and engaged with senior parliamentarians and health sector leaders. Emma also previously worked for a Member of Parliament, a local authority and a drug and alcohol charity.

Contact: / 020 7799 8626 






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