Our Board

Non-Executive Directors

Julie Nerney - Trust Chair

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 

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

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 

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

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

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’.

Executive Directors

Helen Greatorex - Chief Executive

Helen took up post as KMPT Chief Executive in June 2016, having been Executive director of nursing in Sussex for over fourteen years.

Qualifying as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) in 1987, Helen worked clinically across a wide range of settings, and specialised in mental health rehabilitation.

She went on to work in the voluntary sector as a Resettlement Officer with Mind in Waltham Forest where she helped support and resettle people, whose average length of stay in Claybury Hospital was twenty-eight years.

She was a founder member of the rehabilitation services in Brighton in the early 1990s, creating what would become
a forerunner of the national Assertive Outreach model of care.

In 2018 Helen graduated as a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar and continues to mentor and coach others as a
result.


Vincent Badu - Executive Director of Partnerships and Strategy / Deputy Chief Executive

Vincent Badu joined KMPT as director of transformation for integrated older adults services in the 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 more than 20 years of experience in local government across London and the south east before joining the NHS.

Vincent is passionate about leadership development, celebrating diversity and shaping and improving care and experience through participation and involvement.

Jacquie Mowbray - Gould - 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 the staff.

Jacquie moved to London in 1994 to work for an older person’s day hospital. She was appointed as staff nurse and became manager within the year. After two further years at the day hospital, she accepted an interesting position at Barnet 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 worked hard on developing relationships with CCGs and improving system care pathways.

Dr Afifa Qazi - Executive Medical Director

Dr Afifa Qazi M.B.B.S, M.R.C.Psych has joined KMPT as the Executive Medical Director and Consultant Psychiatrist. She is well known in the UK and internationally for developing the ‘Community care model for Dementia’, a model of innovative practice that has reduced hospital admissions and length of stays for people with dementia.

She won the prestigious HSJ award in 2016 and the EAHSN Health Innovation award in 2014 for developing services for people with dementia. She is actively involved in research and has numerous publications in peer reviewed academic journals. She is an invited speaker at national and international conferences. She has a keen interest in QI and has led on numerous projects. She continues to take part in teaching and training and is passionate about empowering staff.

In her previous role, Dr Qazi worked for NELFT as a Consultant psychiatrist and as an Associate medical director for Essex and Kent CAMHS services.

She is hugely excited about joining KMPT as the Medical director and wishes to express her appreciation towards the organisation for offering her a very warm welcome. Over the coming months she will endeavor to meet as many staff as possible and is looking forward to working with all. She is committed to truly living the KMPT values and to support and empower staff to enable them to deliver excellent care.

Mary Mumvuri - Executive Director of Nursing and Quality

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 the 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, led by frontline staff. Her strong values of fairness, transparency and equality have shaped her leadership style and she is passionate about ensuring staff are developed, trained and supported to provide the very best care possible.


Sandra Goatley - Director of Workforce, Organisational Development and Communications

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 and organisational development director for Amicus Horizon, 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.

Shelia Stenson - 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.

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