Award Chairs 2018

The following people all kindly agreed to act as Chairs for the judging process of the Positive Practice in MH Awards in 2018:-

Sam Allen

Sam Allen became Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in March 2017.

Sam started work in the NHS in 1996 and has a background both in the operational management andleadership of mental health services and health and social care commissioning. Sam also gained valuable experience working with an international healthcare organisation in the private sector.


Sheena Cumiskey

Sheena Cumiskey has been chief executive at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) since February 2010. She was selected by her peers as one of the Health Service Journal’s Top 50 NHS Chief Execs and was awarded Chief Executive of the Year in 2015. Sheena has 32 years’ experience in the NHS, 20 of which have been at Chief Executive level. Her raison d’etre is to improve the lives of people who access CWP services, whilst working in partnership with them to ensure everyone can achieve their potential. Sheena considers that NHS staff are working for potentially the most vibrant social enterprise, where clinical care is based on doing the best for people effectively and efficiently.

Caroline Donovan

Caroline Donovan CEO

Caroline is the Chief Executive of North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust.


Sean Duggan

Sean Duggan is Chief Executive of the Mental Health Network. 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 is a founder member of the Mental Health Policy Group and has expertise in forensic psychology and criminal justice.


Navina Evans

Navina was appointed at CEO August 2016,  and was previously Director of Operations & Deputy CEO and Director for Mental Health at the Trust.  She was Lead Clinician for  Newham CAMHS and then Clinical Director Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services East London Foundation Trust

Navina has been Honorary Senior Lecturer, Associate Dean, and Academic Year Tutor·          in Medical Education at Barts and The London Medical School.

Davina has Clinical Experience in Psychiatry and Paediatrics.

Caroline Gadd

Caroline is the Director of Otsuka Health Solutions, and has spent twenty years working in healthcare in a variety of NHS, Social care and Healthcare industry roles.  She has worked with Otsuka since April 2013 and subsequently set up Otsuka Health Solutions to develop new approaches to using information, insight and engagement to deliver better care.

Caroline is passionate in her belief that co-producing solutions with the people who use services and the staff who deliver them goes far beyond information giving, engagement and consultation.  She feels privileged to be working with a committed and inspirational NHS teams developing digital solutions for mental health which look and feel different to any which could have been created in the board room.

Otsuka Health Solutions is a division of a larger healthcare organisation and is separate from other parts of the company.


Helen Greatorex

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.

John Lawlor

John joined Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust in June 2014, having worked previously as Chief Executive of Leeds Primary Care Trust and then of the Airedale, Bradford and Leeds Primary Care Trust between January 2010 and March 2013. His earlier career in the NHS included roles as Chief Executive of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust between 2006 and 2009 and, prior to that, as Deputy Chief Executive of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust between 1999 and 2005. John also worked as a civil servant, in the Department of Health between 1992 and 1999, as well as a period between 2012 and 2014 working for NHS England.

Angela McNab

Angela is the Chief Executive of Camden and Islington Foundation Trust.  Angela started her career as a Speech and Language Therapist and from there she moved into a general management career in the NHS. She fulfilled a variety of senior and board level roles in Trusts. Her career has included national strategy and public health policy within the Department of Health as well as chief executive posts in North East London, Luton, Bedfordshire and Kent. She led the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for 6 years establishing and chairing international advisory committees.

Her current role is chief executive of Camden and Islington Foundation Trust and she is an associate member of the National Employer Advisory Committee for the Ministry of Defence well as being on the Council of the University of Kent. Angela has strong experience in setting up new organisations, driving major change and developing organisations in culture and engagement. She actively coaches and mentors both within and outside the NHS.


Dr Sara Munro


Sara has been CEO at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust since September 2016.  She started her career in the NHS as a student nurse and agency nursing assistant.  As a registered mental health nurse Sara spent most of her clinical career in acute mental health settings.

Sara has also worked across a range of NHS mental health providers in the North West of England.  She completed a PhD looking at attitudes of acute mental health nurses and their impact on service users experience of care.  Prior to working at LYPFT Sara was the Director of Quality and Nursing/Deputy CEO in Cumbria.  Sara is also a  Vice Chair for the Positive MH Practice Collaborative.

 Joe Rafferty

Joe Rafferty

Joe Rafferty

Before coming to Mersey Care Joe  held the post of Director of Commissioning Support at the NHS Commissioning Board, having national responsibility for the design and delivery of a significant component of the commissioning reforms outlined in the White Paper: Liberating the NHS.  Before this, seconded from Chief Executive role at NHS Central Lancashire, to become the Director of Commissioning Development for NHS North West, with a remit to lead the development of commissioning reforms across the North West of England.  From 2007 to 2010 was Chief Executive of NHS Central Lancashire, with an annual commissioning budget of £750 million.

Joe was Regional Director of Commissioning and Strategy for NHS North West from 2006 to 2008.  Other Board-level roles have included Director of Performance in Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority and Director of System Reform at Bolton Hospital NHS Trust. Prior to these roles Joe was part of the team that set up Greater Manchester SHA.  He Joined the NHS in 1999 as a National Trainee on the NHS General Management Training Scheme, and Previously worked at a post-doctoral level as a team leader in molecular genetics at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research in Manchester and before that at Strangeway’s Research Laboratory in Cambridge.

 Kevan Taylor

Kevan biog photoKevan is Chief Executive of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.  He began his public service career in social care and worked as a social care practitioner for a number of years.  He moved into planning and development within the Local Authority in Sheffield, working primarily with social housing providers to plan the services developed to support the major hospital closure programme. Kevan moved to the NHS in the 1990s to the FHSA.  Here he was responsible for supporting and developing primary care services.  As FHSAs and Health Authorities were merged, he eventually became Director of Commissioning before joining the Trust as Director of Planning.

As Chief Executive, Kevan used his combined experience of both social and health care to lead the Trust to become one of five ‘Care Trusts’.  Sheffield Care Trust was well recognised for its leading role in integrating social car services and health care services. He has a particular interest in arts and health, and is keen also to support the development of physical activity to promote health and wellbeing.  Sheffield’s ‘Move More’ campaign is strongly supported within the Trust.

Kevan has a strong commitment to partnership, having led Sheffield’s ‘Right First Time’ programme and currently the Workforce Workstream for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan.  Some years ago, he established a partnership between mental health services in Sheffield and services in Gulu, Northern Uganda.  This partnership is now very well established with many staff from Gulu spending time in Sheffield, funded by the Commonwealth Fellowship Scheme.

Outside of work, Kevan is heavily involved with junior football, having managed and coached teams.  He is currently Club Welfare Officer.

Professor Heather-Tierney Moore OBE

Professor Heather Tierney-Moore OBE is Chief Executive of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. With a background in nursing, Heather has a distinguished track record of achievement in the NHSat board and national level in England and Scotland. She has an MSc in Managing Change and is a visiting professor at Edinburgh Napier University. Heather also has a key leadership role in supporting system wide transformation in order to deliver integrated health care services for the population across Lancashire and the wider North West.