Award Chairs 2017

The following people all kindly agreed to act as Chairs for the judging process of the Positive Practice in MH Awards in 2017:-

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.

Simon Barber

Simon BarberAfter graduating from Durham University, Simon qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in Manchester. He has extensive commercial experience obtained from working as Finance Director and Commercial Director in a number of industries including Utility Supply, Advertising, Retail, Telecommunications and Manufacturing.  Simon came to the NHS in 2006 to use his skills within the public sector. He has worked at The Christie in Manchester, at Salford Primary Care Trust and he led the successful turnaround project at Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust as Turnaround Director.

Simon was appointed as Chief Executive at 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust in December 2007 and successfully led the Trust to achieve Foundation Trust status from March 2010.  Simon was the first CEO to become a Care Maker under NHS England 6Cs programme. Simon is a trustee of the Reader Organisation and a patron of State of Mind.

David Bradley

David Bradley joined South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust as a Chief Executive on 30 July 2012. David has played a key role in the success of the organisation, most notably the recent positive CIH inspection who found services to be ‘safe’, ‘compassionate’ and ‘well-led’.

David has held management roles in the NHS since 1989 and Board level posts for more than a decade. Most of his career has been in mental health, but he has also been responsible for a variety of primary care services in the community. David worked at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust where, as Chief Operating Officer, where he built a reputation for using innovation to drive quality and patient experience, and has strengthened relationships with social care and third sector providers. David is also the Senior Responsible Officer for Dementia across the South London Health Innovation Network.

Anna Burhouse

Anna Burhouse is the Director of Quality for the West of England Academic Health Science Network. She leads on the Quality Improvement programmes, Evidence into Practice and Evidence into Commissioning and is supported by the Quality Improvement Team.

Anna is a Health Foundation Improvement Fellow, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, an Ashridge Business School alumni and has 25 years’ experience of working in Health, Education and Social Care. Anna has specialised in roles which combine clinical and leadership skills to improve the quality and safety of services.  Anna has been using quality improvement science in her work for many years, with a strong emphasis on the importance of service user and carer involvement in the co-production of services. Anna recently led a Health Foundation Shine award “Coaching for Recovery” co-designing an educational approach to recovery for adults with long term Mental Health conditions! which now features in the “Power of the People” films. Anna continues this work as a volunteer and has adapted the approach to develop an innovative model for young people aged 16-25 and has created the UK’s first Discovery College.

Tom Cahill

As the Chief Executive, Tom leads the Executive Team.   He has overseen a number of major transformation programmes that have seen the development of new models of care, new facilities and the Trust culture. Under his leadership, HPFT has rated been as ‘good’ by the CQC. Tom also leads the Sustainability Transformation Plan (STP) for Hertfordshire and West Essex. Tom has been recognised for his leadership and has been named in the HSJ Top 50 Chief Executives in 2014 and 2016.

Tom began his NHS career as a mental health nurse in 1987 and between 1998 and 2001 held senior posts with several trusts before being appointed to Director level roles with North Essex Mental Health Partnership Trust. He moved to HPFT in 2005 as Executive Director of Nursing and Practice Governance. He became Deputy Chief Executive in late 2007 and then Chief Executive in April 2009.  Tom is a member on the NHS Providers Board.

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.

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.

Sarah Dunsdon

Sarah is the Programme Manager for Perinatal Mental Health within the Mental Health Clinical Policy & Strategy Team at NHS England, which is responsible for delivering a phased 5 year transformation programme to build capacity and capability in specialist perinatal mental health services. Prior to joining the mental health team in January 2016, Sarah was a Senior Project Manager for the London Maternity Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) at NHS England holding a portfolio of projects including improving user experience, reducing stillbirth and increasing access to midwifery led care and is committed to improving women’s experience of maternity and perinatal mental health care. Sarah also worked for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for over 10 years within the clinical guidelines and public health directorates. Most recently, this included working as a Guidelines Commissioning Manager managing the commissioning and delivery of NICE’s Women’s and Children’s Health clinical guidelines.

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.

Simon Gilby

Simon’s passion is supporting staff do what they do best. He believes that being a responsive, accessible and visible leader is a key element of this. He has a record throughout his career of building strong partnerships and working across professional and organisational boundaries.

Simon has been chief executive of Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust since August 2015. Previously he was CEO at Wirral Community Trust. He has worked at national, regional and local levels of the NHS, including in strategic and commissioning roles as chief executive of a PCT and health authority. His career began in the third sector working in the homeless/mental health field and his first NHS job was as a nursing assistant in a hospital for people with a learning disabilities. Previous external roles include as an independent governor of Nottingham Trent University and as independent chairman of the North West Social Enterprise Network.

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 Pete Miller

Dr Peter Miller is the Chief Executive of Leicestershire Partnership Trust.  Previously he was the Medical Director of Nottinghamshire Healthcare and is a Consultant Child Psychiatrist by background.

He has undertaken a range of senior leadership roles, including Chair of the Board of the Institute of Mental Health, Board Member of CLAHRC NDL and Director of Research & Development at Nottinghamshire Healthcare, and Chair of the Serious Case Review Panel for Nottingham.  He currently chairs the Partnership Board of the NIHR Clinical Research Network and he sits on the NIHR Advisory Board.

He chairs the Workforce Group for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, ensuring that we have the right workforce for the future. He sits on the local education and training Board for the East Midlands. He has recently taken up the position on the policy board of NHS Employers  His interests are in organisational development, workforce, service improvement and clinical leadership.

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. During tenure, NHS Central Lancashire became the most improved primary care trust in the North West and one of the most improved in England, according to the World Class Commissioning national assessment.

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.

Melanie Walker

Melanie Walker is Chief Executive of Devon Partnership NHS Trust.  She joined the Trust in April 2014.  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 joined Devon Partnership NHS Trust 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 patient and communities in healthcare.