Executive Recruitment

Our Board

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

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.

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.

Non-Executive Directors

Dr Jackie Craissati MBE- Trust Chair

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.

Anne-Marie Dean  

NHS Accelerated Management Development Programme Kings Fund College Strategic Leadership Programme, Templeton College Oxford Global health challenges Judge Institute Cambridge

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.

Venu Branch, Interim Deputy Trust Chair

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’.

Catherine Walker, Interim Senior Independent Director

MA Cantab (Law), Masters in European Law, Brussels

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 chairs the Appointments committee of a large London acute NHS Foundation Trust and was a lay representative for Health Education England, involved in reviewing the quality of medical education in the London hospitals.

Fiona Carragher

Fiona Carragher is currently Executive Director of Research and Influencing at Alzheimer's Society. Alongside this, she is a Trustee for UK Dementia Research Institute, where she is a board member of the global leading Institute sited across seven Universities. Previously she was Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England (2013-18), where amongst her various achievements she established the first ever Knowledge Transfer Programme for NHS scientists, developed the CSO Women in Science and Engineering Fellowship to support young women to network and share learning with partners from outside health, led the UK Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostics Collaborative programme to tackle the inappropriate use of antibiotics, and led the cross sector National Action Plan on Hearing Loss. She is a Health and Care Professions Council registered Clinical Scientist and Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists.

Fiona is passionate about collaboration and partnership and hopes her cross-sector experience will support the teams at KMPT reach their ambition to provide brilliant care for the people they serve. Kent born and still living in the county, she is proud to be joining KMPT Board and give a small amount back to the communities that has shaped her.

Peter Conway 

Peter Conway has a professional background in banking and finance spanning 27 years, latterly as a Finance Director with Barclays Bank PLC. Between 2006 and 2011 he was NED and Audit Chair of NHS West Kent and since 2011 he has been NED, Vice Chair and Audit/Risk Committee Chair for Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT). He has held a portfolio of public sector roles including, NED and Audit Chair of Rural Payments Agency, Independent Member of the Audit Committees of the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, DEFRA, Health and Safety Executive and Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, and he was also Trustee Director of Citizens Advice North and West Kent.

Peter is delighted to be joining KMPT at such a critical time for the NHS. His aspirations are to help the Trust become excellent in the eyes of patients, staff and regulators, encourage closer working with KCHFT and influence transformation across the wider Kent healthcare system.

Kim Lowe

Kim Lowe has spent most of her career at John Lewis Partnership and for over 36 years she has worked across people, customer service, employee engagement, HR and business. She progressed through various operational and general management leadership roles, being appointed Managing Director of John Lewis Bluewater in 2014. In 2007 she was appointed Partnership Board Director, and also as a member of the audit and risk and remuneration committees. Her final role was to lead the pension review at John Lewis before leaving John Lewis in 2020 to continue to build her portfolio NED career in the public and private sector, including John Lewis Partnership, Central Surrey Health and Council Lay Member at University of Kent.

Kim says “I am passionate about employee engagement; I truly believe it lies at the heart of a successful enterprise. An empowered workforce delivers better service and happier working environment for all. That’s why I was attracted to KMPT, it has strong values and understands the importance of a inclusive culture. I really look forward to meeting the team and working with everyone.

Sean Bone-Knell (Associate Non-executive)

Sean Bone-Knell retired from his role as the Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Director of Operations in March 2020. During his 33 years of service he progressed through the ranks developing operational and strategic experience and in 2019 he was awarded the Kent Medal for Outstanding Service. He was a Corporate Management Board Member for 11 years and is experienced in community safety, partnership working, strategic planning, implementing and sustaining change projects. From 2012 until this year, he held a National Portfolio with the National Fire Chiefs Council for the areas of

Road Safety, Marine Firefighting and Dementia. Whilst holding the Dementia portfolio, he worked as part of the Prime Ministers Challenge Group on Dementia with the Alzheimer’s Society to introduce national policies and a Strategic Commitment for all Emergency services in working with and supporting people living with dementia.. Sean completed his MBA with the University of Kent at Canterbury and has also studied at Cranfield and Warwick Universities.

Sean is really looking forward to supporting and assisting the senior team and all of the staff at KMPT whilst challenging and developing himself. He has had close personal experiences of mental health issues and knows how effective and life changing the right intervention can be. He applied to work with KMPT as he wants to be part of the team that helps KMPT move to the next level and continue to build, develop and learn.

Mickola Wilson (Associate Non-executive)

Mickola Wilson is an Executive Director role at Seven Dials Fund Management, a real estate investment Consultancy and has a number of non-executive roles. She is a NED at both Palace Capital PLC and Government Property Agency (the GPA), and is Chair of the GPA Audit and Risk Committee and a NED at Kalmar Commercial , she is a member of the Investment Committee at the Health Foundation and the Real Estate Investment Committee at the Bank of London and the Middle East (BLME).She was formerly a Governor at the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (QVHNFT).

Spurred on by the sheer enthusiasm of the KMPT team, she hopes to add her experience as a NED in helping to drive forward an ambitious programme to ensure that health care in the community is treated equally with the outstanding work of hospitals and GPs in Kent.

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