Board of Directors

The board of directors’ role is to provide effective and proactive leadership of the Trust within a framework of processes, procedures and controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed.

Directors are responsible for the strategy and overall running of an organisation, and the way it is managed. We have 12 members on our Board of Directors, and they are accountable to our Council of Governors.

There are two types of director: executive and non-executive.

  • Executive directors are senior staff members, clinical and non-clinical, who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Trust.
  • Non-executive directors are independent people who offer a broad variety of skills and a commitment to our values. They work with the executive directors to set our strategy and ensure we perform well. They are appointed by our Council of Governors and can serve up to two terms of office of three years each.

The board of directors is responsible for ensuring compliance by the NHS foundation trust with its terms of authorisation, its constitution, mandatory guidance issued by Monitor, relevant statutory requirements and contractual obligations. These include:-

  • Ensuring the quality of care
  • Setting strategy
  • Ensure financial viability
  • Being accountable to members and stakeholders

Board meetings and board papers

Our Board of Directors meet six times a year, the dates of past and upcoming meetings are detailed below.

Register of interests

Our Board and Governors have to declare any potential conflict of interest

Meet the Board

Paul BurstowPaul Burstow joined us as Chair of the Trust in November 2015 and is currently serving his first term, due to end in October 2018.

Paul was previously a member of parliament from 1997 to 2015, where he served on the Health, Select and Public Accounts Committees, and worked cross party to secure debates and lobby Ministers on social care and health. From 2010 to 2012 he was the Minister of State for the Department of Health and led the development of the “No Health Without Mental Health” strategy.

Prior to serving as an MP Paul was a Councillor for the London Borough of Sutton, and also served as first campaigns officer, and the CEO, of the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors.

Paul JenkinsPaul joined us as Chief Executive in February 2014. He was previously the Chief Executive of Rethink Mental Illness, the leading national mental health membership charity working to help those affected by severe mental illness to recover and lead a better quality of life. He has an MBA from Manchester Business School and has over 20 years of experience in management and policy-making in the Central Government and the National Health Service (NHS).

Paul has previously served as Director of Service Development for NHS Direct. He has been involved in the implementation of a number of other major national government initiatives, including the Next Steps Programme and the 1993 Community Care Reforms. In 2002, he was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his role in setting up NHS Direct.

Terry NoysTerry Noys joined the Trust as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance in November 2016, having previously worked for nearly five years for St. Mary’s University, Twickenham (latterly as Chief Operating Officer). After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (with PricewaterhouseCoopers), he spent six years in investment banking advising companies on strategy, mergers and acquisitions and fund raising before moving into commerce and industry, where he held finance director roles for a number of stock exchange listed and private equity-backed groups. Terry then moved into the not for profit sector, holding finance director roles for, amongst others, Hanover Housing, Viridian and The National Archives. Terry is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.

Dinesh Sinha headshotDinesh Sinha has significant experience in the health service having held board level and senior leadership roles, including within his most recent trust and clinical commissioning organisations (CCGs).

He was previously associate medical director, head of service and consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy at East London NHS Foundation Trust. He has held roles on several CCG governing bodies and continues to be involved in commissioning of health services.

Dinesh is a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and holds an MBA from Lancaster University Management School. He brings senior leadership experience and strategic focus in the delivery of high quality services.

Sally HodgesSally Hodges was appointed as Director of CYAF in November 2015. Prior to taking up this role she was Associate Clinical Director of Complex Needs in CYAF, and the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) lead for the Trust. Sally is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and has been working with the Trust since May 1996, specialising in children and young people with learning and developmental disabilities. She also holds a Leadership MSc from the University of Birmingham and the NHS Leadership Academy.

Julian SternDr Julian Stern was appointed as Director of AFS in April 2016. Prior to this he was clinical and academic lead for our innovative Primary Care Psychotherapy and Consultation Service in City and Hackney, winner of the 2013 Royal College of Psychiatrists team of the year award. For 17 years until 2012, he developed and headed the unique Psychological Medicine unit at St Mark’s Hospital, Harrow, a hospital for patients with gastrointestinal disorders. Julian is a Consultant Medical Psychotherapist. His particular interest is working psychotherapeutically in a medical setting. He has published widely in medical, psychotherapy and psychiatry journals and is co-editor of the popular textbook Core Psychiatry.

Louise LyonLouise Lyon was appointed Trust Director in March 2008 and is now Director of Quality & Patient Experience. Prior to becoming Trust Director, she was the Clinical Director of the Adolescent Directorate here from 2007, and has been a Consultant Clinical Psychologist since 1996. Louise was a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at South West Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Centre from 1988 until 1999.

She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex.

Brian RockBrian Rock took up his role as Director of Education & Training / Dean of Postgraduate Studies in January 2015. After qualifying as a clinical psychologist, before moving to London, Brian worked for the Goldstone Commission that was set up to examine political violence around the transition to democratic rule in 1994. This led to him being appointed as the founding director of an NGO, The Children’s Inquiry Trust. He has worked in the NHS since 1996 and was appointed as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in 2004. Brian has worked in different roles in the organisation and has been involved in delivering training and supervision for a number of courses for the Trust and elsewhere.  Since July 2009, Brian was involved in setting up and overseeing primary care services for the Trust, most notably with our award winning City & Hackney Psychotherapy Consultation Service. He has been involved in developing and delivering training and consultation to GPs and primary care staff.

Brian is a psychoanalyst and a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He also has an MBA from Henley Business School.   Brian has published and presented widely on various topics related to mental health, Medically Unexplained Symptoms, and service development and service evaluation in primary care.

Chris Caldwell is our Executive Director of Nursing, and also our executive lead for Workforce, Director of the National Workforce Skills Development Unit, and the senior responsible officer for mental health workforce within North London Partners, North Central London's Sustainability Transformation Partnership.

Chris is concurrently Programme Director for the CapitalNurse Programme, Working across London for Health Education England (HEE), NHS England and NHS Improvement on a programme of collective action to build and sustain high quality nursing workforce across London

Chris was previously Dean for Healthcare Professions at HEE. Other past roles include Assistant Director of Nursing, Education and Organisational Development at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London as well as a range of roles in education, clinical practice and policy at local and national level. Chris is an Honorary Visiting Professor at City, University of London and London South Bank University, Co-Chair of the London Perinatal Mental Health Network and a member of the London Mental Health Programme Clinical Leadership Group. 

Chris is a registered nurse in adult and children’s nursing and a nurse teacher. She has a Masters in Health Psychology and gained her Doctorate from Ashridge Business School focusing on transformational organisational change.

Dinesh BhugraDinesh Bhugra was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in November 2014. HIs term of office ends in October 2017. Professor Bhugra’s background is in healthcare management, education and business development. Professor Bhugra is currently Professor Emeritus of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and he took over as President of the World Psychiatric Association in September 2014. Previously he has been president-elect of the World Psychiatric Association, Chair of the Mental Health Foundation from 2011 to 2014, and President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists from 2008 to 2011.

He was awarded a CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours for services to psychiatry.

Dr Debbie ColsonDebbie Colson joined the board as a Non-Executive Director in October 2017. Her term of office ends in September 2020. Dr Colson's background is in biomedical research and research management. Her last role was as Chief Scientific Officer on a child health study at the Institute of Child Health, University College London. Before that she worked as a freelance science policy advisor following nine years at the Wellcome Trust and seven years at the Medical Research Council.

Dr. Rekha ElaswarapuDr Rekha Elaswarapu is a dignity champion and an experienced professional passionate about quality improvement and better outcomes for people using services in health and social care. A senior policy adviser and researcher specialising in older people, nutrition, dignity and privacy, end of life, long term conditions, user voice and age discrimination with significant experience of government liaison. Rekha has over twenty years of experience in health and social care environment both in policy and regulation, patient experience measurement as well as research. She has been a key player in the development of many national strategies such as Carers Strategy, Stroke Strategy, Nutrition Action Plan and Dignity campaign. She is currently an Associate with The Good Governance Institute, International Longevity Centre UK and the NIHR Social care Workforce Research unit. Rekha is also a trustee of the National Dignity Council, AgeUK Ealing and a specialist advisor to AgeUK London. With substantial experience in a wide variety of sector she has a unique ability to provide joined up solutions for quality improvement across the statutory, voluntary and academic sectors. 

Helen FarrowHelen Farrow joined the Trust in November 2016. Her professional experience is in investment management, focussed on business development and client service, most recently as a director of Ignis Asset Management. She has five years of experience in the NHS as non-executive director at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), where she was vice-chair of the Board and chair of the finance and performance committee. 

Jane GizbertJane Gizbert was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in November 2014. Her term of office ends in October 2017. Ms Gizbert’s background is in marketing, communications and business development. Ms Gizbert is currently the Director of Communications at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, a post she has held since 2008. Before this she was Head of Corporate Communications with the Medical Research Council for 7 years, and has also worked for the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

David HoltDavid Holt was appointed as a non-executive Director in November 2013. He has experience of working across a wide range of sectors both in the UK and abroad, including spells at both Unilever and Coats Plc. Most recently, he was Finance Director of the retail division of Land Securities plc, which he left in 2014.  He is currently a non-executive with Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, where he is Deputy Chairman and chair of the audit committee, Whittington Health, where he is Senior Independent Director and chairs the audit committee and Hanover Housing, where he chairs the audit committee.

David is a qualified accountant (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). He is our Senior Independent Director and chairs the Trust’s audit committee.

Appointment of Directors

The governors are responsible at a general meeting for the appointment, re-appointment and removal of the chairman and the other non-executive directors.

The Non-Executive Directors are responsible, as a committee of the board, for the appointment of Executive Directors to the board.

Appointments to the board of directors are made on merit and are based on objective criteria. Care is taken to ensure that new appointees have relevant skills and experience to complement other members of the board and enough time to devote to the job.

Any vacancies are advertised through NHS Jobs