Trust Board Profiles

Non-executive directors

The non-executive directors are not employees and are not involved in the day-to-day running of the Trust. Non-executive directors hold other senior positions outside of the Trust and bring knowledge, experience and expertise from other fields, such as accounting, management and organisations outside of the NHS. Their role is to contribute (collectively with the executive directors) to the strategic direction, leadership and management of the Trust, to provide challenge to the executive directors and to bring an independent perspective to the Trust Board.

Mark Lam, Chair

Appointed: October 2018

Mark Lam is an experienced board director and digital technologist with global experience in both private and public sectors. Mark is a non-executive director on the board of Social Work England, the national regulator for social workers, Chair of the East London NHS Foundation Trust, incoming Chair of the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust, and Vice Chair of the North Central London Provider Alliance. He has previously held a variety of board positions in public healthcare and was a trustee of the University of Essex. 

Mark began his technology career during the dotcom boom, training at web start-ups before moving into telecommunications and IT. Mark’s longest association was with BT Group, where he was a senior executive, finishing his career there as Chief Technology and Information Officer of Openreach, the national infrastructure provider. Prior to BT Group, Mark led a number of digital initiatives at major global businesses, including Carphone Warehouse and Siemens. 

Mark comes from Singapore originally and has lived in North London for over twenty years. He holds a degree in English Literature from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Committee membership:

Remuneration Committee, Chair

Sue Rubenstein, Non-Executive Director and Trust Vice Chair

Appointed: September 2019

Sue Rubenstein has spent her career in public and non-profit sector consultancy – most recently at Partner level – with core expertise in strategic leadership, board and governance effectiveness and organisational/institutional development. 

Sue is an experienced Non-Executive Director, including within in the North Central London system, having previously served the Boards of both Haringey Primary Care Trust and Whittington Health. She originally trained as a mental health social worker in South Africa before going on to a role supporting the non-governmental forum that crafted the post-apartheid housing policy and later as part of the delivery of the largest of Nelson Mandela’s special presidential urban renewal projects.

In addition to her role at Barnet Enfield and Haringey, Sue serves on the board of CHAT, a Multi-Academy Schools Trust in Enfield, and is Chair of Trustees of Bloody Good Period which campaigns for menstrual equity and makes period products available to refugees, asylum seekers and others who can’t afford them.

Committee membership:

People and Culture Committee, Chair

Remuneration Committee, Member

Audit Committee, Member

Strategy Group, Member

Charles Waddicor, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: March 2015

Charles Waddicor has been Independent Chair of the STP in Herefordshire and Worcestershire and since retiring as PCT Chief Executive for NHS Berkshire in 2013, he has worked for the Care Quality Commission as a National Professional Advisor and as a director for OPTUM. He is chair of the Mental Health Employment Projects Board and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Primary Care Respiratory Society. He lives in Haringey.

Committee membership:

Finance and Investment Committee, Chair

Charitable Funds Committee, Chair

Provider Collaborative Commissioning Committee, Chair

Remuneration Committee, Member

Audit Committee, Member

Ruchi Singh, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: January 2017

Ruchi Singh is a Strategy and Transformation specialist who has worked across central government and the private sector for more than 20 years. After a career in management consultancy working for companies such as Ernst & Young, PwC and IBM, Ruchi joined HM Treasury in 2005. There she supported delivery of the Treasury efficiency reviews on the Departments of Health, Justice and HMRC. In 2008 Ruchi joined the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) where she led on efficiency and transformation initiatives including negotiations with police constabularies and the MoD (Ministry of Defence) on the development of the prison population and the reconfiguration of the prison estate. 

Ruchi has also worked closely with the NHS and Public Health England co-commissioning bodies to develop mutually beneficial commissioning strategies. Ruchi has now set up an independent management consultancy with clients including the Financial Conduct Authority and HS2. She is currently Programme Director (COVID-19 response) of the Money and Pension Service (MaPS).

Committee membership:

Remuneration Committee, member

Finance and Investment Committee, Member

Charitable Funds Committee, Member

Quality and Safety Committee, Member

Strategy Group, Joint Chair

Catherine Jervis, Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director

Appointed: March 2015

Catherine Jervis has been an Executive team member at Achievement for All, a national educational charity, since 2011, responsible for the establishment of the commercial strategy and extending the reach of the charity to transform the lives of vulnerable children across the UK. She is a Non-Executive Director for the Independent Office for Police Conduct, and for the Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Catherine’s previous executive experience includes five years as Director of PwC, where she led the Children’s Team working primarily on education and social care assignments. Catherine recently completed a four year tenure as a parent governor for a large primary school in West London, where she was chair for the Inclusion Committee, responsible for setting up a new centre for children with autism. 

Catherine is a qualified accountant.

Committee membership:

Audit Committee, Chair

Remuneration Committee, Member

Quality and Safety Committee, Member

Neil Brimblecombe, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: September 2018

Neil Brimblecombe is Professor of Mental Health at London South Bank University, Chair of the Research Committee of the Mental Health Nurse Academics UK, Consultant Editor of Mental Health Practice (a professional nursing journal), Member of Thrive London Suicide Prevention Reference Group, and Trustee of the Zimbabwe Life Project, a registered charity supporting the development of healthcare workers in Zimbabwe. He has been a mental health nurse since 1986 and previously worked in Executive Director of Nursing and Chief Operating Officer roles in three NHS Trusts.

Neil was Director of Mental Health Nursing at the Department of Health for England, where he led a national review of the profession. He completed his PhD on Crisis/Home Treatment services and edited the first book in the UK on this topic. Other interests include the development and evaluation of new roles in mental services and learning from international approaches to mental health care.

Committee membership:

Quality and Safety Committee, Chair

Mental Health Law Committee, Chair

Remuneration Committee, Member

Provider Collaborative Commissioning Committee, Member

 

Paul Pugh, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: January 2020

Paul Pugh has over 25 years’ experience of board level roles in the public sector, and he has held executive and non-executive roles in central government, local government, NHS, education, and arm’s length bodies.

He was Chief Executive of HM Passport Office, and previously Executive Director of Operations, between 2010 and 2014. Previous roles include Regional Director of the Government Office for the East of England, Chief Executive of the national police training agency, and posts at Director level within the Home Office. He worked within the NHS as a non-executive director of North Central London Strategic Health Authority, Executive Director of North West London Strategic Health Authority, and HR Director at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust. Since 2015 he has held senior interim roles in London local authorities, supporting organisational transformation and strategy development.

Paul is a non-executive director of the Institute of Customer Service, a governor of Middlesex University, and a trustee of the Campus Educational Trust. He has lived in Enfield for over 30 years.

Committee membership:

Remuneration Committee, Member

Finance and Investment Committee, Member

Charitable Funds Committee, Member

Mental Health Law Committee, Member

People and Culture Committee, Member

Strategy Group, Member

Executive directors

The executive directors are full-time employees of the Trust and are the most senior managers responsible for its day-to-day running. They decide the future strategy and direction of the Trust, are accountable to independent regulators, and are responsible for ensuring clinical and corporate effectiveness.  Each executive director has their own area of responsibility.

Jinjer Kandola, Chief Executive

Appointed: July 2018

Jinjer Kandola joined our Trust in July 2018 as the Chief Executive Officer. Jinjer brings with her a wealth of knowledge, with over 18 years senior level experience across both mental and physical healthcare.

She joined us from Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust where she was the Deputy CEO and Executive Director of Workforce and Organisational Development. Jinjer was the lead for the Trust’s cultural change programme which embedded the Trust vision and values, as well as an ethos of continuous improvement.

Jinjer believes passionately in collective leadership and is focused on improving the quality and safety of care for our patients by empowering staff to focus on the best outcomes for our patients and their families. She is empowering our staff to share learning as well as developing a culture of putting service users at the heart of everything we do.

Jinjer has a background in Human Resources and in 2015 was awarded the prestigious title of the Human Resources Director of the Year. She was awarded an MBE for her services to mental health in the New Year’s Honours List 2021.

Committee membership:

Finance and Investment Committee, Member

Charitable Funds Committee, Member

Strategy Group, Joint Chair

Remuneration Committee, Executive Lead

Natalie Fox, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer

Appointed: July 2019

Natalie Fox has over 28 years operational experience gained within acute, mental health and community providers as well as the prison service. She spent her early career at Central & North West London Foundation Trust/Brent Social Services where her achievements included establishing the first gambling addiction service in the country and redesigning health care services in London’s prisons.

Most recently Natalie spent the last three years before she joined BEH at the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, an acute and community Trust as Chief Operating Officer.

Committee membership:

Quality and Safety Committee, Member

Finance and Investment Committee, Member

Charitable Funds Committee, Member

People and Culture Committee, Member

Amanda Pithouse, Director of Nursing, Quality and Governance

Appointed: October 2018

Amanda Pithouse qualified as a mental health nurse in 1993 and spent much of her early clinical career in adult acute mental health in both inpatient and community services.  Amanda held a number of nursing leadership positions within South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and has led a number of organisational wide improvement programmes. Amanda has an extensive academic background, completing the prestigious Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholarship, and an MSc in Leadership and Healthcare Improvement at London Southbank University, and is also a trained Improvement Advisor from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Committee membership:

Quality and Safety Committee, Joint Executive Lead

Mental Health Law Committee, Executive Lead

People and Culture Committee, Member

Provider Collaborative Commissioning Committee, Member

Dr Mehdi Veisi, Medical Director

Appointed: December 2019

Dr Mehdi Veisi qualified in Medicine in 2000; after working as a GP, he trained in psychiatry. Mehdi became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2008 and is a member of the College’s Advisory Board for the Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services.

In 2013 Mehdi was appointed as a consultant at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust. In 2016, he became Clinical Director of the Trust’s Specialist Services which achieved an Outstanding rating for Forensic Services and a Good rating for CAMHS Tier 4.  In 2019 Mehdi also provided leadership to Barnet Mental Health Division. In 2019, he led the Eating Disorder services to Good rating.

Committee membership:

Quality and Safety Committee, Joint Executive Lead

Mental Health Law Committee, Member

People and Culture Committee, Member

Provider Collaborative Commissioning Committee, Member

Finance and Investment Committee, Member

Charitable Funds Committee, Member

Sarah Wilkins, Chief Information and Performance Officer

Appointed: March 2019

Sarah is an experienced leader in the Digital and Technology space in the NHS. Her previous role was as the lead for the London region Digital Portfolio at NHS England and Deputy CIO, where she managed the successful delivery of several pan-London technology schemes. She has previously held a number of senior roles across both the Provider and Commissioning landscape.

Sarah is keen to ensure technology is used to enhance patient care and experience, and will work to ensure that our emerging digital strategy puts staff and service users at the heart of our plans.

Committee membership:

Quality and Safety Committee, Member

People and Culture Committee, Member

Finance and Investment Committee, Member

David Cheesman, Director of Strategy, Transformation and Partnerships

Appointed: January 2020

David Cheesman has over 18 years as a board director working in large and complex NHS organisations. David was previously Director of the South East London Cancer Alliance and Programme Director for Guy’s & St Thomas’ (GSTT) Comprehensive Cancer Centre. During his time at GSTT, he led the development of their £160m Cancer Centre which opened in 2016 and established the new South East London accountable cancer network bringing together cancer services for 1.6m people.

Prior to joining GSTT, David was Director of Strategy at the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, following three years at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust where he was Executive Director of Operations. He had previously been on the Board of Whipps Cross University Hospital 2002 to 2006 as Director of Acute Services and then Director of Strategy and Performance. David started his NHS career in South East London where he worked for 10 years in a variety of general management roles - eight years at King's College Hospital and then Lewisham Hospital.

Committee membership:

Strategy Group, Executive Lead

Finance and Investment Committee, Member

Charitable Funds Committee, Member

People and Culture Committee, Member

David Griffiths, Chief Finance and Investment Officer

Appointed: September 2017

David Griffiths is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, and has an extensive range of NHS experience as finance director of both commissioning and providing organisations, most recently as Director of Resources of North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. 

Committee membership:

Audit Committee, Executive Lead

Finance and Investment Committee, Executive Lead

Charitable Funds Committee, Executive Lead

Provider Collaborative Commissioning Committee, Executive Lead

Lisa Anastasiou, Director of People and Organisational Development

Appointed: March 2020

Lisa Anastasiou joined us from the Royal College of General Practitioners in March 2020 as our Interim Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, and was appointed as substantive Executive Director of People and Organisational Development in August 2020.

Lisa has over 20 years’ experience of human resources in the NHS and has held positions in acute, community and mental health settings as well as working with the NHS Modernisation Agency’s recruitment and retention team, using quality improvement methodologies to support NHS organisations to improve their processes.

Lisa held the position of Deputy Director of Human Resources at Newham University Hospital NHS Trust and subsequently spent seven years as the Director of Workforce and Development at North Essex Partnership University NHS Trust. She is passionate about supporting the physical and mental well-being of staff, taking care of staff so they can care for our patients.

Lisa is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Committee membership:

People and Culture Committee, Executive Lead

Quality and Safety Committee, Member