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.

Jackie Smith, Chair

Appointed: April 2021

Jackie has over 30 years of experience in regulation and law and has been in public service all of her working life.

She is Chair of both Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and of Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust.

Jackie spent 12 years in the Crown Prosecution Service in the late 80s and 90s and at the Old Bailey when cases such as Stephen Lawrence and Rachel Nickell were headline news. She moved from there to the Nursing and Midwifery Council in August 2010 as the Director of Fitness to Practise.

In June 2012, Jackie became the Chief Executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council leading the organisation for more than six very successful years. Jackie became Chair of Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust in February 2020.

Jackie loves running and for many years now has raised money through her running for the Samaritans and most recently for Shelter. Aside from running and raising money for charities close to Jackie’s heart, she loves football and has been a lifelong supporter of Arsenal.

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.

Charles Waddicor, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: March 2015

Charles Waddicor is also a Non-Executive Director at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. Charles has been an 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.

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.

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.

Anu Singh, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: May 2021

Anu Singh is also a Senior Independent Director at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, having joined in September 2020. She was Vice Chair of Whittington Health NHS Trust for six years, including a term as interim Chair. Professionally, Anu is a Board level local government and health leader and she has been a local authority Director of Adult Social Care.

Anu is passionate about person centred care and community empowerment. She was Director of Patient and Public Participation and Insight for NHS England and took the lead for the NHS nationally in ensuring that the voices of patients, carers and the public are at the heart of the way NHS works. She was also responsible for the WRES, equalities, health inequalities, person centred care and the national relationship with the voluntary and community sector.

Claud Williams, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: January 2022

Claud is an award-winning entrepreneur, board member, and executive coach. He has 12 and 11 years of executive and governance experience respectively through entrepreneurship and board roles. Claud currently also serves on the board of the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and has previously served as Chairman for immigration charity We Belong.

Claud was the enterprise advisor for both Birkbeck and Loughborough universities where he has coached and consulted a range of businesses and start-ups. Claud brings a wealth of experience and innovation to the board room and often leads discussions around digital transformation, diversity, and communications.

Dr Farah Jameel, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: January 2022

Farah is a practising GP in Camden and Chair of the General Practitioners Committee in England. Having previously lived in the UAE and India, she has experience in both national and international healthcare systems. She draws on her clinical experience to influence national health policy, strategy and implementation.

Farah has served as an Executive Officer at the British Medical Association since 2017, including responsibility for leading contract negotiations on behalf of GPs in England. She has a particular focus on workforce, clinical safety, digital health, emerging technologies, new models of care and innovation. 

Farah’s interests are in culture, sustainability and transformation and she is passionate about the use of technology and data to improve patient outcomes. Farah is a Barnet resident and in a past life, she used to be a competitive swimmer and national level athlete.  

Dr Ivan Beckley, Associate Non-Executive Director

Appointed: January 2022

Dr Ivan Beckley is a medical doctor and entrepreneur enabling digital transformation to create a more equitable healthcare system. He also holds a BSc in Global health and an MSc in Health data science

 

Today, Ivan is an NHS clinical entrepreneur as CEO and co-founder of Suvera, a healthcare company enabling virtual care for people with long-term conditions alongside primary care. While at medical school Ivan worked with a number of leading health technology companies most notably Google’s DeepMind, working on AI healthcare algorithms for early detection of retinal disease. 

 

Ivan was awarded one of the top 10 black students in the UK by Rare recruitment and No.3 on the list of Top 100 African and Caribbean graduates and undergraduates by Powerful Media, both in 2025. In 2021, Ivan hosted and co-produced an Audible podcast uncovering bias in medicine which was rated one of the top 20 podcasts for the year by the Guardian.

Sheetal Balani, Associate Non-Executive Director

Appointed: January 2022

Sheetal Balani has over 15 years of experience in human resources and management consulting. She has worked in and advised several global organisations across sectors.

As well as her role with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, she also serves as a Non-Executive Director with a London-based credit union that is focussed on driving financial inclusion.

Sheetal has spent most of her career so far leading people and culture programmes involving organisation design, learning and development, transformation, change management and equality, diversity and inclusion.

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 MBE, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

 

Jinjer is the single CEO for C&I and BEH as well as the ICS Mental Health Lead for North Central London. Jinjer has a wealth of knowledge, with senior level experience across both mental and physical healthcare.

As CEO, Jinjer supports the extensive work that is currently underway as part of the Joint Mental Health Provider Review, the aim of which is to review how we, as key providers, can work more closely together to maximise capacity and impact; and further improve the mental health care we provide.

Previous to her role at BEH, Jinjer worked at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS 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’s 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 service users by empowering staff to focus on consistently delivering the best outcomes for our service users and their families.

Jinjer has a background in human resources and organisational development and in 2015 was awarded the prestigious title of the Human Resources Director of the Year. In 2019, under Jinjer’s leadership BEH was rated overall ‘Good’ by the CQC for the first time in the history of the organisation and managed to retain this rating in February this year. More recently, she was awarded an MBE for her services to mental health in the New Year’s Honours List 2021.

 

Darren Summers, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) / Executive Director for Partnerships

Darren is the joint Executive Director for Partnerships for C&I and BEH. He started his career working in homeless services including rough sleeper and young people’s hostels, a mental health street outreach team and managing a hostel for asylum seekers.

He spent ten years commissioning mental health and social care services, initially in Tower Hamlets and then also in Hackney and Newham.

Darren joined C&I from Family Mosaic Housing Association, where he was Director of Growth and Transformation in the care and support division.

Natalie Fox, Deputy Chief Executive (CEO) / Chief Operating Officer

 

Natalie is the joint Chief Operating Officer for C&I and BEH. She 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 and 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.

Before joining BEH, Natalie spent three years at the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, an acute and community Trust as Chief Operating Officer.

Dr Vincent Kirchner, Chief Medical Officer

Dr Vincent Kirchner is the single Chief Medical Officer for C&I and BEH. He has worked in mental health services for 25 years.

He said: “In my career I have had the privilege of working with many, many brave people who battle mental illness on a daily basis. Mental illness has touched my life personally through my parents who both have serious mental illnesses”.

He studied medicine in South Africa. He started his specialist psychiatric training in 1992 and has worked in mental health since. He emigrated to the UK in 1996 and completed his psychiatric training in East London.

He joined C&I as a consultant in 2000. His various roles have included lead consultant, associate medical director and deputy medical director. He is a graduate of the NHS Leadership Academy’s Nye Bevan programme.

He is responsible for the professional aspects of the medical workforce including the appraisal processes that support the revalidation of doctors employed by C&I. He is responsible for the clinical strategy of C&I and BEH, and is committed to both Trusts delivering high quality services that result in good patient experience, good clinical outcomes and ensure the delivery of the safest care possible.

Amanda Pithouse, Chief Nursing Officer

 

Amanda 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. She has held a number of nursing leadership positions within South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and has led a number of organisational wide improvement programmes. She 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. 

She joined Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust as Chief Nurse in 2018 and helped lead BEH from Requires Improvement to Good at their 2019 CQC inspection and more recently in February 2022. Amanda is a strong advocate of Quality Improvement and has used this to measurably drive up quality of care. After starting her own career as a Healthcare Assistant, Amanda strongly supports a career development programme for every member of staff to enable them to reach their full potential. 

David Wragg, Chief Finance Officer

David is the joint Chief Finance Officer for C&I and BEH. He joined C&I in October 2012 and has responsibility for estates and facilities management as well as the Trust's finances.

Prior to joining Camden and Islington, he gained 13 years of Board level experience as Finance Director in two other London Trusts. He has also worked in management consultancy and external audit, but always with NHS and other health bodies. David has contributed to expert NHS committees and has been a Director in an NHS owned joint venture company.

He is a professionally qualified accountant, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and is a former resident of both the boroughs of Camden and Islington.

Sarah Wilkins, Chief Information / Digital Officer

 

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.

Susan Young, Interim Chief People Officer

 

Susan joined us in April 2022 as Interim Chief People Officer (CPO) for C&I and for BEH.

Susan is an experienced Human Resources (HR) professional who has worked in both central and local government and the NHS. Susan is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with 20 years’ experience in HR, organisational development and broader transformation in the public sector at Board level as both an Executive and Non-Executive Director.