Our board and governors
Sheena Cumiskey, Chief Executive:
“I am passionate about working with, and supporting, people to be the best they can be. I am proud of our organisation and the staff that work so hard to provide safe, effective and person-centered care.”
Sheena was born and raised in Chester before moving to study Human Geography at the University of Liverpool. From an early age, and influenced by her father, she knew that connecting with people and helping bring out the best in them would be her future professional path. Being a General Management Training Scheme graduate and learning from others, has led her to a career spanning over 30 years in the NHS, with 20 years at Chief Executive level.
A former Chief Executive of both commissioning and provider organisations, Sheena has worked at strategic and operational levels within the NHS. Currently, she is Chair of the North West Leadership Academy Board and a member of the NHS Employers Policy Board. Sheena was named CEO of the Year at the 2015 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards and currently holds a position within the HSJ’s Top 50 CEOs.
Avril Devaney, Director of Nursing, Therapies and Patient Partnership:
“I am very aware of the discrimination people face because they are regarded negatively for being different; in doing that we miss out on so much richness from people’s uniqueness. Our role is to help support and to promote inclusiveness and person-centredness. It is about connecting with people and helping them live full lives, in the way that matters to them.”
Avril was born and raised in Lancashire and became a registered mental health nurse in 1983. Inspired by a family member who has learning disabilities, Avril has always wanted to help people live full lives. She worked in Lancashire in a range of clinical settings prior to joining Cheshire and Wirral Partnership in 2001 and became a Director in 2003.
Avril has a keen interest in nurse leadership and organisational change, a subject she specialised in as part of her MSc in Health and Social Care. She has a strong sense of social justice and is committed to reducing health and social inequalities. She received the Queen’s Nursing Institute Award for Innovation in 1999, after establishing a mental health nursing service in local police custody suites. Avril has been a lead for the Trust’s Challenging Stigma campaign since 2004, and the lead for CWP’s link with Kisiizi Hospital in Uganda since 2010. Avril received an MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List in 2010 for services to mental health nursing.
Dr Anushta Sivananthan, Medical Director, Compliance, Quality and Assurance:
“I’ve worked with some really inspiring people who have taught me all the things I know, to allow me to do my job to the best of my abilities. I have the best job in the world. I have the pleasure of being able to do clinical work but also to help as a medical director to improve quality and standards of care.”
Originally from Doncaster, Anushta completed her medical training in Liverpool before qualifying as a psychiatrist in 1996. She gained a Diploma in Geriatric Medicine in 1997 and has over 15 years experience as a consultant, with a speciality in old age psychiatry. Anushta took the position of medical director in 2010, having previously held posts as both the Trustwide clinical director for Adult Services and clinical director for Older People’s Services. She has also held the Programme Director role for Old Age Psychiatrists at Mersey Deanery.
Today she balances her role as a medical director with her clinical duties at CWP’s Bowmere Hospital, Chester. In 2013 Nush was presented with a North West Leadership Award for Quality and Innovation and currently leads the Zero Harm agenda within the Trust. She is also the Trust’s executive lead on work in Western Cheshire to explore options for accountable care systems, aiming to influence the development of an environment of continuous improvement
Andy Styring, Director of Operations:
“All achievements by CWP are due to competent, committed teams and have been feasible due to the partnerships adopted within and across services and agencies. I am proud to work within CWP and feel passionate about enabling others to be the best they can be.”
Raised in Lancashire, Andy went to Blackpool Grammer School, before attending the University of Lancaster in 1974. He started his career as a charge nurse in 1979. Over the last 35 years, Andy has taken on a number of roles within the NHS; as a nurse, teacher and senior manager in services for children and adults with learning disabilities. He has held several senior clinical posts, taking the role as Director of Operations, at CWP, in 2009.
Andy’s life has been dedicated to people with learning disabilities having lived with and alongside those individuals affected. Andy is a former Healthcare Commission Associate and is a former member of the local Safeguarding Children Boards, Learning Disability Partnership Boards, and is a member of the Executive Commissioning Group for mental health and learning disability services across Cheshire and Wirral. Andy recently became Governor of Ancora School and is Chair of the Nevexia Board. He is also on the Board of Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership.
Tim Welch, Director of Finance:
“I am an accountant by training, but what motivates me is how I can help everyone do the best they can in caring for the people who need our services. The vision and values of the organisation are fantastic and I believe in the work around patient-centered care - genuinely wanting to put patients at the heart of what we do to and working collaboratively to get the best answer for them.”
Lancashire born, Tim went to boarding school before attending the University of Liverpool to study bio-chemistry. He eventually took a route into accounting, starting his career as a graduate within financial management in Norwich Health Authority. He eventually found his way back to Lancashire as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, before joining CWP in 2013.
Tim has worked within the NHS for more than 20 years, with over 12 years experience as a Director. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, Tim also deputises for Sheena working collaboratively with partner organisations to get the best answers for the patients CWP cares for. Tim is also the Chair for CWP’s Business Development and Innovation Sub Committee, Nevexia Board and Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership Board. He also holds a director position on the Villicare Board.
David Harris, Director of People & Organisational Development
“I feel so attached to CWP and the incredibly important work we do. It is the best place I have ever worked. No, we are not perfect and there is much we can do better. I see my role as helping to create a workplace where everyone feels supported, valued and able to give their best every day.”
David’s early years were spent in Lancaster before he embarked on a degree in Classics at Peterhouse College, Cambridge. His time there took an unexpected turn and he experienced a period of ill-health. He had always wanted to work in the public sector and started his career in the Prison Service. His has since worked in a variety of settings and throughout that time has frequently found himself drawing on his own experience to support individuals dealing with mental health challenges.
A former member of the Civil Service Fast Stream Scheme, David has over 22 years experience working in public sector organisations with a particular focus in the development, implementation and management of organisational change. Previous to his role at CWP, David worked at Aintree University Hospital as Deputy Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development. He is an AQuA Fellow in Improvement Science, has an advanced diploma in executive coach mentoring and is a Chartered Fellow of the Charted Institute of Personnel and Development.
Dr Faouzi Alam, Medical Director, Effectiveness, Medical Education and Medical Workforce / Caldicott Guardian:
“I come from a big family and was brought up during the war; you therefore appreciate everything so much more and work hard. I feel inspired by my family to do the best I can and to help people both clinically and strategically. When you see a patient it is rewarding to see the outcome of what you are doing there and then, but strategically you are helping a bigger number of people.”
Born in Lebanon, Faouzi moved to Latvia and graduated as a medical doctor in 1996. He moved to Russia and lived there for five years to complete his post-graduate course in renal medicine. He moved to the UK in 2001. Faouzi was inspired by his research into psychosis in patients receiving haemodialysis and decided to change direction. He trained to become a psychiatrist, before taking a job within CWP. He is now the consultant in the early intervention team in psychosis.
With over 20 years’ experience as a doctor, Faouzi was appointed as joint medical director in October 2013. He is the Responsible Officer and the Trust’s Caldicott Guardian.
Mike Maier, Chair:
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“I am inspired and influenced by people who do what they do, not for their own gratification, but to help people. They have compassion and care in huge bundles and to do that, in the way so many of our staff do, really motivates me to try to contribute in any way I can.”
Born in Coventry but brought up in Leicester, Mike went to the University of Liverpool to study economics and thereafter trained as a chartered accountant. In 1983 Mike joined Pilkington and spent nearly three decades working in the organisation, chiefly in international manufacturing in the building products and ophthalmic sectors. He travelled extensively and lived in a number of countries including Australia, California and Central and Eastern Europe.
In 2010, he left the company as European Finance Director and in 2011 applied to become a non-executive director with CWP after being inspired by the compassion, enthusiasm and motivation of staff, its board members and involvement representatives. In 2013, he was appointed chair of the Audit Committee and deputy chair to the Trust. In 2015, Mike took the helm as chair of the Trust.
Sarah McKenna, Non-Executive Director:
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“At a time when access to services that promote and maintain positive health and wellbeing for children, adults and older people, is more important than ever, I am proud to serve on the Trust Board to ensure the continued outstanding care and effective services provided by CWP.”
Sarah has extensive experience, having worked across the public and private sector in Australia, Asia and the UK. Her public sector experience is strong and she has held posts within healthcare during periods of major reform, including working in policy during the decentralisation of mental health services in Australia. She would later serve as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Victorian government, overseeing unparalleled infrastructure investment. Sarah has also been involved in regional leadership for one of the world’s largest marketing professional service groups, FutureBrand and successfully founded the North East-based management consultancy, Evidence to Action.
Among her qualifications, Sarah has an MA in Political and International Affairs, from the University of New England, New South Wales, Australia. She is also a Fellow of the University of Salford.
Lucy Crumplin, Non-Executive Director:
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“It’s about understanding how we can do our very best for the people that come to CWP and the people that care for them. I try to help find ways we can keep improving on that all the time. I’m proud to be associated with an organisation that’s so committed to doing the right thing for the people that use our services – that concept absolutely guides our decision making as a Board.”
Born and brought up in South Wales, Lucy has always been down to earth, determined and fascinated by how people think. Following a degree in English Literature and Psychology at Cardiff University, she started her career in London with KPMG, moving from Accountancy to Consultancy where she focused on helping firms motivate, develop and reward people effectively. Subsequently working for PA Consulting and Hedra, Lucy built her people and change management experience with both public and private sectors organisations across the UK.
The Welsh hills tempted her back and in 2007 Lucy took the role of Chief HR Officer with Wrexham Council. A family followed with a short break from work and now Lucy has two children who keep her on her toes, as well as working independently as a HR and Management Consultant. When Lucy saw the Non-Executive role at CWP advertised it seemed like a perfect fit to bring her background in psychology, business consultancy and HR strands together in a really beneficial way. She was delighted to be appointed in 2013 and re-appointed in 2016.
Dr James O'Connor, Non-Executive Director:
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“I never realised what a great place CWP was until I joined. Having worked on a number of different boards, I can say the atmosphere within the Trust from all members of the organisation right through to the unity of the Board is a pleasure to be part of. The Trust is filled with warmth and care and as a part of the team here, I hope I can make an equal contribution.”
A retired GP, Jim describes himself as a “true scouser”. Born in Liverpool before moving to Southport, Jim went on to study medicine at the University of Liverpool. Working in Wirral as a GP from 1978, with a specialism in obstetrics and gynaecology, Jim became the first doctor in his family and the last GP in Wirral to do home deliveries and maternity hospital deliveries.
After establishing himself as a GP, Jim went on to find extra stimulus within medical director roles in community services, intermediate care and primary care to give him a wider view of care in the community. These roles became a great asset in supporting him move to the role of NED at CWP in 2014. Jim currently chairs the Trust Quality Committee and is Deputy Chair of the Trust.
Rebecca Burke-Sharples, Non-Executive Director:
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“CWP manifests the values you want to see in all NHS Trusts. These values demonstrate that we are trying to be the best we can be to help the people we serve. It’s a privilege to work within the organisation and I hope I can contribute in some way to us becoming the most outstanding mental health Trust in this country.”
Rebecca was born in Liverpool and went to school in Crosby before starting her nursing career in the NHS in 1976. She went on to become Director of Nursing at both of Manchester’s Children's Hospitals, and Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool as their Director of Nursing and Operations, and to work on national policy in the field of children’s intensive care. Rebecca received a CBE for her work on the Bristol Royal Infirmary Independent Public Inquiry and in 2007 she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from her Alma Mater, Liverpool John Moores University for services to nursing and healthcare management.
As Chief Executive she managed the merger of St Helens and Halton Primary Care Trusts before becoming the CEO for the combined Trust. In 2008 Rebecca retired from the NHS. Her interests since include competitive bridge, and from 2009 she has been a Trustee of Chester Zoo and subsequently Vice Chairman until her retirement from the role earlier this year. In 2014 Rebecca became a NED at CWP and has led on Mental Health Act assurance. She has taken up the role of Speak Up Champion and Board Champion for Person-Centred Care. She is also the Trust’s Senior Independent Director.
Andrea Campbell, Non-Executive Director:
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“I always try to make a difference, but what I hope to achieve whilst at CWP is to support the organisation in being a great place for the people who use the services and for those who work in it. This Trust is ethical and has integrity, which is important to me, but most of all I want to help it be the best.”
Another recent edition to our NED team is Andrea. She has lived in England for 40 years but was originally born in Boston, US, as a twin. Andrea travelled around Europe in the 1960s before settling in London – working for most of her life in the NHS.
Andrea started her career within secretarial school in the US before taking a role within health at the King’s Fund Emergency Bed Service in London for five years and then as a unit administrator for a new service in learning disabilities. Andrea went on to work at Hammersmith Council, London, within health policy, relocating to Bolton both to support her new family and to continue her career within health policy. During this time, she undertook a master’s degree at Leeds University in social and public policy and in the second year she was asked to take on a new post as an executive director for community care within Sefton’s health authority. Whilst at Sefton, Andrea was asked to set up the first North West Secure Commissioning team and in 2004 she left the NHS to set up an active consultancy business, which has run for over ten years. Since then she has held a NED post before joining CWP this year.
Edward Jenner, Non-Executive Director
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“CWP is a fantastic organisation. Everyone I have met is dedicated, intelligent, caring – just wonderful people. I marvel at how we are able to help people better cope with life. I’ve always felt that if I was to come and help the NHS I would want it to be in mental health. It’s a hidden thing and it’s far more important than we like to think it is.”
We would like to welcome Edward, one of our newest NEDs to the organisation. Edward was born on the Wirral and studied at University College London before joining Unilever as a graduate trainee. He stayed with the company for 19 years and returned to Wirral to start a family after living and working in Holland for two years.
In 1999 Edward was recruited by Wedgwood, initially as Group Finance Director, and stayed with the company for seven years before starting a 20-year-long portfolio career at non-executive director level; providing consultancy advice and working within his family house-building company. Variety, new things and creativity are Edward’s drives in life, which meant that working in CWP was a natural fit.
Service user and carer governors
Anna Usherwood, Lead Governor
Anna has been a governor of CWP since 2007. Her working life has been mainly spent with children and the elderly and she has a great deal of support and understanding for people with learning disabilities. Anna currently works with people who have vision loss, and has been the Lead Governor of CWP for the last four years.
Area: East Cheshire
In 2005, Ann took early retirement, having spent 26 years working with the Cheshire Constabulary in a variety of roles. She has an interest in Older Person’s Dementia and is an active volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Society. Ann, who is a Service User/Carer Governor, currently sits on the Scrutiny Committee and also supports unannounced Place and Compliance visits.
Area: West Cheshire
During a long career with BT, Brian has sat on the North West Business Leaders Board and the Manchester Inward investment Board. Brian decided to become a governor at CWP because of the excellent care his son received. He wanted to help other carers get the best help advice and care from CWP.
Area: East Cheshire
Charlotte worked in PR for 15 years and was a Board Director for one of London's top 10 PR agencies. She finished work 8 years ago to care for her young sons. Charlotte hopes that the experiences from her career alongside those gained from her current role as a parent carer will enable her to actively support positive new initiatives that address the needs and concerns of service users.
Area: East Cheshire
In addition to being a service user governor, Chris is Chair of Chester PLUS a local service user run mental health charity, he has helped set up a number of Rethink Mental Illness support groups in Chester and has recently started volunteering with Cheshire Police. Chris is also a trustee of the British Psychological Society.
Ferguson has lived in Wirral all his life and was elected to the Board of Governors in 2013 as a service user and carer governor. He currently works as an OT Assistant at CWP’s Springview site at Clatterbridge Hospital. He has been working in this role for the past seven years and feels it allows him to interact with patients, giving him a unique position as a former service user.
Gladys has always wanted to make a difference and has been fortunate to have the opportunity and time to try by becoming involved in both the voluntary sector and her local community. For the past 10 years Gladys has been the carer for her husband who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. By becoming a governor for CWP Gladys believes that she will be in a position to make a difference, and she especially hopes to achieve appropriate care in hospitals for people with dementia.
Area: West Cheshire
Gordon (Gus) Cairns
Gus has lots of experience working with the NHS on a national level including 3 years on a NHS England specialised commissioning Clinical Reference Group for Specialised Urology and assisting in interviewing for NHS England New Models of Care. Gus wanted to be a Governor to help boost the profile of Autism within the trust and his main interest is patient involvement in strategic planning.
Area: West Cheshire
Alongside being the current service user governor, Emma helps coordinate several peer led support groups in Chester with Rethink Mental Illness and is also a trustee for Chester Plus support group. She is an involvement representative with CWP and attends various meetings to get service users views and concerns to help represent and develop CWP.
Area: West Cheshire
Michael has a PHD in physics and over 35 years of research and development and executive business experience. Michael has lived and worked in San Francisco bay area since 1985 in the semiconductor industry. Since returning to the UK in 2014, Michael has continued to provide engineering consulting services to the high tech industry, and was also elected to the board of Governors for Dee Bank’s school in 2015. Michael has cared for his children who have accessed Mental Health services, and suffered from clinical depression for the past 25 years receiving treatment in the US and UK. He continues to be a user of CWP services, including in-patient, out-patient and community health services.
David is a carer for his wife who lives with a long term condition, and over many years has worked with CWP Adult and Older People’s Community Mental Health Teams and Wellbeing Clinic. David is retired and has work experience in public sector law and governance and business risk management, is a volunteer youth worker and has been involved in the voluntary, community and faith sectors in Cheshire West and Chester and further afield. David holds professional qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Institute of Risk Management.
Keith has served time within the Maritime industry holding positions and qualifications in quality and management, and was foreman on the last submarine build for the Royal Navy at Cammell Laird. Keith has spent the last 20 years working in the Aerospace industry holding positions in health and safety management and quality control.
Mike’s entire working career has been spent in either the theatre or animation. He hopes to help the organisation promote and explain the work of governors at CWP so that parents and carers have a greater understanding of those affected by eating disorders. Mike is very keen to encourage young people's involvement at the Council of Governors with the aim of encouraging them to become governors.
Area: West Cheshire
Peter worked for the NHS for over 27 years, 24 of which he was as a Registered Mental Health Nurse. He has chaired a group of Governors that reviewed the Governors Code of Conduct Policy and the Term of Reference of the Governor Scrutiny and Membership Sub Committees. Peter has special interests in the Scrutiny Sub Committee, Challenging Stigma and the Recovery Model.
Area: East Cheshire
Richard worked for Merseyside Police 33 years, retiring at the rank of inspector. He was an elected public governor at Wirral University Teaching Hospital between 2007 and 2013, where he served on a number of committees. Richard also volunteers in community mediation and restorative justice in Wirral. Quality of care and patient experience are his main interests within CWP.
Rob Robertson, Deputy Lead Governor
Rob, a public governor for four years, wants to make it easier for members to seek help from their governors. As a supporter of Cheshire West and Chester Stakeholder Network, Rob believes that peer support and joined up community health and social services lead to much better outcomes for patients and service users.
Area: West Cheshire
Rob Walker, Deputy Lead Governor
As well NHS experience collaborating at operational levels Rob has gained valuable knowledge sitting on a local Commissioning Board where he represents the interests of service users. Rob helped develop CWP's Challenging Stigma Project and in the same year gained a qualification in Leadership and Empowerment in Mental Health. As a result of his achievements he was made a member of the Institute of Mental Health and gained the status of Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. In 2013 he was appointed to the Royal College of Psychiatrists Parliamentary Liaison Committee and their Leadership and Management Committee.
Area: East Cheshire
For the past 30 years Stanley has undertaken voluntary work with various charitable organisations within Wirral and Liverpool. He is currently a member of Healthwatch Wirral, Healthwatch Liverpool and Wirral Link, and chairs HMP Liverpool’s Independent Monitoring Board, reporting to the Home Office on all prison matters.
Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 1984, Jill has worked predominantly within the clinical field of older people's mental health for CWP. Jill really enjoys working as an OT within a multi-disciplinary team and is very proud to represent Therapists on the Council of Governors.
Kathy is a qualified mental health nurse, cognitive-behavioural therapist and psychosexual therapist. She has focused on the latter since 2008 working part-time. She has a particular interest in the prevention of staff burnout and the promotion of self-compassion. She aims to represent all grades and types of psychological therapists.
Area: Clinical Psychology
Philip previously worked in the commercial sector as a Shipbroker and has great experience of management within large organisations. Since working within CWP he has found the work extremely rewarding and wishes to contribute further beyond his day to day working. Philip has recently joined the Membership and Development sub-committee.
Janie has been a Registered Mental Health Nurse since 1985 and has always immensely enjoyed every aspect of her work. She currently works for East Cheshire's Single Point of Access Team. As a governor she hopes to represent the voice of our Nursing staff constituency so together we can all contribute toward change for the better, to be the best we can be.
Deepak is a specialist physiotherapist in multi-disciplinary learning disabilities team. He is keen to listen to the concerns of the staff and be the voice of allied health professionals to influence decisions for the betterment of the workforce in this rapidly changing NHS environment. He is determined to work with the services to help them provide patient centered care and incorporate 6 Cs in the practice.
Ken has been a mental health nurse for 30 years, in that time working across many inpatient services. Since 1998 he has been responsible for delivering CWP staff clinical education programme and is currently Clinical Education Lead. This education role is also shared with his role as CWP Security and Safety Lead which Ken has held since 2005. His passion has always been to promoting staff values and ensuring equality across all levels within the organisation. This is Ken's second term as a Governor and he looks forward to working with all colleagues which address the common challenges ahead.
Cllr Phil Gilchrist
Phil’s interest in mental health flows from direct experiences in his family. He believes that it is only by talking to each other and tackling misconceptions that we can help others to understand more about poor mental health. Phil currently serves Eastham on Wirral Council, where he was first elected in 1977.
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Pam is a qualified Occupational Therapist and has spent most of her working life in local government. She now has her own Management Consultancy Company which advises local authorities, housing associations and charities. Pam is particularly interested in the care of people with Dementia and those with a physical disability.
Area: West Cheshire CCG
Carol became a local Councillor in May 2015 and has a keen interest in supporting the work of the trust. She has a background in accountancy and hopes to bring useful skills to the role of Governor. Carol believes that we need to make mental health service provision as positive and effective as possible.
Area: Cheshire West and Chester Council
In 2015 Graham was appointed Director of Operations for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool. Since joining the University in 2007, he has been fortunate to enjoy several roles that have enabled him to broaden his knowledge and experience of health education and research, and support the University’s contribution to the local, national, and global community.
Area: University of Liverpool
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