Our board and governors
“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.
Dr Anushta Sivananthan, Joint 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
“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.
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 Business and Value:
“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 and Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership Board. He also holds a director position on the Villicare Board.
“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, Joint 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.
Gary Flockhart, Director of Nursing, Therapies
and Patient Partnership
"I’m delighted to work for a Trust that is values driven and passionate about the care and support it provides to our local populations. CWP as an organisation really values the input and commitment of our staff and the people who access our services.”
Born in Glasgow, Gary attended university in Edinburgh and nursing college in the Scottish Borders before starting his career as a staff nurse at the national psychosis unit at the Bethlem Royal in South London. Following a long and varied career working in community and mental health services, across London and Greater Manchester, Gary joined CWP in November 2015 as Associate Director of Nursing and Therapies (Mental Health and Learning Disability).
In his role as Director Gary is working to create opportunities for nursing and therapies to support the ambitions set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. Supporting people to be cared for at home but also making sure that, when needed, an in-patient stay can offer the best care in a positive environment delivered by dedicated and compassionate staff.
Gary spends considerable time in clinical areas speaking to staff and the people who access our services and believes it is very important that the executive team at CWP is accessible and approachable. He says: “One of the things I love about my job the most is seeing people taking pride in the care and services that we offer and the positive impact this has on the people who access our services.”
Suzanne Edwards, Director of Operations
Suzanne lives in North Wales and joined CWP in 2007 as a general manager. Suzanne grew up in Bradford, West Yorkshire and moved to Manchester to study Nursing at the University of Manchester where she qualified as a mental health nurse in 1995 and completed her fourth year gaining her community mental health specialist practitioner award. Suzanne started her career in Manchester working as a staff nurse on an acute mental health ward, and has worked in a variety of settings including community, A&E and primary care, with a strong focus on service development and transformation. In 2019 Suzanne successfully completed the NHS leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership and was appointed as Director of Operations in 2020.
Mike Maier, Independent 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 2016, Mike took the helm as chair of the Trust.
Rebecca Burke-Sharples, Independent Non-Executive Director / Senior Independent 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, Independent 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, Independent 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.
Paul Bowen, Independent Non-Executive Director
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“As a Cheshire GP and chairman of a local Clinical Commissioning Group, my relationship and opinion of both the clinicians and the leadership of CWP had always been positive. I jumped at the opportunity to help shape it’s future direction and maintain it’s focus on safety and quality, values I personally share. I see day-to-day the effects of CWP services in my patients and hope to bring that perspective to the boardroom”.
Paul has been an active GP in Poynton since 2006, having moved from Devon to Nottingham and Lincoln to train as a doctor. He was instrumental in developing Nursing home services in East Cheshire and as CCG chair has overseen the re-design and implementation of many services across the region, including mental health services. His insights into NHS politics, strategy and operational issues as a local leader bring a new set of experiences to the board.
Paul lives with his wife (also a GP) and young family in Wilmslow, and is passionate about focussing on the wider aspects of life to bring about mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. His enthusiasm to challenge accepted thinking and embrace change and new ideas have led to the successful merger of his practice into the Middlewood Partnership, in which he remains as Medical Director.
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Elizabeth (Liz) Harrison
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Service user and carer governors
Brian Crouch, Lead Governor
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.
Alongside being a Service User, Peter has a background in Social Working which involved helping Children and Families and holds an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. He is also a Lived Experience Connector for CWP along with being a Volunteer for the Trust for the past 10 years. Peter is also a Trustee of Wirral Churches’ ARK project which focusses on Service Delivery for the Homeless. Peter is keen to ensure the Service Users voice is heard in the continued development of CWP services in both community and hospital settings.
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.
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.
Phil and his wife care for their daughter who was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder in 1998. They have both learnt a lot on their journey and have experience with both Inpatient and Community based Services within East, Central and South Cheshire. From 2000-2002 Phil was a Non-Executive Director for Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He then went on to become a Governor for CWP from 2010-2016. During his time as a Governor he participated in both the Membership & Development & Scrutiny Sub Committees. Phil is pleased to be re-appointed as a governor and hopes that his experience will enable him to continue to constructively question the strategic direction and various initiatives proposed by the Trust. In his spare time Phil likes to keep fit and healthy by walking, gardening and enjoys watching sports, he also loves being a grandad. Prior to retirement Phil ran various PLC subsidiary companies within the consumer food sector.
Elaine has 10 years’ experience as a Business Manager working within Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. After leaving CWP Elaine took up a post as a manager with the North West Borough Healthcare Trust for two years before joining the CCG as an Executive Support Officer from which she has recently retired. The roles in which Elaine has undertaken through her career have enabled her to understand the needs of the local community. Elaine’s connections with CWP remain through her husband who is a Service User, the experience from which enables her to bring balance and an independent view.
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.
Having worked as a Civil Servant previously, Jacqueline is now a volunteer for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as a Lived Experience Connector, volunteers who have experience of local healthcare services and play a key part in the Nursing Associate training. Jacqueline is also part of the Peer Support Scheme offering expert insight to support patients in their recovery journey. In addition, she also takes part in the PLACE visits and the Personality Disorder KUF awareness training.
Previous experience as Non- Executive Director of a Primary care Trust and six years as a Public Governor for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. In supporting and representing Service Users and Carers, I’ll work in my governor role to actively help children and adults . Two areas of interest are firstly, co-operation between local statutory services, e.g. Local Authority, Police services and NHS Services; secondly encouraging help for people, through peer to peer support, before they need a clinical diagnosis.
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Anne-Marie Farrell, Deputy Lead Governor
Anne has lived in Wirral all her life, and has worked for over 30 years teaching at the local Schools. Within her career she has undertaken many roles and gained a wealth of experience in many areas. Anne decided to have a change in career which led her to working in the voluntary sector for Advocacy in the Wirral area. She is now currently working in the voluntary sector in Cheshire, where she deals with local authority, health professionals and services. Within her role of CWP Governor Anne is keen to assist service users and members express their wishes and concerns about the available provision to support them with the trust .To listen to individuals about their patient experience so their voice is heard and hopefully benefit the members and the service users regarding mental health issues.
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Area: East Cheshire
After serving as Governor at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for three consecutive terms, Elizabeth joined the CWP Trust in 2017 as a Public Governor. She was born in Birmingham, grew up in Bristol and studied sociology & social work practice at Liverpool University, later obtaining a Psychiatric Social Work qualification from Manchester University. She has also obtained a Master’s Degree in Ethnic Studies & Race Relations from Liverpool University. Through the years Elizabeth worked in various settings such as Marks & Spencer, Hammersmith, Children’s Homes, as a Community Mental Health worker, an assistant primary School Teacher and a hospital based outreach social worker. Further on, she worked together with a wide spectrum of families/users and a wide spectrum of multidisciplinary professionals, schools, doctors and therapists at the Child & Family Guidance Services, North Wales area. She had a central role in the setting up of the first Cheshire Race & Equality Council, inaugurated in November 1995 and she is still a member of the Board of Trustees of the current ‘Cheshire, Halton & Warrington Race and Equality Centre’ (CHAWREC). She is also an active volunteer and Board member of Healthwatch Cheshire. Elizabeth’s interests include: theatre, history of art & architecture, travel, travel photography, landscape history, gardening, reading and walking.
Area: Cheshire West and Chester
Helen’s experience includes working for high-profile companies in roles focused on corporate marketing. Currently, she is acting as Deputy Principal and CEO at South Cheshire College and West Cheshire College, managing Business Development and Apprenticeships, Marketing, PR and Communications and also International recruitment and provision. Her leadership and impact has been recognized by Ofsted in December 2016, as Helen led West Cheshire College to a successful merger with South Cheshire College, ensuring a strong financial foundation for the College. Helen is also a member on the Trustee Board for Blacon High School, a Governor at Upton High School and a Director of the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber. In her role as a CWP Governor, she aims to actively contribute to addressing mental health issues in the benefit of the service users.
Area: Cheshire West and Chester
Nigel has over 20 years Board level experience in complex organisations in both private and public sectors, driving service and efficiency improvements . Having led extensive marketing and transformation strategies, customer service operations, and large investment opportunities, his core expertise includes establishing partner relationships, joint venture collaborations and innovative insight systems, aligning resources to ‘join up’ services more efficiently for citizens. In his public sector roles, he focused on improving services in specific communities by identifying citizen 'unmet' needs and striving to identify the best solutions for them. Nigel’s work at the Pension Disability and Carers Service was positively acknowledged by the NAO report (Pensioner Poverty) and recognized through his team winning both the Whitehall and Westminster Award for ‘Joined up Government’ and the Guardian Public Service Award for Innovation and Progress. More recently, Nigel led and chaired a Cross-Government Board, to deliver a Minister sponsored program of ‘trail blazers’ Integrating Mental Health and Employment services.
Area: Out of area
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Having experience of working with CWP in its various forms, for the past 25 years, Sean acquired valuable knowledge and understanding of the full circle regarding the organisation – previous and current state of play, medium and long term action points. Working in the front line of a crisis resolution home treatment team keeps him in touch with issues CWP staff is confronted with. Over the past five years, Sean’s role as a staff side RCN steward offered him the opportunity to negotiate amicable resolutions to problems which have arisen for staff in their workplace. He strongly believes that treating staff with fairness and respect is the key to providing quality care to service users.
Area: Staff side
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Area: Wirral Borough Council
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
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Area: Wirral CCG
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Area: Cheshire East Council
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Area: Cheshire West and Chester Council