Mental health network

Our policy board members


17 / 9 / 2015 Midnight

The policy board provides a steer on the direction of travel for both the organisation and policy development.

Policy board members include:

Chair of the policy board

Sir Andrew Cash, Chief Executive, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Andrew - Cash

Sir Andrew Cash joined the policy board in November 2011.  He was the founding chair of the Foundation Trust Network (FTN) and has undertaken three spells in the Department of Health – the most recent a secondment for a year as a director general for developing health service providers.  He is a visiting professor in leadership and development at the Universities of Sheffield and York.  He is deputy chair of the NHS Confederation, is a member of the Innovation, Health and Wealth Implementation Board and a member of the Shelford Group which are the top ten university hospitals in England.   

He was appointed an OBE in 2001 and knighted in 2009 for services to the National Health Service.

Vice chair of the policy board

Debbie Herring, Director of Strategy and Organisational Development, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Debbie joined the policy board in February 2011. She has over 20 years' experience as a senior HR/OD practitioner gained across the public sector in local government, the civil service and the NHS. Debbie's first job in the NHS was deputy director of HR at the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust. Debbie also has direct operational management experience having carried out the role of divisional general manager for the medicine division at the Countess of Chester in 2008 for two years before becoming director of HR/OD. Debbie then became the director of HR/OD at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with responsibility for all aspects of workforce development as well as communications and marketing.

In June 2014 Debbie joined Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS FT where she is responsible for strategic planning and organisational development as well as HR, education and learning.

Vice chair of the policy board

Julian Hartley, Chief Executive, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Mental Health Network, HR director representative

Tracy Hill, Director of Strategy & Organisational Effectiveness, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Tracy Hill

Tracy joined the policy board in December 2013. She has worked in both the public and private sector and been in the NHS for over 20 years. Within that time she has worked at a senior level across all sectors, namely: acute, the strategic health authority, primary care and mental health. 

In her current role, Tracy leads on areas including strategy, transformation & organisational development, business development, integrated governance and all services associated with the full employee journey.  A major area of importance to the trust is staff health and wellbeing coupled with its vision in developing a coaching culture. Tracy has spoken at several international coaching conferences where the trust has been a significant contributor. 

Tracy believes passionately in the contribution that the leadership of people should play in developing improvements in service quality and safety. In 2011, she was awarded HR director of the year – professional role model, and again in December 2013, she was the winner of the HR director award for the 'creation of a positive culture for staff'. 

She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, has a masters degree in management learning from Lancaster Business School and has successfully completed the postgraduate certificate in business and executive coaching at Leeds Metropolitan University. 

Tracy currently chairs the North West HR Directors' Forum.

Mental Health Network, chief officer representative

Edward Colgan, Chief Executive of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Edward Colgan

Edward joined the policy board in October 2010. He has been chief executive of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust since April 2006 and led the trust through the foundation trust process to authorisation in May 2008 and the acquisition of Somerset Community Health Services in 2011. He was previously chief executive of Taunton Deane Primary Care Trust from 2002-2006. Prior to this appointment he was director of strategic development with Dorset Health Authority. 

He was chairman of the NHS Benchmarking Club from 2002 to 2008 and currently chair of the Network’s Mental Health Group. He is a trustee of the NHS Confederation, co-chair for NHS Employers of the NHS Pensions Scheme Advisory Board and currently chair of the board of the NHS South West Leadership Academy. He has held a number of senior management positions in acute, mental health community and learning disabilities services and was national policy lead for developing NHS contracting at the Department of Health in the early 1990s.

Mental Health Network, nurse director representative

Dee Roach, Director of Nursing, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Dee Roach

Dee Roach was appointed as director of nursing at the trust in January 2014 after working as the executive director of quality, improvement and patient experience at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. 

During her four years at the trust, Dee led on the development and implementation of nursing strategy, the development of nursing care metrics across mental health services and strategies for service user involvement and experience. Dee had previously worked in Lancashire in a number of senior clinical and operational management roles across inpatient and community settings. Prior to her first executive post in Birmingham, Dee was the deputy director of Nursing for Lancashire Care.

As a mental health nurse by background, at the forefront of Dee’s work is an enthusiasm for improving quality and passion for ensuring the best patient experience. Dee also has an exceptional track record of developing strong nursing leaders within organisations. In her role, Dee is responsible for professional leadership, clinical governance, patient safety and service user and carer involvement. She is passionate and committed to about improving outcomes, exceeding standards and delivering compassionate care.

Community Services Forum, HR director representative

Paul Cracknell, HR Director, Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust

PaulPaul has been director of strategy and transformation at Norfolk Community Health and Care since May 2012. His prior NHS board experience includes at both a large primary care trust (as was) and a mental health NHS foundation trust. He has been twice runner up in the national Healthcare People Management Association HR director of the year. Paul Joined the NHS via the Gateway to Leadership programme that sought to bring into the NHS senior individuals with experience of other sectors. Paul joined the NHS from the voluntary sector where he has held a number of board level positions. He has also held various roles in the commercial insurance industry, including project management and relationship management roles.

Community Services Forum, chief officer representative

This position is currently vacant.

Community Services Forum, non executive representative

Prem Singh, Chair, Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust 

Prem Singh

Prem rejoined the policy board in December 2013 after becoming the chairman of Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust on 1 December 2013. He has spent most of his career working in the NHS in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire areas and also worked in social services in Sheffield for seven years.

He has extensive experience of health and social care management having served at board level positions for over 25 years. He has successfully led community, mental health and learning disability services, including as an executive director of nursing and quality. Prem was also chief executive of Derby City Primary Care Trust, a role he held until health service commissioning was taken over by the new clinical commissioning groups, and was previously chief executive of Chesterfield Primary Care Trust. 

Prem is a trustee on the NHS Confederation's Board.

Hospitals Forum, HR director representative

Kath Griffin, Director of Human Resources, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust 

Kath - Griffin

Kath joined the NHS in 2003 following 11 years with the Post Office working across each of the then five businesses in Scotland and England, before moving on to social services in Sunderland where she took on a role incorporating personnel services and other corporate functions. 

In joining the NHS in 2003 Kath was initially appointed as head of personnel, she then progressed to take on the wider role of director of human resources incorporating personnel, education & training, library services, occupational health and organisational development. 

Kath has been involved with the LETB (now HENE) since it came into being in shadow format and represents the  trust at board meetings and workshops. 

Kath is chair of the regional human resource director network and has had a seat on the NHS Staff Council since April 2014. She joined the NHS Employers policy board in December 2013.

Hospitals Forum, medical director representative

Stephen Powis, Medical Director, Royal Free London, NHS Foundation Trust

Stephen Powis is professor of Renal Medicine at University College London. He has been medical director of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust since 2006.

Professor Powis is currently chairman of the Association of UK Universities (AUKUH) Medical Directors Group and a member of the governing body of Merton Clinical Commissioning Group. He is a past member of several Department of Health working parties, including the Strategic Education Funding Expert Group. He is a past non-executive director of the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, including a period of eight months as acting chairman. He is a past chairman of the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) Specialty Advisory Committee (SAC) for Renal Medicine and a former board member of Medical Education England; was director of postgraduate medical and dental education for UCLPartners from 2010-13. He is a past treasurer and trustee of the British Transplantation Society and a former member of the UK Transplant Kidney Pancreas Advisory Group and has also served as a member of the Renal Association Executive Committee.

NHS Clinical Commissioners, chief officer representative

Simon Whitehouse, Chief Executive, NHS South Cheshire CCG and NHS Vale Royal CCG

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Simon joined the Policy Board in April 2013. He is currently chief executive of NHS South Cheshire CCG and NHS Vale Royal CCG. Simon has a wealth of senior strategic health knowledge and has worked at both a national and local level in the NHS, as both a provider and a commissioner. He has a strong commitment to good leadership, working well with partners and in valuing people – recognising that our staff are our greatest asset. He has worked in Cheshire for over ten years and has a real commitment to improve the health and wellbeing for the local people he serves. He qualified as a physiotherapist in 1995 and has also worked for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the employment relations department.

NHS Clinical Commissioners, clinical lead representative

This position is currently vacant.

NHS Partners HR director representative

This position is currently vacant.

Ambulance sector HR director representative

Kim Nurse, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, West Midlands Ambulance Service
Kim Nurse

HFMA, Finance Director Representative

Steve Warburton, Director of Finance and Business Services, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Steve Warburton

Steve was appointed to the policy board in October 2010. He took up his post as director of finance and business services at Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in July 2006. Prior to that he was director of finance and performance / deputy chief executive at South Sefton PCT. 

After graduating from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Psychology, Steve joined the NHS in 1989 as a regional financial management trainee for the former Mersey Regional Health Authority. 

Upon qualifying as an accountant in 1993, he was appointed to a series of substantive posts at the Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust (Alder Hey) before being appointed deputy director of finance in 1998.

HPMA Past President Representative

Kevin Croft, Director of People and Organisational Development, Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

AUKUH, Nurse Director Representative

Mandy Bailey, Chief Nurse, University Hospital of South Manchester 

Mandy Bailey

Mandy Bailey has had an extensive career in the NHS spanning over 25 years.  She is qualified as both an RGN and RSCN undertaking both clinical and senior managerial roles.  Her area of clinical expertise is children’s infectious diseases.  

Mandy joined University Hospital of South Manchester 1 January 2007 as the chief nurse. Her areas of responsibility are providing leadership and strategic direction for the nurses, midwives and all allied health professionals at the trust. In addition, she is the board lead in a number of areas including Infection Prevention as the director of infection prevention and control, quality of care to patients and their patient experience, patient and public involvement, safeguarding children and adults and is the trust’s Caldicott Guardian.

In January 2015, she was made chief nurse and executive director for risk and governance for the trust so her responsibilities now also include risk management, clinical governance and health and safety.

NHS England, Nurse Director Representative

Jan Fowler, Director of Nursing & Quality, NHS England, South Central

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Jan joined the policy board in April 2011. Having spent a clinical career in trauma, orthopaedics and spinal injuries, Jan has been a director of nursing for over 17 years, and for six years held a combined chief executive and chief nurse role at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust – a specialist orthopaedic and disability trust in Oxford. In 2011 she took on the role of chief nurse and director of clinical standards at NHS South Central SHA and is currently the director of nursing for NHS England, South Central. 

She has a particular interest in informatics in nursing, having sat on the National Nursing Informatics Strategic Taskforce and previously chaired the Care Records System (national IT system for the South of England), Live Sites Executive and sat on the National SPfIT Programme Board for the South and London trusts. In 2010, Jan was named as the Inspirational leader of the year in the NHS Leadership Awards. Outside of work, Jan is the chair of a national children’s genetics charity and is vice chair of North Oxfordshire and South Northamptonshire Citizens Advice Bureau.

Jan is deeply committed to nursing and the development of nursing as a professional career.

NHS England AHP representative

Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England

Suzanne Rastrick

Suzanne was appointed to the policy board in August 2008. Suzanne qualified as an occupational therapist from Oxford in 1986 and began her career in the acute hospital sector, moving to practice in community and primary care where she then gained her first general management role. She was one of the first allied health professionals (AHPs) to hold a substantive director of nursing post and has since held these roles in both providing and commissioning organisations in the NHS. She has also been chief executive of a primary care trust cluster. She has a non-executive portfolio in the commercial and not for profit housing sector and sits on a number of national groups including the Council of the College of Occupational Therapists and the Health Education England, AHP Advisory Group. Since 2012, she has played a prominent role in the world of clinical commissioning, as interim chief executive of NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group during its shadow form, followed by director of quality for NHS Dorset CCG from its formation in April 2013. Suzanne was appointed by NHS England as chief allied health professions officer in September 2014.

NHS England, Scientific Officer Representative

Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Representative

Alastair Henderson, Chief Officer


Alastair Henderson joined the policy board in July 2015. Alastair has been chief executive of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) since January 2010. The academy is the umbrella organisation for Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in the UK and seeks to support and co-ordinate their work, where applicable, on issues relating to medical education and training, quality of care and wider health service policy.

From 2004 Alastair was deputy director/director of operations and joint director at NHS Employers where he was responsible for a range of workforce issues including, at different times, NHS pay, pensions and employment issues. Alastair was previously policy manager at the NHS Confederation where he had responsibility for workforce and quality issues.He has also worked as a national trade union official for UNISON and in local government.

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