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All of our Directors have signed a code of conduct which is available to download from the panel on the right. If you have any queries about this please contact trust.secretary@candi.nhs.uk.


Leisha Fullick, Trust Chair

Leisha Fullick was first appointed on 1 September 2013.

Leisha is a senior professional with significant Board and executive experience in a variety of roles. Her most recent post was as Pro Director, Institute of Education University of London.

She has been Chief Executive of Islington Council from 1996-2002 and is a long standing Governor of City and Islington College. Her particular skills are in strategy, leadership, corporate governance and community engagement. Leisha also has considerable experience of partnership working and while she was at Islington worked closely with NHS bodies, the police and the voluntary sector to achieve integrated service improvements for local people.

She is deeply committed to equality of opportunity and to ensuring that organisations with which she is associated are as open and transparent as possible.

Angela McNab, Chief Executive Officer

Angela McNab joined the Trust in April 2016. She has extensive experience at Chief Executive-level, most recently at Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust. 

Among her previous senior and high-profile roles, she has been Chief Executive at NHS Luton and NHS Bedfordshire and worked as Director of Public Health - Delivery and Performance - at the Department of Health. Angela also led the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority for five years.

Angela has a key interest in engagement and involving clinicians, service users and carers in developing and improving services.

Pippa Aitken, Non-Executive Director

Pippa Aitken was first appointed on 1 May 2015.  Her current term of office ends on 30 April 2018.

Pippa was born and educated in Australia before coming to the UK in 1979 and beginning her planning career in Camden Council where she progressed to running a Development Control team covering the north eastern part of the Borough including the St Pancras Hospital site.  She then moved on to what is now Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), one of the world’s leading property advisory firms, in 1987 where she spent the next 17 years, rising to the position of Director.  

In 2005 Pippa joined CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) where she worked on long term strategic development projects and led the national planning team.  More recently, in 2010 Pippa joined Colliers International where she was Head of the Consulting Division.

Pippa has had wide experience of NED work and public sector committees through her role on the Finance and Development Committee of a large successful housing association, Family Mosaic.  This role has given her significant exposure to the legal and financial arrangements surrounding various property developments.

Alongside her executive career, Pippa has undertaken some voluntary work and she has also recently been elected a Governor for Villiers High School in Southall.  Pippa has a strong interest in young people and in issues of diversity. She is a long term resident of Haringey, having previously lived in Islington.

Professor Tom Burns, Non-Executive DirectorTom Burns, Non-Executive Director

Tom Burns joined the Trust in October 2016.  Previously he has been both a Non-Executive Director and Clinical Director in two mental health trusts.  He worked as a consultant psychiatrist for 10 years before becoming a professor of social psychiatry, first at St George’s Medical School in London and then at the University of Oxford. He retired two years ago and now lives in Islington. 
Being a professor of social psychiatry means that he has been able to travel and observe different services nationally and internationally. His research has focused on testing the value of different forms of services for people with severe mental illnesses, mainly psychoses. He believes such research is essential to distinguish service changes that benefit patients from those that really do not.  
Tom trained as a group analyst and continues to believe that psychotherapy is an essential component of all psychiatry. He has published books aiming to explain psychiatry to the general public and demystify it. He was awarded a CBE for services to mental health in 2006.

Sue Goss, Non-Executive Director, Quality Committee Chair

First appointed in June 2012 and re-appointed in May 2015 for a second term that will end in April 2018.

Sue has worked extensively with local authorities, health organisations and partnerships on service improvement.  As a programme lead for Total Place she has explored the potential for service redesign across agencies and user-led support systems for families with complex needs. Recently she has worked on the Local Government Association's "Ageing Well programme", drawing on the 'assets' and energy of older people to create networks that enable them to live independent and fulfilled lives.

Sue's very first job was as a housing advisor in a housing charity in Deptford, south London, but after a few years she went back to the University of Sussex to take a Doctorate in political science.

Her career has involved working in politics, the community and voluntary sector, and as an academic. She has previous experience as both an Executive and non-Executive Board member, as a Board member of OPM (a research organisation and consultancy), the Chair of Charter 88, the Chair of the Commission on Active Citizenship and Public Services, and a non-Executive Regional Board member for the Guinness Trust.

Angela Harvey, Non-Executive Director, Senior Independent Director, Resources Committee Chair 

Angela Harvey (FCIPD FRSA) was first appointed on 1 September 2013 and re-appointed in September 2016 for a second term that will end in April 2019.

Angela is a local councillor in Westminster, with extensive experience in housing as well as planning and the built environment.  Her responsibilities included the rough sleeper strategy through which over 1,600 people every year were helped back towards independent living.  She also sponsored the Westminster Housing Commission. 

Angela was Lord Mayor of Westminster 2012-2013 and served for the Diamond Jubilee as well as the Olympics and Paralympics year. 

As an HR professional, she has a strong background across the private, public and third sectors.  She is the Chair of a not-for-profit private housing board.

Caroline Harris-Birtles,  Director of Nursing

Caroline Harris Birtles

Caroline joined the Trust in May 2015.  She trained as a Registered Mental Health Nurse as a mature student at Ealing School of Nursing, West London, and has worked across a range of Mental Health Services over the last 30 years. 

Her areas of expertise include forensic care, children's services, eating disorders and deaf services as well as general adult and older persons’ psychiatry. Her experience includes working in local authority, the private and charity sectors.

Caroline has held senior roles in operational management, professional nursing leadership and Quality Governance and has deep knowledge of working with service users and carers.

Particular interests include service user safety, safe staffing, new nursing roles, and physical health care for service users with mental health issues.

She also trained in Heath Care Quality Improvement Methodology and Research Methodology in Health and Social Care at the University of Gloucestershire.

Dr Vincent Kirchner, Medical Director

Dr Vincent Kirchner has been the Medical Director for C&I since 1 April 2015. He has worked in mental health services for 24 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 is committed to C&I delivering high quality services that result in good patient experience, good clinical outcomes and ensure the delivery of the safest care possible.  

Kieran Parmar, Non-Executive Director

Kieran Parmar joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair in March 2017.  He is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience of delivering transformational change in finance, business development, and commercial director roles in large complex organisations.

He has served as a Non-Executive Director on the board of North West London Hospitals Trust from January 2010 to September 2014, serving as Deputy Chairman for three years.

David Wragg, Director of Finance

David Wragg joined C&I in October 2012 and has responsibility for estates and facilities management, and information and communications technology (ICT), 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.

Andy Rogers, Chief Operating Officer

For the four years prior to joining the Trust, Andy was Executive Director of Operations at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, based in Stoke-on-Trent. He joins us with board level experience of mental health, learning disabilities and substance misuse Andy Rogersservices.
Andy’s previous roles include Director of the Children and Families Directorate at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Associate Director of Operations at Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust.
Andy joins us at an exciting time as we work to deliver on the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) across the North Central London area and to redevelop our St Pancras site.

Darren Summers, Director of Strategy and Business Development

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


Patrick Vernon OBE, Non-Executive Director

Patrick Vernon OBE is a Clore Fellow, Associate Fellow for the Department of History of Medicine at Warwick University, Health Partnership Coordinator for National Housing Federation, former Patrick Vernoncommittee member of Healthwatch England, and NHS England Equality Diversity Council.  He has also been an Advisory board member for Time To Change and former member of the Labour and the Coalition government Ministerial Advisory for Mental Health.

In 2010 The ‘Vernon Hall’ at The Chalkhill Health and Community Centre near Wembley Stadium was named in recognition of Patrick supporting the local community in the London borough of Brent as a former senior NHS manager.

Patrick has previously worked as a senior civil servant at the Department of Health, Director of the Brent Health Action Zone (Brent Primary Care Trust) and Regional Director for MIND, North West London Community Foundation and The Afiya Trust. Patrick is also a former non-Executive Director for East London & the City Health Authority, and Independent Chair of Westminster Partnership for Race Equality where he played a key role with the Metropolitan Police and the Muslim community with the aftermath of 7/7 in Westminster.

Patrick was awarded an OBE for his work in tackling health inequalities for ethnic minority communities in Britain in 2012.  Patrick was a former Councillor for Hackney between 2006-2014 serving as a Chair of Health Scrutiny. Finally, Patrick is a trustee of Social Action for Health and North London Muslim Housing in Association in Hackney, and Patron of Santé a refugee social enterprise based in Camden.

Terri Burns, Trust Company SecretaryTerri Burns

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Sally Quinn, Director of HR and Organisational Development

Sally Quinn, Acting Director of HR and Occupational Development

Sally Quinn joined the Trust in April 2016 as the Associate Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development.

She has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources and Organisational Development and change management. Prior to joining C&I, she was Deputy Director of HR and OD at another London trust for several years and has also worked in two national roles for an NHS arm’s length body.

Particular areas of interest and expertise are workforce planning, performance development, talent management, OD and staff engagement.

She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


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