Neil Carr OBENeil Carr

Chief Executive 

Neil is a nurse by background with significant interest in strategic and transformational leadership and mental health strategy. He was instrumental in delivering one of the first mental health foundation trusts and in 2007 led the first successful acquisition. Neil was awarded the OBE for services to healthcare and holds an Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to leadership in health care. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in recognition of an exceptional contribution to leadership. 

Alison BusseyAlison Bussey

Chief Nurse 

Alison Bussey joined the Trust in June 2012 having worked at Oxford Health holding both Nursing and Operational Director roles. She started her career in the NHS as a Nurse having qualified as both an Adult and Mental Health Nurse. Alison has held a number of clinical and senior operational leadership positions, in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Her particular interests lie in leadership, patient safety, quality improvement and staff engagement. 

Steve GrangeSteve Grange

Director of Strategy and Strategic Transformation and Deputy Chief Executive 

Steve has worked across many NHS sectors including the Department of Health, Strategic Health Authority, Modernisation Agency, primary care, specialised services, acute sector and in the USA with the US veterans.  He has a background in specialised clinical and IT purchasing, reforming emergency care, the development of strategic clinical networks and a wide experience of general acute management in community, primary, secondary and tertiary care.

Dr Abid KhanAbid Khan

Medical Director 

Dr Abid Khan is a Consultant Psychiatrist and the Clinical Lead for the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at St George's Hospital, Stafford.  He has been involved in medical management for a number of years. He has past experience of being a Clinical Director of Mental Health Services for 13 years and held the office of Associate Medical Director and Deputy Medical Director before taking up his current role. In addition to the Medical Director role he also oversees the Caldicott Guardian role for the Trust. 

Liz LockettLiz Lockett

Director of Quality and Clinical Performance 

Liz is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and has been qualified for 28 years. She has worked in a number of specialist nursing roles including that of Eating Disorders Clinical Nurse Specialist. Liz’s passion for quality improvement and governance has driven her career over the past 15 years and for the last 10 years she has worked in for the Trust in a senior leadership role managing the quality agenda. Liz’ executive portfolio spans safety, involvement and experience, quality improvement and Health & Safety and CQC regulatory performance. 

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Chief Financial Officer  

Chris joined the Trust on 1st November 2021, from Derbyshire Community Health Services. He is a Chartered Management Accountant by profession, and an economics graduate. He has over 20 years' experience of working in the NHS in the acute, community and mental health sectors.   

Alex BrettAlex Brett

Director of People 

Alex started her career originally as a nurse and was Professional Lead for District Nursing across North Staffordshire in conjunction with a Lecturer in Nursing role at Keele University, before moving on to operationally leading and managing community services in Stoke-on-Trent. She went on to pursue a career in Organisational and Workforce Development which progressed to her leading the full range of workforce and development services for many years, before she became a Board level Director. She is also a qualified Executive Coach and Team Coach. She has a Master of Arts degree in Management Learning and Leadership from Lancaster University (Business School) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Jo CowcherJo Cowcher

Director of Social Care 

Jo began her career as a Social Worker in a generic adult team before moving to a mental health team and remains a registered social worker to this day.  From there Jo has taken a number of leadership roles which have been focussed both on adult social care and integrated health and social care team.  Jo has specific interests in mental health and older people and the impact that physical health has upon this, safeguarding and driving forward the quality of social work and social care practice.  She is committed to keeping social care high on the agenda of the organisation.  Jo’s current joint role with Staffordshire County Council gives her responsibility across all adult social care in Staffordshire.      

Chris IbellChris Ibell

Chief Digital Information Officer 

Chris Ibell is responsible for driving the Trust’s digital transformation agenda and is accountable for providing assurance regarding the IM&T function and demonstrating leadership in progressing the digital agenda. A proponent of strong clinical engagement, Chris aims to ensure that digital service innovation is prioritised to improve patient care and to help staff in the efficient and effective delivery of that care.

Chris has a lengthy background in Health Sciences IT consulting, software development, cloud services and commercial management, covering provider, payor and life sciences domains, both locally in the UK and globally.

Richard CotterellRichard Cotterell


Richard Cotterell has been a Managing Director at Caterpillar Inc. since 2009 where he is responsible for a global Division which designs and manufactures off highway diesel and gas engines. He first started out with Caterpillar Inc. in 1997 and has undertaken a number of global executive roles and prior to joining the company worked in Consultancy, Telecoms and Defence sectors. Richard holds a BSc in Business Studies and an MBA from Warwick University. Richard brings extensive operational, commercial and financial skills to the Board. Board Committees; Trust Board, Remuneration and Nominations (ED), Service User and Carer.

Megan NurseMegan Nurse

Non-Executive Director, Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director 

Megan Nurse joined the Board from Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust where she has served as a Non Executive Director since May 2014. Calderstones provides specialist learning disability services across the North of England. Prior to this, Megan worked in Local Government and the Police Force within Greater Manchester. Megan was Assistant Chief Executive at Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, where she led a multi-million transformation and change programme, alongside leading on strategy, quality and performance across the authority. Board Committees; Trust Board, Audit, Remuneration & Nominations (ED), People (Chair), Quality Governance, Digital, Service User and Carer. Lead for Freedom to Speak Up.

Jane GaddumJane Gaddum

Non-Executive Director 

Joining the Board from Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent NHS Partnership Trust, now part of MPFT, where she served as a Non Executive Director from March 2015, Jane has added corporate memory and understanding of the antecedent Trust. A strategic commercial leader in complex global health and life sciences, as well as a business owner, Jane brings extensive experience of driving decision-making in large complex organisations. Board Committees; Trust Board, Audit, Remuneration and Nominations (ED), Business Development and Investment (Chair), Digital, Service User and Carer.

Mark LargeMark Large

Non-Executive Director 

Mark Large joined the Board having been a successful healthcare consultant with clients including NHS and private sector clients.  Mark has a mixed background of public and private sector experience, including 13 years employment in the NHS with experience across multiple care settings (acute, tertiary specialist, community and mental Health).  Work in the private sector includes more than eight years at Oracle Corporation (UK). Board Committees; Trust Board, Remuneration & Nominations (ED), Digital (Chair), Quality Governance, People, Service User and Carer.

David MatthewsDavid Matthews

Non-Executive Director 

A qualified CPFA accountant, David joined the Board from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership where for 6 years he had been a Non-Executive Director and chair of its Audit Committee. He lives in Walsall and has previously been Director of Resources at two Staffordshire based Housing Associations and the Non-Executive Chair of a small Housing Association based in Walsall. Prior to this he held roles with Birmingham and Walsall Councils and the Black Country Development Corporation. Board Committees; Trust Board, Audit (Chair), Remuneration and Nominations (ED), Finance and Performance, Business Development and Investment, Service User and Carer.

Debbie NixonDebbie Nixon

Non-Executive Director 

Debbie Nixon joined the Board from Black Country Health Care NHS Foundation Trust, formerly Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, where she served as Non Executive Director from April 2018.  Debbie is a Registered Nurse and District Nurse and has worked in a variety of roles, including a Senior Consultant for The National Institute of Mental Health England, an accredited Gateway Reviewer for the Department of Health and Specialist Advisor for The Innovation Agency -North West Coast. Board Committees; Trust Board, Remuneration & Nominations (ED), Business Development and Investment, Finance and Performance (Chair), Audit, Service User and Carer.

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Non-Executive Director 

Jacqueline Small has extensive experience of working in leadership roles within the NHS and local government where she has held a range senior Public Health management and executive level roles. She joined the Board from the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust where she served as a Non-Executive Director since 2017. Board Committees; Trust Board, Remuneration and Nominations (ED), Quality Governance (Chair), Finance and Performance, People, Service User and Carer (Lead). NED lead for all matters relevant to the Quality Governance Committee, including complaints, MHA/MCA, infection control Emergency Preparedness Resilience & Response, BAME Network NED Sponsor.

Jennie Collier

Managing Director, Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent Care Group

Cathy Riley

Managing Director, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Care Group

Howard King

Managing Director, Specialist Services

Claire Bailey

Managing Director, Children and Families Care Group