Our Leadership Team
Mark Ground - Interim Chief Executive and Chief Financial OfficerMark is an FCA and comes from a strong professional background, having spent eight years with Arthur Andersen (the last four as a management consultant), before moving on to work for the formerly listed Whitehead Mann Group for six years, where he held the position of Group Finance Director and Company Secretary. Mark joined Cygnet Health Care in December 2008. He is a director of all legal entities in the Cygnet Group, a member of the Top Co Board, and is primarily responsible for the Finance and IT departments. In his spare time Mark is a keen sportsman and enjoys spending time with his family.
Nicky McLeod - Chief Operating OfficerNicky comes from a clinical background having initially completed training as a RGN in 1980. After developing her management career with a pharmaceutical company Nicky joined Cygnet Health Care in 1998 as Hospital Director of Bowden House Clinic. After two years Nicky was promoted to Regional Director with responsibility for three Cygnet hospitals. From 2007-2009 she was Managing Director of five Cygnet hospitals before being appointed Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for operations at all Cygnet units. Family life is where Nicky likes to focus when not in work with a keen interest in football and basketball and just having some fun.
Julie Kerry - Director of Nursing and Patient Experience
Julie was appointed Director of Nursing and Patient Experience in Aug 2015. Julie is an experienced Nurse Leader with a range of clinical, operational and strategic experience, having held senior roles in the NHS, voluntary sector and commissioning bodies.
Julie has a track record of delivering system improvements in quality, safety and outcomes for patients and their families. At her most recent role, at NHS England, Julie held lead responsibility for patient experience, safeguarding and investigation of mental health homicides.
Julie’s responsibilities include; Reducing Restrictive Practice, Patient Experience, Smoke Free Hospitals, alongside other corporate roles Safeguarding, Caldicott Guardian and Prevent Lead.
In her spare time Julie enjoys spending time with her children and walking her dogs.
Dr Humphrey Needham-Bennett - Group Medical Director
Dr Needham-Bennett trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London and completed his medical training in 1987. Over the next 3 years he studied on the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Psychiatry training rotation and became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He went on to complete specialist higher training in General Psychiatry and then completed further specialist higher training in Forensic Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital.
He was appointed to a consultant post at the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospitals in 2001 and continues to hold a consultancy with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Needham-Bennett was also the Caldicott Guardian for 3 years at the SLAM Foundation Trust.
Dr Needham-Bennett is the Medical Director of Cygnet Hospital Blackheath and Cygnet Lodge Lewisham. In 2016 he was appointed Group Medical Director. In his spare time he is a keen cyclist and enjoys dinghy sailing, open water swimming and skiing.
Lee Hammon - Commercial Director
Lee joined Cygnet Health Care on the graduate management training programme after gaining a 1st class honours in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2000. His first substantive role was in 2001 where he was a General Manager for the St Andrews Healthcare/Cygnet Health Care joint venture.
Since then, he has moved on to commission and operationally manage hospitals at Hospital Manager and Regional Director level, prior to his appointment as Managing Director (South) in November 2008. During this time, he was responsible for a number of hospital ‘turn-arounds’. He is currently the Commercial Director, responsible for managing the company’s vast array of NHS relationships, as well as identifying opportunities for business development and growth.
Outside of work, Lee is a keen footballer and has indeed helped Cygnet Hospital Beckton to win the company’s heavily-contested football tournament four times in total..
Paul Mather - Group Director of HR and Organisation Development
Paul was appointed in November 2015 having previously held UK and international HR leadership and statutory director roles in business sectors that include Energy, Technology, Manufacturing and Healthcare. Before joining Cygnet Health Care, Paul was Group HR Director at The Priory Group. He also spent a number of years in international HR Consultancy, most notably with the organisation that is now Towers Watson and Willis, and also with Sibson Consulting. Paul’s specialisms are in HR transformation and delivery, post merger integration, leadership development and compensation design.
In his downtime Paul has broad interests. He enjoys historical research, sailing, is a keen motorcyclist, runner, skier and is also an Aston Villa season ticket holder.
Jane Price - Director of HR Operations
Jane Price was appointed as Human Resources Director for Cygnet Health Care in September 2013. Jane’s background is in retail hospitality. Having begun her career as a training officer, she moved in to an operational role in 1995 with a large brewer and retailer and developed her management career as a Regional Manager.
In 1998 Jane moved in to HR and completed her post graduate Diploma in Human resource management in 2000. Jane has extensive experience in HR starting out as a HR Manager with responsibility for employee relations, policy and procedure. In 2007 Jane moved in to a generalist role, developing recruitment and retention strategies and managing a team of HR Business Partners and in 2012 took over as Head of HR for a large division of Greene King PLC, where she further developed the divisions strategy on retention and delivery of front line service to its customers.
Outside work Jane likes to spend time with her family and, when she can, walking in the outdoors.
David Ewing - IT Director
David joined Cygnet Health Care in July 2015 as IT Director, having previously held the position of IT Director for Partnerships in Care Ltd. With a background in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, David has thirty years’ experience in IT across a variety of industry sectors.
David spent the first part of his career working in the financial and legal sectors before moving into the private healthcare sector nearly twenty years ago, the last eight of which have been spent in specialist, secure and step down care services. A keen motorcyclist, he once rode from London to Madrid in 24 hours but is now content with a less arduous commute to Sevenoaks.
Vicky McNally - Corporate Governance Director
Vicky graduated in Law and worked in retail management before joining Cygnet Health Care in 1995 as a management trainee. In 1996 Vicky was appointed Hospital Director and was promoted to Regional Director in 2001. Vicky has been working in her current role as Corporate Governance Director since 2008.
Vicky is responsible for monitoring performance and standards across the group to ensure required standards are achieved and exceeded. Vicky manages the Corporate Governance Team who work closely with units to identify risks to quality of care as well as sharing best practice in order to drive continuous improvement.
Vicky is an elected Board Member of the national Mental Health Network of the NHS Confederation. Vicky enjoys watching her sons play rugby and spends most weekends supporting from the side line.
Tom Wilson - Director of Developments and Facilities
A Chartered Surveyor with 20 years specific Healthcare experience, Tom was appointed in May 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the Company’s extensive development activities to deliver new hospital schemes and also undertake major refurbishments and extensions to existing hospital sites. Having successfully achieved rapid property expansion at previous corporate employers, much of this role involves the coordination and direction of specialised external teams while liaising closely with senior management.
Away from work Tom is a keen rugby enthusiast and regular hill-walker and cyclist with a growing interest in Scottish border reiver history.
Anthony Coleman - Group Financial Controller
Anthony is an FCCA who joined Cygnet Health Care as a Trainee Accountant in 2001. Anthony has been Group Financial Controller for the past five years after having various promotions within the finance department and is also Company Secretary of Cygnet Health Care and subsidiaries. Anthony has responsibility for all management accounts, statutory reporting, tax and manages the four finance departments within the Group. In his spare time Anthony enjoys travelling and is a keen motor racing fan.