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Meet the Team

Albert Chelliah – Hospital Director

Albert was educated in Malaysia and moved to the UK in the late 70’s to pursue a career in Nursing. Having completed his Mental Health and General Nurse training he worked in a variety of heathcare settings.

He worked in the NHS for more than 30 years primarily within the Forensic Services and has spent the last 12 years working in Independent Healthcare Organisations including. Albert has worked for Cygnet as Hospital Director since February 2018.

Albert has a Masters Degree in Health Services Management from the University of Manchester and is also a certified ‘Prince 2 Project Management’ practitioner.

Albert enjoys most sports especially Golf and enjoys being outdoors. He is an advanced open water and ‘wreck’ diver and often spends his holidays in the warm seas of the Far East.

As a keen amateur cook, he also enjoys hosting and entertaining friends and family.

James Cooper - Clinical Services Manager

James joined the Churchill team in June 2020 as the Clinical Services Manager. He is a qualified Mental Health Nurse and was trained at Middlesex University. He has more than 20 years’ nursing/healthcare experience working in different roles and care settings. Prior to joining Churchill, James worked for Partnerships In Care and Priory Healthcare. He later joined Elysium Healthcare as the Clinical Lead Nurse.

James was part of the team (at Partnerships in Care – North London Clinic) that achieved the first CQC outstanding rating with the current 5 CQC standards (inspection regime) in England, February 2014.

As the Clinical Services Manager, James is responsible for ensuring Churchill continues to provide quality and effective patient care and experience. His role includes taking responsibility for Safeguarding of our patients. Outside of work James enjoys cooking and politics.

Ken Mbonzongwana – Ward Manager

Ken is a Registered Mental Nurse with over 22 years of experience of working within mental health, with NHS as well as Independent Private Providers. He has worked in a variety of mental health settings such as Acquired Brain Injury service, Female and Male PICU, Prison as Locum Agency nurse as well as in Acute Units in NHS. Ken was trained in South Africa and he came over to UK in January 2003 and he worked with various companies within Health.

Ken has particular interest in Public Health and Wellbeing and holds a Master’s degree in Public health and well-being, with emphasis on Health Inequalities as well as Good Governance.

Just prior to joining Cygnet, Ken worked as a Team Leader in male PICU, and subsequently as Clinical Ward Manager for a 14 bedded Female Unit and he joined Cygnet Healthcare in August 2017. He is now managing an 18 bedded male Rehabilitation Unit at Churchill. Ken is passionate about staff development and service user’s involvement in service improvement. He is service user focussed and committed to quality care with emphasis on relational security and very sound interpersonal relations within members of MDT.

Kumba Yarjah – Ward Manager

Kumba Yarjah is a registered mental health nurse and qualified in 2008. Kumba has gained extensive experience and expertise while working as a staff nurse, later becoming a Senior Staff Nurse and currently the ward manager of Maple ward, an 18 bedded Male Mental Health Rehabilitation unit at Cygnet Healthcare. Her passion is to serve, to build and to plant.

Kumba has expressed her passion of working in this service as she has developed an effective pathway working as part of MDT and this has also been testament to the manner in which there are shared sentiments about Maple service users from external stake-holders like CCG’s and Care Coordinators. Kumba is service-user focused and committed to quality care and patient involvement.

Harrison Carnegie - Primary Healthcare Manager

Harrison has worked for Cygnet Churchill since 2018, he oversees the physical and primary healthcare management of the patients within Cygnet Churchill. Harrison is as a registered general nurse and has been supporting patients physical healthcare needs in mental health services since 2011. Harrison takes the lead role in the discharge process for patients on Elm Court, effectively managing the ward and overseeing the smooth transition of patients from a locked rehabilitation to community placements.

Emily Courtier- Regional Lead Occupational Therapist

After graduating from UWE Bristol, Emily gained experience in various community and inpatient mental health services, including a national specialist unit for individuals with complex and co-morbid psychosis.

Emily joined Cygnet Churchill in February 2018 with a passion for supporting her clients to rebuild their motivation and identity and to reengage with the aspects of daily they find most important. She gained further experience having completed training in Occupational Case Formulation and various assessments associated with the Model of Human Occupation.

In September 2018, Emily was appointed Head of Occupational Therapy to provide leadership to and management of the OT department.

Emily was appointed Regional Lead Occupational Therapist (London & South East) in April 2020 to support other OT departments across the region deliver a high-quality effective service.

Atena Papatraian - Head of Psychology & Regional Lead, London

Atena joined the Churchill team in 2019, after having worked for the organisation since 2015. She has extensive experience in assessment and management of risk, comprehensive psychological assessments and tailored interventions for different client groups. Atena uses a variety of therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy and schema therapy. She aims to promote an ethos that embeds compassion, inclusion and collaboration, and to make a positive contribution to the transformation of healthcare services.

Titilayo Jackson - Head of Hotel Services

Tity joined Churchill in 2013. Prior to this, she worked for Contract Caterers Russell & Brand, Bateman Catering and ISS Mediclean at the Maudsley & Bethlem NHS trust from 1991 to 2005. She then went on to work directly for South London & Maudsley NHS Trust at Lambeth Hospital in South West London in 2005.

Tity’s original background training was in Media Studies but with a deep passion for cooking and all areas of hospitality, she has followed this path for close to 30 years working in different positions within the Catering Department.

She manages the Catering and Housekeeping departments here at the Churchill. Her focus is to improve people’s negative opinion of hospital food and housekeeping by working with her Hotel Services team to provide a high standard of service for the patients, staff and visitors.

She is currently working on her project based on innovation to services to round up her diploma in the Cygnet- sponsored CMI Level 5 Leadership and Management Course.

Wilmer Almachi Amagua - Housekeeping Supervisor

Wilmer has worked for Cygnet Health Care since August 2013, he started as a Housekeeper and then became a Housekeeping Supervisor in April 2017. Wilmer works closely with his Housekeeping Team to produce a clean and safe environment for staff and users.

In 2019 Wilmer had the opportunity to attend and complete the Skills for Care and Skills for Health course and obtain the "Care Certificate", this course allowed Wilmer to expand his knowledge and skills in health care, thus meeting the expectations of maintaining a high level of cleanliness in Cygnet Churchill.

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