Meet the Team

Richard Clark - Hospital Manager

Richard has almost twenty years’ experience of working in mental health services. Originally starting as an Occupational Therapist, Richard joined St Andrew’s Healthcare in 1997. Richard subsequently worked his way up through a number of positions including ward manager, clinical services manager and hospital director. Most recently he has been the Service Director and Registered Manager of St Andrew’s Women’s Mental Pathway. Richard was appointed Hospital Manager of Cygnet Hospital Coventry in January 2016.

Paul Tennant - Clinical Manager

Prior to qualifying as a nurse in 2005 at De Montfort University in Leicester Paul worked as a health care support worker within the learning disability trust. Since gaining his nursing qualification Paul initially worked as a staff nurse in a psychiatric intensive care unit. Paul went on to work in the private sector and has worked in a number of low and medium secure services as a clinical team leader, charge nurse and ward manager, including the Alvaston service at Cygnet Hospital Derby.

Paul is very driven to support his team to deliver high quality nursing care to all service users and to enable them to make a speedy recovery. Paul is very keen on supporting staff on the ward to develop in their chosen career path and is an advocate for professional development.

Dr Neel Tambimuttu - Consultant Psychiatrist, Middlemarch

Dr Tambimuttu is a Consultant Psychiatrist who joined Cygnet early in 2019 after working for more than 20years in the NHS. During this time he worked in most major disciplines in Psychiatry including Forensic Psychiatry at Ashworth Hospital in Merseyside and also the PICU at QE hospital in Birmingham.

A major part of his work experience was at the Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust, NHS where he was for several years the Lead Consultant for the Transcultural Psychiatry Team in Coventry. He worked as inpatient consultant and later as Consultant in the Psychosis IPU (Integrated Psychosis Unit) from 2014 He has extensive experience of liaison with the criminal justice system and the multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment of complex needs.

Dr Tambimuttu trained as a Psychiatrist in the UK during which time his research subject was on the use Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as an investigative tool in Schizophrenia. He is also an examiner for the Intermediate and Final Professional examinations at the University of Warwick leading to the MBChB degree. He was made a fellow of the Srilanka College of Psychiatrists in 2010 and also an International Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2014.

Kath Tilbrook - Ward Manager, Ariel

Kath has over 30 years’ experience in mental health services. She has worked in various levels of security with complex and challenging patients. Kath career progression led to her becoming a lead nurse and modern matron, within the men’s mental health pathway. This experience and her skill base are an ideal match to the complex and challenging nature of Cygnet Hospital Coventry’s innovative female personality disorder service.

Lindsey Barry - Ward Manager, Middlemarch

Lindsey commenced mental health nurse training in 2007, having worked in the substance misuse field previously. Upon qualifying in 2010, she was awarded the Faculty Award of Excellence from Coventry University. Lindsey’s career began in women’s forensic services and she has worked at different levels through locked, low secure and medium secure services. This has included supporting service users with learning disabilities, those on the autistic spectrum and women who have experienced a significant trauma history.

Lindsey has progressed from Clinical Team Leader to Ward Manager during her time at Cygnet Coventry. Alongside Middlemarch Ward, Lindsey also manages Ariel Court transitional living units, linking these two services to form a pathway for women’s reintegration into the community. Lindsey has an avid interest in the rights of women from disadvantaged and marginalised groups and supports her staff team in upholding this ethos.

Tracy Thomas - Administration Manager

Tracy joined the Coventry Cygnet team in July 2016. She had previously worked for the NHS for 11 years and brings to the team a wealth of experience across a range of roles within administration. Tracy will be implementing efficient working systems and practices and will be responsible for the line management of reception and the wider admin team.

Zachory Brandon - Head of Occupational Therapy

Zac has worked within mental health care over the last 20 years working within fields such acquired brain injury and residential ASD services. For last 12 years Zac has worked primarily with women in forensic services encompassing both medium and low secure environments.

Zac leads on developing the Occupational Therapy services for the hospital to ensure that it provides clear occupationally focused interventions.

Dr Mandi Hodges - Head of Psychology

Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, Mandi has gained experience of working in community adult mental health services and inpatient services, including forensic medium and low secure services and Psychiatric Intensive Care. Working alongside the Probation Service, Mandi has led on implementing and developing new services as part of the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway.

Prior to training as a Clinical Psychologist, Mandi gained a PhD and worked as a University Lecturer. Her research focused on substance abuse and she has published research on the subject.

Mandi joined the Cygnet team at Coventry in 2017. She has focused mainly on developing the psychology service on the PICU and on the High Dependency Rehabilitation ward. She has a particular interest in trauma-focused approaches to working with personality disorder. Mandi became Head of Psychology in October 2018.

Maria Harris - DBT Therapist

Maria has worked in mental healthcare for the past 11 years and gained significant experience working with women within an inpatient setting. She has been involved in creating and establishing new services and developing robust Occupational Therapy (OT) pathways of care across multi-sites.

For the last 2 and a half years Maria has held the role of Lead Occupational Therapist for the Women’s Mental Health Service at St Andrew’s Healthcare, delivering and developing clear OT services for both complex mental illness and Personality Disorder across a range of security levels. She also comes to us with a wealth of experience in delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

Adam Woodward - Head Chef

Coventry born Adam joined us at Cygnet Coventry with 29 years of extensive experience of working in the hospitality industry, providing top quality fresh food and keeping up to date with current trends, both in the UK and internationally.

Adam has worked in London, France and the Channel islands where he gained his passion for local fresh produce which not only helps local business but he thinks has a much better taste and quality. He has spent the last 12 years providing catering services for vulnerable adults with all different types of dietary, religious and medical needs.

Adam and his team pride themselves on providing nutritional fresh food and his menus are changed quarterly to fit with the year’s seasons. Adam encourages the patients to help him create the new menus by holding taster sessions, food focus and he actively attends the wards community meetings to gather feedback.

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