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 Kajal Patel - Medical Director

Dr Patel has extensive experience working in forensic psychiatry managing patients throughout their care pathway from high security, through medium security to rehabilitation wards, and in the community in both hostel and independent settings. She joined the Cygnet Hospital Coventry team from Priory where she held the position of Medical Director.

Dr Patel has a strong academic background that underpins her clinical expertise and has been a Psychiatric member for the Parole Board for England and Wales for over five years. Dr Patel brings strong leadership skills and a passion for developing quality, evidence based services.

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.

Taffy Mandizha – Ward Manager, Dunsmore

Taffy is a trained mental health nurse from Middlesex University London, with over 13 years’ experience of working with people with mental health problems in low secure, medium secure and HMP prison services. Before joining Cygnet in June 2017, Taffy who holds a Management Qualification also worked as a Registered Manager for a Community Hospital in Birmingham.

His leadership qualities and broad experience is invaluable to the demands of a busy female PICU Ward. His drive for empowering his entire staff team and enhancing their knowledge and skills is critical in ensuring that service users are supported and managed on the PICU Ward within the shortest period of time.

Sally McCoy - Ward Manager, Middlemarch

Sally has over 25 years of experience of working in the field of mental health, qualifying in 1989. During this time she has worked in acute, community, medium secure and most recently locked rehabilitation.

Sally’s last position was as the CQC registered manager for a locked 21 bedded all male rehabilitation facility in Surrey. Having relocated to the West Midlands she is excited to bring her skills and knowledge to Cygnet Hospital Coventry.

Sally is a dynamic and engaged manager who has the same passion now for the field of mental health as she did when she first qualified. She is looking forward to creating the pathway through Middlemarch Ward that will allow patients to engage actively with the team and learn the skills they require for a successful reintegration back into the communities of which they wish to be a part.

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.

Dr Jill Peters - Lead Psychologist

Dr Peters has worked in the NHS for the past 17 years. She qualified as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist jointly from the University of Warwick and Coventry University in 2004 and has worked locally in mental health services ever since.

In recent years, she has spent the majority of her time working in secure inpatient services for men and women. Dr Peters is passionate about innovation, collaborative working and evidence-based practice. One of her primary interests is trauma and she has extensive experience in this area. She is intensively DBT trained and brings her knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to leading the new women’s service in Coventry.

Maria Harris - Lead Occupational 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.

Emily Lynott - Maintenance Manager

Prior to joining the Cygnet team in April 2017, Emily worked for the Government for 14 years in various roles including Project Management and Procurement/ Contract Management. Emily will be responsible for the overall Facilities Management of the building and have line management responsibility to Maintenance and Housekeeping Staff. Emily has developed many transferable skills whilst working for central government including organisational and budget management skills. Emily hopes to implement robust processes and procedures in order to maintain the highest standards.

Neil Jones - Head Chef

Neil has extensive experience of working in the hospitality industry, providing top quality food, both in the UK and internationally. He has spent the last 18 years providing catering services for vulnerable adults with all different types of dietary needs.

Neil prides himself in providing nutritional fresh food that must be presented well, he always says that if food looks good on a plate then the customer or patient is more likely to enjoy.