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.

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.

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.

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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