Meet the Team

Alexander Lawrence - Hospital Manager

Alexander joined Cygnet Health Care in 2015 having studied medicine and went on to successfully completing an MSc in Public Health Management at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prior to joining Cygnet he gained experience on co-ordinating a series of global health projects.

Alexander gained further experience having completed the Cygnet Trainee Management Programme in November 2016, working and delivering projects across the company within Sales, HR, Finance and Operations. In February 2017 Alexander recently joined Cygnet Hospital Harrow in overseeing the new project build and operations of the hospital.

Alexander was appointed Hospital Manager of Cygnet Hospital Harrow in May 2018.

Navin Ramgolam - Clinical Manager

Navin has extensive experience in the NHS where he has worked for just over 38 years and worked in mental health for the last 30 years. He has qualifications in General, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health as well as a degree in law (LLB Hons). His vast experience in mental health includes working in various psychiatric hospitals, from managing acute admissions to and setting up new specialist services. His last post was that of Service Manager for all the community mental health services including mental health social services for the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.

Navin also practises as a non-legal member of the Employment Tribunals Service based at Watford for the last 10 years.

Dr Ian Nnatu - Medical Director

Dr Nnatu is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Charing Cross Hospital, London and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College, London. He did his postgraduate training on the Charing Cross and St Mary’s psychiatric training scheme in London. He became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2001 and he is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

He holds a postgraduate diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), from the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. Dr Nnatu has dual accreditation with the General Medical Council, in general psychiatry and substance misuse psychiatry. He holds an MSc in healthcare leadership from the NHS Leadership Academy.

He is a regional advisor for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and also an examiner for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

He has been in private practice for several years and he continues to see private patients for assessment and treatment of conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress related disorders and drug and alcohol problems. He was featured in the 2019 Powerlist as one of the 100 most influential black people in the UK.

For more information about Dr Nnatu, please visit his website


Gerald Mhlanga - Clinical Quality & Compliance Lead

Gerald has over 10 years experience working in different Mental Health settings. He first joined Cygnet at Beckton in 2003 as a Staff Nurse. Gerald rejoined Cygnet Health Care at Harrow in June 2006, as a Clinical Team Leader.

Gerald later became the Acting Manager for Springs Unit from April 2008 until February 2010 when he was promoted to the post of the Ward Manager. In 2016 he was appointed the hospital's Clinical Quality and Compliance Lead.

Victor Buckman - Byron Ward Manager

With over 25 years of nursing experience in the NHS Victor joined the team at Cygnet Hospital Harrow as a staff nurse in April 2011. After being promoted to Clinical Team Leader in May 2012, Victor became ward manager for Byron Ward in January 2016.

Kris Ramgoolam - Spring Centre Ward Manager

Kris joined Cygnet Hospital Harrow in September 2017. Trained in Mental Health, Learning Disability and Adult Nursing, his practical experience ranges from ward based clinical work to teaching nursing students training to qualify at university diploma / degree level. In addition to gaining a Diploma in Higher Education (Nursing) he has a post graduate master level degree in Health Psychology. He is also an Associate Lecturer with the Open University teaching Psychology to undergraduate students.

Kris’s latest clinical experience since retiring from his Senior Lecturer’s post includes working at Cygnet Hospital Ealing as a Staff Nurse in the Eating Disorders Unit, followed by taking a Clinical Team Leader’s post at Cygnet Lodge Kenton, a locked female rehabilitation unit. Presently he is a Ward Manager of the new Springs Centre due to open in November 2017.

Victoria Bennett - Springs Ward Manager

Victoria joined Cygnet Hospital Harrow in 2014 as a Team Leader on the Springs Unit. Prior to joining Cygnet Health Care she worked in the NHS covering a broad spectrum of; Acute, ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) and Mother and Baby specialist nursing. Victoria became Ward Manger for the Springs Unit and Springs Wing in October 2016.

Steve Benson-Cole - Head of Therapy

Steve's background is in counselling with a specialist interest in addictions, working in this field for over 10 years. He gained his MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling in 2004 and is a member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Steve is also qualified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy which utilises horses in both therapeutic and team building processes.

Dr Roz Halari - Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Halari specialises in assessing and treating psychiatric/psychological and developmental disorders; such as psychoses, autism spectrum disorders and personality disorders. In addition, she is a trained clinical hypnotherapist.

In addition to her work as a clinician, Dr Halari is an honorary lecturer at Imperial College London and is involved in academic and clinical research both at Imperial and The Institute of Psychiatry, London. She has published widely in peer reviewed journals in the field of psychology and psychiatry.

Emily Gallagher - Speech and Language Therapist

Emily is a Speech and Language Therapist and registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Emily graduated from her undergraduate degree (BSc (Hons) Speech Pathology and Psychology ) in 2016, and proceeded to study Applied Neuropsychology at Master’s level before joining Cygnet in October 2017.

Rod Kowald - Health and Safety / Security Lead

Rod qualified as an RMN in 1987 and has worked in a variety of settings in both the NHS and Private Sectors. He has been a trainer in managing violence and aggression since 1995. Since 1997 has been facilitating group therapy within the mental health acute setting.

More recently Rod has gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Givens Counselling and qualified as a Chi Kung Practitioner - a Chinese system of healing exercise.

Angela Vullo - Accounts Administrator & SRG Chair

Angela joined Cygnet Hospital Harrow in 2003. She joined as a receptionist and then went on to become the Byron Ward Clerk and is now the hospital's Accounts Administrator. Angela has been in the Staff Representative Group (SRG) since 2003 and has chaired the group since 2016. Angela and other SRG members meet once a month to discuss staff issues and concerns. The SRG Team act as a voice for the hospital.

Ani Mihaylova - Executive Assistant / Training Co-ordinator

Ani joined Cygnet Hospital Harrow in March 2014 as Executive Assistant. More recently she has taken up the responsibility for the hospital training coordination.

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