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Meet the Team

David Williams - Hospital Manager

David is a healthcare management professional who started his career as a Nursing Assistant over 20 years ago. He has since undertaken many different roles working in mental health with experience of different roles including Staff Nurse, Ward Manager, Clinical Services Manager, Quality Risk and Compliance Director and Hospital Director.

His real passion has always been to work with people on an individual basis to help them to achieve their own goals and potential. With an overall desire is to provide the best, high quality, evidence based mental health care.

David’s education has enabled him to attain both a clinical nursing degree and Masters in Business and Administration. He has also presented at various conferences including the IIOPM conference.

Dr Matt Rowett - Consultant Neuropsychiatrist
MB, ChB, PGDip, PGCert, MRCPsych.

Dr Rowett studied medicine at The University of Liverpool and graduated in 2002. He trained in psychiatry throughout North Yorkshire, Teesside and the North East and has always had a keen interest in organic psychiatry.

He completed his training in 2012, with an endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry. His experience includes neuropsychiatry, Liaison psychiatry and military psychiatry. He worked as Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist for seven years in The James Cook University Hospital. This involved extensive experience of neuropsychiatry, including functional neurological disorders and acquired brain injuries.

He has experience of medical leadership, developing Liaison psychiatry across Teesside in the role of Associate Clinical Director, and implementing the Crisis Assessment Suite in Middlesbrough. He has postgraduate qualifications in healthcare leadership and clinical education.

He was shortlisted for the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychiatrist of the Year in 2014. His publications include papers in the Cochrane Library and the Schizophrenia Bulletin.

Emily Richardson - Head of Care

Emily qualified as an RMN in 2013 with a BSc Hons in Evidence based nursing (mental health) from York University. Since then she has worked in a range of different environments including low secure forensic, eating disorders, acute, elderly and neuropsychiatric services. Emily progressed from staff nurse to clinical team leader before being appointed Head of Care at Cygnet Newham House in Spring 2020.

Emily has a strong interest in the physical and mental health balance that is vital in mental health services. She has a passion for developing staff and for ensuring that individuals in our care are supported in a safe and supportive environment.

Sue Copstick - Neuropsychology Lead

Sue Copstick is a renowned and respected Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist who previously worked at two neuroscience centres (based in Plymouth and Glasgow), before becoming Clinical Director of an independent Neurorehabilitation provider nearly 7 years ago. Sue is incredibly keen to apply all she has learned to develop a forward thinking and inclusive Neuropsychological Rehabilitation provision as part of Cygnet’s Neuropsychiatric Rehabilitation Pathway.

Uniquely positioned to share her wealth of expertise and experience Sue is on the specialist register for Clinical Neuropsychology, and is an elected Fellow of the Division of Neuropsychology UK whilst also remaining as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. Sue considers it a privilege to be a member of the executive committee of the Division of Neuropsychology of the British Psychological Society, and is the Scotland representative on that committee.

Anna Higgins - Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Anna has extensive experience working with adults with neurological impairment as a result of conditions such as acquired brain injury, stroke and progressive neurological conditions. She has expert knowledge in diagnosis and management of communication and swallowing difficulties in neurology. Person centred therapy and goal planning are central to her work encouraging individuals to reach their full potential in a meaningful way.

Anna has worked in multiple NHS trusts and within teams across the Private sector in both the acute and community. Training, inspiring and upskilling the workforce are important to her through in-house training, lecturing as well as public speaking at conferences and forums. Previous roles have seen Anna as a safeguarding lead along with advising on national guidelines for slow stream rehabilitation. Anna strives for a dynamic working environment bringing clinical excellence.

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