Director of Strategy and Commercial Development
Suzanne joined the Trust as Director of Strategy and Commercial Development in March 2015.
She is a speech and language therapist by background, with a clinical MSc and MBA. Suzanne worked clinically in a number of London trusts including Guy’s and St. Thomas’ and Barts and the London, before moving into operational management at Hammersmith and Charing Cross NHS Trust and St. George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust.
Suzanne worked in key strategic roles at St. George’s in the five years before joining the Trust, including responsibility for overseeing the integration of Community Services Wandsworth into the organisation. She was programme director with responsibility for leading the Foundation Trust application and was Acting Director of Strategy at St. George’s prior to joining the Trust.
Staff Nurse and Preceptee Mentor
We asked Sarah about her experiences working as a mental health nurse here at the Trust:
How long have you been working in mental health?
I have worked as a RMN within the Trust for just over a year but I have previous experience working with those within mental health as a HCA in an acute CAMHS inpatient unit whilst I was a student nurse.
Did you work in any other area before working in mental health?
I have worked as a support worker previously with children and adults with learning difficulties.
Why are you passionate about it?
I am passionate about working to support others and teaching which has always been an interest of mine.
What is one of the best things about working in mental health?
I love the hands on work and learning something new everyday working with patients aswell as alongside my colleagues
What is the one misconception you think is out there about mental health?
People with mental health problems can snap out of it or change if they tried hard enough.
Director of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement
Ranjeet joined the Trust in November 2013 and is responsible for leading the Trust’s Communications and Stakeholder Engagement programme.
With 20 years’ marketing and communication experience working in the country’s most challenging public sector arenas, Ranjeet was previously Head of Marketing and Communications at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Communications Adviser for the Department of Health and Head of Marketing for the London Borough of Lambeth.
Sola Afuape was appointed in August 2016. She is a member of QSAC and is co-chair of the Equality and Diversity committee.
Sola has 15 years’ experience in health and social care advising, designing and implementing national and regional programmes most notably delivering health inequality improvements and from 2006 to 2015 was Chair of a national charity tackling social exclusion and health inequalities with a particular focus on Mental Health, for which she was awarded an MBE. She has held a number of advisory roles and worked across government within the Department of Health, Public Health England, Standing Commissioning on Carers and within the Arts and more recently HMCT’s London West Advisory Committee.
She currently runs her own consultancy specialising in Strategy, OD and Equalities and conducting independent reviews, she combines this with her advisory role across a collaboration of CCGs as a lay member lead in integrated care and transformational workforce and organisation development. Sola has a deep passion for patient, staff and citizen voice, co- production and systems leadership.