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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Meet our Trust Board

Our Trust Board meets every month to discuss important issues. It is responsible for setting the direction of our Trust - by reviewing how we're doing at the moment and making plans for the future.

Download the Foundation Trust Board overview

For more information about Trust Board meetings, please contact:

The Trust Board Secretary
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Unit 1 B1,50 Summer Hill Road
Birmingham, B1 3RB

Tel: 0121 301 1319
Email: bsmhft.commsteam@nhs.net


Danielle Oum
Danielle Oum, Chair

Danielle, who lives in Birmingham, has extensive chair and non-executive experience. She joins the Trust from Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust where she has been the Chair since 2016, and Healthwatch Birmingham and Healthwatch Solihull where she has been the Chair since 2017. Previously she was the Chair at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Danielle has a strong leadership background in strategic development, stakeholder engagement and transformational change spanning the public, private and voluntary sectors. She is passionate about promoting equality and inclusion, particularly within disadvantaged communities.

In her time at Walsall Healthcare, she has been instrumental in helping to bring about meaningful change in service quality, innovation and improvement as well as building a culture of inclusiveness. Danielle also played a key part in the evolution of Walsall Together and working collaboratively with Black Country partners system wide.

Roisin Fallon Williams
Roisin Fallon Williams, Chief Executive

Roisin is a Registered Learning Disability Nurse who spent much of her early career in clinical roles in and around Hertfordshire, within mental health and learning disability NHS organisations. She took up her first Board director role in 2002 at Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust, and since then has held a variety of Board roles with a wide range of responsibilities including seven years at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust. Most recently she was Chief Executive at Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, which achieved an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission during her time there.

Non-Executive Directors

Dr Linda Cullen, Non-Executive Director
Dr Linda Cullen, Non-Executive Director

Dr Linda Cullen was appointed as a non-executive director of the Trust on 1 January 2019. Linda has worked as a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist for 25 years in a wide variety of settings across the Midlands.  She is currently a locum consultant in the NHS and also a second opinion doctor for the Care Quality Commission. She has worked closely with colleagues in child and adult services, using research and evidence based practice in developing novel services. 

Linda helped to develop Early Intervention in Psychosis services across Birmingham and acute and high dependency child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), including one of the first CAMHS acute admission wards in the UK. She has also been active as a trainer, tutor, and mentor and for several years in clinical lead and director roles with professional line management responsibilities.

Prof Russell Beale - Non-Executive Director
Prof Russell Beale - Non-Executive Director

Prof Russell Beale joined the Trust as a non-executive director on 1 January 2017, he has a wealth of experience from more than 25 years at the University of Birmingham, where he is currently Professor of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Director of the HCI Centre, a major centre focusing on designing and developing the digital future. 

Russell has achieved worldwide recognition for his work on using artificial intelligence to assist interaction between users and technology, is a Chartered IT Professional and Visiting Professor at the University of Swansea.  He also has commercial and management experience, having held senior positions in both large and small technology organisations and founded six hi-tech companies.

Philip Gayle
Philip Gayle, Non-Executive Director

Philip Gayle joined the Trust as a non-executive director on 1 October 2019. Philip is Chief Executive at Servol Community Services, a third sector organisation that provides accommodation and support services for people experiencing mental health difficulties. 

He has extensive knowledge and leadership experience within the health, social care and housing sector as well as expertise and specialised skills as a business consultant and in transformation and improving business performance. Philip has been an independent consultant for TRIBAL, an assessor for national funding applications for government schemes, where he gained key insight into government contracts and procurement. 

He is a qualified counsellor and has an MSc in Healthcare Policy Management from the University of Birmingham. Philip has previously held a number of NHS board positions and is a non-executive director at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.

Gianjeet Hunjan - Non-Executive Director
Gianjeet Hunjan - Non-Executive Director

Gianjeet was appointed as a non-executive director on 1 September 2015. She is a qualified accountant with extensive experience in the NHS and Education sector.  Her background includes working at director level in a variety of health care roles over the last 30 years.  She is a Chartered Accountant and has a Master of Arts in Finance and Accounting from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Waheed Saleem - Non-Executive Director
Waheed Saleem - Non-Executive Director

Waheed is a non-executive director, is a management consultant working in the public and voluntary sectors. He graduated from the London School of Economics, is a fellow of the RSA and a member of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners.

His background includes working at director level in a number of strategic roles in the NHS, most recently as a PCT Locality Commissioning Director in Birmingham.  In addition to this NHS experience, he also holds chair and non-executive director positions at a number of major national and regional public and voluntary organisations.

Waheed has led significant regeneration programmes, advised the Government on neighbourhood renewal policy and community development, and was instrumental in developing leadership programmes for young people and mentors in inner city schools.

Joy Warmington, MBE - Non-Executive Director
Joy Warmington, MBE - Non-Executive Director

Joy Warmington is a non-executive director of the Trust and Chair of the Integrated Quality Committee. She is also CEO of BRAP, successfully guiding the organisation to its cutting edge position where it is nationally recognized for producing innovative equalities and human rights research and strategies.

A former lecturer with an MSc in Organisational Development and Management Learning, Joy has written and co-authored over 20 books, articles, and reports on subjects as diverse as implementing organisational change, improving public sector engagement practice, and using human rights to improve service delivery. In addition to advising the Department of Health on health inequalities, Joy’s services have also been sought by Macmillan Cancer Support, the Care Quality Commission, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Barts Health Trust, University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust, Sheffield Trust, and many others.

Joy is regularly asked to comment on equalities issues in the media, most recently appearing in the Economist, Daily Telegraph, and Health Service Journal in addition to numerous appearances on BBC radio and television.

Joy is also Vice Chair of the Trust.

Executive Directors

Patrick Nyarumbu Director of Strategy, People and Partnerships
Patrick Nyarumbu - Director of Strategy, People and Partnerships

Patrick Nyarumbu was appointed as the Director of Strategy, People and Partnerships in November 2020 and was previously Director of Nursing, Leadership and Quality for NHS England and NHS Improvement (East of England).

Patrick is a mental health nurse by background and has worked and in a wide range of NHS organisations covering mental health, acute and specialist services as well as a Primary Care Trust and a Clinical Commissioning Group. Patrick is passionate about leadership development, talent management and championing diversity.

Hilary Grant - Executive Medical Director
Hilary Grant - Executive Medical Director
Dr Hilary Grant was appointed Executive Medical Director for BSMHFT in April 2016.  Hilary is responsible, among other things, for medical, psychology and pharmacy leadership at the Trust.
Hilary has been with the Trust for 23 years, the last three as a clinical director. She has played a significant role in the development and opening of the Trust’s Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (FCAMHS) in 2003 and has undertaken extensive service development and redesign which led to the service being shortlisted for an HSJ award in 2010, winning a National Patient Safety Award in 2011 and being the first unit in the country to be accredited by the National Autistic Society in 2012.

Hilary is a tireless advocate for service user empowerment and raising standards of care in Forensic Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Sarah Bloomfield
Sarah Bloomfield, Executive Director of Quality and Safety (Chief Nurse)
Sarah is a credible and transformational nurse leader with experience of operating strategically at Trust Board and executive level, ensuring that vision and strategy is translated and implemented across the organisation. 

Sarah is a values driven leader with strong professional standards and expectations. She is driven by the delivery of safe, kind and effective care that supports patients and their families and carers. Sarah has taken over from Sue Hartley who has now retired.

Vanessa Devlin, Executive Director of Operations
Vanessa Devlin, Executive Director of Operations

Vanessa Devlin was appointed as the Executive Director of Operations in September 2019, having been an Associate Director of Operations with the Trust since May 2013. Vanessa has a background in nursing, having been an RMN (registered Mental Health Nurse) with North Birmingham Mental Health Trust for 10 years, before moving over to the management side of care services.  

From 2006 up until the time she joined the Trust she held posts within West Midlands Commissioning Boards leading on the strategic development of mental health services within the NHS and Local Authority.  Vanessa is very committed to delivering quality mental health services to our population and believes that service users and carers should be at the forefront of development, delivery and monitoring of our services at all levels.

Dave Tomlinson - Executive Director of Finance
Dave Tomlinson - Executive Director of Finance
Dave Tomlinson joined the Trust as Executive Director of Finance in April 2017. Dave brings 20 years’ experience as a Director of Finance in the NHS, the vast majority of which has been with large mental health providers. He plays a key role in advising the Board on issues around the Trust’s fiscal performance, information governance and estates. Dave’s experience includes 12 years as Director of Finance at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust where he established the Trust as a £100m turnover provider by bringing together services from seven organisations, led the acquisition of a number of services and established a commercial and property management joint venture that delivered savings of £1m per annum. He has experience in both the private and public sector and during his career has been responsible for a broad portfolio of services in large and complex organisations. Most recently he has enjoyed a successful period as an interim director in acute and mental health trusts.

Information about board members’ declarations of interest are available by contacting:

Company Secretary,
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Unit 1 B1, 50 Summer Hill Road
Birmingham, B1 3RB

Tel: 0121 301 1085
Email: daniel.conway@nhs.net