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Meet the Team

Sally Bassett

Sally Bassett

Forum Chair

Sally trained initially as a pupil nurse in Oxford and went on to become a Registered Nurse which set her on a course committed to continuous learning and professional development.

Sally completed her Intensive Care training and specialised in general medicine; Sally went on to hold positions at Government and national level in the Department of Health in England as a Nurse Advisor, as the Regional Deputy Chief Nurse and as a Primary Care Trust Director of Nursing and Therapies and as the Independent Nurse on a Clinical Commissioning Group.

Sally held senior lecturer positions in the Education and Health faculties of Oxford Brookes. She is a qualified Coach and an Honorary Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University. Sally is currently the Chief Nurse for Marie Stopes (UK). Prior to this appointment she worked in PwC Professional Advisory Services for over seven years providing clinical and professional advice to high profile and complex events in the UK and overseas.

Sally has led regulatory clinical investigation, board leadership assessment and development and productivity improvement projects giving her unique commercial, consulting, investigating and cultural change insights.

Lesley Doherty

Lesley Doherty

Lesley trained as a general nurse and midwife, she specialised in neonatal care until moving into R&D and clinical and operational management in 1994.  Lesley became a Director of Nursing in 1998 at Burnley Health Care she undertook a secondment to the Department of Health in 2003 leading on nursing recruitment and retention, she was appointed to Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust as Director of Nursing along with the role of Chief Operating Officer. Lesley became Bolton’s CEO in 2010 where she led the Trust to achieving a national and internal reputation for lean in healthcare. 

Lesley has held national roles as Chair of the Neonatal Nursing Association, regional lead for the National Leadership Programme 2002-3, a member of the DH’s National HCAI Prevention Advisory Group 2006-9 and one of the Clinical Advisors on the NHS Constitution. Lesley now works in lean healthcare consultancy and is a non-executive director for NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group.

Kate W M

Kate Wells-McCulloch

Kate is an accomplished Registered Care Home Manager with Regional experience and is a CQC specialist advisor in this field.  Kate is currently a Lecturer in Health at the University Centre South Devon College and is the module lead for the Nursing Associate Pilot.

Kate has proudly maintained a productive, efficient and quality driven environment and is committed to continuous process improvement in the face of rapidly evolving and changing markets. As a management professional, she seeks to innovate and be creativity in solving complex problems.  Kate has invested in her professional development including presenting at national conferences and at the Houses of Parliament and gaining a diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Lindsey Scott

Lindsey Scott

Lindsey trained as a nurse at Leeds General Infirmary and as a midwife in Central Manchester. Her clinical career was in Oncology and she worked at the Christie Hospital Manchester in a number of roles. 

Having decided to pursue a career in management and leadership she moved to Bolton as General Manager and Head of Nursing for Acute Medicine & Emergency Services. During this time she was successful in obtaining a bursary from a fund established by the Chief Nurse, to facilitate more women accessing board level posts. She studied part-time at Manchester Business School and obtained a distinction MBA. 

Her first board role was in 1995 as Executive Director of Nursing at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital followed by Chief Nurse at University Hospitals Bristol 1998 - 2009. During her time there she was a member of the first Healthcare Commission team to visit Mid-Staffordshire and expose the issues which led to the Francis Inquiry. In her latter years in this role her interest in governance led to her also taking on the Director of Governance role. Her provider experience at board level was completed with a 3 year appointment as director of operations at Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Trust.

She then moved into commissioning in 2011 as Director of Nursing and Quality for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire PCT and was appointed in 2013 as Director of Nursing and Quality for NHS England in the same patch plus Somerset. This role expanded to cover the whole of the SW in 2015 before Lindsey took her NHS retirement in 2016.

Since then Lindsey as established herself as an independent healthcare advisor. In 2016/17 she has been working as a subject matter expert and visiting lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University as they develop their on-line MBA in health and social care.

Vinice Thomas

Vinice Thomas

Vi is a Director of Nursing and Quality responsible for Specialised Commissioning at NHS England (London region). She leads  on quality improvement monitoring, quality assurance, safeguarding for Specialised Services within London.  Her clinical speciality is critical care nursing. Vi has worked in a variety of leadership roles within acute NHS Trusts, CCGs/PCTs, the King’s Fund and the Department of Health. Vi is committed to promoting quality in patient care, leadership, and the development of staff

Vi is a Fellow with the Health Foundation, is a member of the Editorial board for a national nursing journal and is on the CNO BME Advisory committee. Vi has edited and written: The Fundaments of Infection Prevention and Control, which is also available in Polish, and co-authored A Service Improvement Toolkit for Maternity Teams during her work with The King’s Fund.
In her spare time, Vi enjoys creative writing and has recently published her first children’s book, Rebecca and the Strangest Garden.


Professional Lead: Christine McKenzie

Rosie Dilworth

Rosemary Dilworth qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1993, she has worked in the Independent sector for 25 years. Rosemary has undertaken a range of roles during her career including Registered Manager, Regional Commissioning Manager, Regional Training Manager, Operations Director for Northern Ireland and Scotland and as the Associate Director of Nursing where Rosemary won the Practice Leadership award.

Rosemary has extensive experiencing in commissioning services. Two of the services Rosemary led achieved Investors in People status and were recognised as award winning services for development and leadership with Student Nurse placements.

Rosemary was runner up in the 2014 RCN Nurse of the Year awards under the Hanford category and winner in 2015 of the RCN Nurse of the Year (Registered Managers category). Rosemary also sits on several strategic forums and as a Non-Executive Director on the IHCP Board.

Tristan Griffin

Tristan started his service career by joining the Royal Navy in 1986, going to sea in submarines for five years.

Taking an opportunity to go to Portsmouth University to train as a Mental Health Nurse in 1991, upon qualifying he studied for an extra year to gain Community Psychiatric Nurse accreditation and was then promptly made redundant in ’95 under ‘Options for Change’.

He continued in civilian clinical practice and joined the TA, as a 28yr old infantry soldier with 3WFR. During this time he scraped through a history degree with the Open University. He served as a soldier for a year then commissioned, serving as a platoon commander with 3WFR before joining the Regular QARANC in 2002. Initially joining as a psychiatric nurse, he dual qualified in 1994 as a general nurse specialising in trauma and taking a second degree in Nursing Science.

Tristan served in clinical appointments, in field appointments, training roles and as a staff officer (Med Ops) with an Armoured Brigade. He completed tours in the Balkans (Agricola and Oculos), two tours of Telic (Iraq) and two of Herrick (Afghanistan).

In 2009 he was invited to be a nurse lecturer at Birmingham City University. Completing a PGCE at Oxford Brookes and a PGDip (Management in Education) the following year, he became Programme Director for post-registration specialist nurses. This involved the development, delivery and evaluation of new academic programmes.

In 2012 Tristan spent a year with the Army Reserve as the Regular Nursing Officer to 203 Field Hospital in Cardiff, taking the hospital to Afghanistan.  Brought back into clinical practice as a psychiatric department manager Tristan has decided to leave the Regular Army and is very happy to be ‘stepping across’ to the ETS (Reserve). He will continue in clinical practice in forensic psychiatry and working with profoundly disabled patients.

Tristan is a long standing RCN member, is a learning representation and has previously served on the steering committee of the History of Nursing Society. He is a frequent conference attender and active branch member in Wales. He is a member of the judging panel for the Welsh Nurse of The Year (NOTY) awards in the mental health/learning disability specialism.

Tristan is an Education Advisor to the Army Officer Selection Board, post-graduate courses advisor to 2 Med Bde and a school governor. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM) and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI). He is an ILM accredited executive coach and will shortly start the MSc in Professional Coaching.

He is working on the final year of the MSc (Management and Leadership) at Cumbria University. 



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