Leadership and Management Committee (LMC)

Meet the Leadership and Management Committee (LMC)

The Leadership and Management Committee (LMC) vision is for all psychiatrists to lead and manage mental health and learning disability services for the best outcomes of the people who use them.   Follow the link below to find out more about our priorities.

A message from the Chair Dr Helen Crimlisk

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Chair of the Leadership and Management Committee and Associate Registrar for Leadership and Management.

About me

Helen CrimliskI am Consultant Psychiatrist and Deputy Medical Director at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, undertaking my clinical work in a Single Point of Access Team. I am also Psychiatry Lead at Sheffield Medical School.

I trained at Guy’s Hospital Medical School and following a period in general medicine and neurology, switched to train as a psychiatrist in the Maudsley and Bethlem Training Scheme. During this time I undertook a period of full time research at the Institute of Neurology, and left the scheme during higher training to move to Germany where I worked in a non-training role for several years.

I returned to higher training part-time in Sheffield and became a part-time consultant in 2005. I became Undergraduate Lead in Psychiatry in 2014 and undertook a Masters in Quality Improvement and Leadership with the Health Foundation Generation Q Programme in 2015. I returned to full-time work in 2016 to take up the role of Deputy Medical Director.

I have led on a number of education and workforce developments locally and nationally, including Physician Associates, Advanced Practice and Peer Worker roles and sit on the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Faculty for Advanced Practice. I am involved in supporting Quality Improvement., Service User Engagement & Experience and Leadership initiatives for trainees, SAS doctors and consultants.

In my teaching role I have interests including lived experience educators, integrating mental health into the medical curriculum, reflective practice, Balint groups, social accountability, medical humanities and recruitment initiatives in psychiatry at a local and national level.

LMC members

The Committee comprises representatives from Faculties, Divisions and other constituencies in the College. Below are the profiles of some of the LMC members.

LMC member profiles

Dr Suhana Ahmed is a Consultant Psychiatrist – dual trained (Old Age & General Adult). She is currently working in an Old Age inpatient setting at South West London and St George’s NHS Trust. She is delighted to have been appointed Director of Medical Education at the Trust this year and continues as Supported Return to Training Champion. She is heavily involved with Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych); Finance Officer at London Division, executive member of the Old Age Faculty and Startwell Lead. She is Educational Lead for the RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellowship Scheme. She is interested in training, flexible working and supporting leadership and career progression in working parents. She has been a fellow with the award winning organisation Leadersplus, has contributed to their podcast series and now runs a mental health workshop for their programme. She is passionate about the impact of and stigma surrounding postnatal depression having talked at RCPsych international Congress this year and had an article published about her experiences in the Independent recently. She is mummy to an 8 year old boy and loves cats, reading and cake.  

ptc-luke-bakerSurg Lt Cdr Luke Baker is the current Chair of the Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee.  He has led on multiple projects, including the cost of training transparency document, workforce opportunities, recruitment and engagement. He joined the Royal Navy in his final year of medical school, completing Initial Officer Training after F2. He is currently a General Adult higher trainee and is also studying for an MBA at Durham University Business School. 

Luke is involved in multiple committees, enabling him to engage with trainees and colleagues to improve training, trainee representation and patient care. He is the Secretary of the NATO Military Mental Health Panel and Co-Chairs the Higher Trainees’ Committee of the Maudsley Training Programme. He Co-Chairs the Association of University Teachers of Psychiatry Trainees’ Committee, launching a new scholarship programme and lecture series in 2018. He is passionate about teaching, and has acted as an Educational Supervisor, Firm Head and Balint Group facilitator at King’s College London Medical School. 

Dr Nick BroughtonDr Nick Broughton is a psychiatrist by background and worked as a Consultant in Forensic Psychiatry from 2000. During the course of his career he has worked in a wide variety of secure settings including a specialist remand service, an enhanced medium secure service for women, a remand prison and a young offenders’ institution. He joined Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Executive in June 2020.  Prior to joining the Trust, he was the Chief Executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and was Medical Director of a large specialist mental health Trust in London for almost 6 years. 

In addition he has held a number of regional and national leadership roles and is a trustee of the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, a national mental health charity focused on improving the mental health of young people.    He has a passionate interest in leadership development and believes that the only way we can ensure a sustainable and high quality health service is by equipping those who lead it with the skills and expertise they require.

LennyCornwallDr Lenny Cornwall is a consultant psychiatrist working in an adult community mental health team in Redcar, Teesside.  He is the former director of medical education and was a deputy medical director for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust from 2012 to 2019.   He is currently deputy responsible officer and medical lead for appraisal and revalidation in the Trust.  He is a founding fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.

In the College, Lenny has held a number of roles including PTC Chair (1995-1997), Finance Officer (2011-2015) and then Chair (2015-2019) of the Faculty of General Adult Psychiatry.  As the chair, he represented the Faculty on College Council and the Finance Management Committee.

MichaelHobkirkDr Michael Hobkirk is a Consultant Child Psychiatrist and the Director of Medical Education at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  He has Masters Degrees in Health Sciences (Health Services Management) and Medical Education from the University of Warwick.

As a Fellow in Clinical Leadership at NHS West Midlands, Michael collaborated with national and regional GP leaders to foster GP-led innovation and commissioning.  As the Specialist Advisor, Leadership Development, Royal College of Psychiatrists, he authored key strategic publications.  In his role as a College Lead for Training, Michael led the development and launch of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme.

Michael has a special interest in Sustainability in Mental Healthcare; he is co-author of the 2017 College Strategy for Sustainability and established the multi-award winning Chichester CAMHS Sustainable School Liaison Service. 

AhmadKhoujaDr Ahmad Khouja has been a Consultant Psychiatrist in Intellectual Disabilities since 2003.  He is currently the Medical Director and Responsible Officer for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS FT.  He continues to work clinically one day a week in forensic learning disability rehabilitation services.   

Within his Trust and at a national level, Ahmad has had a number of leadership roles.  As part of his current Trust portfolio, he is developing and embedding Recovery Approaches and Trauma-informed Care, developing Autism services, and promoting LGBTQ+ issues.  He is trained in lean methodology and coaching, two skills which have proven extremely useful and complementary in leading transformational change. 

Ahmad is a member of the RCPsych Northern and Yorkshire Division Executive.  Supporting and developing value-based collective leadership of doctors at all levels (trainees, SAS doctors and consultants) is a passion. He has recently undertaken senior system leadership training in conjunction with Yale University and the NHS Leadership Academy, gaining experience of working across organisational barriers to effect change at scale.  

Mahesh Odiyoor Dr Mahesh Odiyoor is a Consultant Psychiatrist who specialises in the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disabilities at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP).  He is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Intellectual Disability and was the  Mersey Regional Specialty Representative from 2012 – 20. Since 2011 he has had extensive management experience as a Clinical Director at CWP for a range of services. He is currently Strategic Clinical Director for the ID, NDD and ABI care group.  In this role he led the setting up of the Centre for Autism, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and Intellectual Disability in 2019.

He is passionate about developing and delivering excellent person-centred service for service users.  He was involved in the redesign of learning disability services within CWP and neighbouring organisations in the Northwest. Following the CWP redesign the Assessment and Treatment services were rated as “Outstanding” by CQC in 2015 and 2020.  On a regional footprint he is involved in the transforming care for people with learning disabilities programme and is the Clinical Lead and deputy chair of the Northwest Learning Disability and ASD Operational Delivery Network. This network has led to the development and implementation of innovative practises which are being considered by NHSE/I as potential national models.

He is interested in research and teaching having been awarded an MD from the University of Liverpool in 2014.  He has recently taken on the post of Honorary Senior Lecturer/Clinical Programme Leader (MSc Neuropsychiatry) at the University of Chester and is leading the development of the new MSc programme. 

Dr Simmi Sachdeva-Mohan has been practicing Psychiatry since 1995 and is a Gold Medalist from Bombay University for her MD (Psychiatry).  She has been a Consultant Psychiatrist since 2009 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.   Dr Sachdeva-Mohan has practiced psychiatry in both Eastern and Western cultures

She has expertise in the assessment, care and treatment of mentally ill offenders, substance misuse and dual diagnosis, personality disorders, adult ADHD, mental health of refugees and asylum seekers and Perinatal Psychiatry.  She is a specialist advisor to the CQC and works with the College as a Regional Advisor and a peer reviewer for ECTAS.

ShajiSukumaranDr Shaji Sukumaran began his Psychiatric career at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust where he has remained for the last twenty years.   He is presently a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist with a special interest in community rehabilitation.

Whilst at SLAM, he has had the opportunity to be associated in training and work at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience where he is a researcher.  He is also involved in teaching and training at the medical schools at Kings College Hospital and the forensic rotations.  He has undertaken positions in the College and has a keen interest in furthering medical leadership.  

Dr Subha Thiyagesh is a Medical Director at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and is also a Consultant in Older People’s Services. She was awarded a Doctorate in Medicine and the Nye Bevan NHS Leadership Academy Award in Executive Healthcare Leadership. She was also the winner of the Leader of the Year award in her Trust’s Excellence awards.

She has held a number of posts in Training and Education and has a real passion for providing a high quality learning environment for doctors and currently supports the Trust Medical Leadership Pathway. Dr Thiyagesh joined the Leadership and Management Committee in  2019 and is very excited to be part of it.


Dr Alex Till graduated from The University of Leicester in 2012 and accepted a leadership and management academic foundation programme within the East Midlands. He went on to complete core psychiatric training within Health Education North West, where he is currently progressing through higher specialty training in forensic psychiatry. Alex has undertaken the National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme2016/17 and been Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrist's Psychiatric Trainees' Committee 2018/19.

Alex holds a Master's in Leadership for the Health Professions from Swansea University and an Executive MBA with Warwick Business School, both with distinction. He founded the RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme, has over 40 peer-reviewed publications, presented on multiple occasions at RCPsych International Congress, and is both a Special Advisor for the Care Quality Commission and a Governor at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

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