Leadership and Management Committee (LMC)

The LMC is a Committee of Council consisting of current and aspiring medical leaders, including representation from the Psychiatric Trainees Committee.

It is one of the ways in which leadership and management issues are highlighted and supported within the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It is chaired by the Associate Registrar for Leadership and Management and reports to Council.

Our priorities

The LMC's 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.

Meet the LMC

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

Dr 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 and 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 profiles of some of our LMC members:

Dr Suhana Ahmed is a dual trained Consultant Psychiatrist – 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 was appointed Director of Medical Education at the Trust in 2021 and continues as Supported Return to Training Champion. She is heavily involved with Royal College of Psychiatrists as Finance Officer for London Division, executive committee member of the Old Age Faculty and Startwell Lead.

Dr Ahmed 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 and had an article published about her experiences in the Independent.

ptc-luke-bakerSurg Lt Cdr Luke Baker is a consultant psychiatrist and clinical lead for DCMH Plymouth. He joined the Royal Navy in his final year of medical school completing Initial Officer Training after F2. He is currently studying for an MBA at the Durham University Business School.

Surg Cdr Luke Baker was Chair of the Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee 2020-2021, having previously served as Vice-Chair and Secretary. He represented London trainees from 2017. He sits on the Conference and Advanced Learning Board and is co-leading development of the military psychiatry credential.

Surg Cdr Baker is the Secretary of the NATO Military Mental Health Panel Research Task Group. He was Co-Chair of the Higher Trainees’ Committee of the Maudsley Training Programme and Co-Chair of the Association of University Teachers of Psychiatry Trainees’ Committee, launching a scholarship programme and lecture series. He is passionate about teaching, and was an Educational Supervisor, Firm Head and Balint Group facilitator at King’s College London Medical School.

Dr Sophie Behrman is the Psychiatric Trainee Committee (PTC) rep for the Leadership and Management Committee for 2021-2022. Sophie is an ST7 in General and Older Adult Psychiatry working in Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Sophie completed the Leadership and Management Fellowship Scheme in 2020 and continues to work on the LMFS alumni committee coordinating events and maintaining the scheme’s alumni network.

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 six 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.

Declan-HylandDr Declan Hyland is a Consultant in general adult psychiatry working in a busy inpatient setting in Liverpool, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. After completing his Core and Higher Training in the Mersey region, he achieved his Certificate in Completion of Training in August 2016. Dr Hyland's main areas of interest are in recruitment to psychiatry, retention of trainees and medical education (undergraduate and postgraduate).

Dr Hyland hold various leadership roles in medical education. He is appointed as the Deputy Director for Year 4 of the course at Liverpool Medical School and is the undergraduate psychiatry lead for Liverpool. He has recently been appointed as the Training Programme Director for Core Training in the Mersey region of Health Education North West (HENW). He serves as Chair of the MRCPsych Quality Assurance Panel and Deputy Chair of the MRCPsych Clinical Topics Exam Panel.

Dr Hyland has always been actively involved with the College since his Core Training. He is a CESR Evaluator and CASC Examiner and sits on the Choose Psychiatry Committee, Trainees Support Committee and Undergraduate Education Forum. Dr Hyland has a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice from Edge Hill University. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Member of the Academy of Medical Educators.

An additional area of interest for Dr Hyland is in the role of Physician Associates (PAs). He writes psychiatry questions and OSCE stations for the National PA exams and examines for the OSCE and reviews questions submitted for the National PA exam. He is a member of the RCPsych's PA Working Group and keen to promote use of PAs in mental health settings.

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.

Dr 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 and 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.

4 - Alex TillDr Alex Till is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT and the Founder and Director of the RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme. 

Alex completed the National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow Scheme 16/17, has been Chair of the Psychiatric Trainees' Committee 18/19, and was recognised nationally as RCPsych Higher Trainee of the Year 2021.

Alex is an Associate Fellow with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM), and holds a Master’s in Leadership for the Health Professions from Swansea University, and an Executive MBA from Warwick Business School - both with distinction. 

Alex is proud to lead the RCPsych Leadership and Management Fellow Scheme to support the next generation of medical leaders within psychiatry.


Dr Jonathan Richardson

Dr Jonathan Richardson has been a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist at Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW)  since 2007 having graduated from Glasgow University, then trained in Australia and the North East of England.

He has held a range of senior leadership roles within CNTW, including Group Medical Director. He has a MSc in Integrated Service Improvement and completed the NHS Leadership Academy Nye Bevan Programme. He was also one of the first North East Leadership Academy Clinical Leadership Fellows

He has had an active involvement in the development of clinical informatics nationally, regionally and locally. He has worked as National Clinical Advisor for Mental Health Informatics with NHS England and was Chair of the RCPsych Informatics Committee from 2010- 2016. He is currently the Chief Clinical Information Officer in CNTW and is in cohort 4 of the NHS Digital Academy. He was an executive member of the RCPsych Old Age Faculty 2018-22 and co-chaired the working group to produce the RCPsych Frailty position Feb 2020.  He was recently appointed as RCPsych Associate Registrar for Payment Systems and Outcomes.

He is an educational and clinical supervisor for foundation and higher trainees and completed a Diploma in Medical Education. He has actively supported research via the DeNDRoN network and delivery of NHS portfolio studies.

Get in touch

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