St Andrew's Healthcare Board of Directors

The St Andrew's Healthcare Board is a unitary body, which was established in 2004 following an application to the Charity Commission. It currently comprises six non-executive directors, and four executive directors who are employed by the Charity. 

The Board is responsible for:

  • Setting and delivering the Charity’s strategy
  • Supervising the management of the Charity
  • Ensuring that the Charity complies with its legal and regulatory obligations
  • Reporting to the Court of Governors.

Rt Hon Paul Burstow, Non-Executive Chair

Former Health Minister, Rt Hon Paul Burstow has a wealth of experience and insight in mental health and social care, having served as Care Minister during the coalition government.

Among his portfolio of roles Paul is a Professor of Mental Health Public Policy at the University of Birmingham, Chair of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust as well as the Chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence.

Appointed as Chair: 1 October 2020.

Dawn Brodrick, Non-Executive Director

Dawn is an accomplished Board level Executive Director and Chief People Officer. She has a wide range of experience within Local Government, where she was a Board Member and Director of People and Change at the Department for Communities and Local Government, and more recently was Chief People Officer at Kings NHS Foundation Trust.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of personnel and development (CIPD), has a Masters in Strategic HR and was awarded with a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2015 honours round for services to the public sector. She is currently Chief People Officer for the Crown Prosecution Service. Dawn will Chair the St Andrew’s People Committee, one of the Board’s sub-committees.

Board member and Trustee since September 2022.

Rupert Perry, Non-Executive Director

A qualified chartered accountant and IT entrepreneur, Rupert  set up Pirum, a fintech start-up focussed on automating operational processes in the global securities finance markets in 2002. He served as Pirum’s Chief Executive until 2014 and the business was sold to a private equity buyer in 2015. He remains involved with the company, as both a management consultant and non-executive director.

Rupert has been a Governor of St Andrew's Healthcare since 2017 and was appointed as a Board Member and Trustee in December 2022.

Sheryl Lawrence, Non-Executive Director

Sheryl qualified as a chartered accountant, specialising in external and technology audit before joining the retail banking sector in 1996. Her roles have covered internal audit, risk management and compliance at Barclays, Lloyds and Santander banks as well as Nationwide and Coventry building societies. 

She has been an independent non-executive director since 2018 and chairs the audit committee at RCI Bank and the risk committee at DF Capital Bank.

Appointed board member and trustee in December 2023.

Andrew Lee, Non-Executive Director

Andrew has a strong background in financial services, having held roles at Teachers Building Society, Co-operative Banking Group, and Lloyds Global Banking Group. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge which covers finance, management, strategy, risk and compliance.

Board member and Trustee since May 2020.

Ruth Bagley, Non-Executive Director

Ruth has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. She is currently Chair of the Warwickshire Rural Housing Association and a Council Member at Keele University. Ruth comes from a Local Authority background where she was a Chief Executive. She brings wider experience in housing, and higher education and is now keen on complementing that with experience in the healthcare sector.

Board member and Trustee since June 2021.

Karen Turner, Non-Executive Director

Karen has an extensive career which has included time in hospitals, health and local authorities, including Director of Prevention at NHS England and NHS Improvement; Director of Mental Health, at NHS England, and Director of Mental Health, Disability and Equalities, in the Department of Health.

She currently holds non-executive roles at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Evelina Women and Children’s Services, Guys and St Thomas’s Trust, and Strength and Learning through Horses.

Board member and Trustee since September 2022.

Stephen Shrubb, Non-Executive Director

Stephen Shrubb began heading up the Quality and Safety Committee in October 2022. A former nurse, he has a long-standing track record in mental health and has progressed to significant leadership roles in mental health providers, as well as in national bodies. He began his career as a mental health nurse in 1980 and went on to work for the NHS for more than 40 years before retiring in 2015.


Board member since October 2022.

Dr Vivienne McVey, Chief Executive Officer

Vivienne joined St Andrew's from HCRG Care Group where she was Chief Executive. Vivienne originally qualified as a doctor and worked as a full time GP before taking on a clinical leadership role within the NHS as Executive Chair of Chiltern and South Bucks Primary Care.

She left general practice in 2006 to help found a business, now known as HCRG Care Group, which provides transformational health and care services in the community on behalf of the NHS and local authorities.

Vivienne is a board member and trustee.

Dr Sanjith Kamath, Executive Medical Director

Dr Sanjith Kamath has been a Consultant Psychiatrist since 2007, working in both the NHS and the private sector before joining St Andrew's Healthcare in 2012.

He was heavily involved in implementing outcomes driven, value-based healthcare across the charity, leading to his appointment as Executive Medical Director in 2018.

Board member and Trustee since May 2018.

Dawn Chamberlain, Chief Operating Officer

Dawn Chamberlain began her role as Chief Operating Officer in September 2022, having been working for NHS England as Director for Clinical Improvement.

A former Occupational Therapist, Dawn has extensive experience leading transformation and service improvement across all aspects of health and social care.

Previous roles in the NHS include London Productivity Director at NHS Improvement, Chief Operating Officer at South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust and Assistant Director Inpatient and Therapy Services at Brent Community Services.

Dawn is a board member and trustee.

Kevin Mulhearn, Chief Finance Officer

Kevin joined St Andrew’s Healthcare during the height of the pandemic in May 2020, navigating his way in the new role as Finance Director during an extremely challenging period for healthcare. He quickly became familiar with the complexities, financial and operational challenges both within the charity and across the mental health sector.

Kevin has worked in the financial sector for 25 years, having started out as a trainee accountant. Since then he has continuously progressed and held various Senior Finance positions and prior to joining St Andrew’s Healthcare he was Finance Director at Maximus Ltd, an organisation helping people access health, employment and disability services.

Kevin is a board member and trustee.