The CPFT Board of Directors is made up of executive and non-executive directors, led by a non-executive chair. The Board is responsible for ensuring that the Trust is accountable to the public for the services it manages.

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To see our constitution click here.

Julie Spence


Julie Spence has more than 30 years' distinguished public service with the police, most recently as Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary. She has a very good understanding of the NHS and is used to operating with high levels of public accountability and public scrutiny. She has excellent local networks and partnerships, and demonstrates a real passion for the people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. She has previously lectured on leadership and organisational management at Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University. Julie is also the Chair of the Police Mutual Assurance Society and a Trustee of Ormiston Families, which gives her complimentary experience of a highly regulated private sector environment and a charity.


Tracy Dowling 

Chief Executive

Tracy joined CPFT from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group where she was Chief Officer. Tracy has more than 30 years’ experience with the NHS, including 12 years at boardroom level, after beginning her career as a radiographer. Before joining the Cambridge and Peterborough CCG, she was previously Director of Operations and Delivery with NHS England, working in the East Anglia Area Team and establishing systems of assurance for clinical commissioning. Prior to that, she was Director of Strategic Commissioning with NHS Suffolk for four years, both with the Primary Care Trust and subsequent CCGs.


Scott Haldane

Director of Finance

Scott Haldane has extensive experience as a Director of Finance in both the private and public sectors, particularly within the NHS. He was previously Director of Finance and Resources at Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust. Prior to this, he was the Strategy and Business Development Director (Scotland) for ATOS IT Services (UK) Ltd. Scott graduated from the University of Stirling with a BA in Accountancy and Business Law in 1981 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984. This led to a number of senior finance roles within the private sector, before joining the NHS in 1993. He has also been involved with a number of boards and committees representing national and professional bodies, and is currently a lay member of the Court at the University of Stirling. Scott was elected as Chairman of the Healthcare Financial Management Association in 2005, a body representing the NHS finance community across the UK, and was recognised as Public Sector Finance Director of the Year in 2006.



Dr Chess Denman

Medical Director

Dr Denman is a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist. Dr Denman trained in medicine at Trinity College, Cambridge, and London University before studying psychiatry at Guys and St Thomas' Hospitals and at the Cassel Hospital in London. She then became consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy, first at Addenbrooke's and then at CPFT. Thirteen years ago, Dr Denman founded the Complex Cases Service for treatment of personality disorders within CPFT and it won pilot site and now innovation site status from the Department of Health along with substantial funding to expand after three years. Recently the service expanded to include one of only two inpatient units within the NHS for personality disorder patients. Dr Denman has published papers, articles and a book on personality disorder, the organisation of psychotherapy services and human sexuality.


Melanie Coombes

Director of Nursing

Melanie Coombes was appointed in November 2012 after five years as deputy Director of Nursing and then acting Director of Nursing at Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust. With a passion for improving quality, she led the development and implementation of ward-to-board reporting. This key work resulted in safer patient care and better data quality across the organisation. She has also led on several developments at a national level including  “better metrics” for learning disabilities services including the introduction of electronic health records and screening in partnership with GPs. She led on the development of a new pre-registration nurse training at Coventry University. She has been a registered nurse for 25 years and has worked in a variety of nursing roles including nurse consultant in learning disabilities.


Deborah Cohen

Director of Service Integration

Deborah took up post as Director of Service Integration at the end of September 2014. Deborah has worked for a significant part of her career in health and social care and led the London Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Mental Health Group. Prior to moving to Cambridge, Deborah worked for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets as Assistant Director of Social Care and Commissioning and she was a board member of the local CCG Governing Body. Prior to that, Deborah was an NHS director in mental health services for many years. She is passionate about developing and promoting dementia services.  Her joint commissioning team in Tower Hamlets won a national award for remodelling dementia services across health and social care, and Deborah was a member of NHS England’s Dementia Intensive Support Team.


Julie Frake-Harris

Director of Operations

Julie is CPFT’s Interim Director of Operations. She joined the Trust as Associate Director of Operations in 2015 from Central London Community Trust where she was Service Director of Specialist Services. Her wide-ranging role meant she was responsible for the Trust’s integrated physical and mental health offender health service as well as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), Learning Disability, and sexual health services. Her career began South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust where she became Assistant Director.


Stephen Legood

Director of People and Business Development

Stephen's extensive NHS career spans more than 20 years and has taken him from ward to board. Before his current role he was the Trust's interim Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this he held a number of associate director roles, leading on commissioning, contracting, system redesign and delivering large-scale service developments. Stephen has a wealth of knowledge in operational leadership in mental health as well as at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has a passion for commercial development, helping the Trust to develop innovative business solutions and seeking new commercial opportunities regionally and nationally.


Kit Connick 

Interim Director of Primary Care and Corporate Affairs

Kit has worked in a number of NHS organisations in Cambridgeshire for 16 years in a range of corporate leadership roles, prior to which she worked in the private sector. Kit has a particular interest in organisational and personal development and is an executive coach and mentor, as well as a healthcare leadership feedback facilitator and Belbin accreditor. Kit is also a Director of a multi-academy Trust in Suffolk, with responsibility for HR. Kit is responsible for strategy development, project and programme management, client management, primary care, corporate projects, communications and marketing, Head to Toe Charity and charitable funds, workforce equality and diversity, risk management, emergency planning and medical devices.


Julian Baust

Non-Executive Director

Julian joined the CPFT Board as a Non Executive Director in April 2013. In October 2014, he took on the roles of Deputy Chair and Non Executive Lead for Uniting Care Partnership. Prior to taking early retirement, Julian was Chairman and Managing Director of Kodak Ltd. He has more than 30 years’ commercial experience of organisational transformation, redesign and performance management gained within product and service businesses. He has experience in sales, marketing, operations and general management. Julian led the Kodak UK business through one of the biggest transformations in recent history, as Kodak Ltd successfully moved from analogue to digital in the UK. In addition to his role at CPFT where he sits on all four of the Board sub-committees, he is also Vice-Chair at Diabetes UK, and works as an independent management consultant.


Professor Peter Jones

Non-Executive Director

Peter has been Professor of Psychiatry at Cambridge since 2000, and Deputy Head of the Clinical School since 2014. Peter’s research interests are in the epidemiology of mental illness, particularly causes active in early life, and the mental health of young people. He was a founder of the award-winning CAMEO early intervention service where he worked until taking on the Directorship of the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care East of England hosted by CPFT. This is a partnership between researchers and health services to accelerate the effect of research evidence on policy and practice. Having helped form Cambridgeshire's specialist mental health trust in 2002, Peter served as a Non-Executive Director until 2005 and is delighted to join the CPFT board as an Non-Executive Director. He is a Trustee for MQ, the mental health research charity.


Mike Hindmarch

Non-Executive Director

Mike is a Chartered Accountant with extensive general management experience at Board level in the Private, Public and Third Sector.  He is Chair of the Audit and Assurance Committee at CPFT and has previously held similar roles at Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and Peterborough Community Services.  He is also Vice Chair of the Joint Audit Committee for the Police & Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Following a successful career in the private sector with multi-national companies, Mike has spent eight years working with a large national charity supporting people with multi sensory impairment often coupled with profound and multiple learning disabilities.


Jo Lucas

Non-Executive Director 

Jo has 40 years' experience of working in mental health services in the UK and internationally, and began her career as a nursing assistant in Fulbourn. She has been a board member of a number of organisations including as chair for a special needs housing association. She has held numerous management roles, including in a mental health charity working across central and eastern Europe. She currently practices as a psychotherapist with a private practice in Cambridge and does some work for Mental Health Europe. At CPFT she is the Non-Executive lead for recovery and is passionately committed to the values of the NHS and to the importance of collaborative working across professional and agency boundaries to ensure the quality of care.


Sarah Hamilton

Non-Executive Director 

Sarah is a solicitor with 20 years' experience working in partnership with complex public sector organisations including NHS Trusts, local councils and police authorities. She works in a large multi-site organisation and is highly skilled in delivering transformational change programmes with energy and enthusiasm. Sarah has diverse board level experience including Non-Executive Director of CILEx Law School and acts as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of a local Woman's Refuge. Sarah has just completed four years as a Governor of Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which also recently received a 'Good' rating from the CQC. At CPFT, Sarah will chair the Quality, Safety and Governance Committee and also sit on the Business and Performance and Remuneration Committees.


Brian Benneyworth

Non-Executive Director 

Biog to come


Geoff Turral

Non-Executive Director 

Biog to come












Further information

The page was last updated on 09 January 2018 by andrea.bateman.

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