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CNWL Appoints two new Non Executive Directors

14 March 2019

CNWL’s Council of Governors (on Tuesday 12 March) appointed two new Non Executive Directors.

They are: Mike Cooke and Paul Streets OBE.

Mike Cooke

Mike recently retired as the Chief Executive of Camden Council after seven years. He has extensive experience of partnership working across London, where he led on children’s services and chaired the London Safeguarding Children Board. He has a special interest in health and care integration and was the local authority lead for the north London sustainability and transformation partnership. He is also chair of the national eating disorders charity, BEAT.

Before becoming Chief Executive of Camden, Mike was Director of Housing and Adult Social Care in Camden. Mike is an HR professional by background and was an HR Director for eight years in the financial services sector.

Mike said, “I am delighted to be joining the Board of CNWL which has a reputation for innovation and delivering strong and world class services. Looking ahead, CNWL has a crucial role to play in helping to deliver the ambitions in the NHS’s long term plan, including boosting community services.” 

Paul Streets

Paul is Chief Executive of the Lloyd’s Bank Foundation, an independent charity funded by Lloyds Bank, after a career in the voluntary and public sector and work in International development (Sight Savers), Human Rights (Amnesty International), professional and service regulation and health and social care.

He was Chief Executive of Diabetes UK; the Health Development Agency and the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board. Immediately prior to the Foundation he worked as a Senior Civil Servant in the Department of Health heading up Public and Patient Engagement and Experience.

In 2003 he was appointed an OBE for services to people with diabetes.

Paul has three children and lives in East Sussex, but hails from North Yorkshire.

Paul said, “I’m delighted to be joining the Trust. Its work maps closely with the work we do at the Lloyds Bank Foundation reaching people who face tough social and health issues, and builds on my previous experience at the Department of Health, the Health Development Agency, the Postgraduate Medical and Training Board and Diabetes UK. I forward in particular to helping think through how the Trust can work hand in hand with the many local charities who reach the same people’.

They replace long serving NEDs Helen Edwards (10 years) and David Walker (8 years), who have come to the end of their terms of office.

David Roberts is a Non-Executive Director at CNWL

David Roberts, CNWL Non-Executive Director

Tom Kibasi, Non Executive Director for CNWL

Tom Kibasi, Non Executive Director for CNWL

Tom Kibasi has been appointed the Deputy Chair of CNWL and David Roberts becomes the Senior Independent Director.


The SID is the point of contact between the Trust’s Board of Directors and Council of Governors and has a role in the Chair’s appraisal.

The Council of Governors (a majority of whom are elected) is responsible for the appointment and accountability of the NEDs.


Seven candidates were interviewed from a list of 20. The Council of Governors has to endorse the choice made by their Appointments Committee. In line with CNWL policy there is BAME representation on the interview panel.

CNWL’s chair, Professor Dorothy Griffiths OBE, said, “Welcome to Mike and Paul and thanks to the Governors for the heavy work of selecting people with this kind of experience, ideal for the new world CNWL is operating in.

“I also thank Helen and David for being terrific; NEDs provide questioning challenge to the Executive Directors and both made their presence felt over the last decade, when CNWL really developed into the considerable Trust it is now.”

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