These governors represent the interests of Trust staff members to the Council of Governors.

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Nastaran Sepanj.jpegI’ve been a registered Dietitian for 9 years with a passion for not just treating illnesses but also preventing them. As well as working for CNWL NHS Foundation Trust in Ealing for three years I have also been a resident of the Borough of Hillingdon for 20 years. Therefore I am applying to contribute to the council of governors as an AHP staff member whilst also offering a service user’s perspective.

I celebrate the successful patient experiences whilst equally embracing constructive feedback enabling our service to offer a better patient experience.  By being a member of the council, I want to be an advocate for working collaboratively, valuing and complimenting other disciplines. I aspire to gain a better understanding of how a large NHS foundation is managed behind the scenes and to learn transferable skills that further enhance my ability to promote the important role of AHPs in such an organisation.

Surjeet Mann.jpegSurjeet Mann has been working in the field of Addictions for the last 20 years. During this time Surjeet has worked closely with people whose lives have been affected by substance misuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, ill health, homelessness, mental health problems and those involved within the criminal justice system. Surjeet is currently based at ARC in Hounslow and works as a ‘Parental Alcohol Outreach Worker’.

Surjeet strives to help others by connecting in meaningful ways and having had her own adverse experiences is motivated to help others overcome challenges, by establishing new ways of thinking and being.

Previously Surjeet worked as a Team Leader on the Reach Day Programme and soon after starting in the field of Addictions, completed a Diploma in Psychological Counselling at the University of Roehampton.

Preceding her work in Substance Misuse, Surjeet engaged in many ventures including training as a soldier with the Territorial Army.

Dr Talha Ahmed.jpeg

I am honoured to have been elected to the team of staff governors.

I have always believed that teamwork is more powerful than individual effort in being a driving force for positive change. It has always been an aspiration of mine to help others having been inspired myself by my mother, after losing my father at a very young age.

I was brought up in a well educated family from Pakistan. Since coming to the UK I have been actively involved in charitable work and social activism on a grassroots level.

I have a wealth of experience in both medicine and team management, and shall use the skills I have harnessed to make improvements within the trust. My aim is to focus on bringing about better working and social environments that will improve staff and patient experiences


First Term 2023-2026

Mushtag Kahin.jpg"I have been a registered Nursing Associate since 2021 and have worked in the NHS since 2012 in various NHS Trusts, including general acute hospitals, maternity, community, hospice, GP, health advocacy, and mental health services since 2016. I currently work in the adult community service in Brent.

My passion lies in transcultural care, anti-racism and transcultural leadership. I worked briefly in CNWL’s adolescence inpatient unit and ARCH, which I have based my current advanced work-based research project on. I work additional shifts in Brent Home Treatment Team.

I have volunteered with Hayaan, part of Mind in Harrow, since 2015, where we provide workshops and information awareness to the Somali community in Harrow and Shepherds Bush. This service is led by a Somali psychiatrist consultant, a project coordinator with a counselling background and a group of volunteers. 

I am very excited to be elected as Governor representing nursing staff. I believe underrepresented voices should be part of the top table - no community is hard to reach; only services are, and I hope to work to provide that bridge and leadership."

First Term 2023-2026

David Warshaw.jpg"I have been a full time Team Administrator in CNWL since 2009, as part of both the Harrow Memory Service and currently the Brent Memory Service since 2011. I am passionate about service user / patient care, having worked previously for nearly 30 years in the private sector, latterly as a company director in the fashion manufacturing sector.

I bring to the Trust both life experience as well as empathy with many of our service users and families who are struggling at times to cope with life changing situations, such as early onset dementia. I believe that CNWL has a vital and pivotal role in supporting patients and their next of kin / carers in often distressing circumstances, and is there to signpost them to relevant services in times of need.

We are certainly going through seriously challenging times within the NHS as an organisation, and I feel that I can bring some life experience to CNWL and help to make it an organisation that one should be proud of to both work for as well an organisation that one can approach at times of demand in times of need."