Meet the Team

Theophilus Idowu Bello - Hospital Manager

Theophilus Bello (Theo) is a Registered Mental Health Nurse with over 26 years of post-qualification experience spent in different settings but majorly in forensic services. Graduated from the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria as a Structural Engineer. Upon his arrival in the UK, he attended Kingston University where he obtained higher diploma in Mental Health nursing. He has completed other postgraduate programmes including MBA, which he achieved with distinction.

With hard work and diligence to meet the global needs of those who use our services, Theo believes it is possible to achieve greatness irrespective of obstacles. Prior to joining Cygnet, he was the Assistant Clinical Director for Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and he retired from NHS as Senior Service Lead of Forensic Services.

He is a dynamic, self-motivated, and extremely driven professional with a wealth of skills and capabilities. He is a natural leader and has been a mentor to a huge number of BAME nurses aiming high in their professional career. He has a track record of supporting and nurturing the junior nurses to attain their potentials. He is seen as a role model by the majority of the BAME nurses and through his initial achievement in climbing the ladders, many BME nurses believe that the so called “glass ceiling” in the NHS can be broken by any determined nurse irrespective of race, sex or disability and many have achieved far greater heights as a result. Theo is married with two children.

Omer Malik - Consultant Psychiatrist & Medical Director

Dr. Malik completed his psychiatry post graduate training in U.K, predominantly based in inner city London hospitals. His core training was predominantly at South London and Maudsley NHS trust, following which he pursued his higher training at East London NHS foundation trust.

As a core trainee, he won 2 audit awards in Lancashire Care NHS trust. Thereafter as a higher trainee, he was awarded Health Education North Central and East London (HENCEL), Commendable Trainee of the year award, was also the Higher Trainee Representative and had organised a 3 year teaching programme for the higher trainees based at East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr. Malik is the Academic Lead for London and South Cygnet Region CPD doctors programme, whereby he has organised a 3 year CPD programme with external speakers and trying to improve teaching using evidence based medicine, Movie and Culture clubs. Dr. Malik is part of Quality Improvement team at Cygnet, having had an experience of being involved as one of the contributors to the 1st Annual Quality Improvement report for East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr. Malik has been a Medical Director for Cygnet Churchill hospital for last 3 years or so. His vision is to work towards progressing Cygnet Churchill to a teaching hospital and to embrace and embed new evidence based innovations into daily practice to improve patient care.

Dr. Malik is passionate about movies, travelling, sports particularly cricket and has organised charity events in UK.

Richard Jones - Mulberry Ward Manager

Richard has dedicated his entire adult life working in mental health services. He has a vast experience of working in a variety of roles within the NHS and private sector. His experience includes working in psychiatric intensive care, acute, rehabilitation, substance misuse as well as children and adolescent services.

Richard joined Cygnet Churchill in October 2019 as a Staff Nurse and progressed to Clinical Team Leader then was promoted to Ward Manager in February 2022.

As a student Nurse, Richard contributed to which offers compassion, kindness and easy ways to help keep people safer from thoughts of harm and suicide, seek support and discover hope of recovery. Richard also presented a pioneering suicide prevention project to Sir Keith Pearson and a panel of experts who were responsible of reviewing the mental health of the NHS workforce.

Since qualifying in Mental Health Nursing at the prestigious University of Wolverhampton, he has worked for North East London NHS Foundation Trust and Churchill’s Acute Service where he progressed up the ranks to Ward Manager. Richard has gained extensive knowledge and proficient clinical skills working in adult inpatient services. He has worked with a variety of service users with complex mental health needs.

He is keen to promote a compassionate culture that in essence relates to improving the consistency and quality of experience for any service user. Richard has a passion for person centred care, service improvement and staff development. In his free time Richard plays rugby and enjoys travelling.

Emily Courtier- Regional Lead Occupational Therapist

After graduating from UWE Bristol, Emily gained experience in various community and inpatient mental health services, including a national specialist unit for individuals with complex and co-morbid psychosis.

Emily joined Cygnet Churchill in February 2018 with a passion for supporting her clients to rebuild their motivation and identity and to reengage with the aspects of daily they find most important. She gained further experience having completed training in Occupational Case Formulation and various assessments associated with the Model of Human Occupation.

In September 2018, Emily was appointed Head of Occupational Therapy to provide leadership to and management of the OT department.

Emily was appointed Regional Lead Occupational Therapist (London & South East) in April 2020 to support other OT departments across the region deliver a high-quality effective service.

Titilayo Jackson - Head of Hotel Services

Tity joined Churchill in 2013. Prior to this, she worked for Contract Caterers Russell & Brand, Bateman Catering and ISS Mediclean at the Maudsley & Bethlem NHS trust from 1991 to 2005. She then went on to work directly for South London & Maudsley NHS Trust at Lambeth Hospital in South West London in 2005.

Tity’s original background training was in Media Studies but with a deep passion for cooking and all areas of hospitality, she has followed this path for close to 30 years working in different positions within the Catering Department.

She manages the Catering and Housekeeping departments here at the Churchill. Her focus is to improve people’s negative opinion of hospital food and housekeeping by working with her Hotel Services team to provide a high standard of service for the patients, staff and visitors.

She is currently working on her project based on innovation to services to round up her diploma in the Cygnet- sponsored CMI Level 5 Leadership and Management Course.

Wilmer Almachi Amagua - Housekeeping Supervisor

Wilmer has worked for Cygnet Health Care since August 2013, he started as a Housekeeper and then became a Housekeeping Supervisor in April 2017. Wilmer works closely with his Housekeeping Team to produce a clean and safe environment for staff and users.

In 2019 Wilmer had the opportunity to attend and complete the Skills for Care and Skills for Health course and obtain the "Care Certificate", this course allowed Wilmer to expand his knowledge and skills in health care, thus meeting the expectations of maintaining a high level of cleanliness in Cygnet Churchill.

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