Nicola has worked in mental health services since 1982. She is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and holds a Masters degree in practitioner research. Nicola specialised in forensic mental health and has worked in low, medium and high secure services.

Nicola joined us in March 2009 from Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust where she was Network Director for specialist mental health services including eating disorders, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), low and medium secure services, mental health and deafness, and prison in-reach across the North West.

Nicola was appointed substantively as Executive Director of Operations and Nursing in May 2010 following a secondment to the role,  and Chief Executive in November 2016.

Alongside her Care Trust role, Nicola is also the Chief Executive Mental Health Lead for the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership.