Meet the Team

The Mind & Body Programme is centrally managed by a small team based in Counting House, Guy’s Hospital. Our team brings together a wealth of experience in healthcare, from both clinical and management roles:

Dr Sean Cross, Clinical Director

Sean is Clinical Director of the Mind & Body Programme at King's Health Sean CrossPartners; a Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Managing Director of Maudsley Learning. Sean feels strongly that better integration of mental and physical healthcare provision requires evidence-based service transformation; high quality, meaningful education and training, and the harnessing of staff, patient and carer enthusiasm to bring about culture change in all our organisations.

Professor Matthew Hotopf CBE, Academic DirectorMatthew Hotopf

Matthew is Vice Dean of Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, and Director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centre. Matthew’s main area of research is in the grey area between medicine and psychiatry, exploring the interaction between mental and physical health, and uses ‘big data’ approaches to understand this interface better. He works clinically as a liaison psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and St Christopher’s Hospice.

Kate Lillywhite, Programme DirectorKate Lillywhite crop

Having graduated with a History degree, Kate joined the Civil Service in 2009. After a short stint in the Department of Transport, Kate joined the Department of Health. She was most recently Senior Team Lead on the Department of Health’s Efficiency Programme before leaving the Civil Service to join the NHS to lead the Mind & Body Programme.

Chris Attoe, Project ManagerChris Attoe

Chris has a background in Health Psychology, bringing both clinical and research expertise to the team. Chris is particularly interested in workforce development and helping staff to feel supported at work, and spends half his week working for Maudsley Simulation as Research and Evaluation Lead.

Eliza Hinchliffe, Project ManagerEliza

Eliza has a background in health promotion and public health, in particular supporting the needs of vulnerable population groups. She leads on the programme’s patient and public engagement and runs the Champions Network, she also supports the team with general project work.

Rafi Dover, Project ManagerRafi

Rafi is on secondment with the Mind & Body team from the Civil Service Fast Stream, having recently finished a post at the Department of Health and Social Care. He has also worked at the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. He works on the programme’s finances and digital communications.

Rumina TaylorDr Rumina Taylor, Value Based Healthcare Mind & Body Lead

Rumina is the Value Based Healthcare Mind and Body Lead at King’s Health Partners. She focuses on improving patient outcomes and integrating mental and physical healthcare. She is a Clinical Psychologist by training, and has extensive experience of working with patients with severe mental illness and transforming NHS services.


If you have any questions or suggestions, please email the team at mindandbody@slam.nhs.uk