Our Executive Team

Our Executive Team are experienced NHS professionals with specific management and operational skills. They are responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the trust. The Executive Team is led by Chief Executive Ify Okocha and the members are:

  • Ify Okocha - Chief Executive
  • Iain Dimond - Chief Operating Officer
  • Abi Fadipe - Medical Director
  • Jane Wells - Director of Nursing 
  • Neil Springham - Director of Therapies
  • Rachel C Evans - Director of Strategy and People
  • Azara Mukhtar - Finance Director
  • Lisa Thompson - Service Director - Children and Young People
  • Sarah Burchell - Service Director - Adult Community Physical Health Services
  • Lawrence Mack - Service Director - Forensic and Offender Healthcare
  • Aisling Clifford - Service Director - Adult Acute and Crisis Mental Health
  • Lorraine Regan - Service Director - Adult Community Mental Health/Adult Learning Disability 
  • Alison Furzer - Director of Digital Services
  • Rachel Evans - Director of Estates and Facilities
  • Sally Bryden - Trust Secretary/Director of Corporate Affairs and Strategic Development


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Azara Mukhtar | Finance Director

Azara Mukhtar | Finance Director

Azara Mukhtar took up the position of Interim Director of Finance with Oxleas in January 2020 and was appointed substantively in February 2021.

She has previously held a number of senior finance roles at Croydon Health Services, NHS London, Barts & The London and Guy’s & St Thomas’.

She is a CIMA qualified accountant and started her NHS career in April 1995.  After graduating from Dundee University, she joined KPMG for a three-year training contract working with a wide range of audit clients. 

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