Wendy Cookson

Wendy Cookson, Non Executive Director
Wendy Cookson, Non Executive Director


Non Executive Director

Term:  6 January 2017 to 5 January 2023 (second term) 


  • Chair of Quality Committee
  • Member of the Ethics Committee
  • Member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Integrated Audit and Governance Committee
  • Member of the Strategic Workforce Committee  

Professional background

I am a degree nurse with an MBA who has worked in healthcare for 25 years. More recently my roles have been as the Quality Improvement Director to several Trusts in breach of regulatory compliance, an independent consultant to Trust Boards on Care Quality Commission requirements, the ‘Well-Led’ framework for Foundation Trusts and all other aspects of governance both clinical and corporate.  I hold the Institute of Directors (IoD) award for the Role of the Director and the Board and been chosen to attend NHSI’s Aspirant Chair’s Programme.  I have also obtained the IoD Certificate in Company Direction.

All my earlier clinical and director roles have been in acute Trusts around London and Hampshire. I have been a Director of Nursing at a CSU where I ensured the quality of Never Events, serious incident and safeguarding investigations for several acute Trusts in London and the South East. I was also a member of the South London Quality Surveillance Group at NHSE.  From 2003 to 2005, I was elected to the Council of Governors as one of the first two clinical staff Governors at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

I undertook an independent ‘Well-Led’ governance review of the Trust as part of Monitor’s compliance framework in June 2016 which gave me a unique insight into the Trust. 

Other current activities

I am a Trustee of a charity near my home. The charity helps train local people with learning disabilities, offers support and guidance for those suffering from domestic abuse and runs youth services for Children from impoverished backgrounds from aged 8 – 19 years. I have been the Managing Director of a change management and governance consultancy which I started 6 years ago and currently also sit on an advisory panel for a financial consultancy firm in Canary Wharf. 

Non Executive Director of Medway Community Healthcare

Member of Health Advisory Board for OCS Group UK

Chair of Bede House Charity