Lisa Rodrigues

Lisa Rodrigues CBE

Writer, coach, mental health campaigner and ex-chief executive at Sussex Partnership NHS FT

I am a writer, coach and mental health campaigner. I try to use my understanding of stigma, including self-stigma, to raise awareness, reduce the negativity still associated with mental illness, and to help people to be the best version of themselves at work and in the rest of their lives.

I joined the NHS in 1973, spent the first half of my career as a nurse and a health visitor, and the latter in NHS management, including 13 years as a mental health trust chief executive. I was an Independent Member of Council at the University of Sussex for 8 years, and a NED at the NHS Confederation for 7 years, during which I chaired the Mental Health Network and was senior independent director. In 2012, I was awarded a CBE for services to the NHS. 

These days I write, speak at NHS and related events, and coach new managers, clinicians and executives within the NHS and also beyond. I am Vice Chair and trustee of the Mary Seacole Trust. And I volunteer as a Samaritan and help run my local branch.

As well as nursing qualifications, I have a BA in Psychology and an MA in Public Sector Management. In 2016 I qualified to use the Myers Briggs Personality Type Inventory in my coaching practice.
I blog at where there are links to my other publications. My book, Being an NHS Chief Executive, came out in June 2018. It is part memoir, part how-not-to-do-it guide. You can find it here.

I blog at and on Twitter I am @LisaSaysThis.