GMMH Chief Executive Bev Humphrey has been included for the second year running in the Health Service Journal's Top 50 Chief Executives in the NHS, a huge achievement after 11 years at Greater Manchester Mental Health.
Bev joined the organisation when it was Greater Manchester West, in October 2006, but has been with the NHS for 34 years. Her first role in the NHS was in a management trainee position in a large teaching hospital. She has worked in a variety of acute, community and commissioning roles in Merseyside, Thames, Lancashire and now Manchester.
"It’s a huge honour to be recognised in this way but this accolade is not about personal achievement but that of the whole GMMH team. We work in a field where so many people make it happen, so to single out one person is a little hard to comprehend. Our entire reason for doing our job is about caring for and giving a voice to others, and I hope it is a good recognition for all of you and not just me”, Bev said of her Top 50 ranking.
“My role is challenging but very rewarding as I know we are making positive changes for those accessing services every day. I think my most important management talents are a wicked sense of humour, a huge dollop of common sense, a terrible nosiness and a pretty straightforward approach to what’s right and wrong.”
The HSJ uses the annual ranking to identify chief executives who excel in leadership, improving care and driving efficiency. Judges examined the personal example set by the chief executive, the performance of the organisation they lead, given its circumstances and the contribution the chief executive has made to the wider health and social care system.
You can view the full list of the Top 50 Chief Executives here.