Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors sets the overall strategic direction for the Trust and is collectively responsible for monitoring all aspects of performance, providing financial stewardship and ensuring the provision of high quality, safe and effective services. The Executive Directors manage the day to day operational running of the organisation, whilst the Non-Executive Directors are focused on challenging the Executive Team on management and strategy. The Non-Executive Directors do not hold any managerial responsibility, but are accountable with the Executive Directors for the Trust’s performance. The contribution of Non-Executive Directors, and their relationships with Executive Directors and governors, is facilitated by the Chair.

All of our Non-Executive Directors are considered to be independent, as they have not been employed previously by the Trust and do not have any financial or other business interest in the organisation.  Pauleen Lane is our Senior Independent Director.

The Committees of our Board of Directors are:

  • Audit Committee
  • Quality Governance Committee
  • Charitable Funds Committee
  • Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee

You can find out more about the work of these committees in the Trust’s Annual Report.

The Board works closely with our Council of Governors to enable the governors to carry out their statutory duties. Governors’ views are sought on the Trust’s forward plans and the Board also provides feedback on the Trust’s undertakings and performance.

Our Council of Governors provide local accountability by representing the interests of members and partner organisations. The Board of Directors retains overall responsibility for decision-making, except where the Council of Governors has statutory responsibilities.

Members of the Board of Directors can be contacted via communications@gmmh.nhs.uk or 0161 773 9121

Rupert Nichols, Chair (current term ends July 2019)

Rupert Nichols Rupert is a solicitor and Chartered Secretary with 40 years’ commercial board-level experience in a wide range of organisations in the legal and accountancy, logistics, manufacturing and services sector.  He has extensive experience in corporate governance, compliance, mergers and acquisitions and risk management.

Previously Chair of Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and board member of the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network, Rupert brings valuable experience of mental health and learning disabilities leadership to GMMH.

Anthony Bell, Non-Executive Director (current terms ends July 2018)

Anthony BellAnthony joined GMMH in 2014 and is a qualified accountant. Anthony has over 20 years of experience at board level in the education and social housing sectors, and has also had senior roles in the private sector. He is a Non-Executive Director at two local housing associations. He is deputy chair of a managed workspace complex company, which supports developing business. Anthony has also previously been a board member and treasurer of a training placement organisation for minority groups, and an education trust which supports disadvantaged groups.

Anthony is Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

Kathy Doran OBE, Non-Executive Director (current term ends July 2018)

Kathy Doran Kathy joined the Trust in 2014 and has 38 year’s public sector experience across central government and NHS providers and commissioners. For 11 years until 2013, Kathy worked in primary care and as cluster primary care trust executive. She is a former member of the National Institute of Health Research Advisory Board and is currently an advisor to NHS Employers, where she is a member of the negotiating team for GP pay.  Kathy is a non-executive director of Your Housing Group – a large North West housing association. Kathy is also a trustee and  chair of The Reader Organisation, a Liverpool-based charity.

Kathy is Vice-Chair and Chair of the Quality Governance Committee.

Julie Jarman, Non-Executive Director (current term ends July 2020)

julie Julie joined the Trust in 2014 and from November 2017 will work in the Principal Programmes Team at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She has over 17 years’ experience of senior management in the voluntary sector both in the UK and in international development.  She also works as a management coach and mentor.  Julie is a trustee of two charities: MIND in Salford and HomeWorkers Worldwide.

Julie is a member of the Quality Governance Committee and Charitable Funds Committee.

Andrea Knott, Non-Executive Director (current term ends December 2019)

Amanda Knott, Non-Executive Director Andrea is a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years business and financial experience in the private sector and is currently leading a large transformation programme for the R and D division of a major pharmaceutical company. Andrea brings a wealth of experience in strategic & operational planning, performance management, merger & acquisition integration and change management.

Andrea is Chair of the Audit Committee.

Stephen Dalton, Non-Executive Director (current term ends December 2019)

 

Stephen DaltonStephen has over forty years of experience in the NHS. Known nationally for his work as Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation and of the Mental Health Network, both roles demanded engagement at the highest level of government and the NHS and he is a regular contributor to national media. 

He started his NHS career in 1976 as a general nurse on Merseyside, followed by a period working in mental health services in South Manchester before taking on a series of clinical leadership roles including as a Director of Nursing. Stephen spent 17 years as a Trust Chief Executive, in Merseyside and Cumbria, responsible for delivering frontline clinical services and describes his career passion being mental health services.

Pauleen Lane CBE, Non-Executive Director (current term ends December 2019)

pauleen Pauleen is currently Group Manager for National Infrastructure at the Planning Inspectorate since 2012 and a visiting lecturer at Manchester University since 2010.  

She has a PhD in numerical modelling and geotechnical engineering and an early career in local governments (in officer and councillor positions - Trafford Councillor (1994-2012)), and as a commissioner with the Audit Commission. 

She has experience in a range of public sector non-executive roles including non-executive director at Liverpool Women’s Hospital (2010 – 2016), board member at the Sports Ground Safety Authority (2008 – 2016) and previously as non-executive director with the North West Development Agency, English Partnerships, Tenant Services Authority and the Coal Authority.

Pauleen is Senior Independent Director and a member of the Audit Committee.

Executive Directors

Neil Thwaite, Chief Executive

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Neil Thwaite, Chief Executive

 Neil started his career in the NHS in 1993 and has worked across many NHS sectors including acute care, primary care, the Cancer Network and the Strategic Health Authority. 

Neil is formally qualified in business and project management, attaining a Master’s in Business Administration at Manchester Business School.  

Neil joined our Trust in 2006 and was the Executive lead for the successful Foundation Trust application, planning, performance, quality account, tenders and business cases and was Director of Strategy / Deputy Chief Executive prior to his appointment to the Chief Executive role. 

He has a great deal of experience and a strong interest in service development, business planning, contracting, performance improvement and strategy.

Dr Chris Daly, Medical Director

Chris DalyChris worked as a Consultant Community Psychiatrist in Australia for two years from 1994. He joined the Trust in 1996 as a Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist both in inpatient and community settings, in general adult psychiatry and substance misuse services. His special interest is in substance misuse and he has led and developed a range of services for alcohol and drug dependent individuals including dual diagnosis services (Substance Misuse and Mental Illness). Chris has extensive experience in teaching and training junior doctors in psychiatry. He has also been actively involved in tender applications and in developing service models within Alcohol and Drugs services. Chris’ recent achievements include being the clinical lead in developing the award-winning RADAR pathway at the Chapman Barker Unit.  

Deborah Partington, Director of Operations

Deborah Deborah began her NHS career almost 30 years ago, when she started her nurse training in Salford. Since then she has held a variety of senior posts at GMMH, including Clinical Leader, Head of Operations, Network Director and Associate Director of Operations. She was seconded to the NHS Confederation – Mental Health Network for a year working with them to represent health organisations across England within national strategic developments. As well as her nursing qualifications, Deborah also has a Masters in Health Services Management from the University of Manchester. Recently, Deborah led the Trust-wide preparation for GMMH’s week-long CQC deep dive inspection, which achieved a rating of ‘Good’. Deborah also led a team for the development of clinical models for Manchester services and is now responsible for overseeing the Manchester transition by providing strategic and executive guidance.

Mary Lee, Acting Director of Development and Performance

Mary is currently acting up into the role of Director of Development and Performance. mary lee

Her substantive role with the Trust is Associate Director of Development and Performance.

Andrew Maloney, Director of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs

andrew Andrew has worked in senior HR positions across a broad range of NHS sectors. From 2000 to 2004 he worked as the Assistant Director of HR for Sefton Health Authority and Sefton Primary Care Trust working on HR change management projects that supported the establishment of PCTs across Sefton. In 2004, Andrew joined The Walton Centre NHS Trust as Director of HR and was part of the executive team that led the organisation to Foundation Trust status. In 2009 Andrew joined our Trust as Director of HR and Governance and he has more recently taken on wider responsibility for capital development, estates, facilities and corporate governance. Andrew also undertakes two national roles as an NHS Employers representative on the Social Partnership Forum and the NHS Staff Council. He is also a member of the Executive Advisory Council for the Faculty of Business and Law at Manchester Metropolitan University and Chair of the Greater Manchester NHS HR Director Network.

Ismail Hafeji, Director of Finance and IM&T

Ismail Hafeji Ismail joined us in 2011 with a wealth of experience and has been working in NHS finance since 1983 at NHS Trusts, Health Authorities and PCTs around the North West. He has worked as a Finance Director for the last ten years. His previous role was as Director of Finance, IT and Information with NHS Bolton. Ismail also worked as Acting Director of Finance for the former West Lancashire and Chorley and South Ribble PCTs.

Gill Green, Director of Nursing and Governance

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Gill joined us in 2011. 

Gill has extensive experience in delivering nursing care in both acute and community settings and joins us with experience in different NHS organisation including Clatterbridge Hospital in Bebington, James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, Barnsley Care Services Direct and South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust.

 She also works closely with third sector providers including experience of Trusteeships in that area.  She is particularly involved in nursing workforce education and nursing leadership across the Greater Manchester area.