Our Board of Directors
Rupert Nichols, Chair (current term ends July 2019)
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 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.
ulie 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 Chair of the Quality Governance Committee and a member of the Charitable Funds Committee.
Andrea Harrison, Non-Executive Director (current term ends December 2022)
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 2022)
Stephen 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.
Stephen is Vice Chair of the Trust.
Pauleen Lane CBE, Non-Executive Director (current term ends December 2022)
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.
Helen Dabbs, Non-Executive Director (current term ends September 2021)
Helen is recently retired. Prior to retirement, Helen most recently worked at executive level at NHS Improvement (NHSI) North (2015 to 2018) as Regional Nurse Director and Delivery and Improvement Director, where she had oversight of the safety, quality and financial sustainability of provider trusts and also supported trusts with their quality improvement agendas. Helen joined NHSI from Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) where she held progressive roles including Director of Mental Health (2002 to 2005), Director of Operations (2005 to 2008), Acting Chief Executive Officer (2008 to 2009) and Deputy CEO/Director of Nursing and Partnerships (2009 to 2015). During her time at RDaSH, Helen also held a number of additional roles including Specialist/Clinical Advisor to CHI/Healthcare Commission/Care Quality Commission (CQC) and National Taskforce Advisor to the Better Care Fund.
Helen’s early career began with clinical nursing posts (general and mental health) (1984 to 1991), prior to progression to senior management roles in provider organisations (1991 to 2002). Helen holds professional dual registration as a nurse.
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.
Alice Seabourne, Medical Director
Alice’s careers spans almost 30 years within the NHS and she has worked a Consultant Psychiatrist in Later Life Services since 1999 with the former Bolton, Salford and Trafford Mental Health Services and latterly, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. This involved Alice working as an Inpatient Consultant at the Trust’s Woodlands Hospital, where she used her managerial and clinical skills to help reconfigure the Later Life services. Alice was also Community Psychiatrist for Old Age within Bolton Mental Health Services – a role she has continued in, requiring her to work closely with service users, carers, a wide multidisciplinary team and partner agencies.
In 2017, Alice became the Trust’s Associate Medical Director for Rehabilitation, IAPT, Bolton and Salford. It was here she developed collective and collaborative leadership with the Assistant Director of Operations via the network hub structure. This involved oversight of performance, service development incident management. She also uses this model within the medical leadership team.
Alice is an active participant in the North West Leadership Academy’s “Aspirant Talent Management Programme” and is a member of the North West Medical Directors’ Network.
She has also been actively involved in developing the Trust’s Quality Improvement Strategy, particularly in the areas of rapid tranquilisation and the Mental Health Act.
Alice prides herself on doing what is right for service users, carers and the wider community, with the need to provide good, quality care at the heart of her decision-making.
Deborah Partington, Director of Operations
DDeborah began her NHS career over 30 years ago, when she started her nurse training in Salford. Since then she has held a variety of senior posts at the Trust 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. A key focus of Deborah’s current role is providing executive oversight of the operational management of all clinical services.
Elizabeth Calder, Director of Performance and Strategic Development
Liz joined GMMH in 2019 from the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, where she held the post of Deputy Director of Strategy and Planning and provided strategic leadership and support to key programmes of work. Since joining the NHS as a Graduate Management Trainee in 1994, Liz has worked in senior roles across the North West of England including commissioning, community, acute and tertiary organisations. As an Economics graduate with an MA from University of Manchester, Liz has extensive experience in strategic change, significant transactions, service developments, contracting, tenders, planning and operational management. Recent roles have included working with partners to establish the first Integrated Care Organisation in the country and the national proton therapy service at The Christie.
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.
Suzanne Robinson, Director of Finance and IM&T
Suzanne Robinson joined GMMH in August 2020 as Director of Finance and IM&T. Photo of Suzanne Robinson
With almost 20 years of experience working at a senior level within large acute and specialist providers as well as commissioning organisations in the North West of England, Suzanne has held the role of Director of Finance at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. Previous to this, she held roles of Director of Finance, Performance and Digital at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and Finance Director of Staffordshire Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).
Suzanne serves as Chair of the Health Financial Management Association (HFMA) Mental Health Finance Faculty and she is also Senior Responsible Officer for the Future Focused Finance Valuemakers Programme which represents over 2000 finance staff across the country.
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.