Executive Recruitment

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

Anthony joined GMW in 2014 and is a qualified accountant.  He is part-time vice principal of commercial activities at the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education and a non-executive director at two local housing associations. 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 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.

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

Julie joined GMW in 2014 and is currently the Programme Manager for Church Action on Poverty with responsibility for managing a programme of anti-poverty projects and national campaigning work.  Julie 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.

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

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 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 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

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 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 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.

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

Andrew Maloney, Director of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs

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 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 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

Gill Green joined the Trust in August 2011. Gill previously worked for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as Acting Director of Nursing. Gill has extensive experience of delivering care in both acute and community settings and joins us with 25 years’ experience of nurse leadership and operational delivery in different NHS organisations. She has also held Trustee positions for third sector providers in the Wakefield area and lectured in both Sheffield and Salford universities.

Originally from Sunderland, Gill has had experience of delivering direct nursing care in a variety of acute and mental health settings, including Clatterbridge Hospital in Bebington, The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesborough and NHS Barnsley Care Services Direct.

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