Council of Governors

The role of the Council of Governors is to gain assurance on behalf of the Membership and the public, with regard to the organisations performance, with a particular focus on service quality. The role and responsibilities of the Council of Governors, as defined by The Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the preceding 2006 Act include:

  • Governors will represent the interests of members and the public
  • Governors will have express statutory duties to hold Non Executive Directors individually and collectively to account
  • Governors can require Directors to attend a Council meeting to obtain information on performance of the Trust
  • Significant transactions will have to be signed off by 50% Governors voting
  • Mergers/Acquisitions/Dissolutions will need the support of over 50% of all Governors
  • Governors will express a view on the Board of Directors' forward plans
  • Governors will approve the appointment of the Chief Executive
  • Governors will appoint and remove Trust Auditors
  • Governors will receive and approve the Trust's Annual Reports/Accounts
  • Governors will appoint, remove and decide the terms of office and remuneration of the Chair and the Non Executive Directors.

It is important to emphasise that the role of Governors is fundamentally different from that of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is responsible for the direct running of the Trust and for the strategic leadership of the whole organisation; assuring high quality performance and delivery of all services.

Governors are not directly involved in:

  • operational management
  • individual specific patient or staff issues
  • handling complaints
  • confidential patient issues

Council of Governors Meetings

The Council of Governors meets on a quarterly basis at various sites across the Trust. Meetings are open for members of the public and staff to observe.

Find out when the next meeting is

Contact us

For more information regarding the Council of Governors please contact Steph Neville, Stakeholder Development Manager on 0161 358 1601 or by email: governors@gmmh.nhs.uk

Meet your governors:

Public Governors

 

Constituency: Public - Bolton

Albert Phipps

Albert Phipps

Why do I want to be a Governor?

Now I am retired I would like to offer my services to my community.  This, coupled with my experience of working with people with mental health issues and my knowledge of psychology, mean I am in a good position to do this.  Moreover, I have been on the board of trustees of a local mental health charity (at the moment I am Vice-chair) for several years. This has given me insights into the 'grass roots' of mental health provision and difficulties that people (the providers and the 'customers') often face.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

Until my retirement I was a university lecturer (The University of Bolton) for 18 years, I come from a working class background and returned to education later in life. Therefore I am focused, determined, organised and used to working in a team. Similarly the knowledge I have gained through my studies (I am a qualified CBT therapist and graduate member of the British Psychological Society) also mean I have firm grasp the theoretical aspects of mental health issues. All of this (I feel) puts me in an ideal position to be to be a governor.

Les Allen (re-elected)

Les Allen

Why do I want to be a Governor?

A Governor is a key link between Trust members (determining their needs / views on the delivery of service) and the Directors who make decisions about service delivery.  A governor is also a key link between the local community and the Trust and ensures the Trust is rooted in its community, owned by the community and responds to the community needs and ensuring value for money is achieved. A governor also plays a role in key areas via advising on issues, assist in developing ideas, acting as a sounding board and as a critical friend.

Why do I want to be a Governor?

I am a CIPFA/FCCA qualified accountant with many years senior finance experience. Over my career I have been involved from both a Provider and Commissioner perspective in major service changes including Cardiac and Stroke pathways. As a Governor I have been involved with the Nominations Committee ( responsible for appointing the Chairman, and Non Executives), I chair the Membership Strategy Group (involving communication with members which includes a quarterly magazine titled Values Matter and Governor self-development plans.  With the recent amalgamation with Manchester Mental Health into the newly formed organisation Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, in my Governor role it is imperative to ensure the current high quality levels of care are maintained by the new organisation as it moves forward in 2017 and beyond.

Constituency: Public - Salford

David Sutton

David Sutton

Why do I want to be a Governor?

I have a long-standing interest in mental health and the care offered to people who suffer from mental ill-health and believe that Governors have an important role to play in holding the Trust Board to account in its activities and decisions and in representing the views and interests of the constituency they serve in the delivery of mental health service.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

I have extensive experience as a mental health chaplain, for the past nine years as whole-time Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care Co-ordinator, working with service users in community and in acute and secure wards. My role also involved managing other chaplains, being a co-presenter on teaching modules in the Recovery Academy and liaising with senior staff in the promotion and delivery of spiritual care. I have, in the recent past, served as a Governor on Calderstones Partnership NHS Trust caring for people with learning disabilities in secure accommodation. As a retired priest and chaplain I am still active in Salford and Greater Manchester in church work and in such activities as retreats and spiritual guidance.

Bryan Blears 

Bryan Blears

Why do I want to be a Governor?

I would like to become a governor because I care about people and am compassionate about mental healthcare particularly for children and young people. I’d like to promote proper parity of esteem between mental and physical health starting at school and going through into adulthood. Growing up in Salford I’ve experienced poor mental health and the social factors which drive it. I’d like to focus upon the importance of promoting mental wellbeing within the community and intervention during the early stages of mental illness, as well as safeguarding vulnerable children and adults from exploitation and abuse.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

I’m a financial analyst within the NHS and have worked for several Greater Manchester CCGs as well as a Mental Heath Foundation Trust. I understand the challenges for the Trust particularly within CAMHS and LLAMS services. I am able to empathise and provide a perspective of what service users and their families expect and how the Trust can meet those expectations. Patient safety and quality of care is vital for the Trust and I would work on building positive relations and promoting good equality and diversity practices to build the Trust’s reputation as a quality and compassionate care provider. I’m familiar with the Trust’s obligations to Monitor, CQC and other stakeholders. I’m also familiar with the Devo Manc environment and the opportunities this provides to change the way care is delivered across Greater Manchester.

Constituency: Public - Trafford

Iris Nickson

Iris Nickson

Why do I want to be a Governor?

I wish to help in the removal of all social stigmas surrounding mental illness and to encourage sufferers who have not yet sought advice to discuss their illness and establish a course of treatment which will improve the quality of their lives and to help them realise their full potential by linking mental health treatments with education. Although the mental health sector has improved immensely over the last 30 years, I see through my father-in-law’s experiences that there remain many opportunities for improvements in the delivery of care to service users and their relatives. I am passionate about seizing these opportunities and I feel my insights into the challenges faced by people dealing with mental health issues and my wider experiences of improving the lives of young people who suffered with mental health and behavioural issues would make me a very valuable addition to your team.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

I have twenty years’ experience working in education. Seven years were in the special school (BESD) sector, the children displayed a diverse range of learning and mental health problems. Working collaboratively with multi-agency teams was imperative. I have the ability to be empathetic, to listen constructively, to work collaboratively and to be adaptable. Recently I have worked in the voluntary sector for three years. I have gained many useful insights, particularly into the problems mental health illnesses cause to carers and close relatives alike.

Margaret Kerr

Margaret kerr

Why do I want to be a Governor?

I want to work to remove the stigma that is still attached to mental health issues despite the progress that has been made in the last 10 years. I want to work to help people, particularly the reluctant, to access and use the services currently available and to extend those services.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

I am a local mother of 2. I spent my early career working with mentally handicapped adults in hospitals, day centres and workshops. I hold the Diploma in Teaching Mentally Handicapped Adults, specialising in Down’s Syndrome. I moved into Education to work supporting Down’s Syndrome students in main stream education and progressed to become part of Trafford’s Early Years Intervention Team working in a peripatetic capacity across the borough and taking the lead with Down’s Syndrome students.

Outside of work I have had experience overseas in Nigeria, South Africa and Peru. I have been involved in my children’s education as a classroom volunteer, Chair of their Parent’s Associations and a school governor specialising in personnel and admissions. I am a volunteer fund raiser for a local charity and give talks in schools. In the past we have been a house of safety for children needing emergency foster care.

Constituency: Public - City of Manchester

Lynn Howe

lynn howe

Why do I want to be a Governor?

I believe I can give time to something worthwhile, which is beneficial to all within Manchester. I have had friends and colleagues who have suffered with mental health and know that support is key. My mother developed dementia when suffering pancreatic cancer and it was a difficult time for all who loved her.  I understand that mental health is in many forms and one prescription does not fit all. I am looking at giving back to the community and this is a good way in which my skills can be utilised.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

With an accountancy and business background I feel this is something I can support.  As I hold accountancy and business academic qualifications and have worked within private organisations since the age of 16, I have vast experience in recruitment, finances, and understanding of annual reports. Colleagues and friends have told me I work well with people as I am sympathetic and caring, yet pragmatic. I am a good listener and believe that everyone is equal and deserves the best. I am positive in my approach and will always look at the benefits and risks within scenarios. I communicate well within all areas of a business, from senior to junior members and have been involved in many Directors meeting.

Nayla Cookson

  nayla cookson

Why do I want to be a Governor?

When people close to me needed mental health support I saw first-hand how successful our services can be and how much they can miss the mark.  I want to use my experience to offer my services on a daily basis in return for all the help I have seen mental services in Manchester achieve.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

Before coming to Britain I was an executive secretary for an Import/Export business operating out of Lebanon. Since those days I became a lecturer in the English language for a University in Oman. In Manchester I was appointed a language specialist in an inner city primary school. I am actively involved in cross cultural activities for my wider Lebanese community, my school affiliations and my local Church. I became involved in Mental issues from my school duties, within my own family when looking after my in laws and my activities with my church. My involvement is as a concerned educational professional, a relative and with my friends. As a straightforward member of the public with a sense of importance of multicultural community action, coming from being a student and volunteer for the WEA, I believe I have no particular political axe to grind, except a desire to contribute as much as possible to maintaining services for the betterment of our rich and diverse community here in Manchester.

Constituency: Public - Other England and Wales

Rob Beresford

Rob Beresford

Why do I want to be a Governor?

I believe my knowledge and experience of the NHS, in particular the Mental Health Policy both nationally and locally, will give me the opportunity to promote better outcomes for service users and carers across the organisation. Through the Council of Governors I will question, challenge and support the management Board. I would also like to make it easier for members to access their governors.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

Although now retired, I have worked my entire Career as a Registered Mental Health Nurse within the Trust. My numerous roles include Community Psychiatric Nurse at both Trafford and Bolton and laterally Clinical Leader and Senior Nurse with the Adult Forensic service. I have studied at Manchester Metropolitan University and have a degree in Community Health Care. I have now completed 3 years as a Public Governor, and feel that I am in a strong position within the Trust Community, having visited a number of sites and services. I am a keen Amateur Photographer, believing that this art form allows us all to experience feelings and emotions within the Image. With the support of the Trust and my local camera club I was able to organise a photographic exhibition at the Curve, which was extremely successful, and will now become an Annual event for the foreseeable future, bringing the Trust and the local Community closer together.

Philip Saxton

  Philip Saxton

Why do I want to be a Governor?

Driven by personal experience of mental health issues and a desire to offer my skills in a voluntary role, I want to continue my work with the Trust. The current merger presents a huge challenge and I am keen to support improvement in the experience of service users and colleagues in the Trust through this process and beyond.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

I have been a Public Governor since 2011 and before this was a Non-Executive Director from 2006 through to 2009. I have been a Trustee of charities involved in mental health and employment issues and since 2010 a Board Member of Six Town Housing in Bury. I have had my own business since 2001, providing interim management services, primarily in finance, with all my work now with not-for-profit organisations. Prior to this I worked in private sector manufacturing companies for over 20 years, qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant and progressing eventually to Board roles. In my private sector career I was the lead on a number of successful takeovers, and right now have a key role in the amalgamation of two substantial social landlords, all of which allowed me to contribute fully to Council of Governors deliberations on the merger decision to date and equips me to do so even more over the coming months.

Service User and Carer Governors

Constituency: Service User and Carer

Dan Stears

Dan Stears

Why do I want to be a Governor?

I’ve struggled with anxiety for over 15 years and engaged within the Trust for the last 6. Although I’m on the road to recovery, I recognise there are days I still struggle. It’s important to me to use my experience for the benefit of other service users and staff delivering services. Because of this, I’m passionate and actively involved in the following:

  • Service user recruitment and development: Recovery Academy: Early Intervention Peer Mentorship and co-delivery of courses. Service-user engagement strategy: 5 year strategic view
  • First Step Trust: Teaching those in recovery, the skills and opportunities for employment and self-improvement
  • Communication Skills: Ability to articulate from the Trust board to constituents & service users
  • Community and Constituents Needs: Out of hours crisis care, developing contingency plans in the event of services being compromised so impact on service-users is minimal.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

  • I’ve embraced Greater Manchester Mental Health’s ethos of being an Expert by Experience
  • I’ve used the experiences I have to help improve the services both locally in Salford and across the Trust
  • I was one of the service-users that assisted in Inspections of Trust secure units that contributed to the CQC reports
  • I became a Service-User Representative on the Meadowbrook unit recruitment panel
  • I was able to use this experience when I was selected to be one of the service-users to take part in the recruitment process of 3

Michael Crouch

Michael Crouch

Why do I want to be a Governor?

I have used MMHSC inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services, CPN and clinical psychology services. Whilst accessing these services I have received care that has been excellent, appalling and everything in-between! I want to ensure the merger causes the excellence that existed in both former Trusts to spread and not simply be diluted. The advent of Devomanc Health presents many opportunities, but also an estimated £2bn budget deficit by 2020/21.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

I am studying for a Psychology MSc at the University of Chester and have been appointed to the committee of The British Psychological Society’s (BPS) North-West Branch. I am currently leading the development of the National Voices Person-Centred Care Narrative for the Trust’s Psychological Services User Movement (MPSUM). I also volunteer with ‘Moodswings’ charity. Through my work with BPS, MPSUM and as a former Parish Councillor I am familiar with working in accordance with the Nolan Principles. I contribute to mental health and social care policy formation through my membership of The Labour Party, its Campaign for Mental Health (LCMH) and the associated Fabian Society 'Think- Tank'. I am willing to work with people of all political opinions and none to meet a common aim of improving mental health services. I have a previous background in university research and teaching and am therefore used to reading and synthesising a large amount of documentary information.

Margaret Willis

Margaret Willis

Previously John Adam Hogan

Why do I want to be a Governor?

I have been a member of the Trust since 2008 and a service user/ carer governor for six of those years. As I am a service user myself I have always wanted to provide help and support to my fellow service users and their carers.  At the end of last year I made a number of visits to units in Manchester. Now that Manchester is part of the same Trust I wish to continue with these visits as a governor, please help me to help you.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

I have been a member of the Nominations Committee which deals with the interviewing and appointment of The Chairperson and non-executive directors. I am currently a member of the care hub committee and very much enjoy this role. I am also a ward volunteer at the Woodlands Hospital which is a challenging yet enjoyable role.

Margaret Riley       (re-elected)

Margaret Riley

Why do I want to be a Governor?

 I previously held this position before the exciting merge with Manchester Mental Health. I feel I have a lot of life experience a mother & grandmother. As a service user personally I have used the NHS very little, I was always treated with respect and the utmost care. I have had experience of being a carer for a relative who unfortunately suffered from mental health problem, this was very traumatic time but with input of services support and hope we got through this troubling time. I do feel that everyone should get a fair chance and not be stigmatised by mental health, I have experience of many charities dealing with mental health problems, have also worked for Greater Manchester Police where I was able to work with vulnerable prisoners. I have a degree in psychology which I am very proud of.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

I am very interested in shaping the future development of the NHS, in what are exciting times. I would relish the challenge of being part of a decision making team supporting the NHS locally. I would bring lived experience, dedication, commitment, to the best of my ability, to guide and optimise the use of available resources.

 

Staff Governors

Constituency: Staff - Medical

Dr Victoria Sullivan

victoria sullivan

Why do I want to be a Governor?

I believe that the Trust places a high value on patient care and is proactive in involving service users, carers and staff in developing and improving services. I feel that the role of a governor would allow me to continue to support the Trust in ensuring that these values and responsibilities are maintained to a high standard and to advocate on behalf of my patients and colleagues. The Trust has been undertaking a number of significant changes with the merger with another mental health trust and I feel that as a medical governor I would be able to bring a key perspective as to the impact that these changes will have on services, which the Trust Executive should take into account.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

I have worked for the NHS for over ten years and in this Trust since 2013 and have seen many positive changes take place. I have been involved in the Medical Staff Committee, which has allowed me to discuss the concerns of colleagues in the development of services. I feel that I am articulate in expressing my views and can represent the views of others.

Constituency: Staff - Nursing

Lesley O'Neill

lesley oneill

Why do I want to be a Governor?

 

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

 

Stuart Edmondson

Stuart Edmondson

Why do I want to be a Governor?

I’m immensely proud to be a nurse and have a nearly 29 year-long nursing career behind me with recent experience of working for the Care Quality Commission which I would bring to the benefit of GMMH.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

I am keen as a Governor to use the opportunity it brings to challenge the stigma and inequalities sadly still associated with mental health. I will seek to positively raise the profile of mental health in our communities and be the voice of reason for nursing. I have been privileged to help people at their most vulnerable which has given me a greater understanding to apply as a nurse professional.

Constituency: Staff - Social Care

Rick Wright

rick wright

Why do I want to be a Governor?

I am proud to work closely with my social care colleagues in all directorates and I am constantly impressed by their knowledge, dedication to service users and carers and all round commitment to delivering a quality service. As governor I want to ensure that the vital contribution of social care staff is fully recognised and that the social care perspective continues to be embedded as intrinsic to understanding and addressing the needs of service users and carers. I would like to contribute to ensuring that GMMH is well equipped to meet the new challenges as we move into a new era of greater integration and changing demand. I want to promote closer relationships with partner agencies and as a governor do what I can to promote any initiatives to reduce staff stresses whilst maintaining excellent quality.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

I have been a MH social work manager for many years and I remain an Approved Mental Health Professional. Over the years I have been involved in the successful integration of health and social care in what is now GMMH. I have helped implement various legal and social care developments in that time- not least the amended MHA, MCA and Care Act. I highly value my colleagues across the directorate and hope to support them where I can with any knowledge or experience I have gained. I want to offer my support as a governor.

Constituency: Staff - Non-Clinical

Anita Arrigonie

Anita Arrigonie

 

Why do I want to be a Governor?

From a non-clinical point and seeing services change and having personal experience of mental ill health and the effects this has on family, carers and friends prompted me to apply.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

Having worked in the service for many years I understand the complexities of the service.  I also understand the viewpoint of patients and their carers and being a member of staff from this aspect also.   I have excellent analytical skills and I am a great problem solver.   I am not afraid of working hard if the outcome would bring benefits to the end user.  I care deeply for the patients for whom I manage the service and would like to ensure that the quality of the service is raised year on year.

Constituency: Staff Psychological Therapies

Nasur Iqbal

Nasur Iqbal

 

Why do I want to be a Governor?

I have a keen interest in mental health policy and change. Our Trust is undergoing lots of changes such as redesigning services, shaping clinical structures to the wider policy of Devo-Manc. This will be an interesting and challenging time but also a very real opportunity to shape the strategy and quality of mental health services for the people we support in our day to day clinical work. I believe I am a good communicator and a real team player and so I hope this will help me to work collaboratively with others in putting our views forward to the Trust Board.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

I have studied, trained and worked within the Greater Manchester area since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist in 2004. I feel I’ve developed some sense of the common successes and challenges that we face within psychological therapy services such as advocating for needs-led service provision, having well resourced services that offer the range of evidence based therapies at different levels, more integrated working with other colleagues and services as just few examples. I consider myself to be someone who can listen and act on issues that matter. I would therefore welcome the opportunity, and challenge, of becoming a staff governor and would work hard to communicate your message(s) to the Trust Board.

Constituency: Staff Allied Health Professionals

Jane Lee

Jane lee

 

Why do I want to be a Governor?

The expertise of allied health professionals transforms lives. In my career I have seen:

  • How understanding nutrition has led to control over disabling mental- health conditions and return to employment
  • How adjusting communication as a result of speech and language assessment has led to stable accommodation and access to education
  • How through Occupational therapy and the exploration of personal values and beliefs, people have been able to build skills and access opportunities to develop positive life roles, manage homes access education and gain employment. Without the right intervention people often become isolated and mentally and physically unwell. Over the last period austerity has had devastating effects on our communities and services. Homelessness, poverty, cuts to services has increased pressure on mental-health services Mental-health teams have struggled valiantly to support people and communities but are massively under resourced.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

  • I will promote the skills and expertise of allied health professionals and access to therapy for our service-users in Greater Manchester
  • Speak up for well resourced, evidence based mental health services and research
  • Stand for community resources in social housing, employment, education childcare.

 

Appointed Governors

Constituency: Appointed Governors

Tim Bradshaw

University of Manchester

Tim Bradshaw

Tim is a Reader in Mental Health Nursing in the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at the University of Manchester. He originally trained as a general nurse in 1983 before converting to mental health nursing four years later. Tim has a keen interest in factors which effect the physical health of people with serious mental illness (SMI) and in developing interventions that can improve their health and wellbeing. He has recently participated in two research studies 1) InterACT a weight management study in first episode psychosis and 2) SCIMITAR the largest smoking cessation study in people with SMI to be conducted too date. Tim has published numerous papers about physical health and wellbeing in SMI as well as co-editing a book about this topic in 2017. He has also recently developed a post graduate module about physical health and wellbeing for people with serious mental illness.

Margaret Rowe

University of Salford

Margaret Rowe

Dean of the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Science at the University of Salford.  Before joining the University of Salford in September 2016, Margaret was Associate Dean Business and Engagement in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria University. Having joined Northumbria University in 1996 as a Senior Lecturer of Children’s Nursing, Margaret held the roles of Head of the Children’s Nursing & Child Health Department, Head of the Department of Primary & Social Care and Associate Dean (Pre-Registration Health).

Margaret is highly regarded on the regional, national and international stage and is the Higher Education national representative on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Revalidation Strategic Steering Group.  As a Council of Deans’ representative, Margaret has collaborated on the development of guidelines for higher education institutions in relation to the revalidation process.  Margaret has worked with Health Education England, national and regional bodies and the North East Combined Authority and actively contributes to national and regional debates and forums on workforce issues, policies and future ways of working in Health and Social Care.

During Margaret’s time as Associate Dean for Health, she improved National Student Survey (NSS) ratings in her Faculty to rank within the top ten for Nursing & Midwifery and within the top fifteen for Physiotherapy in the UK. Margaret has also sought to improve retention and employability opportunities for a wide range of students and Northumbria is now ranked in the top 20 per cent of UK universities for retention rates in Health programmes. Margaret has also driven a significant uplift in enterprise income throughout the past three years and has actively supported, and enhanced, the Faculty’s research culture. Margaret brings a wealth of international experience, including the successful development of new programmes and partnerships development in a number of countries including Malaysia, Thailand and China.

Prior to joining Northumbria University, Margaret enjoyed a successful career as a Registered General Nurse and a Senior Clinical Nurse Manager – Children’s Services.

Mat Ainsworth

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

Mat Ainsworth is the Assistant Director for Employment (Strategy, Policy & Delivery) at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Mat is responsible for the delivery of the employment elements of GM’s groundbreaking devolution agreement and the Greater Manchester Strategy priority around good jobs for people to progress & develop. The key elements of this include the development of a whole population Working Well system to ensure people have the support and opportunities to secure and progress in work; developing a world-class jobs and progression service, working with Jobcentre Plus; and developing a GM approach to managing welfare reform that delivers job progression and addresses low pay.   The role includes significant joint working with partners across GM, especially those working in health, skills and economic development, as well as with central government departments, academics and Think Tanks.

Mat has previously worked for Salford City Council, Nottingham City Council, Jobcentre Plus and as a teacher and freelance translator in Slovenia.

Sara Wallwork

Greater Manchester Police

Sara Wallwork

 

Mental Health Lead for Greater Manchester Policy (GMP)  Sara will represent GMP on the Council of Governors.  

Sara has served with GMP for 28 years and has worked across most of the boroughs in Greater Manchester.   She has a vast experience in relation to vulnerability and public protection, MAPPA, coronial matters, local policing and investigations.

Stewart Lucas

Manchester MIND

(representing GM Voluntary Sector)

Stewart lucas

Stewart Lucas is a highly experienced voluntary sector leader specialising in strategic change. He has been involved in a number of initiatives that have fundamentally changed the way the world operates including the 2012 Paralympic Games. Up until September 2017 he was CEO of Lancashire Mind and led the charge to alter the way that Lancashire’s providers, commissioners and residents view Mental Health. During his time in post he took a lead role (as Chair of Network Futures) in bringing National Mind and Mind Network together in closer harmony and is continuing to fulfil this role on a part time basis whilst also working with the five Greater Manchester Mind’s to develop a shared and collaborative way of working that responds to the opportunities provided by devolution.

Appointed Governor

Vacancy

GM Association of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)