Non-Executive Recruitment

Our Board

Our Board of Directors has overall responsibility for the running and management of our organisation and services, including strategy and performance. 

Evelyn Asante-Mensah OBE - Chair

Evelyn started in post in November 2017 bringing an impressive track record with her, having held senior positions in a variety of health and voluntary organisations over the last 25 years.

Among her notable roles, Evelyn was chair of Central Manchester Primary Care Trust and then NHS Manchester over a 12 year period, also holding a board-level role at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.  

She is currently chair of the Arawak Walton Housing Association, which provides homes to people in Stockport and Trafford and is a board governor at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Evelyn was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to ethnic minorities in the field of health.
Her particular areas of interest are in tackling inequalities in health and social care and promoting equality and diversity.

Claire Molloy - Chief Executive

Claire joined Pennine Care as chief executive in September 2017.

She has over 25 years’ experience in the NHS and has worked in a variety of different roles, including director of commissioning and director of primary care. Claire has also held a number of joint posts across local government and health in regeneration, joint policy and service development.

Claire was previously chief executive at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and community services across multiple boroughs. Prior to that she was managing director at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.

Claire is passionate about creating positive workplaces and organisational cultures in order to help deliver the highest quality services to people and communities.

She is a firm believer that if we properly look after staff, we will in turn provide the best possible care to patients.

Dr Henry Ticehurst - Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive (joint)

Dr Henry Ticehurst was appointed as a General Adult Consultant Psychiatrist in 2000.

Initially working in Rochdale, he became Lead Consultant in Working Age Psychiatry in 2005. Henry then took over as Lead Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry in Bury in 2008, where he secured additional consultant posts for Bury and brought training status to the site for the first time in over a decade, as well as implementing a new model of service delivery.

Henry was appointed Interim Medical Director in December 2009, and took up the substantive post in May 2010. In June 2019, he was appointed joint Deputy Chief Executive alongside Suzanne Robinson.

Suzanne Robinson - Executive Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive (joint)

Suzanne Robinson joined our Trust in January 2019 as our new executive director of finance. In June 2019, she was appointed joint Deputy Chief Executive alongside Henry Ticehurst.

Suzanne has over 18 years’ experience working at a senior level at a number of large acute and specialist providers as well as commissioning organisations in the North West of England.

She joined us from her previous roles as 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).

She has a passion for finance skills development and improving the visibility and understanding of finance across the NHS; leading many of her teams to succeed in national finance awards.

In 2018 she became senior responsible officer for the Future Focused Finance Valuemakers programme which represents over 600 finance staff across the country.

Suzanne also serves as chair of the healthcare financial management association (HFMA) Mental Health Finance Faculty, which supports and represents the interests of finance professionals in organisations delivering mental health and learning disability services. This provides an opportunity to promote the mental health agenda and share common issues.

Outside of work, Suzanne loves spending time outdoors. She particularly enjoys mountain biking and holidaying with her family, which includes two step-children aged 12 and 10.

Keith Walker - Executive Director of Operations

Keith Walker was appointed as Director of Operations in August 2014.  Prior to that he held the post of Service Director for Specialist Services.

Keith is a qualified mental health nurse and has worked in the NHS for 22 years.  Before joining Pennine Care in 2006, he worked in a number of clinical and management positions within adult and children’s mental health services.

As Director of Operations, Keith is responsible for overseeing the entire operations of the Trust’s 291 services.  His priorities are to ensure that services are safe and effective, that patients receive high quality care and that staff are supported in the workplace.  He also oversees the delivery of the Trust’s financial savings programme, as well as the performance of contracts.  

Keith’s overall aim is to ensure that Pennine Care is a place where staff want to work, all people feel valued and partners want to work with us.

Judith Crosby - Executive Director of Service Development and Delivery

Judith was appointed executive Director of Service Development and Delivery in September 2015. She was previously Deputy Director of Finance at Pennine Care, a position she held from 2002.

Judith leads on the design and implementation of our service development strategy. This involves ensuring that plans are in place to deliver safe and sustainable services in the short and medium term and that sustainable long term plans are developed in line with commissioning requirements across the health and social care system.

Judith has worked in NHS finance since 1986 and has been with Pennine Care since our creation in 2002, having previously worked for other NHS organisations in Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Clare Parker - Executive Director of Nursing, Healthcare Professionals and Quality Governance

Clare is our Executive Director of Nursing, Healthcare Professionals and Quality Governance.  She joined us in May 2018.

Clare is a learning disability nurse by background.  She spent most of her early career working within learning disability and mental health services, specifically with people who have challenging behaviour, complex and forensic needs.

She gained her Masters in Management from Manchester University and then moved into management, quality and nursing roles. Clare has worked for provider organisations, commissioning organisations and a local authority.

Clare's previous role was Executive Director of Quality and Nursing for Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust which is a mental health, learning disability and community trust.

She has achieved the Nye Bevan Award for Executive Healthcare Leadership, from the NHS Leadership Academy.

Outside of work, Clare is married and has two children aged 17 and 19, and two older step-children. She loves walking and has walked up all of the wainwrights in the Lake District!

Nicky Littler - Executive Director of Workforce

Nicky joined our Trust in December 2018 as Executive Director of Workforce. This is a brand new role which involves making sure we continue to be a great place to work for our 4,000 staff.

Nicky has 16 years’ experience working within mental health NHS services in a senior human resources role. She started her career at Tameside Council, before joining our Trust for the first time in 2002.

Nicky held the role of deputy director of human resourses and operational development in a large mental health trust from 2008 and became Associate Director of Human Resources in 2015 holding this role until the end of November 2018.

She has significant experience leading complex major workforce programmes and also supporting service transformation.

Nicky is committed to continually developing her skills and knowledge. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, which is the professional body for human resources and people development experts across the country.

She also holds a professional coaching qualification, which allows her to offer coaching and mentoring at a senior level.

Joan Beresford - Non-Executive Director / Deputy Chair

Joan Beresford joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director in November 2014, having taken early retirement from Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council where for the last eighteen months she was Head of Integrated Commissioning based in Adult Social Care working closely with health commissioners and providers.

She has 41 years’ service in local government having worked for Manchester City council for 22 years prior to joining Stockport. During this time she has undertaken a range of roles including administration, management, project management and eight years as a qualified Social Worker.

She qualified in 1987 and has worked in a variety of settings and roles. This includes working as a Hospital Social worker and as an Approved Social Worker and then project manager in older people’s mental health services.  She has also been a regular panel member on Independent Review Panels for Continuing Health Care operated by NHS North.

She feels that her experience in local government and her joint working with health colleagues will enable her to contribute positively to the further development and continued success of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Joan was appointed Deputy Chair from 1 January 2017 and her term of office ends in October 2020

Sandra Jowett - Non-Executive Director/ Senior Independent Director

Professor Sandra Jowett has worked with the NHS for much of her career, through her research and strategic leadership roles in a range of public and private sector organisations.

She has worked in four universities and was, until December 2015, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cumbria. Prior to this she was a director of the UK arm of a global research company, responsible for its public policy research.

For 15 years she led research teams at the National Foundation for Educational Research, undertaking largely government-commissioned work to inform service development and national policy in health and education.

Sandra is committed to the delivery of high quality, innovative services and to working with colleagues in the Trust as they continue to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve.  

Sandra was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in December 2014 and Senior Independent Director from 1 January 2017.

As Senior Independent Director, trust Governors and members, including staff, can raise concerns with Sandra if they have concerns, when contact through the normal channels of chairman, chief executive or finance director, has failed to resolve the issue or when it would not be suitable to go through those channels.

Sandra's term of office ends in November 2020.

Michael Livingstone - Non-Executive Director

Mike joined us in September 2015 following his time as Strategic Director of Children's Services at Manchester City Council which ended in 2014. He has nearly 30 years’ experience in local government having qualified as a social worker in 1985 and been a senior manager for over 15 years.

Mike also spent five years with the national inspectorates as a lead inspector with the Social Services Inspectorate in the Department of Health and with Ofsted, working closely with other inspectorates including the CQC.

Whilst a member of the senior management team in Manchester, Mike worked with the GM Combined Authority on public service reform including the arrangements for greater integration of health and social care and greater devolution to the region.

Mike feels his extensive experience of strategic leadership, management and reform in local government and with partners will enable him to contribute positively to the further development and continued success of Pennine Care during the exciting and challenging times ahead.  He is a keen advocate of partnership working as the platform for reform and a powerful advocate for the NHS and its central role in enabling all residents to live better and live longer.

Dr Julia Sutton-McGough - Non-Executive Director

Julia has established a record of leading and delivering strategic projects in the pharmaceutical industry, charity sector and NHS.

Since 2010, Julia has run her own consultancy business.  This has included the management of projects for Sue Ryder Charity and Warrington Health Plus Community Interest Company, where she was a senior cluster manager.

Before starting her own business, Julia was an executive board member at Sue Ryder Charity, also holding posts as director of strategic initiatives and lead for strategy and performance.

During the early part of her career Julia spent time in the pharmaceutical industry, with eight years at SmithKline Beecham, AstraZeneca and Schering Health Care. Her roles included study management, clinical quality assurance and product management. 

Daniel Benjamin - Non-Executive Director

Daniel has over 30 years’ of commercial experience, including working for IBM (in the IT industry) for 25 years in a variety of commercial and advisory roles.

In his early years Daniel worked in the Manchester office of a major international firm of chartered accountants.

From 2012 to 2014, Daniel was a director of corporate services at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), where he had board responsibility for finance.

Since leaving the ICO he became a trustee and treasurer of three charities, which range from £0.5m to £4.5m in size of turnover.

Daniel has a significant amount of health, voluntary sector and community service experience, currently serving on four sets of boards.  In addition, Daniel has spent time in the public sector as a director responsible for governance.

John Scampion - Non-Executive Director

John joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director in February 2018, chairing the Trust’s Audit Committee which oversees the system of governance for the organisation.

After taking a history degree, John began his working life as a social worker in London. After a couple of years he switched to accountancy and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1981.

John joined the NHS in 1983, where he has remained ever since; originally in London, but in and around Greater Manchester since 1987. In this time he has held board level posts in Manchester, Rochdale, Oldham, Tameside, Central Manchester Hospitals and The Christie.

Since retiring from full time executive roles he was chair, until 2013, of The Lifeline Project, a social enterprise company providing drug rehabilitation services.

He was also chair of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust until it merged with Greater Manchester West in 2015.

John is a Trustee of the Buxton Opera House and of a small charity, Improving Chances, which he set up with his wife to support a school for children with special needs in Uganda.

John's term of office ends in February 2021.

Cath Laverty - Non-Executive Director

We welcomed Cath to our Board in November 2018.

She has a strong background in mental health nursing; beginning her career on hospital wards before moving into a community-based role. She later provided mental health support to homeless people across the city of Manchester.

In addition to her clinical expertise, Cath also has significant senior management and board-level experience. She worked as a locality director in south Manchester, before managing hospital services across Manchester. She has held board-level roles in primary care commissioning and provider organisations and was the nurse board member and mental health lead for North Manchester Primary Care Trust from 2000 to 2004.

In recent years Cath has taken time out from work to care for her parents and remains a full time carer for her father, who has dementia. This has equipped Cath with a deeper level of understanding about the issues faced by service users and carers.

Cath’s number one aim is to improve services for local people. To achieve this, she will use her professional expertise and personal experiences to help shape our plans for the future. Key to this is an absolute commitment to making sure that patients, families and carers are at the heart of all decisions that we make.