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.

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

Clare joined us as our Executive Director of Nursing, Healthcare Professionals and Quality Governance in May 2018. She was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in August 2020.

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 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 and two  step-children. She loves walking and has walked up all of the wainwrights in the Lake District!

Professor Nihal Fernando - Medical Director

Professor Nihal Fernando was appointed Executive Medical Director in June 2020.

Nihal brings a huge amount of skill and experience and is a hugely popular and highly regarded colleague, having previous been Deputy Medical Director for two years.

In addition to his Deputy Medical Director role, Nihal has also been our Director of Medical Education for five years; growing the medical education team and transforming our approach to medical education in that time.

He has been a consultant psychiatrist with us for 12 years and is also a visiting professor for Manchester Metropolitan University.

In his spare time, Nihal has a love for cricket (bordering on obsession), fresh food and a love of the good music of Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Hendrix and Texas!

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.

Nicky Tamanis - Executive Director of Finance

Nicky Tamanis joins us as Executive Director of Finance from 1 September 2020.

Nicky was previously Deputy Chief Finance Officer at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group and brings a wealth of experience.

Prior to this, Nicky was Director of Finance at the Bury and Rochdale Care Organisation and has also been Deputy Director of Finance at both the Royal Liverpool Hospital and Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust.

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.

Donan Kelly - Interim Chief Operating Officer

Donan was appointed as Interim Chief Operating Officer in July 2021, after joining us as our new network director of operations for specialist services in November 2020.

Donan has a wealth of experience, having previously been service director for mental health at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and also senior roles in Ireland and Australia.

Daniel Benjamin - Non-Executive Director / Deputy Chair

Daniel became our deputy chair in November 2020.

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.

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 was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in September 2017. 

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

Since 2010, Julia has run her own consultancy business.  This has included support for NHS England and NHS Improvement quality improvement programmes (productive general practice and clinical pharmacist in practice. 

Her current work includes training and organisational development support for primary care networks; including population health management, workforce planning, leadership, care model re-design and estates strategy development. 

Before starting her own business, Julia was an executive board member at Sue Ryder Charity.  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.

Edward Vitalis - Non-Executive Director

Edward joined us as a Non-Executive Director in January 2021, bringing a wealth of board level experience from the charity, public and private sectors.

He is currently the chief operating officer for Bright Futures educational trust and specialises in transformational change management in education, health and social care.

Edward qualified as a chartered certified accountant and has led on organisational governance reviews for charities in West Africa, South Africa and Germany, as well as the UK.

With a strong commitment to improving life chances and supporting those facing disadvantage, Edward is a fantastic addition to our board.

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 remained a full time carer for her father, who had dementia, until he passed away in 2019. This experience 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.

Claudette Elliott - Non Executive Director

Claudette joined us on a three year term from November 2020.

Claudette is an independent consultant, currently working at Kings College Hospital as the director for equality, diversity and inclusion. Prior to this, she has worked for 38 years in the Manchester system in various senior roles across health and care. Latterly, as the strategic director for integrated commissioning at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning. She was the chief operating officer/deputy chief officer at South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group.

She originally trained as a social worker, and became the assistant director for older people’s service’s at Manchester City Council. Claudette is committed to supporting ethical and values based practice, working with staff, people being supported by services and connecting with communities.

Maqsood Ahmad OBE - Non Executive Director

Maqsood joined us on a three year term from December 2020.

Maqsood is currently chief executive officer of the British Muslim Heritage Centre.

Before this he was a senior manager at the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS cohort director for the Leadership Nye Bevan Programme.

His previous roles also include director for equality and inclusion at NHS England, head of equality and human rights policy at the Home Office, strategic director for diversity, equality and communications at the National Offender Management Service and assistant inspector of constabulary for equality at Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

Liz Allen - Non Executive Director

Liz joined us on a three year term from December 2020.

Liz is a partner in The Connectives, a consultancy business focused on developing partnerships and projects to deliver sustainable solutions.

She is also currently Chair of 42nd Street, the Greater Manchester young people’s mental health charity and a director of Social Enterprise UK and director of the Social Audit Network.

Liz’s previous roles include deputy chief executive at East Liverpool Economic and Community Trust, manager at the Healthy Living Centre at Liverpool East Area Partnership, and finance manager at The Social Partnership. She is also a member of the Mayor of Manchester's Social Enterprise Advisor Group.

Liz is passionate about making sure that people who use services, are able to design and influence those services, and she is looking forward to working with our patients, our staff and our council of governors.

Saeed Atcha MBE - Associate Non-Executive Director

Saeed joined us as an associate non-executive director in December 2020. This is a non-voting role.

He is the founding chief executive of Youth Leads UK, a charity he established aged 15 and has supported more than 7,000 disadvantaged young Greater Mancunians access volunteering opportunities and skills development programmes.

Saeed was made a recipient of an MBE in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, 2019, the youngest recipient that year.

He is a trustee of youth employment charity Generation: You Employed, UK, a Non-Executive Director at social housing group Bolton at Home, an Advisory Council Member to the Care Tech Foundation and Vice-Chair of Governors at his former secondary school, Ladybridge High School in Bolton.

Saeed also serves as Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.

His greatest passions are supporting young people and mental health. He hopes that his experience of working with young people and increasing youth voice will support Pennine Care through the coming years.