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, having worked at a senior level in health, education and housing, as well as the voluntary and community sectors, for over 25 years.

During this time Evelyn has contributed to the development and implementation of policy at local, regional and national level.  She currently sits on the national NHS Confederation Mental Health Network board.

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.

Evelyn is passionate about tackling inequalities in health and social care and promoting equality and diversity. She is a member of the NHS Confederation Black Leadership Network and was previously a Commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

She is also co-chair of the BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) Assembly (NHS North West), alongside Richard Baker, executive regional director for the NHS North West.

Evelyn was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to ethnic minorities in the field of health.

Anthony Hassall
Anthony Hassall, Chief Executive

Anthony joined Pennine Care as chief executive in April 2022.

Anthony was previously Regional Chief People Officer at NHS England and Improvement North West, and before that was Chief Accountable Officer at Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for six years.

At Salford CCG Anthony led a successful team who achieved an NHS England and Improvement ‘outstanding’ rating every year.

Prior to his role in Salford, Anthony worked at Board and senior level in a range of NHS organisations in Greater Manchester and Cheshire and Merseyside. 

Anthony has a deep and personal interest and passion for mental health services, which includes his previous work as a trustee of a mental health charity. In the early part of his career in a mental health organisation in the USA he led a programme of service user engagement to redesign community mental health services.

He sees our vision linking closely with the significant work he has led regionally around inequalities and inclusion.

Clare Parker
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. 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!

Simon Sandu
Dr Simon Sandhu, Medical Director

Simon became our medical director in December 2022, having been interim director since September and deputy director for two years.

He has worked in the NHS for 27 years and as a consultant rehabilitation psychiatrist since 2004. Simon was appointed lead consultant for our rehabilitation services in 2007 and led the expansion of our inpatient rehabilitation beds bringing hundreds of people closer to home from out of areas placements.

Committed to the values of the NHS, Simon has influenced and delivered significant changes at a local, regional and national level, including work for NHS England’s secure services clinical reference group, as higher training programme director for Health Education England and as Trust clinical lead for mental health law.

Donan Kelly
Donan Kelly, Chief Operating Officer

Donan was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in December 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.

Gaynor Mullins
Gaynor Mullins, Executive Director of Strategy

Gaynor has worked in the NHS for over 30 years. She was chief operating officer at NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group for five years, and her experience includes leading large scale and complex transformation programmes.

Gaynor joined us as a programme director in 2019 to oversee the transfer of our community health services which involved eight complex transactions to other provider organisations. As a programme director she also led the development of the Greater Manchester child & adolescent mental health (CAMHS) provider collaborative, as well as our corporate services redesign programme.

Nicky Tamanis
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
Nicky Littler, Executive Director of Workforce

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

Nicky has 20 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.

Daniel Benjamin
Daniel Benjamin, Non-Executive Director / Deputy Chair

Daniel joined us as a non-executive director in September 2017 and 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 £11m in size of turnover.

Daniel has a significant amount of health, voluntary sector and community service experience, currently serving on two sets of boards

Claudette Elliott
Claudette Elliott, Non Executive Director / Interim Senior Independent Director

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

Claudette is a highly respected public sector senior manager with over 38 years’ experience in health and social care.

Claudette grew up in Wythenshawe and her first job was at Wythenshaw Hospital as an auxillary nurse. She qualified as a social worker in 1992 and in 1999 became the assistant director for older peoples services, before returning to the NHS in 2003. She spent 4 years as the  chief operating officer/deputy chief officer in South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group, where she lead the development of integrated health and care teams working with primary care and mental health services.

Claudette started as a management consultant in 2020, with her first assignment at King’s College Hospital London, and South East London Integrated Care System. She is currently a Director with the Shropshire Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System driving forward their local care programme.   

Claudette is committed to supporting ethical and values based practice, is a compassionate leader, and feels strongly about supporting and working with staff, engaging with people using services to ensure they have a positive experiences, along with connecting with local residents and communities. 

Edward Vitalis
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.

Liz Allen
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.

Clare Todd
Clare Todd, Non-Executive Director

Clare joins us as a non-executive director in May 2022.

Clare began her nursing career at Hope Hospital and Royal Manchester Children Hospital, before gaining extensive NHS experience in hospital, hospice and community settings. 

She has worked closely with GPs as a community nurse and has significant experience working with local authorities across the North West.

Clare has undertaken senior roles in both provider and commissioning organisations throughout the NHS, including governing body nurse for NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Tameside and Glossop CCG.

We have developed a new leadership structure, to help build a stronger and more visible clinical and professional leadership.

This includes a greater locality focus and investment into nursing, allied health professionals, psychological therapies and quality leadership.

Click these links to see our leadership structure (correct as of October 2022):