Executive Recruitment

MEET THE BOARD

We have a fabulous Board who encourage people to challenge traditional thinking for all the right reasons.

What’s your track record in spotting opportunities to innovate and collaborate? Can you help us create an exciting organisation that gets things done in the right way? 


LIZ CROSS, CHAIR, BOARD MEMBER

With over 25 years in leadership and governance roles, Liz brings substantial executive, non-executive and consulting experience from a wide range of sectors and industries. In 1996, Liz set up The Connectives, a values based consultancy practice, that works with private, public, social enterprises and voluntary/charitable organisations. She is Chair of the Blackburne House Group, Chair and one of the founding members of Coaching Inside and Out and a school governor in Moss Side, Manchester.

LANCE GARDNER MBE, INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Lance is a nurse by background and has 15 years’ experience of social enterprise. In 2000, he was awarded an MBE for services to primary care nursing. Lance specialises in governance and is an advisor to the government on public sector mutuals and social enterprise. He has lead four successful care related businesses, including the first nurse-led primary care practice in Salford. His other previous posts include Chief Executive of Care Plus Group and Executive Lead for Older People at Locala. During 2017 he was an independent management consultant working mainly in housing and care of older people. Prior to joining Salford Primary Care Together, Lance was Clinical Director and Chair of Be Caring.

DR PAUL BISHOP, EXECUTIVE LEAD FOR NEIGHBOURHOODS, BOARD MEMBER

Qualified in 1997 and trained as an A&E consultant, Paul decided to take his career in a different direction and trained as a GP. He’s been a partner at Silverdale Medical Practice in Pendlebury since 2009. Paul was previously Cardiovascular Disease Clinical lead with the then Salford Primary Care Trust (PCT). Since then he has combined clinical practice with various commissioning roles within the PCT and then the CCG. Paul has also been involved in several Greater Manchester leadership roles including the Healthier Together programme.

DR CLARE GIBBONS, EXECUTIVE LEAD FOR DELIVERY

Clare has been a GP and Medical Director with Salford Health Matters since 2009. Before this, she gained clinical and leadership experience in Tameside, London and Oslo. Before Salford Primary Care Together, Clare held the roles of Neighbourhood Commissioning Lead for Eccles and the Deputy Neighbourhood Lead (Quality Lead) for Walkden and Little Hulton.


NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

HELENA LEYDEN, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BOARD MEMBER

Helena qualified as a Nurse in 1980 and then as a District Nurse & Practical Work Teacher spending much of her early years in clinical practice as a District Nurse practitioner and Manager. She has worked in a variety of settings in community and primary care provision within public and third sector organisations in London, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and most recently Liverpool where she was Director of Nursing and Quality for a Social Enterprise Company delivering 24 hours primary care. She has served as vice chair of a Local Safeguarding Board and is passionate about good governance and the experience of patients and staff. She is a Foundation Governor and Vice Chair of a Sixth Form College in Bury and also volunteers as a Safeguarding Lead for a local Salford Diocese church.

RAY HARDING, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BOARD MEMBER

Ray has spent many years in general and financial management in a number of countries. He has worked in the manufacturing sector as well as higher education and now holds board positions in health and housing. A Chartered Accountant, he is currently a Non- Executive Director of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust and Futures Housing Group. He also chairs Bishop Simeon Trust, a charity to help disadvantaged youth in South Africa, and serves on the International Advisory Board of the School of Business, Leicester University. Upon joining Salford Primary Care Together, he returned to his Greater Manchester roots, having been born in Davyhulme and brought up in Sale.

DR BRIAN HOPE, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BOARD MEMBER

Brian is a GP at Mosslands Medical Practice in Irlam. Salford has benefited from over 27 years’ worth of Brian’s expertise. He has a strong portfolio of working at board level in a variety of previous roles including as Local Medical Committee secretary, Primary Care Group chair, Professional Executive Committee chair and Medical Director of Salford Primary Care Trust.