Salford City Partnership


Health and Wellbeing Board Members

Salford's Health and Wellbeing Board has the following members:

Councillor Gina Reynolds (Co-Chair)

(Lead Member for Adult Services, Health and Wellbeing)

Councillor Reynolds was elected as a member of Salford City Council in 2005 and is honoured and privileged to represent the people of Langworthy ward and has recently become Lead Member for Adult Services, Health and Wellbeing. Previously, Gina has been Vice-Chair of the Children's Scrutiny Panel and Chair of the Community and Neighbourhood's Scrutiny Panel, and has also been a member of the Budget Scrutiny Committee and the Health and Adults Scrutiny Panel.

Since 1997, Gina has served as a Local Education Authority School Governor at Chatsworth High School and Community College and has special responsibilities for safeguarding.

As a Podiatrist and Podiatry Educator in the NHS, working in both acute and primary care, Gina's career spans 34 years and sees her currently working as a Health and Safety Representative for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.



Dr Tom Tasker (Co-Chair)

(Chair of Governing Body, Salford CCG)

Tom qualified as a GP in 1997 and has spent his GP career working in Salford. Prior to becoming Chair of the Governing body in August 2016, he was the CCG's clinical lead for mental health.



Charlotte Ramsden 

(Director of Children's Services and Adult Social Care)

Charlotte Ramsden, Salford City Council's Strategic Director for Children's Services and Adult Social Care, won't need much introduction because it's the third time Charlotte has worked for the city council. Charlotte moved from Trafford Council and looks forward to the new challenges Salford offers.  

"Salford is up and coming, a vibrant city with an enormous amount to offer residents and I wanted to be part of that," said Charlotte. "Salford has really good services and I'm interested in being part of the next stage, with even more partnership working and new ideas, looking at whole family approaches and working in strong partnership with agencies and schools and communities to deliver the best outcomes for families."

Charlotte began her career as a social worker and has worked in Salford before, both as a social worker and as a child protection co-ordinator. She spent four and a half years in Trafford Council where she was Joint Director of Children and Families before re-joining Salford City Council.



David Herne

(Director of Public Health)

David is responsible for delivering the public health function for the City Council. This means working to reduce health inequalities, making a measurable improvement to health, ensuring people are protected from hazards to health and for providing public health advice to the NHS for the commissioning of services. 

David has a background in teaching and environmental health, and health policy in local authorities. He joined the NHS in 1995 as a Health Promotion Manager and initially worked in Lancashire focusing on health inequalities, and working with local communities and the voluntary sector to deliver a range of health programmes. David was appointed as a Consultant in Public Health in Salford in 2008 where he led the investment in public health services for the Primary Care Trust. This saw significant investments into services to help people quit smoking, manage their alcohol use and maintain a healthy weight. He went on to become the Deputy Director of Public Health and led the successful transfer of the public health team to the City Council before becoming Director of Public Health in 2014. 

David brings expertise in the surveillance and assessment of population health and wellbeing, assessing evidence of effectiveness, policy and strategy development and implementation as well as knowledge of health improvement, health protection and public health intelligence. He is a board member on two additional statutory strategic partnerships in Salford (the Children and Young People's Trust and the Community Safety Partnership) and co-chairs the Integrated Commissioning Board for Health and Wellbeing. He is also a Salford Clinical Commissioning Group Board member. 


Delana Lawson

(Chief Officer, Healthwatch Representative)

"Healthwatch Salford's aim is to encourage local people to have a voice in how health and social care services are planned and delivered in Salford. Having a seat on the Health and Wellbeing Board will help to ensure that the voice of local people, particularly people who find it hard to get their voices heard, can influence plans for Salford by sharing their needs, views and experiences." 

Delana Lawson took up the post of Chief Officer in March 2016. Delana says: "I am passionate about health and wellbeing after working for years across the public health domain within different settings to engage with communities and empower individuals. I have lots of experience with public engagement in health and social care from working with people with drugs and alcohol problems, one-to-one health improvement service development, running groups for people with mental health problems, community development work, schools works, advice and information drop in sessions and youth sessions".

Delana has challenged the quality of health care provision and been involved in setting up new initiatives in collaboration with different communities.


Councillor John Merry CBE

(Deputy City Mayor)

I was elected to represent Broughton ward in 1990 and up until becoming Deputy Leader in 1998 I had held various educational positions both within the City Council and externally, most notably as Vice Chairman of the AMA Education Committee and Chair of the Council of Local Education Authorities.  

I was elected to the position of Leader of Salford City Council in May 2003.  

It was my educational background that led to my appointment to the Further Education Funding Council and then in the year 2000 I was appointed as a Member of both the Local and National Learning & Skills Councils, remaining on the National LSC as a special advisor for a number of years. Other portfolios included the LGA Finance & Strategy Executive, North West Development Agency and Deputy Chair of the Children & Young People Board.  

Following the election of the City's first Directly Elected Mayor in 2012 I was given responsibility for the Children & Young People's portfolio and later the Skills & Work agenda which complemented my continued role on the LGA Children & Young People's Board at the time.  

The election of the second Directly Elected Mayor in May 2016 has led to my appointment to the position of Deputy City Mayor.



Councillor Paula Boshell

(Statutory Deputy City Mayor)

I have been a Councillor in Salford since 2007 and within that time have been privileged to hold a number of Lead Member positions including Neighbourhoods, Leisure & Culture and Learning, Skills & Work. I am currently Lead Executive Member of Adult Services and Older People.

My background is within the third sector where I worked for over 30 years including as Chief Officer at Age Concern Salford, North West Regional Business Development Manager for Anchor Trust and then as Chief Officer for Voluntary Action Oldham.

As part of my Strategic role, I lead on a number of initiatives including the Salford Co-operative Ambassador's, a novel and innovative approach involving a selected cohort of key people from across the public, social and commercial sectors that are committed to advancing co-operation in Salford.


Councillor Lisa Stone

(Lead Member for Children's and Young People's Services)

Councillor Lisa Stone has been the Assistant Mayor with responsibility for Health and Wellbeing since January 2015. Prior to this she was Assistant Mayor with responsibility for Communication and Community Engagement. Lisa was first elected to Salford City Council in 2011, representing the Eccles Ward and was very proud to be re-elected in May 2015.

Councillor Stone first became involved in local politics after getting involved from a community activist background. She is passionate about her work as a local councillor, supporting local resident groups, organisations and businesses and ensuring the voices of local people are heard.

Lisa is chair of the Eccles Town Team, (bringing businesses, community groups and public sector partners together to revitalise the town centre), and Secretary of Bridgewater Residents Association. She is actively involved with Monton Village Community Association, M30 Residents, Ellesmere Park Residents Association, Friends of Eccles Station and other local community organisations.

In her previous role, Lisa led on re-launching 'Life in Salford' as a partnership magazine, chaired the project board behind the new WUU2 (What You Up to) website - created by young people for young people, ensuring young people were involved in decision making, and oversaw the development of social media policies for councillors and officers of the council, encouraging the use of social media to communicate across the city and paving the way for the live streaming of council meetings.

As Assistant Mayor for Health and Wellbeing, Lisa has responsibility for the Health Improvement Service and Public Health department. She is Vice Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Chair of the Integrated Engagement Board and is actively involved in many other boards and meetings, such as the Locality Leadership meeting, Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Executive and Health Protection Forum.

Lisa also sits on the Greater Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board and is one of Salford's lead politicians for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution. 

"Although we are seeing an improvement in a number of different areas, we do still have huge health inequalities in areas of our City. My role as Assistant Mayor for Health and Wellbeing is to support the work of the Council and our partners to address this, to make sure we do all we can to have a whole system approach to health and wellbeing and use evidence based commissioning as well as innovative partnership approach to make sure that we get the most out of the Salford Pound and Greater Manchester Health Devolution.

Good communication, meaningful community engagement and local people being involved in decision making and making a difference is vital. We need to make sure people understand and support the work the council and our partners do in the city and the difficult decisions to come with shrinking budgets."   




Councillor Jillian Collinson

(Opposition Member)

I have lived in Worsley for over twenty years and have four children. My working background is in human resources and administration. Prior to becoming a Councillor I was a co-opted member of the Children and Young Peoples Scrutiny Committee. I was Vice Chair of Governors at Springwood (Special) Primary School and am now Vice Chair of Governors at Oakwood Academy. I was also on the Steering Group of the Diana Nursing Strategy Commission.

Children, Young People & Families Scrutiny
Corporate Parenting Panel
Worsley & Boothstown Community Committee
Inclusive Learning Support Commission
Fostering Panel
Health and Wellbeing Board

Before being elected, Councillor Collinson served as a co-opted member on the Children, Young Peoples and Families Scrutiny Committee.



Anthony Hassall 

(Chief Accountable Officer, Salford CCG)

Anthony - a Salford resident for 17 years - has lengthy experience in developing strong, successful, strategic partnerships with health and social care organisations.

Previous roles include a number of senior roles in hospitals, primary care, the Department of Health, Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority and a secondment to a mental health organisation in Massachusetts, USA.




Dr Paul Bishop

(Salford Primary Care Together, Salford CCG)

Paul has lived in Salford since 2005 and been working as a GP at the Lowry Medical Practice since 2009. He has been involved in clinical commissioning since 2009, initially as the practice commissioning lead, and currently represents Swinton Neighbourhood Clinical Commissioning Group on the board. He also co-chairs the Quality and Outcomes group for NHS Salford CCG. He has a specialist interest in cardiovascular disease and is the lead for this disease area within the CCG.


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(Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership Team)

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Chris Dabbs

(Chamber of Commerce Representative - Chief Executive, Unlimited Potential)

Chris Dabbs is the representative of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce on the Health and Wellbeing Board. Chris is Chief Executive of Unlimited Potential, a social enterprise that specialises in social innovation for happiness, engaging with the strengths of local people. Unlimited Potential won Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce's Innovation Award 2011 and the Innovation Award in the Salford Business Awards 2012.
Originally a social anthropologist, Chris has lived and worked in Salford since 1990. He has set up, and supported local people to set up, many social enterprises.
Chris is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a board member of the Social Value Foundation, chairs the Social Enterprise Council of the Chamber of Commerce and also advises or works with several regional and national bodies on social entrepreneurship and innovation.
Chris offers local knowledge and many years of raising issues alongside local people, with a particular passion for enabling people seldom, if ever, heard to raise their views. He brings skills and experience in social innovation, social entrepreneurship, social value, happiness and well-being, as well as national and international networks in these fields.



Alison Page

(Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise Sector Representative - Chief Executive, Salford CVS)

Alison is the Chief Executive of Salford CVS (Salford Community and Voluntary Services).
Salford CVS is the only third sector infrastructure organisation that covers the whole of the city and has been supporting the development of the voluntary and community sector in Salford since 1973.
Alison has worked in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector for 30 years, including acting as founder Chief Executive of a large social enterprise in Lancashire for the past 14 years; and prior to that working in Manchester co-operatives for over 10 years.
Previous roles in a voluntary capacity have included acting as Chair of the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester; Vice Chair of George House Trust; and Vice Chair of ICOM (national umbrella body for worker co-operatives).
Alison is passionate about making a difference to the people of Salford - and although born in Manchester can claim to be half-Salfordian as her mum is from Weaste!
Salford CVS is committed to working across sectors to ensure a healthier and happier future for Salford residents and brings to the Health and Wellbeing Board a pathway via which to engage with and involve the myriad of voluntary and community groups who are currently working in Salford in the health and wellbeing arena.



Lynne Stafford RGN, BA Hons, MA, NHS MTS Graduate, LEAD

(Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise Sector Representative - Chief Executive, Gaddum Centre)

Lynne joined The Gaddum Centre in 2014 as Chief Executive because she wanted to be part of an organisation helping to support local people through difficult times in their lives. Originally Lynne trained and worked as a nurse in London, Midlands and Yorkshire England before living and working overseas in Uganda. She graduated from NHS MTS and worked as a senior manager across the North West region in operational management, commissioning and Public Health. She was Public Health Representative on Blackpool Child Protection Board. About 10 years ago, Lynne moved to VCSE Sector initially as Business Development Manager for a drug and alcohol charity and latterly as Chief Executive of CancerCare N Lancs & S Lakeland. Gaddum Centre runs Salford Carers Service and delivers Bereavement and Palliative Care to Children and families in Salford. 




Jean Rollinson

(Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise Sector Representative - Director Age Well Strategy, Age UK, Salford)

Jean has worked for Age UK Salford for 5 years, recently moving into a new role to focus the charity's resources on helping Salford become a truly Age Friendly City.  Born, bred and living in Salford, Jean worked for Salford City Council until 2009 in operational, strategic management and commissioning roles and as an Assistant Director supporting older and vulnerable people. As a representative of Salford VCSE 'VOCAL' Wellbeing, Health and Social Care Forum and as a member of the successful Preventing Malnutrition partnership Jean believes that by channelling our collective resources we can add healthy years to the lives of people in our city.


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Caroline Hemingway

(Superintendent, Salford Division, Greater Manchester Police)

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Ben Levy 

(Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue)

Ben joined Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service in 1997 having previously been a qualified and practised Teacher. He has worked across Greater Manchester in a number of command and managerial positions and has held a number of central roles in GMFRS including leading on youth engagement, operational assurance and strategic change projects. Ben has responsibility for all aspects of Fire and Rescue Service delivery across Salford and Trafford.




Mr James Sumner

(Executive Director of Performance and Improvement, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust)

James joined Salford Royal in December 2016. He started his career in Primary Care and has held a number of roles in commissioning, provider and regional organisations. He brings years of experience in general operational management, Board Level Executive roles and, for the last two years, was Deputy Chief Executive at a nearby NHS Foundation Trust.  James is the Executive Lead for the clinical divisions and will assume responsibility for the performance of the organisation.




Beverley Humphrey

(Greater Manchester West Foundation Trust)

Bev Humphrey has been Chief Executive of Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW) for seven years. Before that she was Chief Executive for The Walton Centre for Neurosciences in Liverpool. Bev has 30 years experience of work in the NHS and has worked across community and acute services in the North Western region.
GMW contributes significantly to the health and wellbeing of Salford. It provides the city of Salford with inpatient and community-based mental health services for adults and older people.
GMW services in Salford are fully integrated with social care, with dedicated social worker staff permanently seconded to community teams. Our services are jointly commissioned by Salford CCG and Salford Local Authority. GMW also provides most specialist inpatients services, now commissioned by NHS England on behalf of the citizens of Salford.
Membership of the Salford Health & Wellbeing Board is a great opportunity to strengthen and develop alliances across Salford, to address the health inequalities with the city and improve the life chances for our most vulnerable people. There is "No Health, Without Mental Health".


Lee Sugden

(Salford Strategic Housing Partnership - Chair)

Lee Sugden is Chief Executive of Salix Homes and joined Salix Homes in December 2014. He was formerly the executive director of resources at Wakefield and District Housing.

Lee joined Salix Homes at a pivotal moment in our history and has steered us from an arms length management organisation (ALMO) to a not-for-profit registered provider (RP). Lee, who is professionally qualified in both Housing and Accountancy, has worked in the housing sector for more than 20 years in a variety of senior roles. He is an expert in the 'mutual model' and is a voluntary board member on the UK's largest mutual housing provider - Rochdale Boroughwide Housing.

With a passion for tackling all forms of inequality, Lee is determined to provide opportunities through Housing for those who are best placed to benefit the most.



Margaret Rowe

(Dean, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences, 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 is a member of the North Tyneside Health and Social Integration Programme Board, Healthwatch Gateshead, a Governor of the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and has worked with Health Education England, national and regional bodies, and the North East Combined Authority. Margaret 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.


Councillor Walsh

(Support Member for Children and Young people's Services)

I have been honoured to serve as a councillor since 2012, and was formerly a primary headteacher and school improvement officer in the city. I have served as a support member for the Health and Wellbeing portfolio and am currently a executive support member for education and learning. I represent the people of Cadishead.  


Jack Sharp

(Salford Royal Foundation Trust)

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Gill Green

(Greater Manchester West NHS Trust)

Gill Green joined Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust in August 2011, having previously worked for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as Acting Director of Nursing.  Gill has extensive experience of delivering care in both acute and community settings and has 25 years' experience of nurse leadership and operational delivery in different NHS organisations. She has also held Trustee positions for third sector providers in the Wakefield area and lectured in both Sheffield and Salford universities.

Originally from Sunderland, Gill has had experience of delivering direct nursing care in a variety of acute and mental health settings, including Clatterbridge Hospital in Bebington, The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesborough and NHS Barnsley Care Services Direct.

This page was last updated on 20 February 2018

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