MEET OUR LEADERS

Our team of leaders are a mix of health and social care professionals, and bring a range of skills and experience from all over Greater Manchester. Here they share their hopes and priorities for transforming our public services.  

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Lord Peter Smith

Lord Peter Smith
Chair

@Lord_PeterSmith

ABOUT ME

After university, Peter became a college lecturer, firstly in London then in Manchester. He was elected to Wigan Council in 1978 and progressed to leader in 1991 – a position he still holds.

What inspired you to join the Partnership?
I got involved in the Partnership because I wanted to ensure better health outcomes for local people, for generations to come.

What are you most passionate about improving for Greater Manchester’s people?
I’ve got two priorities. The first is to make sure we’re properly engaging and empowering the workforce that’s ultimately driving the changes in our public services. The second is to do the same with carers and volunteers, as these people are equally crucial to the success of our devolution plans.

What do you love about Greater Manchester?
It’s the people and their history and struggles that make Greater Manchester what it is today.

What are your passions outside of work?

Rugby League, my family and growing vegetables.

Tracey Vell

Dr Tracey Vell
Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care

@TraceyVell

ABOUT ME

Tracey is a partner in a GP practice and chief executive for the Manchester Local Medical Committee, a role she’s had for 24 years. She’s also taught trainee GPs and in 1997 she set up a local cooperative – Madoc (Manchester Doctors on Call) – to provide safe out-of-hours care.

What inspired you to work in health and social care?
I always wanted to be a doctor. To be part of someone’s life journey is a privilege.

What are you most passionate about improving for Greater Manchester’s people?
Creating a system of health and care services that wrap around people’s lives – one which helps rather than hinders them.

I have a long-held ambition of being able to simplify pathways to a better life for many people. One that I hope to fulfil through our work in improving our health and care services.

What do you love about Greater Manchester?
I love the north. I was brought up in Bolton and I’ve worked in Manchester for 24 years. I love the people and their friendliness, the music and culture, and – perhaps most of all – the raw honesty of the place.

What are your passions outside of work?
Horses and generally being outdoors.

Nicky O’Connor
Chief Operating Officer

 

ABOUT ME

Nicky’s background is in human resources and change management, and she’s worked across both the public and private sectors.

What inspired you to join the Partnership?
The chance for change. The ability to help remove deep-rooted boundaries that stop our health and care system working properly for people.

What are you most passionate about improving for Greater Manchester’s people?
We need to align all the different plans for health and social care, so they’re more effective and efficient and really make a difference for patients.

What do you love about Greater Manchester?
I was born and bred in Altrincham. I’m so proud of the region and how it has developed into what it is today. Visitors and tourists love its cultural breadth and friendliness. We have everything – beautiful countryside, great music, lovely people… and the weather, of course!

What are your passions outside of work?
Cooking, travelling (especially to Spain) and my children.

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Steve Wilson
Executive Lead for Finance & Investment

@weavewilson

ABOUT ME

Steve has devoted his whole career to the NHS. His many roles have included working with social care commissioners and providers. He sees the Partnership as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of something that achieves real change.

What inspired you to work in health and social care?
I wanted a career in finance, but one where doing my job well results in a better service for the public.

What are you most passionate about improving for Greater Manchester’s people?
Providing health and social care services based around the patient and the community. Drawing in specialist support when needed. And financial sustainability, of course!

What do you love about Greater Manchester?
I’ve lived in Manchester for 20 years. I will never support a Manchester football team (sorry, it will always be Derby), but in all other respects it has become my home. I love the people, the vibrancy and the multicultural nature of the place.

What are your passions outside of work?
Family, sport, food and cinema.

John Rouse

Jon Rouse
Chief Officer

@JonRouseGM

ABOUT ME

Jon is committed to public service that makes a difference to those who can benefit from it the most.

What inspired you to join the Partnership?
I believe that the quality of a country’s health and social care is one of the key marks of its development and civilisation. It provides people with life, healing, opportunity and dignity. It’s a cause worth pursuing and a social movement worth serving.

What are you most passionate about improving for Greater Manchester’s people?
Four things: a great start in life, cancer being treated earlier, better mental health services and compassionate end-of-life care.

What do you love about Greater Manchester?

I love the can-do attitude, the diversity of places and people, the access to the countryside and our great music scene.

What are your passions outside of work?
Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club (and now Altrincham too), music and planning great holidays.

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Dr Richard Preece
Executive Lead for Quality

@DrRichardP

ABOUT ME

As a doctor, Richard’s focus is helping people who provide care to improve their performance – and the systems they use. So far, he’s done this in a wide range of settings: the military, the NHS and independent healthcare and social care included.

What inspired you to work in health and social care?
Most of my career has been about spotting opportunities to make a difference, especially for vulnerable groups.

My interest in quality of care was sparked when I was as a medical student at Wythenshawe hospital. The consultant there worked as a volunteer in Uganda each year, doing thyroid operations. He ended up doing far more thyroid surgery than most other UK surgeons. As a result, he not only helped the community in Uganda, but also improved his proficiency to the  benefit of patients in this country too.

What are you most passionate about improving for Greater Manchester’s people?
Everyone in Greater Manchester deserves to live a healthy life. I want this to be the place where everyone knows dedication to improving care is at the heart of everything we do. We’ve made commitments to people in Greater Manchester about better health and wellbeing that we will stick to. These people are our families, our friends and our neighbours.

What do you love about Greater Manchester?
This is my home. I’ve lived here all my life (apart from when I was in the Royal Navy) and I went to medical school and trained in the hospitals here. Just being in Greater Manchester puts a smile on my face every day.

What are your passions outside of work?
My wife and children, first and foremost. I also love the mountains, walking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

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Warren Heppolette
Executive Lead for Strategy & System Development

@Wheppolette

ABOUT ME

As a public servant, Warren managed housing services and homeless hostels. He’s also spent time supporting the democratic process and has worked across policy, strategy and commissioning for the NHS.

What inspired you to work in health and social care?
I joined the NHS in 2006 because it has always inspired me. Working as part of a commitment to look after one another is one of the true glories of civil society.

What are you most passionate about improving for Greater Manchester’s people?
I want Greater Manchester to be a happy and successful place. If you’re going to press me to pick one thing, then we need to focus on getting help and support to people early enough – before a crisis hits them and their health.

What do you love about Greater Manchester?
Its spectacular audacity – building the ship canal to make a thriving port of an inland city is like challenging gravity. I love the idea of going into work every day feeling that anything is possible.

What are your passions outside of work?
Mainly football and music. My lad and I have full Saturdays with his under 11s team and FC United of Manchester (not to be confused with Man Utd!). When I’m not doing that or working, I’m plugging gaps in my post-punk vinyl collection, with the help of the good people at Piccadilly Records.

Sarah Price
Executive Lead, Population Health and Commissioning

ABOUT ME

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