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The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership team is taking the lead in ensuring that we achieve the greatest and fastest possible improvement to the health and wellbeing of the 2.8m people of Greater Manchester. They are working to respond to what local people want and need, using their experience and expertise to help change the way we spend the money available.

The leadership team brings together a broad range of health and social care expertise from all over Greater Manchester. You can find out more about the members and their hopes and priorities below.

Lord Peter Smith: Chair @Lord_PeterSmith

Lord Peter Smith

Can you describe your career briefly?

After university I became a college lecturer, firstly in London then in Manchester. I was elected to Wigan Council in 1978 and progressed to leader in 1991, which position I still hold.

What inspired you to work in health and social care?

I wanted to help make devolution a success for Greater Manchester to ensure better health outcomes for local people.

What are you most passionate about improving for GM residents?

I’ve got two priorities: the first is to ensure we are properly engaging the workforce that ultimately drives change, and the second is to engage with carers and volunteers who are crucial to our success.

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, family and growing vegetables.


Jon Rouse: Chief Officer: @jonrousegmhscp

Jon Rouse

Can you describe your career in a sentence?

I am committed to public service that makes a difference to those who can benefit most.

What inspired you to work in health and social care?

I believe that the quality of a country’s health and care is one of the key marks of its level of 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 is your number one priority / what are you most passionate about improving for GM residents?

I can’t pick just one but would focus on a great start in life; cancer 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 the great music scene.

What are your passions outside of work?

QPR Football Club (and now Altrincham) music, and planning great holidays.


Richard Preece: Executive Lead for Quality: @drrichardp

Dr Richard Preece

Can you describe your career in a sentence?

My focus has always been on improving the performance of people delivering care and systems of care and I have done this in a very wide range of settings from the military to the NHS to independent healthcare and to social care.

What inspired you to work in health and social care?

I’m passionate about improving the experience of people seeking support from care services. Most of my career has been driven by spotting opportunities to make a difference, especially for vulnerable groups. My interest in quality of care was sparked as a medical student when I was at Wythenshawe hospital. The consultant worked as a volunteer in Uganda each year doing thyroid operations. It helped the community there and he did far more thyroid surgery than most UK surgeons, so he became more proficient and that was a huge benefit to patients.

What is your number one priority / what are you most passionate about improving for GM residents?

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 have made commitments to people in Greater Manchester about better health and wellbeing that we will deliver on. These people are our families, our friends and our neighbours.

What do you love about Greater Manchester?

This is my home. I have lived here all my life (apart from when I was in the Royal Navy). I went to school here. 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. I love the mountains, walking in the summer and skiing in the winter.


Warren Heppolette: Executive Lead, Strategy & System Development: @wheppolette

Warren Heppolette

Can you describe your career in a sentence?

As a public servant, I’ve delivered housing services, managed homeless hostels, spent time supporting the democratic process and 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 I have always been inspired by it. Working as part of a commitment by 70m people to look after each other is one of the glories of civil society.

What is your number one priority / what are you most passionate about improving for GM residents?

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 early help and support to people before a crisis hits.

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 that, and go into work every day feeling that anything is possible.

What are your passions outside of work?

It’s mainly football and music – my lad and I have full Saturdays with his under 11s team and FC United of Manchester. 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.


Anne Gibbs: Associate Lead for Delivery and Improvement

Anne Gibbs

Can you describe your career in a sentence?

It has been a varied, busy and rewarding journey in providers, systems and an arm’s length body.

What inspired you to work in health and social care?

The core values of the NHS – free healthcare for all

What is your number one priority / what are you most passionate about improving for GM residents?

Living well

What do you love about Greater Manchester?

Its community, grit and determination

What are your passions outside of work?

Cooking and cats!


Tracey Vell: Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care: @traceyvell

Dr Travey Vell

Can you describe your career in a sentence?

I have always been a partner in a GP practice, but I have also taught GP registrars, started an out-of-hours company from scratch and been an officer in Manchester local medical committee, with 24 years as chief executive.

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, and now to be involved in strategy helps achieve my aim of simplifying pathways to ensure a better life for many people.

What are you most passionate about improving for GM residents?

Creating a system of health and care services that wrap around people’s lives and helps instead of hindering.

What do you love about Greater Manchester?

Having been brought up in Bolton I love the north, and I worked in Manchester for 24 years. I love the raw honesty of the place and its people, its music, its culture and friendliness.

What are your passions outside of work?

Being outdoors and horses.


Steve Wilson: Executive Lead, Finance & Investment: @weavewilson

Steve Wilson

Can you describe your career briefly?

My whole career has been in the NHS, including working with social care commissioners and providers. I am committed to health and social care and see my role in Greater Manchester as a once-in-a-career 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 the end product of doing a job well was to deliver a better service to the public.

What is your number one priority / what are you most passionate about improving for GM residents?

Transforming health and social care to deliver services based around the patient and the community, drawing in specialist support when needed. And financial sustainability!

What do you love about Greater Manchester?

I have lived in Manchester for 20 years. I will never support a Manchester football team (it will always be Derby) but in all other respects it has become my home. I love the people, its vibrancy and multicultural nature.

What are your passions outside of work?

Family, sport, food and cinema.


Nicky O’Connor Chief Operating Officer @nickyjoconnor

Nicky O'connor

Can you describe your career in a sentence?

My career has involved human resources and change management across the public and private sector.

What inspired you to work in health and social care?

I want to improve the system for patients by removing inherent boundaries that stop it working properly for them.

What are you most passionate about improving for GM residents?

We need to align all the different plans for health and social care to make them work effectively and make a difference for patients.

What do you love about Greater Manchester?

I was born and bred in Altrincham. I am so proud of the city region and how it developed into what it is today. Visitors and tourists love its cultural breadth and friendliness. We have everything – beautiful countryside, great music – the weather of course!

What are your passions outside of work?

Cooking, travelling (especially to Spain) my children.


Richard Jones: Associate Lead for adult social care

Richard Jones

Can you describe your career briefly?

I am a social worker by profession and have held a number of positions at director level in local authority and civil service to deliver a community-based approach to public service.

What inspired you to work in health and social care?

I worked as a residential care worker during holidays as a student with people with dementia and realised that my concern for people and fairness could be developed in a social work career.

What is your number one priority / what are you most passionate about improving for GM residents?

Raising the profile of social care and communicating what it has to offer as we deliver on transforming health in Greater Manchester. It is about so much more than delayed transfers.

What do you love about Greater Manchester?

I love the Royal Exchange Theatre. Theatre in the round is done so well in a fabulous environment.

What are your passions outside of work?

I love climbing mountains, playing the trumpet and Welsh rugby.


Sarah Price Executive Lead for Population Health and Commissioning (coming soon)


Diane Whittingham Associate Lead for Acute and Specialist Care. (Coming soon)