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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Sir Richard Leese
Chair

@SirRichardLeese

ABOUT ME

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Dr 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.

Warren Heppolette

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

Sarah Price
Interim chief officer

ABOUT ME

Sarah came to Greater Manchester after nearly 30 years in public health and senior NHS roles in North London. It was devolution and the unique opportunities in Greater Manchester that made Sarah decide to move north.

What inspired you to work in health and social care?

When I was at university I had a statistics lecturer who specialised in health services. That got me interested, so I did a module in health policy at the London School of Economics. The course was really fantastic and I was hooked.

What are you most passionate about improving for Greater Manchester’s people?

Their health. We have aims like reducing smoking by a third, getting three quarters of people active, eradicating HIV in a generation. We want people to demand to be healthy, to take charge of their health and support them in doing that.

What do you love about Greater Manchester?

The people – they are extremely friendly. I like the ambition too that Greater Manchester has for itself. I am not so keen on the weather.

What are your passions outside of work?

I have a vintage VW camper van that I enjoy taking on holiday, but it does break down quite a lot!

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Dr Richard Preece
Medical director and executive lead for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, and chair of the Greater Manchester cancer board

@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.

Janet Wilkinson

Janet Wilkinson
Director of workforce

ABOUT ME

Janet joined Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership as Director of Workforce in October 2017, having previously been Director of Human Resources, Organisational Development and Education at University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. Since 1986, she has worked in a variety of roles within the NHS in England and Wales including a period as Head of Recruitment and Retention for the Welsh Assembly Government.

What inspired you to join the Partnership?

Having spent my entire career within the NHS, I saw this role in the Partnership as an opportunity for me to make a contribution across the health and care system in Greater Manchester, expand my knowledge and ultimately be involved in something exciting where I could contribute to making a difference to people’s lives.

What are you most passionate about improving for Greater Manchester’s people?

I believe it is vital that we recognise the critical role of our workforce – both paid and unpaid – in changing the way that we deliver services. Creating a workforce for the future is absolutely key to delivering the bold ambitions of devolution and to shaping a health and care system that works for everyone. To create a valued and sustainable workforce,  we need to make sure we provide them with the support they need, engage with them in meaningful ways, celebrate their contributions and successes, and empower them to drive service improvements. I’m really passionate and proud to be working with colleagues across Greater Manchester to deliver our Workforce Programme. Click here for more information.

What do you love about Greater Manchester?

I love lots of things about Greater Manchester but at the top of my list it has to be the Metrolink system and the fabulous people I meet every day!

What are your passions outside of work?

Reading, travel, spending time with family and friends and watching England and Sale Sharks play rugby.

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