Our Senior Staff

L-R, Roy Harding and Lynne Stafford. Photography – Nick Harrison

Lynne Stafford, Chief Executive

Lynne joined Gaddum in 2014, as Chief Executive and works in the VCSE sector because she believes in being part of a social movement and is passionate about helping to support local people in our communities through difficult times in their lives.

After training and working as a nurse in London, Midlands, Yorkshire and overseas in Uganda, Lynne graduated from the NHS management training scheme and has worked as a senior manager across the North West in management, commissioning and Public Health. Ten years ago, following her passion for change, Lynne came into the VCSE Sector as a Business Development Manager for a drug and alcohol charity then became Chief Executive of CancerCare in Lancashire and Cumbria.

Lynne brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Gaddum as a positive leader in managing organisational change, being a strategic influencer, and has a strong passion in strategic and operational management and business development.

In her spare time, Lynne keeps busy, enjoying spending time with family and friends, and is also a huge Manchester City fan who can often be found singing and shouting at football matches!

Ben Whalley, Head of Operations

Joining Gaddum in 2018, Ben oversees all operational delivery and central services at the charity. He is a Qualified and Registered Social Worker and has many years of experience working in local, regional and national charities in areas such as Housing, Multiple and Complex Needs, HIV and mental health.

After initially working in client faced roles, Ben developed a specialist interest and skillset in project management and policy development. He has been instrumental in developing, deploying and managing volunteering, peer mentoring, prevention and other support programmes across Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.
Ben is also a qualified trainer and has practice educated upwards of forty Student Social Workers at Gaddum and across the voluntary sector. He is ILM qualified, having been selected to undertake a Leadership & Management Talent programme with his previous employer. He is a trustee of The Brunswick Centre, an HIV and LGBT youth charity in Calderdale and Kirklees.

Outside work Ben likes gaming and, on the rare occasion he gets the chance, he loves to go to Cumbria to go cross-country on Clydesdales and Shires.

Sam Palmer, Head of Innovation & Development

Sam joined Gaddum in 2017 and has over 19 years’ experience working within the health and social care / voluntary sector in Greater Manchester. His previous roles have included business development, children’s centre management, performance and improvement, health and safety and ICT. Sam is the Head of Development & Innovation, leading on business development, fundraising, partnerships and launching new innovative projects. Sam is also the Information Governance Lead for Gaddum.

Outside of work Sam is the Chair of Greater Manchester Youth Network charity, has a puppy called Stanley and likes to spend time in the gym or out on his bicycle.

Lauren Edwards, Assistant Head of Operations

Lauren joined Gaddum in 2020 and has 8 years’ experience working within the voluntary sector in Greater Manchester. Lauren originally trained as a social worker but is passionate about the innovative working practices found in the voluntary sector.

Lauren is committed to delivering people centred services and workforce development. Lauren also sits alongside Ben Whalley as a designated safeguarding lead and manages the charities therapy services.

Outside of work, Lauren spends her time caring for her ever growing plant collection, trying out new recipes in the kitchen and playing with her young daughter.

Our Board of Trustees

Roy Harding, Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Roy retired from the NHS in 2009, having served 42 years, the latter being at Senior Management level within Greater Manchester.
Following retirement, Roy continued to serve the NHS as a Public Governor at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, until 2013, when he resigned to concentrate on his involvement with Gaddum. Roy experienced at first hand the magnificent support and help Gaddum give to families suffering traumatic bereavement, and consequently wanted to support the organisation to assist other families in need of Gaddum services and was appointed Chair of Trustees in 2018.

Roy is a keen sports fan, with season tickets at Manchester United, with his son, and Sale Sharks RUFC, with his grandson.

David Carmichael

David is a very experienced employment law solicitor and a partner in the European law firm Fieldfisher LLP. He has practised law in Manchester for the last 25 years advising large employers on all aspects of law impacting on a business’ workforce and advising senior executives and boards on sensitive personnel issues.
David has been a long-standing trustee of Gaddum and was former Chair of the charity.

His interests include history, cycling and craft beers (code for going to the pub!).

Don Bancroft

Don Bancroft is an experienced FCA with 30 years experience in the accountancy profession, the last 16 of which have been at partner level. Throughout his career Don has had involvement with the charity sector, primarily as auditor to a wide range of charities from large national organisations to more local concerns. Don became a Trustee of Gaddum in 2007 and acts as Treasurer.

Rowena Birch MBA

Rowena is an Olympian, former European Judo Champion and National Coach, who now works as a Financial Advisor at Prestfield Wealth Management. She enjoys utilising her coaching skills and performance experience to help individuals and businesses develop financial plans and make decisions, which fit their unique needs. Her connection with Gaddum began in 2013, when their Child Bereavement Services provided that “invaluable helping hand” in the year following the sudden death of her husband. In 2016, Rowena joined the Board of Trustees, wanting to help and give back.

When Rowena is not working she still enjoys practicing judo and supporting the sport through her role as Vice President of British Judo. To relax she spends time nurturing her garden, walking in the hills and cooking/eating delicious food with her family.

Claudia Carvell

Claudia is an inclusion and equalities specialist based in Manchester, currently working for LGBT Foundation. Claudia’s work focuses on national business development for the charity with the public and private sector, and managing the flagship programme: Pride in Practice’s Training Academy. Claudia’s inclusion approach is intersectional and her key focus is social justice. Claudia brings this expertise and perspective to the Trustee board, particularly when considering the people that make up Gaddum, whether as staff, volunteers, beneficiaries, or wider community members.

Outside of work, Claudia enjoys being out in nature, travelling to new places, dancing and boxing, as much as staying in with her cat, binge-watching Netflix and ordering in food!

Anthony Hassell

Anthony is Regional Chief People Officer for the North West for NHS England and Improvement with a strategic role leading the implementation of the people plan on behalf of the region. He brings a wealth of experience to the trustee board having been Accountable Officer for Salford CCG and worked in the NHS for the number of years including at a senior level in large teaching hospitals. Anthony has also led a number of significant Greater Manchester programmes, including improving Specialist Care, Dementia United and Urgent Care.
Due to his own lived experience, Anthony joined the trustee board to offer his expert skills to help Gaddum to continue to support those who need it.

Ady Bibby

Ady is founder and Managing Director of independent branding and design agency True North. Established in 2001, True North works with a range of national and international clients to solve complex business challenges through the integration of brand and business strategy, identity and communications. True North’s clients include Cancer Research UK, The Royal Collection Trust, LEGO Education, The British Council and…Gaddum. Ady was part of the team that helped Gaddum think about how it positions its services to various audiences and created its award-winning brand identity.

Outside of work, Ady is a huge Morecambe and Wise fan, is a long-suffering season ticket holder at Rochdale Football Club and enjoys getting stuck in to a bit of weekend DIY.

Dora Blake

Dora currently works at Skills for Care: an independent charity with over 18 years’ experience in workforce development and a delivery partner for the Department of Health and Social Care.
Prior to joining Skills for Care, from 2001 Dora worked for social housing providers in Greater Manchester and was chair of Arcon Housing for five years until 2016.

Dora is also a qualified Life Coach and has worked with individual clients and employees of organisations (including Gaddum) to manage change in relation to career and/or personal development. As a volunteer with the Pankhurst Trust Queen Bee Coaching Project, she helps to empower women to improve their skills and confidence for leadership roles.

Away from work, Dora is social secretary to her two children. She enjoys reading, listening to music and going for short walks.

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