Our Senior Staff

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

Roy Harding, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Roy has had a senior management career in the NHS having worked in hospitals within Greater Manchester for 42 years, the latter part of that time at Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust. He has experienced at first hand the magnificent help and support that is given to children and families in very difficult situations by Gaddum. Roy is also a Public Governor at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

Lynne Stafford, Chief Executive

Lynne joined Gaddum in 2014 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 England and Uganda, before working as a senior manager across the North West region within the NHS and charitable organisations.

Anna Sevink, Head of Financial Services

Anna joined Gaddum in 2018 and is a finance professional with over 20 years’ experience, having worked with a range of voluntary and community sector charitable organisations across Greater Manchester and the North West. Her knowledge and expertise of stewarding improvements to financial performance in order to develop growth and stability is one of her focusses.

Ben Whalley, Head of Therapy & Advocacy Services

Ben joined Gaddum in 2018 and has over 12 years of experience in a number of different roles from direct client work through to senior management. He is also a qualified and Registered Social Worker. Ben’s skills are in safeguarding, workforce development, policy development and employment rights. Alongside his work, Ben has held a number of trustee positions and is currently the Company Secretary of a charity in West Yorkshire. Ben is the Safeguarding Lead for Gaddum and oversees the services for Advocacy, Therapy and Central Services.

Sam Palmer, Head of Carers Services

Sam joined Gaddum in 2017 and has 17 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 Information Governance Lead for Gaddum and oversees all the carers services which includes; Manchester Carers Network, Bury Carers Service and Salford Carers Service.

Our Board of Trustees

Roy Harding, Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Roy has had a senior management career in the NHS having worked in hospitals within Greater Manchester for 42 years, the latter part of that time at Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust. He has experienced at first hand the magnificent help and support that is given to children and families in very difficult situations by Gaddum. Roy is also a Public Governor at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

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. She is MBA qualified with extensive board and managerial experience. Rowena currently works providing mentoring support for elite sports coaches. Rowena’s connection with Gaddum began in 2013, after the sudden death of her husband, when they provided support for her and her children. In 2016, Rowena joined the Board of Trustees help to ensure that others in need would be able to access their invaluable services.

Claudia Carvell

Claudia leads on community development, inclusion and influencing work around women for LGBT Foundation Over the past 6 years, Claudia has been named an “Outstanding Campaigner” by the Charity works Leadership and Development Management Programme, was “Highly Commended” by the UK Sexual Health Awards and received a Distinction level Masters degree in Gender, Sexuality and Culture from the University of Manchester, as well as heading-up women’s event management for the global brand, HER. As an inclusion and equalities specialist, as well as sitting on Gaddum’s Trustee Board, Claudia is on the Manchester City Council International Women’s Day Steering Group and a professional mentor for the University of Manchester.

Anthony Hassell

As a resident of Salford for 20 years, Anthony joined the NHS in 1998 and has undertaken a number of senior roles within primary and community care, the Department of Health, Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority and in large teaching hospitals in Greater Manchester and Merseyside before joining Salford CCG in August 2015. Anthony has a background in developing strong, successful, strategic partnerships with health and social care organisations and believes strongly in the power of strong engagement with our local communities to ensure we deliver high performing services.

Wes Baker

Wes has over 15 years experience in Healthcare, having initially commenced his career as a Biomedical Scientist. In order to pursue a more challenging career he joined the NHS Finance Management Graduate Scheme and qualified as a CIMA Accountant. Over the years Wes has worked in a number of sectors in the NHS, including commissioning, acute, specialist trust, mental health and health consultancy.

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