New GM VCSE Mental Health Leadership Group now appointed

Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in becoming a member of the GM VCSE Mental Health Leadership Group.   It was a really difficult job to compare and contrast such strong candidates. The panel of statutory, VCSE and ‘lived experience’ experts have now agreed on what they believe is a formidable group of leaders. They are pleased to be able to announce the following:

The ten locality leaders are:


Name of Leader



Rita Liddell

Family Action


Liz Thompson

Creative Living Centre


Mel Safari

Yaran North West


Jenny Higson

Tameside, Oldham & Glossop Mind


Vicky Maloney

Early Break


Markus Greenwood

Mind in Salford


Kristian Wroxall

Pure Innovations

Tameside & Glossop

Donna Thomas

The Anthony Seddon Fund


Emma Lenihan

Calm Connections CIC


Colin Greenhalgh

Groundworks, Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside (covers Wigan)

The eight System (Thematic) Leaders are:

Name of Leader


Annie Emery

Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH)

Charles Kwaku-Odoi

Caribbean and African Health Network

Hayley Speed

The Men’s Room

Iyabo Fatimilehin

Just Psychology CIC

Sarah Cook

Home-Start Oldham, Stockport & Tameside

Rossella Nicosia

LGBT Foundation

Hannah Peake

Gregory's Place

Ben Whalley


The Leadership group will meet for the first time just before Christmas, in the New Year they will start the process of building connections and networks across Greater Manchester, and most importantly within the ten localities.

If you deliver service related to Mental Health in one or more the above localities (or even on a Greater Manchester footprint) and want to be involved in the structures that the leadership group develop please email Kat at (stating which localities(s) you operate within) and once the group is up and running you will be connected into the appropriate representative(s).

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