Greater Manchester Leaders Plus Candidates

GM Leaders Plus Round 4

GM Leaders Plus Round 4 runs from March 2023 to January 2024.

Alison Bacon
Strategic Lead - Neighbourhoods, Manchester CC

Alison has worked in local government and Greater Manchester for 10+ years. A specialist in migration, she has a record of working with public sector partners to deliver innovative solutions to pressures and local impacts. Alison co-designed the Syrian Resettlement Scheme in 2015 which set the blueprint for how refugee resettlement schemes are now delivered. After leaving GMCA in 2022, Alison returned to Manchester City Council as Strategic Lead in Neighbourhoods. She continues to work collaboratively with partners in the North of Manchester to managing emerging issues and priorities.

John Garland
Senior Associate Solicitor, Trowers & Hamlins

John has 15+ years' experience in the construction sector in the North West, working as an estimator and project manager, and has Associate CIOB membership. John's role sits within Trowers & Hamlins's Projects & Construction department where he trained and qualified in 2015. He has wide experience in the construction sector, acting for clients including local authorities, registered providers, funders, institutional investors, developers, main and sub-contractors. John advises on non-contentious matters such as construction contracts, development agreements, security documentation and major infrastructure projects, and has advised confidential clients on contentious matters and dispute resolution.

Luke Green
Design & Technical Services Manager, Stockport Council

Luke is responsible for the delivery of Stockport's capital programme across its built estate. He manages a pipeline of around 90 projects at any one time from inception through business case, design and delivery, with a combined value of over £100m. Luke joined Stockport in 2019, having worked as an architect and project lead on major projects throughout the UK. He uses his broad experience to ensure Council investment does not just deliver a built asset, but also offers maximum benefit to the residents of the locality it serves.

Alyson Heald
Partnership Director NW, L&Q / Trafford Housing Trust

Alyson is responsible for the Group’s strategic relationships with key partners and stakeholders across the region. Alyson’s focus is on working collaboratively to understand the needs of residents and community organisations as well as the strategic priorities of local and regional government and other partners to help shape L&Q’s ambitious plans for the North West. With 18+ years’ experience in social housing, Alyson is passionate about the sector and the added social value housing providers can generate, as well as ensuring wider placemaking and levelling up agendas deliver positive impacts and opportunities for local communities.  

Tina Iball
Sustainability Manager, Accent Group

Tina has over 12 years’ experience of working in sustainability, carbon reduction & environmental protection, most of it in local government. In her current role, Tina is responsible for delivering RBH's sustainability action plans and driving improvements in carbon reduction for the organisation and its housing stock. She is passionate about supporting tenants and engaging them on the journey to a low carbon future.

Dave Kelly
Assistant Director, Reform, GMCA

Dave has 20 years' experience in the public sector. After 14 years in UK law enforcement, primarily in strategy and policy developments in response to serious organised crime, Dave moved into local government where he has been at the forefront of leading Greater Manchester's public service reform portfolio. In his current role, Dave leads a team responsible for driving and supporting reform and social policy developments in GMCA the organisation and across Greater Manchester. Dave is passionate about achieving the ambition of 'Good Lives for All' in GM and is driven by a collaborative approach to doing better things rather than simply doing things better.

Greig Lees
Head of Development Delivery (North), Guinness Partnership

Greig has 20+ years' experience in the social housing sector. He joined Guinness in December 2020, responsible for the delivery of new homes across a range of tenures in the North of England. Prior to that, he was Head of Regeneration at Northwards Housing in Manchester. Greig has an MSc in Regeneration and Urban Renewal and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. He's also a Non-Executive Director at Salix Homes and chairs its Growth & Development Sub-Committee. In 2022, Greig joined Beyond Housing as an Independent Development Committee Member.

Steven Manifold
Major Projects Manager (Bury North), Bury Council

Steven is a Chartered Surveyor with 20+ years' experience in the North West property market; he recently moved from private to public sector. Steven joined the Bury Council major projects team in 2021 to work on a number of large-scale regeneration projects, including a joint venture comprehensive town centre regeneration scheme. In previous roles, Steven worked for an international property consultancy, a regional surveying practice and a national property development company.

Steve Modric
Senior Manager, Strategy and Markets, Homes England

Steve leads on policy and strategy for cities and major conurbations at Homes England.  He has extensive experience of housing and local government, working in London and Manchester in delivery and policy roles.  Steve supported the establishment of the HCA in 2008 as part of the Government-led transition team and worked closely with DLUHC on the re-establishment of a regeneration role for Homes England following the Levelling Up White Paper. 

Kathryn Perry
Enhanced Service Manager - Homes & Communities, Wigan Council

Kathryn has 23 years’ experience in social housing in a variety of operational and leadership roles predominately in housing management. Throughout, she has provided a high quality, good value housing management service through effective performance management, tenant and stakeholder engagement and service improvement. Kathryn has played a significant part in contributing to the strategic development of the organisation, delivering priorities and leading and managing transformation in how services are delivered and in changing team culture across the directorate.

Dr Manish Prasad
Associate Medical Director, GM Integrated Care Trafford

Manish is a qualified doctor with over 17 years' experience, 12 as a GP. He has diversified his portfolio and joined a role in NHS management which has seen him develop primary care quality as well as specific projects to improve patient quality of care and outcomes. His experience includes setting up and chairing the Local Clinical and care professional leadership which involves bringing together cross-organisational professionals to work collaboratively and in an integrated way for common goals. He has a compassionate, conscientious and pragmatic approach to his work and always puts the patient at the centre.  

Rosie Rees-Bann
Change & Transformation Lead, Manchester Local Care Organisation

Rosie has worked in improvement, change and innovation teams across Manchester City Council for 10+ years. As Change & Transformation Lead for Adults Social Care, Rosie is delivering the Better Outcomes, Better Lives transformation programme to embed strengths-based practice across Adults Social Care. Rosie is enthused by projects that involve working with people to collaboratively deliver sustainable change. A collaborative and curious leader, Rosie enjoys unpicking complex problems and designing better solutions that shake-up old systems and ways of working.

Angeliki Stogia
Senior Consultant, Arup

Angeliki is a skilled communicator with highly developed political judgement and strong experience developing and delivering policy, programmes and complex projects that require significant attention to stakeholder engagement across a range of areas including environmental sustainability, climate change, transport, and infrastructure. Before joining Arup Angeliki was the Executive Member for Environment, Planning and Transport at Manchester City Council, where she led Manchester's campaign to become the first UK city to sign up to a science-based carbon budget to become zero carbon by 2038. Angeliki is passionate about building relationships and partnerships to support successful cities, address the climate crisis and tackle disadvantage and inequality.

James Tate
Senior Transport Planner, Arup

James is a chartered Transport Planner with 15+ years experience in the industry, the last seven with Arup. He leads teams on a range of sustainable transport projects across the GM city region. He has managed complex projects for a variety of public and private sector clients, often with a range of stakeholders. James particularly enjoys projects with a focus on community engagement, and is passionate about bringing forward schemes to help people walk, wheel and cycle safely around their neighbourhoods.

Ben Townsend
New Business Director NW, L&Q / Trafford Housing Trust

Ben has 15+ years’ experience of in housing, development and regeneration, recently taking on the role of New Business Director NW at L&Q. Ben is leading the integration of the North West Development and Sales function into the L&Q Group following its acquisition of Trafford Housing Trust. He is a passionate advocate for the impact housing has on people’s lives, communities and the built environment. Having started his career at English Partnerships and Great Places, Ben is keen to pursue strategic, place-shaping projects with a range of tenures and an aspiration for the highest quality in design and build.

Chris Wilkinson
Head of Research & Analysis, Homes England

Chris joined Homes England in 2019, and his team is responsible for providing strategic insight to colleagues, partners and government. Chris has over a decade of delivering research and analysis, and worked for several years as a consultant at SQW before joining Homes England. Passionate about urban and community regeneration, Chris has a BA in Geography, MA in Urban Regeneration and Development, and in his spare time is a trustee for Groundwork. 

Lucy Woodbine
Principal, Planning & Housing Research, GMCA

Lucy is a social researcher with 18+ years experience in the housing sector. Her work at GMCA ranges from developing the research evidence base for Place for Everyone, providing data to support strategy decisions, to primary research into the experiences of those facing housing challenges. Lucy led the team that developed MappingGM, Greater Manchester’s online mapping and analysis tool. Prior to GMCA, Lucy worked for housing associations in London in operational and policy roles.