Bury Care Organisation - Senior Leadership Team

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Dr Vicki Howarth joined Bury Care Organisation as medical director in September 2021. She's a consultant histopathologist (a doctor who looks at tissue samples under a microscope to give a diagnosis), having previously worked at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. She's also held posts as an associate medical director at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and as an honorary consultant at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (Wythenshawe site).

Vicki has always had an interest in medical management/leadership and its relationship to better patient care and supporting staff development. She's completed a number of leadership courses, including the Nye Bevan Certificate in Executive Leadership and a healthcare-related MBA.

She is from and still lives in Stalybridge. Married with a 16-year-old daughter and two dogs, Vicki enjoys running and walking on the local fells and is also a keen cyclist and skier.

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Catherine joined the Bury Care Organisation as director of finance from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) where she most recently held the post of director of business planning and resources, leading the wider corporate functions including HR, estates and facilities, corporate governance, procurement and IT, as well as finance.

She joined the NHS as a national finance management trainee in 2002 and has over 18 years of experience working in senior roles nationally and in the north-west, having worked in large acute Trusts prior to NICE.

Catherine is passionate about people and has led on several initiatives at NICE to promote diversity and inclusion and is also a trained mentor. As well as a career in the NHS, Catherine divides her time between parenting two school-age children and volunteering as Trustee and treasurer for Age UK Lancashire.

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Emma has worked in HR in health and social care since 2001, in a number of organisations including social services, acute trusts, primary care trusts and immediately prior to joining the NCA, at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. 

She graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in accounting & finance in 1999 and in 2001 completed her MA in human resource management. Emma is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a Myers Brigg (MBTI) practitioner, with a strong interest in what motivates us at work, engagement and appreciative inquiry. Experienced in large scale complex workforce reconfigurations and service transformations, Emma was the associate director of workforce for Bury & Rochdale Care Organisation, prior to the disaggregation in 2020.

Outside of work, Emma loves live music, reformer pilates, her family and friends (especially her nephews and nieces), books and holidays.

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Kath is the Chief Officer of Bury Integrated Delivery Collaborative (IDC). She leads the development and implementation of strategy, systems and processes, to ensure the effective delivery of care through the IDC arrangements. Kath has extensive commissioning experience, complemented by a breadth of operational management, gained in a variety of provider settings. She's experienced in the development and implementation of healthcare strategy, through systems and people. Kath has a particular interest in Integrated Care systems, which has been the subject of a fellowship she undertook with AQUA.

She's passionate about living your life with purpose and authenticity and is in equal measures concerned about the sustainability of public services, and with the financial and workforce challenges currently facing the health and social care sector. As an experienced executive coach, meditation teacher and author, Kath is passionate about embedding a culture of resilience for the people that work within the IDC, to improve the health of the population of Bury.

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