Over the coming months, you’ll be able to find out more about the mentors who volunteer to share their time, knowledge and skills with fellow healthcare finance professionals who are members of HFMA.

To find out more about HFMA mentoring, please email georgina.callaghan@hfma.org.uk or telephone 0117 938 8345.


Rebecca Richards

Joining the NHS in 1990 as a Welsh Finance Trainee, Rebecca has held a number of positions across South Wales. These included positions of Director of Finance in 2 two organisations for a combination of 14 years leading both to financial break-even. Rebecca firmly believes personal development is by its nature a personal thing. However, sometimes it can be difficult to figure out on your own what approach would work best depending upon the challenge or issue faced. Rebecca’s listening and reflective style driven by an enthusiasm for staff to reach their full potential provides the space to consider the issues at hand and an offer of support to explore approaches from a variety of perspectives to find the best fit for you.

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Patrick McGahon

Patrick has been a board director in the NHS for 23 years,  he has mainly worked within the commissioning and provider sectors. He is currently director of finance and corporate services at the NHS Business Services Authority leading the finance, HR, IT, property and communications functions. Patrick is a qualified mentor who has supported colleagues improve their performance, increase their personal impact and secure career advancement, over the last ten years. All of his mentees have secured career progression including one mentee who has become a director of finance. Patrick adopts an open and friendly style in the mentoring process whilst holding the mentee to account for the actions they have agreed to undertake. He is motivated by seeking other people growing and achieving their goals.

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Pat Taylor


Pat is a qualified accountant and has over 30 years’ experience in the NHS, she was the youngest female Director of Finance when appointed to her first Board role in 1993.  Pat is currently Chair of Audit and non-clinical Vice Chair of Sunderland CCG. As a qualified and experienced mentor Pat has worked with newly qualified finance staff, newly appointed finance directors working in the NHS for the first time, through to aspiring finance directors and new lay members. She has an open and straight forward style and aims to be a good listener who can challenge individuals to push their boundaries in order to get the best from themselves and their situation.  
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Iain Crossley

Iain worked as a Finance Officer and Accountable Officer and has extensive Governing Body and Board level experience in both the NHS and private sector. Before the NHS he worked in financial services and retail distribution across UK.

Iain is currently a tutor on the Healthcare Financial Management Association Masters-level Qualification in Healthcare Business and Finance and the Diploma in Advanced Primary Care Management for the National Association of Primary Care.

An experienced and qualified coach and mentor, Iain understands the benefits of a non-intrusive style to help deal with problems and ambiguities in a complex environment. His approach is to present people with the tools, challenges and support they need to improve their own performance without giving cook-book solutions.

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Paul Goodfield

Paul’s NHS Finance career spans 37 years and he has worked across a number of NHS organisations' and regions. He is 30 years FCCA Qualified with 20 years Finance Training & Development experience. Paul is an active member of HFMA and also active with Future Focused Finance, as a Value Maker and Educator. He is committed to developing people and teams and has a friendly/ listening mentoring style with strong attention to detail. He is flexible and uses a number of mentoring models, encouraging the mentee with challenge where needed. Paul qualified in Mentoring Practice at Level 6 (commended) 2012 through Lancaster University. Further details of Paul’s skills, career path and endorsements can be viewed on LinkedIn.

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Patsy Hudson

Patsy has many years’ experience in senior roles in the public and voluntary sectors. She has worked in nursing, in senior roles for Oxfam and held non-executive roles. Patsy is currently the lay member for Governance and chairs the Audit Committee of Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group. She has run a mentoring and coaching business for the past 15 years and has benefited from being a mentee herself. During her time at Oxfam a trustee supported her as she faced challenges with an inherited team and a new line manager. Patsy appreciated her mentor’s objectivity, ability to listen and question, suggestions and ideas. She aims to bring this same approach to her role as an HFMA mentor.

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Richard Barratt

Richard has over 13 years’ experience in the NHS. He started out as a Financial Management Assistant, is currently Business Consultant at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and has been acting Deputy Director of Finance at the Trust. He has specialised in Management Accounting and has also worked in Income & Contracting. Richard is a long-standing member of the HFMA and a fully qualified CIPFA accountant. Richard’s greatest satisfaction at work comes from developing others, both individually and as teams. Richard gained HFMA’s mentor accreditation in 2011 and has a natural flair for identifying potential and supporting individuals to fully realise it.

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Karen Nathan

Karen is currently a Senior Management Accountant employed by NHS Lambeth CCG. She has worked in the NHS for 19 years and prior to this worked in banking and retail finance. Karen is a qualified accountant with 14 years post qualification experience, a value maker with Future Focused Finance and completed her mentor training with HFMA in 2007 having previously been a mentee. Karen describes her mentoring style as logical and she aims to ensure that the mentee has the opportunity to develop themselves whilst being challenged. She always encourages mentees to think outside the box and to see situations from different perspectives. She is also able to use her experience from other industries to encourage others.

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