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.

Adrian Downing

Adrian has over twenty years commercial experience gained in healthcare (including a postgraduate qualification) and management consulting and works across all parts of the healthcare sector.

He has expertise in strategy development and operational implementation combined with Executive and Non-Executive board level roles in marketing, public relations, contract negotiation and ongoing relationship management. 
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Alex Farrell 

Alex has over 24 years’ experience in the NHS. She started her career as a doctor but retrained as a Chartered Accountant in private practice. She joined the NHS as an internal auditor but since then has worked in finance in both commissioner and provider organisations across West Yorkshire.

She has been a Director of Finance for 10 years and her current role is Deputy Chief Executive / Director of Finance for South West Yorkshire Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust which is a provider of mental health and community services 
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Andrea Gallant

Andrea has over 14 years of experience in the NHS as a Senior Finance Manager and previous finance experience within manufacturing and retail within the private sector.

She is a recently qualified CIMA accountant and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
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Cathy Kennedy 

Cathy is a highly experienced finance professional, and has been a Director of Finance for over 25 years in a number of provider and commissioning organisations. For the last 5 years she has also held the position of Deputy Chief Executive.  Her director level portfolios have always included finance but have also included business and strategic planning, corporate affairs, communications, IM&T strategy, estates, partnership working with local authorities, commissioning, community engagement, organisation development and contracting. Cathy started her career as a regional Finance Trainee (the precursor to FMTS) and has been a longstanding and active member of HFMA at local, regional and national level.  

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Chris Harrop

Chris has extensive experience to offer. He has worked in the NHS for over 26 years (Ten of which have been at board level). Chris has experience in finance, general management and has been CEO at the Walton Centre for almost two years. Prior to this, he was Director of Finance for nine years.  

Since becoming CEO, Chris has trained as an Executive Coach and qualified in June 2015 with a Post Graduate Certificate in Executive coaching through Leeds Beckett University. He currently coaches a number of colleagues in the NHS on a pro bono basis. 

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Eric Gardiner

Eric has over 20 years’ experience working in Finance, with 18 years being spent in the NHS.  He has worked in a variety of roles and organisations, predominantly in the North West of England and has a broad range of financial experience.  His current role is Finance Director – Provider Services, in a Health Board in Wales.  He is a qualified accountant and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). 

After having benefitted from the HFMA scheme as a Mentee, Eric was keen to support colleagues in a similar manner and is an advocate of live long development to maximise an individual’s potential.  Eric has been actively involved in staff development for a large part of his career and has previously been involved in organising the North West Student Conference and has presented a number of finance related staff development courses. 

Eric is an experienced and qualified mentor completing his mentor training with HFMA in 2012. Eric has a calm methodical style, naturally reflective and encourages individuals to stretch their boundaries and work with clinicians. 

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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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James Rimmer

James has been the Chief Finance Officer since the CCG was established and is Deputy Chief Executive for the CCG. 

James joined the NHS in 2001 as part of the highly regarded NHS Finance Graduate Training Scheme. He has held numerous senior finance roles working in both the commissioning, and providing, arms of the NHS - having joined us from NHS Bournemouth and Poole where he was Deputy Director of Finance.  

James is a professionally qualified accountant, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and an Honors Degree in Accounting and Finance. 

As the Chief Financial Officer for Southampton City CCG James is responsible for ensuring the CCG meets all of its statutory duties in relation to finance, providing expert financial advice to Governing Body Members. He also leads on performance and is the CCG Lead Director for our relationship with NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit; (our back office support services provider). 

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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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Margaret Pratt

Margaret has worked at NHS Director of Finance / CEO/ Board level for over 25 years, joining after c15 years in local government and management consultancy. She has specialised in organisations (Trusts, PCTs/ CCGs, Spec Comm, SHAs) facing significant financial and service challenges, and has worked as a Director of Turnround and Improvement for NHSI. 

Margaret is a past president of CIPFA and leads its work on Ethics, drawing on her work and life experience.  She is also currently Audit Committee chair at Basildon University Hospitals NHSFT and an independent member of the Nominations Committee of the University of Northampton. 

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Martin Davis

Martin is a qualified accountant (CPFA ,FCCA) He has significant experience of working with Boards at a National and Local level, primarily within the Public, NHS and Charity Sectors. 

Posts held include Chief Executive, Finance Director and Non-Executive Director - most recently as an NED and Chairman of Audit and Governace with his local NHS Foundation Trust. 

He participates in a number of national Registered Charities, including acting as a Trustee. 

He Qualified as a Mentor in 2008, with the joint HFMA / Lancaster University Scheme .  

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Moye Ebanks-Brooks

Moye has over 16 years’ experience in the NHS where she has worked in Projects, Building and Service Variations, Contracts, Finance, Administration and Data Management.  Her current role is a Service Contract Coordinator and previous jobs in the NHS include Facilities Project Assistant, Contract Project Assistant and Admissions Officer.  Before joining the NHS Moye worked as a Legal Secretary for a firm of Solicitors.  Prior to that she worked at Imperial College as a Finance Officer and was also a Receptionist at a Bank. 

Moye is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and holds a number of voluntary roles which include Church Treasurer and Website Administrator. 


Nick Gerrard

Nick has over 20 years’ experience in the NHS at Director of Finance level but started out as Regional Finance Trainee in Southampton. He has worked in acute, mental health and community providers, often in very challenging environments. Nick is a qualified accountant and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).

Nick is chair of the Audit Committee at Colchester Sixth Form College and a governor on the Audit and Risk Committee at Essex University.   
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Nigel Foster

Nigel is Director of Finance & Performance for three CCGs in East Berkshire and has been working in the NHS since 2002, originally with Wokingham PCT and then NHS Berkshire West where he held a variety of senior finance roles. From March 2012 he led the formation of Central Southern Commissioning Support Unit (CSCSU) and became their Chief Finance Officer. He joined the CCGs in East Berkshire in November 2013.  

Nigel is a CIPFA qualified accountant who started his career with Oxfordshire County Council before a spell in the private sector working for the business process outsourcing firm Liberata, where amongst other things he managed a pan-European shared service centre for a subsidiary of ICI. He is now heavily involved in working with colleagues across the Frimley Health and Care STP area, and also leads the ‘Connected Care’ IT interoperability project in East Berkshire which is enabling the sharing of patient records between primary, secondary and social care.

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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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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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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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Paul Goodfield 

Paul’s NHS Finance career professional spans 37 years and he has worked across a number of NHS organisations' and regions. He is FCCA Qualified 30 years with 20 years Finance Training & Development experience.

Paul is a motivated mentor with a commitment to developing people and teams; he finds that this helps him to continue to develop too. He is interested in influencing the future through others and is keen to give something back to the NHS after a long enjoyable career in NHS Finance. He is also interested in supporting individuals through periods of change and in order to improve their resilience. 

Paul has a friendly/ listening mentoring style with strong attention to detail. He is flexible and uses a number of mentoring models and encourages the mentee with challenge where needed. He has been a long term Mentor for Senior Finance professional’s career development, has carried out informal mentoring for Finance Apprentices and Trainees and has coached a Senior Clinician. He is a member of the HFMA National Mentoring programme and EMLA Mentor.net. Paul qualified in Mentoring Practice at Level 6 (Commended) 2012 through Lancaster University. Further details of Paul’s skills, career path and endorsements from previous mentees and colleagues can be viewed on LinkedIn. 

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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. 

For 18 months from July 2014, Rebecca held the position of Chair of the All Wales Directors of Finance supporting the creation of the NHS Wales Finance Academy, developed to create learning and improvement opportunities for finance staff, taking personal leadership of the Partnerships Programme. 

In April 2016 Rebecca took a unique step in taking up a personal development opportunity to work in Aneurin Bevan Health Board as Associate Director of Finance for 1 year which included completing the Value Based Healthcare Programme at Harvard Business School. During this year, Rebecca also qualified as a Mentor with the HFMA Mentoring Programme. 

Rebecca is Vice Chair of her local primary school board of governors and has numerous outside interests including figure skating, netball and playing a variety of musical instruments. 

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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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Stephen Kennedy

Stephen is an experienced (CIPFA Qualified) ex Board Level Finance Director, with over 38 years NHS Finance experience, who is now Director of SK Consulting 2015 Limited, specializing in NHS assignments.

His previous roles include Director of Finance at The Walton Centre NHS FT, Deputy Director of Finance at Salford Royal NHS FT, Deputy Director of Finance at Tameside and Glossop NHS Trust. Along with a wide range of senior and junior Finance positions in Acute Trusts across Greater Manchester.  


Staurt Wayment

Stuart has over 30 year experience in and around the NHS, joining in 1985 as a unit accountant at Papworth Hospital and then working in a variety of Trusts at senior levels until 2006, when he left to work at CIMA as the Public Sector Specialist. His current role is in the provision of FSD to the Kent, Surrey and Sussex patch, a role which reflects the passion he has for developing people, which also is his motivation for being a mentor. Stuart is an FCMA and he is an active CIMA member currently serving on both CIMA council and local Branches. 

Stuart undertook his mentor training in the HFMA 2012 cohort with Lancaster University and describes his style as relaxed and friendly. Outside of work Stuarts interests are mainly sports oriented and he likes to push his own boundaries with an annual personal challenge. 


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Tim Goodson

Tim is currently Chief Officer at NHS Dorset CCG, he was previously the cluster Director of Finance for NHS Dorset and NHS Bournemouth and Poole.  He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts (ACCA).   

Prior to his current role, Tim was Director of Finance and Performance for NHS Dorset from 2006, and Director of Finance, Performance and Planning for South West Dorset PCT for the preceding two years.   

Tim originally joined the NHS in 1995 as an internal auditor following his initial accountancy training with chartered accountancy practices in the private sector. Tim later moved into more mainstream finance functions with Dorset Community NHS Trust and North Dorset Primary Care Trust.  During Tim’s carer in the NHS he has had a broad range of executive lead responsibilities including Finance, Performance, Information, Deputy CEO, Commissioning, Primary Care, Sustainability, Support Services, IM&T, Risk Management, Estates and Capital Planning. 

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