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Management Team

Rebecca Steele


Julie Smith

Finance and Business Development Manager

Stephen Maden

Operations Manager

Andrew Hall

Community Business Manager

Frank Manning

Secure Advocacy Services Manager

Board of Trustees

Barry Windle - Chair

I was born and raised in Huddersfield and lived there until I was 29. I went to Grammar School at Salendine Nook but against everyone’s advice left at 16 after O levels (now GSCEs) In an otherwise difficult adolescence I got it into my head that I wanted to work for I.C.I. a large national chemical company, so approached them to see what I needed to do to get a job in the labs.

I had an IQ test and was told that I had to get at least 4 O levels, in English, Physics, Chemistry and Maths. Accordingly I did the work to achieve this, simultaneously ignoring all the other exams I was taking. Interestingly, at the time you were not allowed to leave the three hour exams until time was up so in my Geography exam, having answered the map reading question at the beginning, I spent the rest of the time drawing a combined harvester ploughing through a cornfield as my response to a question about the prairie states in the USA. Annoyingly, I managed to get a Grade 7 for this when 1-6 was a pass.

I duly started in the Labs at I.C.I. and took up part time study up to graduate level, ONC, HNC and GRIC over the next 8 years. At the same time I was living very close to the old asylum in Huddersfield and got involved in the local Mind group, developing day services and supported accommodation for people coming out of the hospital. We also organised day trips to various parts and occasionally brought back the same number of people that we had set out with. I also got very interested in the anti-psychiatry movement at the time (this was the 1970s!), particularly the work of Thomas Szasz and Ronnie Laing and got involved in a group called People not Psychiatry (PNP). As part of this a group approximately 12 of us tried to support a young man with a diagnosis of manic depression to avoid him being admitted to hospital as he regularly had been. So, during a manic phase, we stayed with him over a period of 3 to 4 weeks, taking turns to be with him, and interestingly his mania diminished to a point when hospitalisation was no longer necessary. It was however an exhausting and stressful episode all round.

After 10 years at I.C.I. I fancied a change so took voluntary redundancy to go and study for a degree in Behavioural Sciences at Huddersfield Poly, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and then undertook a Sabbatical year for the Students Union as Vice President (Welfare) at the end of my course. I also met and married my current wife towards the end of my degree.

I then decided I’d like to work in Mental Health so went off to Birmingham University to undertake a Masters degree in Social Work. Whilst taking the course I also was living in a therapeutic community in Kenilworth where my wife was employed as a teacher and carrying out some voluntary work for the Citizens Advice Bureau in Coventry.

On completion of the course in Birmingham I applied for and got my first job as a Mental Health Social Worker in Trafford, moved into my current house in Chorlton and our first child was born 2 weeks after we moved in. I became an Approved Social Worker (now AMHP), Community MH Team Manager and after 7 years applied for and got the MH Service Manager post in Rochdale, overseeing all the MH and Drug and Alcohol services in Rochdale. Then for about 10 years I was jointly employed by the NHS and Local Authority in Rochdale as the Senior Commissioning Manager for MH and Drug and Alcohol services, overseeing all the contracts and services that were in place. This was where my first formal contact with Rochdale Mind occurred as I held the contracts with them for the Local Authority and Primary Care Trust.  During my time commissioning I endeavoured to lift the profile of the voluntary sector and managed to shift the budgetary position of 93% being spent on the specialist MH Trust to one where the number of voluntary organisations providing services lifted from 4 to 18 and the spend on the specialist trust dropped to 87% of the budget.

Having spent many years trying to build up and improve services, when the austerity measures from 2010 became apparent I took voluntary early retirement as the thought of overseeing the demise of many of the services I had helped to build up was too distressing to bear. At the time I was undertaking part time work for the Mental Health Act Commission and continued this work when the Commission became part of the newly formed CQC. On retirement I also began to work for the Mental Health Review Tribunal and joined the Board of Rochdale Mind as a Trustee. I still work part time for CQC and the Tribunal service and after a couple of years as a Trustee became Chair of Rochdale Mind.

In and amongst all this I had two more children although all three are now grown up and living and working away. Interestingly my two daughters have both gravitated towards work in Mental Health despite showing little interest in my work over the years, which just goes to show the unwitting influence we have within families.    

With regard to my motivation for joining the Board I have been a member of Mind, and its predecessor the NAMH, for more than 40 years and as I mentioned above was involved as a volunteer in the 1970s. I firmly believe that Mind and the voluntary sector more broadly contribute far more than is acknowledged to people with mental health issues and, during my working life have tried to maximise the contribution of the sector. I joined the Board as I felt I had something to offer in terms of improving MH services in Rochdale and District, and took on the role of chair after being asked to by other Board members to do so. I enjoy my involvement as it keeps my brain ticking over and I enjoy the ongoing contact with other Board members, staff, volunteers and service users. It also feels very positive being associated with an organisation with appropriate values.


Keith Marsland - Vice Chair

Married to Carol for 46 years with 3 sons and currently 5 Grandchildren. I was born and raised in Denton on the outskirts of Greater Manchester and attended the local Junior and Secondary Modern schools. Initially, I intended to stay on at school to take formal exams but had a change of heart when an opportunity arose to apply for a technical apprenticeship with Ferranti, who at that time were one of the UK’s leading Engineering companies.

This apprenticeship together with further education, provided me with structure and a sound engineering background, that proved invaluable in subsequent years and career roles.

I remained at Ferranti for 25 years and for the main part worked in manufacturing support and management roles, encompassing production engineering, product development, and introducing and embedding innovation and technology developments. The main products were electronic components, assemblies and hardware used in Military and Defence Systems produced by Ferranti and other Defence contractors in the UK and overseas. During my final two years at Ferranti, I was seconded into the Corporate Team to work on company disposals after the company suffered a massive fraud, following the merger with a USA company, however the scale of the fraud led to the ultimate collapse and liquidation of Ferranti, and for me, redundancy.

The main highlights of my time with Ferranti were being part of a team that won a Queens Award to Industry for Innovation and working on major contracts such as the Trident II Missile programme, Eurofighter and Areane space programme. Mainly though I benefited from the knowledge and experience I gained from the various roles I had, and the diverse range of people and situations I encountered. I was also fortunate to travel throughout Europe and the USA including visits a US Naval Base in Crane Indiana, to attend sub-contractor meetings. Only in America can a Navel Base be thousands of miles from the sea.

My next employment was with Remploy where I was recruited as Technical Manager to support the development of electronics manufacturing services and capabilities. The company at this stage was moving away from their traditional markets of Textiles, Furniture and Packaging into more modern manufacturing markets. At that time Remploy had 89 sites across the UK and was a Non-Departmental Government Body of the DWP. The enterprise was funded by the commercial activity, and government grants to provide supported employment opportunities for disabled people. The company over the years went through significant restructures and business changes to adapt to developments in Government policy, a changing manufacturing landscape, and disabled groups lobbying to move away from sheltered employment to inclusion in main-stream employment. During my 17 years with the company, I held various positions from Operations Manager to General Manager and ultimately Project & Programme Director. As General Manager I had responsibility for 26 sites operating across three diverse business streams, whilst in the Programme Director role I had responsibility for all the major change programmes and strategic business priorities. Remploy was full of interesting people with a range of disabilities; however, their abilities were far greater, and I was always astounded at the way people adapted and took on the new challenges that came with each business change. What was particularly rewarding was helping and encouraging employees to fulfil their potential and move into management and technical roles and see the benefits of more diverse management teams. Ultimately the Government made the decision to close the factories and focus on expanding the Employment Services part of the organisation, and the sites closed in 2013.

The main highlights of my time with Remploy were winning the Association for Project Management (APM) Programme of the Year 2009 (The Remploy Modernisation Programme) and meeting the Queen when she opened our new Acton factory. I also fulfilled my ambition to study and gain a degree with the OU in Manufacturing Management & Technology.

I was fortunate to be able to take early retirement but was unsure if I could go from having a busy working life, leaving home on a Monday, and returning at the end of the week, to winding down and being at home. That did not happen, I was given a long list of jobs that needed doing in the house and that, combined with the opportunity to travel anywhere at any time, meant I did not dwell too much on seeking further employment. However, I did decide to get involved with Charities and at various times over the past 9 years have worked with SSAFA as a case worker, Trustee at Shared Lives in Stockport, Trustee and Chair at TLC (was Relate Greater Manchester South), Treasurer at Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society and here at Rochdale and District Mind at a Trustee and Deputy Chair. In these roles I have and continue to meet dedicated and talented people who are achieving great things and striving to make change happen.    

My interests outside of work are sport mainly football, reading and travel. When I was at school it was normal to take part in a wide range of sport, so I was a member of the football, rugby cricket and athletics teams. After leaving school I played amateur football at an exceptionally low level, until a broken leg at the age of 26, finished any hopes of following in George Best’s footsteps. I have always believed that team sports are excellent for developing physical and mental health and for developing structure and friendships. I therefore encouraged my sons to take up sport, and consequently I spend many years involved in youth football, as my sons were growing up and playing. Unfortunately, they like me, did not quite have the necessary genes or skills to go further. Amongst the more interesting things I have been fortunate to do, was to have been allowed to spend several hours on the flight simulators at Delta Airlines in America and to have successfully take off and landed at Las Vegas and Atlanta but failed catastrophically at New York and Washington.     

In summary my main personal achievement is that of having sound personal relationships, a great family and seeing them grow and flourish and have families of their own. In respect of work-related achievements, I have been fortunate to be part of some incredible teams that, although working in different environments and being focused on achieving different objectives, all had the same characteristics of combining key skills and experience, but having the special ingredient of containing people who naturally worked well together, supported each other in achieving success, but also managing to overcome difficulties by maintaining a sense of humour, and jointly finding a way through.  



Kate Davies-Poole – Trustee

I am from Shaw in Oldham and went to primary and secondary school there and I now live in Lees.  I was never interested in education and disliked the whole experience frankly!  I left school after one year doing A-levels, which I kind of fell in to as I was quite poorly when I sat my GCSE’s and for the whole summer afterwards.

After one year of studying towards A-levels and working part time at a taxi firm, I got myself a Modern Apprenticeship and worked at a haulage firm in Royton.  I found that that didn’t really suit me either and left there to go and work in the legal department of a large company in Manchester.

I spent the next 15 years with that company, working my way up from General Office Administrator to Office Manager.  I loved my time there and met many wonderful colleagues, some of whom I am still in touch with.  I had a brief six month change of job during that time, I went to a private law firm in Manchester, hated the cut throat nature of private practice, and went back to my previous job.

Whilst at this company, I trained as a counsellor part time and qualified at 29.  It turns out I like education when I get to choose when and how!  My training was a fabulous experience once I had found the right college after a false start at one.  I worked full time, studied part time and worked at two voluntary jobs part time for around 3 years – I was super busy but super satisfied!

I realised that it was not sustainable so once I was qualified I dropped down to working full time at the legal department and doing voluntary counselling part time at a mental health charity in Longsight, Manchester.

In 2013 I got married to Craig after being together for 15 years and engaged for about 8 years – it was amazing!  I had never wanted all the attention that comes with a wedding but on Christmas Eve Eve in 2012, we were sat wrapping gifts together and I said ‘hey, should we get married next year?’ and Craig said ‘yeah!’ – we made it what we wanted and we loved it.

In 2014/15, after several structural changes within the business that I worked, I was made redundant from my ‘day job’ which left me reeling for a long time.  I took a break from everything in my life.  As I healed, I decided to concentrate fully on my counselling practice.

I continued to do voluntary counselling, after a year off, but soon found out that the charity I was working with was not being managed well and years of funding cuts had left it in tatters.  My experience with my redundancy led me to realise that it was not a safe place for me to be any longer and I decided, with a heavy heart, it was time for me to leave.

After this, I was taking stock of my experiences and an old colleague suggested I look at trustee work.  I researched this a little and decided that I would like to go back to a mental health charity and found that Rochdale and District Mind were looking for a new trustee!  I was very nervous and excited to start this new journey.

I have continued to build a private practice in counselling and I love what I do.  I have worked with lots of clients from different backgrounds and different experiences.  I have worked with some trainee counsellors as they start their own journey.  Importantly to me, I am a counsellor but I am also a client.  I have experienced my own pain and issues and I continue to do so – I am human.  I continue to grow and learn every day.

I feel honoured to be part of the team here at Rochdale and District Mind.  I feel I gain as much as I give – being part of a team again means the world to me and to know that what I do can be helping is awesome.  I have so much respect for all of the staff, volunteers, service users and fellow trustees.

I am sure there is more to me than what is written on this page, and if anyone wants to get in touch please do feel free to grab my contact details from someone in the management team within the office.


Paul Sinclair – Trustee

I’m a father, marketer, music-lover, and most recently a Rochdale and District Mind Trustee!

My home is Chester, where my wife grew up. I was born in London, home for me until moving to North Wales as a teenager, and before heading back to the Capital after graduating from Lancaster University. My son was born in London (now aged 8) and my younger daughter (now 6) was born in Germany. Me and my wife have been together for almost 15 years.

My kids preoccupy most of my spare time, much of which is playing board games, embarking on min-adventures and learning karate together. In my own time, I’m usually found listening to music, taking photos, or badly attempting DIY – and when possible, I’m at a music gig, festival or the cinema.

My career plan was to study design, however I ended up heading to university to read Geography before making a last-minute change to focus on Marketing! Having always enjoyed being creative and following advertising, it was the perfect choice and has led to over 20 years of me working in the industry. I’ve been lucky to work for some big brands including Coca-Cola, Lloyds Banking Group and Adidas – with the latter involving a small stint abroad where my daughter was born.

Two years ago, I joined Zen and am now their Marketing Director. And it is there where I was introduced to Rochdale and District Mind. I’ve had an interest in mental health for many years, beginning from when I was approached by team members and colleagues who needed support, which at the time I was unable or not confident in giving. I trained as a mental health first-aider and joined company network groups to play a more proactive role in supporting others and promoting well-being.

I’m proud to be part of the Rochdale and District Mind family and have been incredibly impressed with its people and their commitment to the local community. I hope my interest, along with experience in marketing, business strategy and people development, will enable us to go from strength to strength.  



Ryan Orchard - Trustee

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Sue Adamson - Trustee

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Elizabeth (Iz) Powell - Trustee

Hello! My name is Iz, I am 23 and one of the newest members of the Trustee Board at Rochdale and District Mind. I currently living in Disley with my parents, hamster Daisy, and goldfish Bubbles (original, I know).

I grew up in Romiley, Stockport where I lived, worked and studied for 18 years. Whilst studying for my A-Levels in 2015, I started working at the clothes store ‘FatFace’ in the Trafford Centre. I loved working here! I made so many friends, learnt so much about what it meant to actually work and have a job, and had a constant stream of new clothes at a cracking 75% discount – bonus! In 2016, I moved to York to study Christian Theology at York St John University. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my career and thought I would stay at FatFace full time and work my way up to management. I dabbled with the idea of training as a vicar, Youth Leader and teacher but decided I was grappling at straws and never had much real interest in these paths. After I graduated university, I continued to work at FatFace (now in my 4th year) whilst looking for more full-time, substantial work when I came across a Fundraising position with a sight loss charity in York city centre. I applied, was successful and starting working there in December 2019 alongside FatFace – both were part time. Around the same time, my mental health became very poor. I have had anxiety and panic attacks since I was in primary school, and occasionally get the odd flare up where things become quite challenging for no apparent reason. I moved back in with my parents in February 2020, left my job at FatFace and continued to work for the charity by driving the 2.5 hour commute to York every day – exhausting! We all know what happened after that… COVID! I was furloughed from my job as Fundraiser, and spent the next 4 months doing what everyone else was doing… making banana bread, watching Tiger King on Netflix and complaining about how hot it was! Despite all the odds, I also met my partner Henry. We have been together almost 2 years now, and are currently saving to buy our first home together. In December 2020, I was offered the job as Fundraiser at Walthew House, a sight and hearing loss charity in Stockport, 20 minutes up the road from my house rather than 2.5 hours! I really enjoy working here and as a result, am also learning my Level 2 in British Sign Language. Working for Walthew House has really opened my eyes to the charity world, how important charities are, how valuable the support they offer is and also the important roles of Trustees and volunteers. About 5 months after working at Walthew House, I decided I wanted to become a Trustee for a charity who were doing work I was really passionate and knowledgeable about and then, lo and behold, I saw the position at Mind advertised – I couldn’t believe it. This particular role asked for candidates with some Fundraising knowledge so I thought I had a good chance of being accepted, I wanted to offer my skills and expertise wherever I could and in any capacity which helped the charity complete their amazing work. I have always seen myself as a sort of advocate for mental health, wanting people to know how to access help, to not feel alone, to know that what they are feeling is OK and to help fight the stigma that unfortunately mental health has. I knew the work of Mind already, having volunteered for them when I lived in York, and already supporting them financially too. Although I am new to the Board, I am excited, expectant and ready to join the team who are fighting to level the playing field for people with mental health problems, in any way I can contribute.


Sam Davys - Trustee

Hello! I’m Sam, born in Oldham, but now live in Middleton. I am the Early Careers Manager at TalkTalk, which is based in Salford, Greater Manchester.

I love my job, every day is different, really varied, and mainly consists of supporting people to start, or develop in their career by taking on new qualifications through the apprenticeship scheme, providing opportunities within TalkTalk for local students who are studying at university or college, and creating placements for young people to get their first step on the corporate ladder.

My career hasn’t always been in this field though. I started out finishing my A-levels at Oldham Sixth Form, and moving to Liverpool to study a degree in Dance! They were the best few years of my life but I had no idea what I wanted to do once I left. I became a Zumba instructor during my time at uni and wanted to set up my own classes for students, so got involved in the student union and set up my own society. It was through my work there, that I was approached in my final year of uni that I should consider running in the annual elections to become a Vice President for Activities, which is a full time paid position, where you are elected by the student body to represent their views and lobby the university to create a better experience for students. This was so far from what I thought I would want to do, or be good at! But I just went for it and was lucky enough to be elected. I also went on to re-run the following year to be President, and it was in this year I was a governor of the university, a trustee of the student union, set the strategy for the organisation, and was put on a qualification in Coaching and Mentoring. 

Those 2 years gave me so much exposure and learnings, and really put me on a path where I knew I wanted to help people and develop them. I loved working with people and the qualification helped guide me into a career in learning and development. The university kindly put me on a HR qualification as I was leaving, to support me in getting my foot in the door, and I secured my first role in L&D. Over the next few years I did similar jobs in a number of different industries, retail, law, health and safety, and all roles consisted of delivering various training courses, working with teams to develop them to be better, inducting new colleagues into business and setting up mentoring programmes.  

I am really passionate about helping people, whether that be in or out of work. Over the pandemic when our worlds dramatically changed, and seeing how communities came together to support each other, I was inspired to do something new, in a voluntary capacity and give back in some way, but at the same time find a way to continue to develop myself. I came across the position of a trustee at Rochdale Mind, and thought it completely aligned with what I was looking for. Mental Health affects so many of us, and a lot of people close to me. I thought if I could contribute in some way to a fantastic organisation who helps improve people’s lives which is something I’m passionate about, and at the same time continue to learn and develop my skills then it was a no brainer. I was officially appointed as a trustee in October 2021 so I am early into my tenure but already I’ve been blown away by the work the charity does, the team and all the volunteers who work tirelessly to support people. I feel proud to be part of it and hope I can add value in the future.


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