Trevor Torrington – Chief Executive Officer, Priory Group
Trevor became CEO of The Priory Group in 2016 after 7 years as CEO of its healthcare division. Priory runs the largest network of mental healthcare hospitals and clinics in the UK, caring for 30,000 people each year across a range of services including mental health, addictions, adult residential care, and children’s specialist education at 450 sites. Under Trevor’s leadership, the Group has strengthened its role as an inpatient provider for NHS Trusts. It successfully integrated Priory Healthcare with Partnerships in Care and opened its first overseas mental health facility (in Dubai) and its tenth Wellbeing Centre (Harley Street). In 2019 it will open its first specialist school outside the UK, in Abu Dhabi.
Trevor is also a trustee of Disability Initiative.
Nigel Myers - Group Finance Director
Nigel joined the Priory Group in September 2010 and has responsibility for the day to day operation of the finance function.
Nigel is a chartered accountant, having qualifed with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1991. Since leaving PwC in 1996 he has held a number of senior finance roles, most recently as finance director in a small private equity backed company.
Dave Hall - General Counsel and Company Secretary
Dave Hall joined the Priory Group in November 2007 as the first General Counsel of the Priory Group. Dave’s primary responsibilities include overseeing and managing the execution of all corporate development projects and he is a director of a number of Priory development companies.
Dave is also responsible for structuring the Group’s insurance programme with Priory’s brokers, and overseeing the conduct of all malpractice and personal injury claims against the Priory Group. Before joining Priory, Dave was in private practice with Linklaters for nine years during which time he acted on a number of major corporate transactions.
CIO & Director of Corporate Services
Tina Walton joined Priory in May 2008 with a mandate to migrate all IT services to an integrated in-house platform and to upgrade the Group’s IT systems to be ‘best in class”.
Tina’s main responsibilities are to develop the strategy, provide leadership and governance for the departments delivering Corporate Services covering Information Technology, People Services, Estates and Facilities Management. In addition she is also responsible for oversight of major corporate programmes, projects and business transformation that includes acquisition integration, IT system procurement, Estates portfolio opportunities and improvements, together with identifying and delivering major operational and cultural changes across the business.
During her career she has amassed over 25 years’ experience of managing large scale systems and infrastructure implementations and 8 years of delivering M&A integration programmes within the care sector. Before joining Priory Tina was previously Operations Manager for a software house supplying services to the Care Sector.
Alex Ryan - Group Director of Business Development
Alex joined Priory Healthcare as a Business Development Manager in 2011 and moved into the role of Service Development Director for Healthcare in 2016. In January 2019 Alex was appointed to the role of Group Director of Business Development and is responsible for looking after Business Development and Strategic Growth. This department works to manage Priory’s reputation, protect its core bed base, drive strategic development of services and maximise service occupancy through referrer engagement, service promotion and referral management. Before joining the Priory Alex was a solicitor in London specialising in dispute resolution.
Karen Langton - Group HR Director
Karen joined Priory Group in 2015 as the HR Director for the Healthcare division, after working for gategroup a global airline catering, retail on-board and equipment solutions provider where she progressed her HR operational career.
Karen is CIPD qualified and is responsible for the operational HR teams (including recruitment), learning & development, internal communications and the central HR functions.
Rebekah Cresswell - Chief Operating Officer, Priory Adult Care
Rebekah joined Priory Group in November 2012 working as Director of Quality in Priory Healthcare for four years. During this time, she set up systems and processes, governance structures, strategically driven continuous quality improvement, led on safeguarding, H&S, regulation, patient safety, risk, audit & policies to ensure the delivery of high quality services to patients. She moved to the Group Wide role of Director of Performance and Regulation in January 2017 to drive improvement and lead on regulation interfacing with the 7 regulators across Healthcare, Education and Adult Social Care. In March 2018, she moved to Priory Adult Care full time as Chief Operating Officer to be responsible for service delivery, ensuring the people we support and care for reach their potential and enjoy their lives.
Rebekah joined Priory from NHS North West where she was Assistant Director of Clinical Quality & Patient Safety, where she led on Child Safeguarding CQUIN and CQC, with oversight of quality & safety for Greater Manchester. This included monitoring QPIs, responding to serious incidents, supporting Trusts experiencing quality issues, assessing and helping prepare organisations for Foundation Trust Status.
Andy Cobley - Chief Operating Officer, Priory Education and Children’s Services
Andy has worked within the field of Special Education for over 25 years holding a number of senior positions within Priory including founding Principal North Hill House, Operations Director, Project Director and Director of Strategy. He joined the Priory Group in 1996 and has been responsible for running, overseeing and opening new schools and provisions throughout the UK. This included scoping and implementing new services under the Government Innovations Programme working with children with long term mental health, care and special educational needs. Latterly he has been working with the Government and colleagues in the UAE to open the first Priory School for Autism in Abu Dhabi. He is a qualified teacher, with Masters Degrees in the Psychology of Education, specialising in Autistic Spectrum Condition, and Educational Research. He is also a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.
Gair Stott - Chief Operating Officer - Priory Healthcare
Gair was appointed COO in March 2019 following a 9 years spell with the priory group. He previously held posts of Managing Director & Operations Director. Gair has over 30 years’ experience in unit and multi-site operational management in both the private healthcare and hospitality sectors. He has managed hospitals both in the surgical and mental health sectors. Throughout his career Gair has worked with major brands in both sectors including; Priory, BUPA , General Healthcare , Marriott and Holiday Inn. Gair has been in the HealthCare sector since 1997.
Jane Stone - Group Director of Quality, Nursing and Professional Development
Jane has worked for the Priory Group for over 5 years in a variety of roles, and became Group Director of Nursing in January 2016.
Before joining the Priory Jane worked in Mental Health and Learning Disability services in the National Health Service in the South of England in Senior management and Board level positions. Since moving into this role, Jane has led the introduction of Nurse revalidation across the group, the Healthcare Assistant Scholarship Programme, and developing the Group Nursing Strategy, and all this entails.
Rick Driscoll - Group Medical Director
Rick became Group Medical Director in December 2016. He joined the Group in 2003 as a consultant forensic & rehabilitation psychiatrist. Previously within the Group he has been a site medical director and the service line clinical director for forensic and locked rehabilitation services.
Rick has interests in forensic rehabilitation & recovery, along with outcome measures & service development. He has more than 23 years’ clinical and management experience as a consultant. Before working with Priory Healthcare, he had held three NHS consultant posts. The first was in community and general adult psychiatry in Gloucester, where he was the lead consultant for the PICU and became lead consultant for adult mental health. This was followed by posts in secure and rehabilitation psychiatry in West London & then Bristol where he opened the low secure rehabilitation service.
Jim Lee - Group Tax Director
Jim joined the Priory Group in February 2011 as Group Tax Director and has responsibility for the management of the Group’s tax affairs, its relationship with HMRC, tax compliance and reporting and providing tax advice on acquisitions, restructurings and other transactions.
Before joining Priory, Jim was in private practice with Deloitte for over ten years. During this time he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser, specialising in corporate tax and transaction support, with a particular focus on the healthcare sector.
David Watts - Director of Safety
David is a registered mental health nurse with experience of managing community mental health teams. He is now more involved in patient safety.
David has spent time working in a variety of patient safety-related roles and latterly worked at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, overseeing incidents and serious incidents reported across the trust.
David joined the Priory Group in December 2012. His brief is to ensure that serious incidents, complaints and claims are effectively reported, investigated and to ensure that any lessons learnt are shared and improvements made.
Clair Dunn - IT Director
Clair joined the Priory Group in May 2008 as part of the initial team that migrated the IT Services into the Priory Group.
Clair is a Batchelor of Education (BEd Hons) and taught for many years before embarking on a career change into IT. She has over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry, having worked her way up from an initial IT field engineer position at British Aerospace. Previous to joining in 2008, Clair worked for a large software house providing systems to the Healthcare sector and worked with companies such as Bupa, Nestor, Four Seasons and Care UK.
Matthew Atherton - Group Director of Marketing and Communications
Matthew joined the Priory Group in April 2012, initially focusing on the Healthcare and Education Divisions before assuming a wider remit covering marketing activity across the Group. Matthew has over 16 years’ experience of leading marketing strategy across a diverse range of organisations including specialist healthcare, regeneration and education service providers.
Before joining Priory, Matthew held a number of marketing and communications positions in the NHS, latterly focusing on a Department of Health-funded programme of behaviour change campaigns, and supporting newly-formed NHS Provider Trusts to embed commercially-focused strategic marketing approaches across the new landscape of healthcare service delivery.
Mark Wilson - Group Commercial Director
Mark joined the Priory Group in July 2011 and has responsibility for a range of commercial activities within Priory, including leading on contract and price negotiations with NHS, local authority and other commissioners.
Mark is a chartered accountant, having qualified with KPMG in 1991. He has over twenty years’ experience working in the Health and Social Care Sector, holding a number of senior finance and commercial roles in that time.
Gary Bradley – Group Director of Estates and Facilities Management
Gary joined Priory Group in May 2014 as a Project Manager in the Healthcare Division. Following a brief stint as Programme Manager, he moved to Adult Care where he took up the role of Operations Director for a year. Gary returned to Healthcare in April 2018 as Director of Projects, and was appointed to his current role in June 2019. His team oversees all Estates related issues, including associated projects.
Prior to joining Priory Group, Gary served for 20 years in the UK military. He has a Masters in International Liaison and Communication.