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 is a UK-qualified solicitor and joined the Priory Group in 2007 as its first General Counsel. Dave leads the Legal & Compliance teams at Priory who advise on all legal, regulatory, H&S, risk management, insurance, data protection, corporate, commercial and property matters.
Dave has considerable transaction experience having worked as an M&A lawyer in the London office of Linklaters for 9 years prior to joining Priory and he has been central to the success of the Group’s acquisition programme having acted on the purchase of Affinity, Harbour Care, Peninsula, High Quality Lifestyles, New Directions, CastleCare, Lifeworks, Progress Care and Aspire.
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.
Jane Stone - Group Director of Nursing, Professional Development and Service Improvement
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.
Jane has worked in the company for almost 8 years, becoming Group DoN in 2016, and joining the Operating Board in April 2019. Jane is responsible for the team of professional heads across the group, developing and improving practice and working with other Board members to achieve the highest level of service and professional delivery.
Jane has led Nursing Revalidation, when it started 3 years ago, and our original Nursing development programme, before the Apprenticeship programme commenced. Her team also lead on Nursing preceptorship, implementing a new nursing strategy that takes into account future nurse competencies; similarly this is also happening with Allied Health Professionals, and also developing senior programmes for medical staff.
Jane is the Group Equality and Diversity lead, and our new Strategy ‘Thrive at Priory’ was launched in September 2019.
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.
Warren Irving - Chief Operating Officer - Priory Healthcare
Warren joined Priory in March 2017 as one of three Managing Directors. In October 2019 Warren was appointed as Chief Operating Officer responsible for the Healthcare Division. Warren began his career in mental health as a Healthcare Assistant some 25 year ago. He went on to obtain a degree in Psychology at the University of Bangor in Wales. After finishing his degree, Warren went on to manage hospitals across the country, more recently working as Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive for a large mental health charity. Warren’s motivation throughout his career has always been making a difference to people’s lives.
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.
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 26 years’ of consultant clinical & management experience. 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 - Group 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 as a Marketing Manager, initially focusing on the Healthcare and Education Divisions before taking on a wider remit overseeing marketing activity across the Group in 2013. Between 2015 and 2018 Matthew’s role expanded to include responsibility for Priory’s external communications activity and the management of the Customer Service Centre and Corporate Clients Teams.
Matthew has over 19 years’ experience of leading marketing and communications 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.