Our Management Team ensures the direction and strategy set by our Board of Trustees is implemented effectively for the benefit of the users of our services. Between them they have many years of experience in delivering mental health services, running charitable organisations and working closely with socially excluded groups.
Linda Bryant, Interim Chief Executive
Linda was appointed interim Chief Executive in March 2018 and is leading Together whilst the recruitment of a new, permanent Chief Executive continues.
Linda first joined the organisation 16 years ago as a frontline Forensic Mental Health Practitioner and became Director of Criminal Justice Services at Together in 2014, joining our senior management team. She has a 25 year history of working in the voluntary and community sector overall.
Linda has worked as a practitioner with people with mental health, personality disorder and complex needs since 1992 – in settings ranging from medium secure units to assertive outreach in the community.
During her time at Together, Linda has led the growth of our portfolio of criminal justice mental health services. Under her leadership, Together is now seen as an expert in the field of Liaison and Diversion and has become the leading provider of this service in the voluntary and community sector.
Linda has also pioneered Together’s Pathways models of intensive intervention approaches for people with complex and multiple needs.
As a registered Forensic Psychologist, she has also brought her skills and expertise to support the wider organisation in working alongside our service users.
Linda is a member of a number of national networks and groups, including the advisory panel for the review of the Mental Health Act and the Reducing Re-Offending Third Sector Advisory Group (RR3).
Angela Newton, Director of Service User Involvement
During this time Angela has worked alongside service users to develop a strong collective voice to guide the development, delivery and evaluation of mental health services.
Angela has served as a trustee for Rochdale Borough Wide User Forum, established an award winning service user led training programme and served as the Chair of Interrelate, an international coalition of service user leaders. Angela was also a member of the National Involvement Partnership’s Advisory Group tasked with establishing the 4PI National Service User Involvement Standards. She has worked in partnership with a range of voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations to provide specialist advice and guidance about service user involvement, leadership and peer support. Angela also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Voluntary Sector Management.
Her own lived experience of mental health issues enables her to truly understand the complexities of mental health service user leadership. She firmly believes that people’s lived experience should lead mental health services in every way, and is committed to enabling this to happen through her work at Together.
Liam Cole, Head of Human Resources
Liam has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources having started his career in the Civil Service. Liam first moved into the third sector in 2000, and held various HR roles at leading charities, including Parkinson’s UK and Action for Children, before joining Together in 2004.
Liam is responsible for Together’s HR and Learning and Development functions. As part of this he oversees employee relations, strategic and legislative planning and procedural development. Liam also heads up the management side for the Joint Negotiation and Consultation Committee.
Cashain David, Director of Operations and Development
With a background of 15 years in management and development of services for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities, including providing specialist services to people from ethnic minorities, Cashain brings his knowledge and experience of cultural competence, recreational therapy, community sports development and culturally appropriate therapies to Together.
He has worked in the areas of sports development, supported housing and community based mental health services.
Andy is an experienced Senior Manager having worked within Third Sector Mental Health Services for over 16 years, both in the UK and overseas.
During his time at Together he has managed and developed a wide range of services including Registered Care, Supported Accommodation, Recovery houses, Peer-led Services and Floating Support services.
Within the Corporate Management Team Andy’s primary responsibilities currently focus on developing new services including Together’s Clinical and Recovery Focused Accommodation Service for people who have experienced severe mental distress.
Richard Eley, Interim Director of Resources
Richard is the Director of Resources, with responsibility for Financial Management, Financial Services, Property Oversight, Facilities, IT and Company Secretarial.
A graduate qualified Chartered Accountant, he has been a Board-level Finance Director for 27 years in the Health sector (Foundation Trust, Trust and Health Authorities), University sector (including the Further Education College Sector) and Charitable Sector.
For the past six years, Richard has worked as an Interim Finance Director in health organisations across these sectors.