We have an outstanding team of Board Members with a wide variety of skills, knowledge and sector experience to ensure we carry on delivering great services and commitment to our clients and partners.

Dr Linda Harris OBE

Chief Executive

A former Wakefield General Practitioner and Clinical Director, Linda has championed the needs of vulnerable people for over 15 years. Linda is a trustee of Spectrum People, Fellow and Medical Director of Substance Misuse and Associated Health for the RCGP. At the end of 2020, Linda was awarded an OBE for her services to the NHS.

Sharon Hardcastle

Director of Finance and Resources

Sharon is a qualified accountant under the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Before joining Spectrum, Sharon was Chief Financial Officer for WDCHS and along with managing the £55 million budget for the community services of Wakefield, she also led the due diligence process under the transforming community services agenda. Prior to this role, Sharon had 13 years NHS finance experience, ranging from provider services finance to commissioning finance, including Primary Medical Services contacts for the Wakefield GPs.

Debbie Ward

Director of Operations (North West)

Debbie began her career as a Nursing Assistant before becoming a qualified Occupational Therapist. She has a strong clinical background and worked for many years in the field of forensic mental health. Debbie also studied for a BSc in Health Sciences, MA in Criminology and an MBA and became Lead Associate Director at Leeds Mental Health Trust, managing specialist mental health services. Prior to joining Spectrum, Debbie worked as Chief Operating Officer in an NHS Commissioning Support Unit.

Mandy Philbin

Director Nursing and Quality Assurance

Mandy brings a wealth of experience in the NHS that spans both commissioning and provision and joins us from her role as one of the Chief Nurses supporting the Integrated Care System in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw. There, she championed and led on supporting Care Homes during COVID-19 and worked to ensure transformation work focus on addressing health inequalities and quality outcomes.

Julie Hall

Director of HR & Organisational Development

Julie has worked in HR for over 20 years, in roles in local authorities before joining the NHS in 2015. Her professional background has always been in the public sector, and she’s passionate about healthcare and the services we support.

Susie Maguire

Director of Operations (North East)

Susie is an experienced nurse and director of over 30 years, covering private sector, social enterprise, NHS and Third Sector. In the last five years, Susie successfully worked as Director of Operations, Quality & Safety, and Deputy CEO in another health & social care charity, delivering substance misuse, mental health, learning disability and homeless services, leading significant transformational changes.

As Spectrum’s Director of Operations in the North East since April 2021, Susie leads the region’s Silver command and is a member of Gold command. She is also responsible for the North East prisons, HMP Full Sutton, the Liaison & Diversion Service and Community Substance Misuse. Susie is no stranger to Spectrum, previously working on the transition of HMP & YOI Styal to the organisation in early 2013, and later holding the mantle as the interim Head of Healthcare at Styal.

Roger Grasby

Chair and Non-Executive Director.

A long-term resident of Wakefield, Roger holds a number of positions within the district. He is Chair of NHS Wakefield District, a member of the West Yorkshire Police Authority, a Justice of the Peace and a non-legal member of the Employment Tribunal. He is also a representative on the Members’ Council for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Roger has been Non-Executive Director at a number of organisations, including the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, the former West Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority and the Wakefield and Pontefract Community Health NHS Trust. He was the Chief Executive of the North Yorkshire Training and Enterprise Council from
1990 to 1999.

Kevin Robinson

Non-Executive Director

Kevin is an experienced leader and Board member who is a former CEO of Lancashire Probation Trust and is currently a Non Executive Director with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust where he Chairs Performance and Planning, Transformation, Infection Control and he is Northern regional Chair for Organ Donation.
During his 30yr Probation career he operated at every level from an assistant in a hostel to Chief Executive experiencing a multitude of behavioural challenges from offenders and structural reforms imposed by government.

He is an avid charity fund raiser, a coach of an U16 rugby team and an enthusiastic walker and cyclist.

Alison Holbourn

Non-Executive Director

Alison has a distinguished career in healthcare and has worked in a variety of roles since the 1980s, including primary and community care management, regulation and consultancy. She was formerly the Deputy Chief Inspector for Primary Medical Services & Integrated Care at CQC, covering the North Region and national roles in system reviews and new care models. Alison has also held academic roles at University of Manchester, Liverpool John Moores University, UCLAN, and Cass Business School.

Melvyn Ingleson

Non-Executive Director

Melvyn has enjoyed as many years running his own advisory firm, serving as an interface between private companies (in many sectors) who need to build relationships or sell services to Government or wider public sector.

He has a strong professional interest in organisational transformation enabled by digital technologies, and has supported Microsoft’s public sector business growth in recent years.

Tim Straughan

Non-Executive Director

Spectrum’s non-Executive Director, Tim Straughan, joined the Board in January 2017. Tim has a distinguished background in healthcare, and as a qualified dentist he worked in general practice and community services before training to become a Chartered Accountant. Tim has also worked in a number of senior NHS roles, including leading NHS Estates and being Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Health and Social Care Information Centre. Tim is currently working for NHS England on a range of programmes ranging from maternity to end-of-life care.

Sue White

Non-Executive Director

Sue has a broad range of experience in the healthcare sector, including policy making at the Department of Health and Social Care, and Board level responsibility in Leeds and York NHS Partnership Foundation Trust. She also worked in the Third Sector as Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Sheffield. Sue is passionate about improving opportunities for disadvantaged people, and tackling health inequalities.