Gillian Bishop

Gillian Bishop

Chief Executive

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Gillian’s responsibility is to provide inspiration, support and leadership to the organisations team and members. As a member owned and led organisation, her responsibility is to ensure that all of our members, the 41 local authorities and 2 combined authorities have access to the support, advice and guidance they require so that they can provide their best support to their communities.

Prior to her role at North West Employers, Gillian has worked in various Chief Executive & Corporate Director roles within Local Government and at one time, worked as an associate for North West Employers supporting leadership development and executive coaching activity.

Gillian’s favourite pastime out of work: Being active with her family; swimming, walking and skiing.

Gillian’s favourite life quote: ‘’Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breathe away’’

An interesting fact about Gillian: She was one of the youngest Local Authority Chief Executives in the country, and is a volunteer swimming teacher for her local swimming club.

Contact Gillian- Email: gillianb@nwemployers.org.uk / Tel: 07766 492 286

Sharon Senior

Sharon Senior

Director Membership

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As Director for Membership, Sharon is passionate about making sure that we understand what our members want and that we add real value to the work that our members do. Working with the Chief Executive and Leadership Team, Sharon provides leadership and direction to the organisation and is the sub-regional lead for Cumbria and North Lancashire.

Before joining North West Employers in 2013, Sharon spent 10 years in the public sector where she specialised in Organisational Development and before that she worked in the private sector, giving her a good grounding in leadership and management and sparking her interest in learning and development. Her particular areas of focus now include Councillor Development and Leadership Development.

Sharon’s favourite pastime out of work: Sharon loves her holidays and the excitement of exploring new places.

Sharon’s favourite life quote: ‘’Live for the moments you can’t put into words’’

An interesting fact about Sharon: At three years old, Sharon sparked a police hunt after hiding in the back of her Mums car and falling asleep.

Contact Sharon- Email: sharons@nwemployers.org.uk / Tel: 07824 140 269

Keith Power

Keith Power

Director Specialist

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At North West Employers Keith is the lead on workforce and employment issues. Keith’s background is in HR leadership, Commercial and local government regulation.

Keith’s favourite pastime out of work: Training to be a grandad.

Keith’s favourite life quote: ‘’You are either NOW, HERE or NOWHERE’’

An interesting fact about Keith: He once worked at Liverpool Football Club.

Contact Keith- Email: keithp@nwemployers.org.uk / Tel: 07827 941 344

Alana Spencer

Alana Spencer

Membership Lead

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Alana gained her initial experience in sales, marketing & event management within the hospitality industry; building on these skills within her role at North West Employers.

Within her role at North West Employers, Alana works to ensure that you get the most out of your membership, continually improving our offer to meet the needs of the North West.

Alana’s favourite pastime out of work: Having any kind of fun with friends & family.

Alana’s favourite life quote: ‘‘Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope’’

An interesting fact about Alana: Alana shares the exact same birthday as her little sister. She has finally got over the audacity of having somebody steal the limelight on her 18th birthday!

Contact Alana- Email: alanas@nwemployers.org.uk / Tel: 0161 214 7117 

Andrew Manson

Andrew Manson

Principal Adviser – Employee Relations and Employment Law

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Andrew began his career in HR with the Royal mail in the 1980s. He has also worked in the FE sector and joined North West Employers in 1998. He holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and a MA in Human Resource Management.

Andrew’s main role with North West Employers is to advise local authorities and other member organisations on local government conditions of service, teachers’ pay, HR practice and procedure, and general employment law issues.

Andrew’s favourite pastime out of work: Countryside dog walking and trying to keep fit.

Andrew’s favourite life quote: ‘’No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy’’

An interesting fact about Andrew: Aged only 8, Andrew came second in a department store Dr Who competition.

Contact Andrew- Email: andrewm@nwemployers.org.uk / Tel: 0161 214 7114

Kash Haroon

Kash Haroon

Director Consultancy

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Kash is a passionate development practitioner with 20 years’ experience in leading Organisational Development services within local government, charities and various other communities that believe in the positive power of wellbeing and sustainable change in the workplace.

At North West Employers his role is to work with organisations and their leaders, encouraging them to be the best they can be whilst ensuring that we create and maintain positive relationships across the North West.

Kash’s favourite pastime out of work: Kash derives great pleasure in listening to various podcasts; finding weird and wonderful development content to absorb and reflect on in order to implement learnings in his personal and professional life.

Kash’s favourite life quote: “Words matter, and so does attitude: make your point without bringing somebody down in the same breath.”

An interesting fact about Kash: He has also been a co-founder of a hair accessory business since 2012.

Contact Kash- Email: kashh@nwemployers.org.uk / Tel: 07774 154318

Pat Wilson

Pat Wilson

Consultancy Lead

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Pat leads on commercial programmes and consultancy work within the team. She is passionate about learning and development and loves helping our membership organisations, and the wider public sector, in finding the right solutions and interventions to support their staff.

Pat is the longest serving member of staff and has seen the organisation evolve over time to keep pace with the many changes and challenges our sectors face. Most people join public services to make a difference, and I’m pleased to say, I think we’ve achieved this, and I’m glad to be a part of it.

Pat’s favourite pastime out of work: Pat’s favourite pastime is spending it with her family, especially with her first grandson, Sonny. She also loves spending time at her second home in Spain (with and without the family!).

Pat’s favourite life quote: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough!”

An interesting fact about Pat: Many moons ago, she sang on stage at the Manchester Apollo with Adele. Pat’s also done a parachute jump and abseiled down a very tall building!!

Contact Pat- Email: patw@nwemployers.org.uk / Tel: 0161 214 7103

Lindsay Ponsillo

Lindsay Ponsillo

Consultancy Lead

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As Consultancy lead Lindsay is driven to ensure clients receive the support and development they are looking for and help shape their organisation to become best in class service provider for their communities and teams. Her particular areas of focus include The Life as a Councillor Programme and Management Essentials.

Lindsay is a CIM qualified marketeer and before joining North West Employers she spent time as marketing consultant and worked in the private sector for over 30 years. Her speciality is driving offers and value programmes that will help our local authority clients flourish in the fields of how we operate in today’s evolving world to be effective and responsible employers of choice.

Lindsay’s favourite pastime out of work: Spending time with family, friends (post COVID). And staying fit and healthy with circuits and yoga.

Lindsay’s favourite life quote: ‘’The biggest risk in life is not to take any risk’’.

An interesting fact about Lindsay: During a previous work assignment to understand transport customers better she drove a HGV in the Netherlands.

Contact Lindsay – Email: lindsayp@nwemployers.org.uk / Tel: 0161 214 7105

Elizabeth Cau

Elizabeth Cau

Shared Services Assistant Director

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Elizabeth is responsible for managing quality services within North West Employers. Working strategically across the business to deliver the best possible products and services to our members and all customers. Taking a lead for a range of shared services including business and financial planning, governance, internal talent, OD and people management.

Elizabeth has over 25 years of managerial and leadership experience, versed in managing change and developing a strong team. Elizabeth has a passion for coaching and has a proven track record of getting the best out of her people.

Elizabeth’s favourite pastime out of work: Walking her dog and hiking.

Elizabeth’s favourite life quote: ‘’Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain’’

An interesting fact about Elizabeth: At 4 years old, Elizabeth climbed Snowden and at the time, was one of the youngest people to do so.

Contact Elizabeth- Email: elizabethc@nwemployers.org.uk / Tel:  07774 152403

Sarah Hargreaves

Sarah Hargreaves

Shared Services Lead

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After originally joining North West Employers as a Support Assistant in 2004, Sarah has progressed through various roles and has developed an invaluable understanding of our operations.

Sarah is responsible for supporting and coordinating the continuous improvement and ongoing development of North West Employers to ensure that it is efficient, compliant and sustainable.

Sarah’s favourite pastime out of work: Spending time with her family, watching Harry Potter, Netflix and Disney films over and over. Sarah also enjoys the company of her two cats and a dog, possibly a little more than the muggles in her life.

Sarah’s favourite life quote: “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”

An interesting fact about Sarah: In a past life Sarah believes she was a Sloth as she sleeps more hours than she is awake.

Contact Sarah- Email: sarahh@nwemployers.org.uk / Tel: 0161 214 7127

Diana Ravenscroft

Diana Ravenscroft

Shared Services Assistant

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Di has been employed at North West Employers since March 1994. She is one of the longest serving employees.

She has always been in an administration role which includes: events management, project co-ordination, liaising with customers, commissioners and our associate team who part of the delivery service and products that we offer. Her role covers both the membership and consultancy functions within North West Employers.

Di’s favourite pastime out of work: Di is kept busy with her son’s footballing activities which she loves being part of. Di also likes to volunteer in the community with a homelessness group when time allows this.

Di’s favourite life quote: ‘‘Life is what you make it’’

An interesting fact about Di: Around the year of 2000, Di thought she was going to be rich when five numbers were drawn on her national lottery ticket. That ‘thought’ was very short lived when she found out her winnings were only £1,800; not a life changing amount but she was very happy with having the win.

Contact Diana- Email: dianar@nwemployers.org.uk / Tel: 0161 214 7104

Denise Isherwood

Denise Isherwood

Shared Services Assistant

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Within her role at North West Employers, Denise provides responsive, customer-focused project and administrative support to ensure that our members and customers consistently receive the best possible products, services & outcomes. Her role covers both the membership and consultancy functions within North West Employers.

Denise has worked in both private sector and public sector roles. These include public transport, housing and local authority administration, personnel and OD functions.

Denise’s favourite pastime out of work: Denise very much enjoys physical activity, especially walking with her dog. She walks an average of 70 miles a week around the north Bolton area and a minimum of 7 miles a day; all year round in all weather conditions.

Denise’s favourite life quote: ‘’There’s no such thing as bad weather – just bad clothing’’

An interesting fact about Denise: She has an adventurous streak in her! Denise has been hang gliding, paragliding and trekked down the Grand Canyon.

Contact Denise- Email: denisei@nwemployers.org.uk / Tel: 0161 214 7116

Helen Snowden-Smith

Helen Snowden-Smith

Shared Services Assistant

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Helen joined North West Employers in 2020 and is responsible for providing responsive, customer-focused project and administrative support to ensure that our members and customers consistently receive the best possible products, services & outcomes. Her role covers both the membership and consultancy functions within North West Employers.

Helen has previously been a HR Business Partner and HR Manager working in both the private and public sector.

Helen’s favourite pastime out of work: Spending time with her family and exploring the National Trusts around the North West. Helen likes being active and particularly enjoys running and pilates.

Helen’s favourite life quote: ‘’Stop waiting for the perfect moment. The perfect moment is now’’

An interesting fact about Helen: At the age of 20 Helen went to study at Purdue University in Indiana, North America. She became a season ticket holder for the local American Football team but still can’t explain the rules to anyone!

Contact Helen- Email: helens@nwemployers.org.uk / Tel: 0161 214 7100