Mental healthcare for people : not for profit
Jenny joined The Retreat’s Senior Management Team in 1996 as Director of Finance, after a career as a chartered accountant working for leading accountancy firm Grant Thornton, in Bradford and Leeds.
She became Chief Executive at The Retreat in 1997 and began building up her management team. During her time at The Retreat Jenny has helped the organisation achieve financial stability and gain its reputation as a provider of high quality specialist services. Together with the rest of her team, she has also modernised its image, whilst retaining and respecting its traditional values.
Jenny is a former trustee of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and is currently a member of Council at the University of York.
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Robert was appointed as Director of Finance and Facilities at The Retreat in 1998, following 16 years as Regional Finance Director and Head of Property Management at Lambert Smith Hampton chartered surveyors in Sheffield. Previously he completed his training as a chartered accountant in Sheffield.
He is responsible for overseeing The
Retreat’s finances, including its contracts, procurement, cash flow and
trading performance. In addition, Robert has overall responsibility for
The Retreat’s physical facilities including capital developments,
properties and grounds.
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Chris joined The Retreat as Consultant Psychiatrist in 1993, having worked as a Consultant in the NHS service in Trafford, Manchester. Arriving at a time of huge change in the organisation, Chris contributed to the development of all our services, and fostered the development of an increasingly psychologically-informed approach to psychiatric care.
Initially he worked in all areas of the hospital, but over the years has focussed increasingly on his particular interests in working with people who have experienced trauma, or have a diagnosis of ‘personality disorder’ or an eating disorder. He set up and is responsible for the Acorn Programme, a residential Therapeutic Community for women, which was the first Therapeutic Community in the country to achieve accreditation by the Community of Communities. He also started our work with Eating Disorders, and initiated the development of our Eating Disorders service. As a Group Analyst as well as a Psychiatrist, Chris emphasises the social and psychological aspects of recovery, and is interested in how the unit environment can be made therapeutic.
Chris has been
Medical Director since 2007, working to ensure the whole of the Retreat
works psychotherapeutically, and that people using the services and
people providing them share an environment which encourages thinking and
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Stuart is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and has spent his working life in technical and commercial roles in both the private and public sectors. These have included being Supply and Contracts Director for British Coal and more recently Director of Procurement at Powergen and Commercial Director for the NatWest Group. He has also been Procurement Director at HM Treasury and is a past President of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management.
Stuart now combines his role at the Retreat with other voluntary work and with research in management as a Professor at Southampton University School of Management, specialising in supply economics. He is also Chairman of the Reform Club’s Science and Technology Group
He is a member of Friargate Quaker meeting York and has previously served as Clerk of Doncaster Quaker meeting and as Clerk of Finance for Yorkshire General Meeting of the Society of Friends
Paul has been a Member of the Retreat since 2009 and was appointed a Director in 2011. He is a member of the Retreat Nominations Committee.
Paul is a full-time General Practitioner in Lincoln. He enjoys all aspects of primary care and has a particular interest in mental health. He combines this with his work as a GP trainer, training Specialty Registrars in General Practice. He is pleased that his role at The Retreat is a challenging and fulfilling aspect of his life as a Quaker.
He is a member of Lincoln Quaker Meeting, and an Overseer in Lincolnshire Area Quaker Meeting.
Paul enjoys the theatre, music and especially opera and manages a small garden on a large scale!