Voluntary and Community Sector Neighbourhood Leaders

Health and Social Care in Bolton is going through a period of exciting change and development.  The leadership of key partner organisations across the borough have committed to investing in capacity from local voluntary and community sector leaders, through transformation funds, to support the voluntary and community sector to be part of this change.  We are delighted to tell you more about these four Neighbourhood Leads in Bolton.  Over the last few months these leaders have been working alongside the Chief Executive and Senior Managers within Bolton CVS to champion the community and voluntary sector and shape and inform the neighbourhood model of care.

Through an open recruitment process in April 2019, the leaders were selected to be part of shaping change and driving new ways of doing things to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in Bolton.  In the coming weeks we will update you further on the work of Bolton CVS, alongside these key leaders.

If you would like further information about this work, you can e-mail Darren Knight, Chief Executive, Bolton CVS. 


Georgette Kay
Chief Officer, Bolton Carers Support

As Chief Officer of Bolton Carers Support I see first-hand how individuals can benefit from receiving a service which is responsive to their individual needs and delivered in a coordinated fashion.  For patients and carers, they see this as one journey delivered by a team of professionals working towards one aim. Confidence in clear communication and shared information is key, this is at its best when there is a real commitment to valuing and respecting the input from all organisations at a local level.

My previous experience is in public health and as Head of Communications within the NHS.  I am looking forward to championing the role of the community and voluntary sector in health and care integration in Bolton to improve people’s outcomes.

Have a look at what Georgette thinks of integration.  Watch Georgette talk about her contribution as a VCS Neighbourhood Lead.



Leigh Vallance 
Chief Executive, Bolton Hospice


 I have been the Chief Executive of Bolton Hospice since 2012 and has a total of 21 years’ experience as a Charity CEO, working for a range of large, medium and small organizations at a national, regional and local level, tackling issues ranging from domestic violence, homelessness, mental health, learning disabilities, coalfield and rural regeneration, looked after children, rare health conditions, special needs and autism.

I have a BA Hons in Sociology, a post graduate certificate in Charity Sector Management & leadership and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Health Care by the University of Bolton in recognition of her outstanding contribution to health and social care.

I am a Trustee of Bury & Bolton Citizens Advice, a Governor at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and a local Secondary School Governor, as well as currently being the Chair of the Greater Manchester Hospices Group.  I Chair the health engagement workshops for Bolton CVS supporting the flow of information from and to the community and voluntary sector and partners.

Watch Leigh talk about the integration work in Bolton and her contribution as a VCS Neighbourhood Lead.

Suzanne Hilton 
Chief Executive, Age UK Bolton 


Through the contribution of VCSE partners, I hope we can achieve a shift in the provision of health and social care services to become better co-ordinated and more based around individual and community needs. That local people can easily access a range of non-clinical interventions to help them manage their health conditions and general well-being, in ways that support them to feel more informed and empowered to do so.

I bring my brokerage and influencing skills to offer critical friendship to statutory partners and to build genuine cross sector partnerships that listen to and involve the voices of local people.  I am involved in a number of redesign programmes, including Chairing the cross sector Falls Strategy Group, The Neighbourhood Reference Group and The Age Friendly Strategy Development Group.


Have a look at what Suzanne thinks of integration.  Watch Suzanne talk about her contribution as a VCS Neighbourhood Lead.


Dave Bagley
Chief Executive, Urban Outreach


I am honoured to lead and serve alongside a dedicated team of 30 staff supported by 100’s of volunteers and 1000’s of supporters of all ages working to support some of our Boroughs most vulnerable residents.

Each year we work with some 16’000 people over 100’000 times supporting in many different ways from food to cooking to accommodation to housing to many other individual support needs. We believe in partnership and in the value that one person is important and that in valuing each person we can together change the future for them.

2020 will see us having been doing this for 30 years, we are proudly Bolton focused and we are committed to the 2030 vision, Bolton is the place where we redefine what it means to be community and family.  I am passionate about faith, family, friends, food and walking my beautiful White German Shepherd. 

I am delighted to be part of the team of VCSE leaders influencing health and care integration and support the developments in neighbourhood working with colleagues from across the different sectors.


Dave's thoughts on integration and his role as a VCSE Neighbourhood Lead will be added soon.