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Hi. I'm Gaddum

At Gaddum, I really get to know those I help, understanding their world to offer a range of support that’s right for them. Specialising in Advocacy, Carers and Therapy services, my tailored support is made possible by my breadth and depth of knowledge. For nearly 200 years, I’ve been committed to supporting the people of Greater Manchester.

Listening to generation after generation, has taught me the importance of considering not just the individual but also the relationships around them. My innovative approach means I’m able to not only help build resilience, but identify further risks and offer preventive support now and in the future.

By supporting individuals, I ultimately help support entire communities.

Questions you might be asking

How it works

Have a look around my website and the links above to see how I can help you get the right support you need.

Who it's available to

I work for people of all ages across Greater Manchester. Some services work in one or more locations so be sure to visit my directory or service specific pages to learn more.

How much does it cost?

All of my services are free, with the exception of adult counselling where there is a small fee.


You can refer into our services by completing a form. Each relevant service page has a contact form which asks you some questions that help us identify how we can support you best.

If you need any support in making a referral, just give me a call to chat through.

Are these services right for you

Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. I will work with you to understand what you are going through and provide advice on how to help solve your challenges. Whatever you are going through, we will get through it together.

Who can access it

On each of our different service sections and pages you’ll find details of who can access the services and where we deliver.

If in doubt, please give us a call – our contact details are on each page.

Where is it

Our services are largely across Manchester, Rochdale, Salford and Stockport. In addition, our traumatic bereavement work is across Greater Manchester.

Be sure to visit my directory to learn about specific locations.

My values


I work in partnership with people who use my services, to provide support tailored to their individual needs.


I empower people who use my services to develop their confidence and knowledge, with the opportunity to actively improve and sustain their wellbeing.


I provide confidential people-centred services delivered with accountability and integrity.


I seek out creative ways of working to provide quality, sustainable services, responding positively to change and building upon our core strengths of listening, advising, supporting.


I recognise and value diversity and the unique needs, experiences and qualities of the people both using and delivering my services.

My history

Hi, I’m Gaddum. And this is my story.

History of Gaddum


My house is your house

I work in a number of locations where I support people across Manchester, Rochdale, Salford and Stockport.

My main home is in central Manchester.

St Wilfrid’s Enterprise Centre
Royce Road
M15 5BJ

What people say about me

I would not have been able to get as far as I did with my NHS complaint without the support from an Advocate. Thank you.

Advocacy client

Having someone to speak to about my caring role who understands makes a huge difference to me.


I have struggled for many years with anxiety and depression. It felt safe to speak to Gaddum about what was troubling me and talk through my emotions. I had never done that before.

Client accessing therapy

People that help me help others

Lynne Stafford
Chief Executive

Lynne joined Gaddum in 2014, as Chief Executive and works in the VCSE sector because she believes in being part of a social movement and is passionate about helping to support local people in our communities through difficult times in their lives.

After training and working as a nurse in London, Midlands, Yorkshire and overseas in Uganda, Lynne graduated from the NHS management training scheme and has worked as a senior manager across the North West in management, commissioning and Public Health. Ten years ago, following her passion for change, Lynne came into the VCSE Sector as a Business Development Manager for a drug and alcohol charity then became Chief Executive of CancerCare in Lancashire and Cumbria.

Lynne brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Gaddum as a positive leader in managing organisational change, being a strategic influencer, and has a strong passion in strategic and operational management and business development.

In her spare time, Lynne keeps busy, enjoying spending time with family and friends, and is also a huge Manchester City fan who can often be found singing and shouting at football matches!

Ben Whalley
Head of Operations

Joining Gaddum in 2018, Ben oversees all operational delivery and central services at the charity. He is a Qualified and Registered Social Worker and has many years of experience working in local, regional and national charities in areas such as Housing, Multiple and Complex Needs, HIV and mental health.

After initially working in client faced roles, Ben developed a specialist interest and skill set in project management and policy development. He has been instrumental in developing, deploying and managing volunteering, peer mentoring, prevention and other support programmes across Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.

Ben is also a qualified trainer and has practice educated upwards of forty Student Social Workers at Gaddum and across the voluntary sector. He is ILM qualified, having been selected to undertake a Leadership & Management Talent programme with his previous employer.

He is also a trustee of a HIV and LGBT youth charity in Calderdale and Kirklees.

Outside work Ben likes gaming and, on the rare occasion he gets the chance, he loves to go to Cumbria to go cross-country on Clydesdales and Shires.

Sam Palmer
Head of Development & Innovation

Sam joined Gaddum in 2017 and has over 19 years’ experience working within the health and social care / voluntary sector in Greater Manchester. His previous roles have included business development, children’s centre management, performance and improvement, health and safety and ICT. Sam is the Head of Development & Innovation, leading on business development, fundraising, partnerships and launching new innovative projects. Sam is also the Information Governance Lead for Gaddum.

Outside of work Sam is the Chair of a Greater Manchester youth charity, has a puppy called Stanley and likes to spend time in the gym or out on his bicycle.

Lauren Edwards
Assistant Head of Operations

Lauren joined Gaddum in 2020 and has 8 years’ experience working within the voluntary sector in Greater Manchester. Lauren originally trained as a social worker but is passionate about the innovative working practices found in the voluntary sector.

Lauren is committed to delivering people centred services and workforce development. Lauren also sits alongside Ben Whalley as a designated safeguarding lead and manages the charities therapy services.

Outside of work, Lauren spends her time caring for her ever growing plant collection, trying out new recipes in the kitchen and playing with her young daughter.

Elaine Mills
Chair of Trustees

Elaine is delighted to have been appointed Chair of Gaddum in April 2022. Some years ago, she chaired a Black-led mental health charity in Manchester, supporting the Board of Trustees to develop the organisation and recruit new volunteers.

Her experience volunteering within the charity has helped her develop an understanding of mental health, particularly in relation to the need for culturally appropriate, accessible services.

Also, as a young carer, she understands the challenges faced by carers and hope to become a champion for carers going forward.

She is looking forward to supporting Gaddum to continue to grow and develop to deliver vital services to the people of Greater Manchester.

Ady Bibby

Ady is founder and Managing Director of independent branding and design agency True North. Established in 2001, True North works with a range of national and international clients to solve complex business challenges through the integration of brand and business strategy, identity and communications.

True North’s clients include Cancer Research UK, The Royal Collection Trust, LEGO Education, The British Council and…Gaddum.

Ady was part of the team that helped Gaddum think about how it positions its services to various audiences and created its award-winning brand identity.

Outside of work, Ady is a huge Morecambe and Wise fan, is a long-suffering season ticket holder at Rochdale Football Club and enjoys getting stuck in to a bit of weekend DIY.

Anthony Hassall

Anthony is Regional Chief People Officer for the North West for NHS England and Improvement with a strategic role leading the implementation of the people plan on behalf of the region.

He brings a wealth of experience to the trustee board, having been Accountable Officer for Salford CCG and worked in the NHS for a number of years including at a senior level in large teaching hospitals. Anthony has also led a number of significant Greater Manchester programmes, including improving Specialist Care, Dementia United and Urgent Care.

Due to his own lived experience, Anthony joined the trustee board to offer his expert skills to help Gaddum to continue to support those who need it.

David Carmichael

David is a very experienced employment law solicitor and a partner in the European law firm Fieldfisher LLP. He has practised law in Manchester for the last 25 years advising large employers on all aspects of law impacting on a business’ workforce and advising senior executives and boards on sensitive personnel issues. David has been a long-standing trustee of Gaddum and was former Chair of the charity.

His interests include history, cycling and craft beers (code for going to the pub!).

Dora Blake

Dora currently works at Skills for Care: an independent charity with over 18 years’ experience in workforce development and a delivery partner for the Department of Health and Social Care.
Prior to joining Skills for Care, from 2001 Dora worked for social housing providers in Greater Manchester and was chair of Arcon Housing for five years until 2016.

Dora is also a qualified Life Coach and has worked with individual clients and employees of organisations (including Gaddum) to manage change in relation to career and/or personal development. As a volunteer with the Pankhurst Trust Queen Bee Coaching Project, she helps to empower women to improve their skills and confidence for leadership roles.

Away from work, Dora is social secretary to her two children. She enjoys reading, listening to music and going for short walks.

Jon Miller

Jon qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte in 1986 and has since then worked in a variety of sectors, including avionics, sports turf management and solicitors, a sector he has been involved with now for well over 20 years. For several years Jon ran his own consultancy, providing financial management advice to law firms. Since 2013 Jon has been Finance Director for Hugh Jones Solicitors, who specialise in mental capacity law and Court of Protection work. Jon joined Gaddum in January 2021 as Finance Trustee.

Away from work Jon is married with two grown-up daughters. He is a keen road cyclist, likes walking in the countryside, is a life-long supporter of Manchester City and enjoys both cooking and eating good food.

Jonathan Brewer

Jonathan has over 10 years’ experience in the banking industry. His current role as Director of Commercial Banking at NatWest sees him responsible for leading a team of relationship managers supporting SMEs across Greater Manchester with their banking needs. For several years prior to this Jonathan led teams across the NatWest branch network as an area manager.

Jonathan joined Gaddum as a trustee in February 2021, and outside of work is married with a daughter. He is a keen runner, road cyclist, and a season ticket holder at Fulham FC.

Kabir Patel

Kabir Patel has over 15 years of experience in Finance and Technology. In his current role as Senior Director at AstraZeneca, Kabir oversees Finance and Transformation as Global Head of IT.

Prior to AstraZeneca, Kabir spent more than 10 years working in consulting roles with Thomson Reuters and Oracle where he focused on technology-enabled digital transformation and unlocking significant value.

Kabir holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Sardar Patel University in Gujarat, India, and completed the General Management – Executive Education Programme from the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. Kabir is keen on sports and acoustic guitar, a life-long Manchester United fan who enjoys food, travel, and interesting talks.

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