Our Board

Thanks to the determination and support our Board Members, we have developed services that support the communities where we operate and enable us to grow.

Chair: Ann Forletta

Ann ForlettaAnn Forletta became our Chair on 1st September 2013. She has a long history of working in the NHS and its various structures, later becoming involved in primary care and the development of Clinical Commissioning Groups. For many years Ann worked in Children’s commissioning and has a keen interest in equalities and regeneration.


Board Members

Liz Wood Liz Wood currently works with communities, partnerships and corporate businesses to raise investment to support patient care and service delivery, but her previous work includes working in the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). As well as giving health guidance and resolutions to members of the public, families and carers, she has also worked with commissioners across the city to develop services in patient experience, children and young people, and maternity services.


Mandy ShanahanMandy Shanahan is Health Education England’s Local Director for the West Midlands. She has worked in the Education and Health sector for over 25 years and has experience in the private sector, as well as Birmingham City Council and a range of NHS organisations in Birmingham and the Black Country. Mandy has been a supporter of Gateway’s work since its inception and, as Director of Workforce at South Birmingham PCT, worked closely with Gateway as it was being set up.


Mark LynesMark Lynes has worked in the disability movement for over 20 years and has held a number of voluntary directorships in that time. In the last two years he has been National Management member of Shaping Our Lives and a Healthwatch Volunteer and before that was a strategy group member of Birmingham Link. He is also a visiting lecturer for Social Work degrees at Birmingham City, Birmingham, Warwick & Worcester Universities.


Paul HannaPaul Hanna currently manages a range of primary care NHS services within South Doc Services in Birmingham.  This includes extended access to GPs and Pharmacists, ECG Interpretation and GPs based in a local A&E department. Paul has also set up and run a community hub in Erdington offering welcoming spaces for local people to come together. Paul joined the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce in 2001 and led the Economic Development and Partnership team (EDP), developing and delivering a wide range of support services for businesses.


Richard SmithRichard Smith has worked for several years in employment and housing support and currently works as an employability professional delivering the Work Programme. His background also includes comprehensive knowledge of the welfare support systems. Richard is heavily involved in charity work, so brings a strong third sector knowledge.



Rosemarie SimpsonRosemarie Simpson is a Senior Consultant at Skills for Health, where she has a focus on widening participation and workforce planning and development particularly for support staff. As the sector skills council for health, Skills for Health’s role is to assist employers to deliver effective, high quality healthcare and improve productivity. Prior to this, she worked for 11 years as the Education and Training Officer at the British Dietetic Association, with responsibility for the development of professional education policy.


Steve O'NeillSteve O’Neill is a communications and change management consultant with a background in health and social care. As a consultant, his work focuses on helping organisations communicate and improve engagement by creating connections and building meaningful relationships. His consultancy specialises in the UK health and social care markets but has also supported clients across the wider public sector, the private and not for profit sectors.


Surrinder BainsSurrinder Bains is the Strategic Manager at the Handsworth Association Of Schools and provides strategic, operational and project support to over 20 schools. Before this, he worked for John Taylor Hospice, Sandwell MBC and also Birmingham City Council. He has worked in Housing, Regeneration, Strategic Partnerships, as a business consultant, and with charities and social enterprises. He is a legacy board member with Gateway and has been involved in a number of sub-groups.