Our Board

Jacqui Harvey – Chair

Jacqui joined the NHS national training scheme in 1978 and has over 20 years of experience working at board level as a Director and Chief Executive. A competent, confident and energetic leader, she has been a catalyst for change in many different organisations, including managing the transition from primary care trusts (PCTs) to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) before the 2012 Health and Social Care Act was put in place. Experienced in building new organisations and managing complex partnerships, Jacqui has a track record of working with external bodies, including NHS England, Trust Development Agency, local councils, MPs, and Government ministers.

Jacqui is Chair of the Vivo Board’s Quality Assurance Sub Committee.

Steve Jennings – Non-Executive Director

Steve brings a wealth of experience and has provided leadership in both executive and non-executive roles, including 14 years as Chief Executive of Weaver Vale Housing Trust before he retired in May 2017. As well as his role at Vivo, he is a Board Member at Housing Plus Group and Chair of the Board at South Liverpool Homes.

Jeff Banham – Non-Executive Director

Jeff has spent the majority of his working life in the Adults Social Care and Children’s Services sectors. He started as a Social Worker and progressed to become a Regulatory Inspector with the Commission for Social Care Inspection, as well Ofsted Inspector for children’s residential, fostering and adoption services, before he retired in 2012.

Peter Evans MBE – Non-Executive Director

Peter joined the Cheshire Fire Service after leaving school and was operational for 20 years in Runcorn and Northwich. As a Fire Officer, he ran the franchise of Princes Trust for Cheshire Fire Service for 10 years. He became Partnership Director for Lancashire and Cheshire Fire Service (Princes Trust programmes) and then Chief Executive of Petty Pool College and Outdoor Centre, taking retirement in May 2015.

Peter was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2002 and, alongside his role at Vivo, he is a Governor at St Wilfrid’s Primary School.

Michael Whitehead – Non-Executive Director

Michael is a qualified Chartered Accountant who graduated from the University of Manchester. He recently retired in 2018 as Director of Finance at South Liverpool Homes, having joined them in 2005 as a Head of Finance. He has worked for a number of commercial businesses, including BICC/Balfour Beatty, ABB Group and Alstom. He has also worked in a variety of sectors, including building services, facilities management, property development and construction, and has been a Board Member at Steve Biko Housing Association since June 2016.

Michael is Chair of Vivo Board’s Finance and Risk Sub Committee.

Dorothy Evans – Non-Executive Director (Carer Representative)

After an advert was sent out to all parents and carers involved with Vivo’s services, Dorothy Evans has been appointed as Carer Representative on the Board.

Dorothy currently carries out the following roles.

  • She has been a carer for several years as she has looked after her sister, who has Down’s syndrome and learning disabilities and receives care from Vivo’s day services.
  • She works for a charity providing care services.
  • She is a Director of a voluntary health care organisation looking at health inequalities and unmet health care needs.
  • She is a Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Representative for Trafford Borough Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, as well as Dementia United’s Operational Group with Great Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP).
  • In 2018, she was appointed to the Major of Great Manchester’s Business Advisory Panel.
  • She is a Justice of the Peace, which is a unique part of the justice system.

Alistair Jeffs – Managing Director

Alistair is currently on secondment to Vivo from Cheshire West and Chester Council as Managing Director.

Alistair has worked in local government for 29 years and has spent the last 17 at director level in Cheshire. This includes director roles as Head of Policy Planning at Cheshire County Council, as well as Director of Policy, Performance and Partnerships and Director of Strategic Commissioning (current substantive post) roles more recently at Cheshire West and Chester. He has also had corporate lead responsibility for equality and diversity at the Council, chairs the Disability Friends Partnership, is a member of the Learning Disability Partnership Board, and has been the lead director working with Avenue Services in Blacon.