Executive Team

Karen Jackson

Chief Executive

Karen Jackson has been Chief Executive of Locala Community Partnerships CIC since April 2018. Locala is a not-for-profit social enterprise organisation providing NHS community healthcare services for more than 400,000 people in Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford. Karen has significant leadership experience having previously acted as interim Chief Executive for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. During her time at the Trust she was responsible for delivering quality and financial improvements, and driving a significantly improved culture around quality and patient safety, and staff engagement. Previous to those roles, Karen was Improvement Director with NHS Improvement, where she was programme manager for the West Yorkshire Acceleration Zone, reporting directly to the Secretary of State. Prior to that she was Chief Executive for North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, a complex acute and community healthcare provider with turnover of over £300m. Karen led a quality improvement journey that resulted in the trust coming out of special measures.

Jane Close

Chief Operating Officer

Originally from Teesside, she trained as a Registered General Nurse in Harrogate then moved to Leeds where she worked as a staff nurse in medicine, cardio-thoracic ITU and community nursing. Returning to the North East Jane completed a BSc (Hons) in Community Nursing and was a District Nursing Sister for a number of years before leading the work across Teesside on the implementation of extended nurse prescribing. She went on to hold a number of senior management positions across a wide range of community services. Before moving to Locala she worked in one of the largest integrated Trusts in the country and whilst her role was still managing community services she led on a number of projects, including supporting admission avoidance and reducing delays in discharge. She was part of a team that won a national award for developing INR digital self-testing as well as a successful 'Healthy New Towns' bid as part of a frail elderly service. The resulting system saw reductions in admissions from care homes from 45% to 28% per month, which was consistently maintained. So why did Jane want to work for Locala? She said: "Although I learned a lot from working within an acute environment my passion for services and there development remains in a community setting. Locala is a community focused organisation with the ability to think differently." Jane continues to live in Eaglescliffe, Teesside, with her husband, two children and dog. Her son is a musician and her daughter is about to start her third year in paediatric nursing in Manchester.

Julie Clennell

Director of Nursing and Quality

Julie Clennell joined Locala from her previous role as Associate Director of Risk and Clinical Governance, for University Hospital of North Tees. During her time in this role Julie led on the risk management, and a range of projects aimed at improving the quality of care provision across care environments, leading to some significant improvements. Prior to that Julie held roles at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, and NHS England. She has worked in the NHS and higher education for more than 31 years as a clinician, academic and senior leader. Since developing her career she has acted as an expert clinician and a strategic leader. She has extensive knowledge of the clinical quality, patient experience and patient safety agendas at both a strategic and operational level, and is passionate about the development of services, in particular the co-design of these, to improve service user and carer experience.

Richard Mellor

Director of Finance

Chris Reeve

Director of Corporate Affairs & Company Secretary

I was appointed as Locala’s Company Secretary in August 2011. My role is to support the Board and Members’ Council so our governance arrangements make the most of the opportunities that being a social enterprise brings, while also making sure we manage the key risks effectively. This includes making sure the Company works within the law. Prior to this role I was national lead for risk management at the Audit Commission and earlier in my career I was a Store Manager and then Divisional Audit Manager with Marks and Spencer plc.

Dianne Frost

Director of Organisational Development and Workforce

Carrie Beaumont

Colleague Board Member