Priory Adult Care is led by an executive team with a diverse range of experience in health and social care, as well as other industry sectors.
James Willis - Chief Executive Officer
Prior to joining the Priory Group in 2012, Jim Willis enjoyed a career in the military, with which he saw service world-wide. During his time in the Army, he had the privilege of leading an operational Infantry Battalion; he taught at the world-renowned officer leadership college, the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst; and he held a number of high-profile posts in the Ministry of Defence.
Since joining Priory, Jim has held appointments in the Group’s Healthcare and Partnerships in Care Division, including the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director. He was appointed CEO of Priory Adult Care in April 2017 when Craegmoor and Amore Care merged into the Group’s newest operating division.
Justine Cahill - Managing Director, South West, Midlands and Wales
Justine joined the Priory Group in 2015 and worked within the Amore Care division supporting older people with varying levels of need. Justine was appointed as Managing Director of Priory Adult Care for the South West, Midlands and Wales in April 2017 when Amore Care merged with Craegmoor.
Prior to joining the Priory Group, Justine had an extensive career within the healthcare industry with over 20 years of experience and qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1993.
Hayden Knight - Managing Director, South East
Hayden joined the Priory Group as a bank support worker in 1996 whilst studying to be an electrical engineer. After completing his qualification, Hayden realised that his passion lay within Adult Social Care and commenced on a journey within the sector.
Hayden managed his first service in 2004 and quickly progressed through numerous roles including Business Support Manager, Projects and Integration Manager, Regional Manager and latterly Operations Director where he led significant change across the North and Central regions. He has gained invaluable experience and numerous qualifications in leadership and management, specialising in mental health and autism. Hayden commenced his role of Managing Director for the South East region of Priory Adult Care in April 2017.
Nicola Bales - Managing Director, North, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Nicola joined the Priory Group in August 2011 as Finance Manager and later became Director of Finance of Amore Care when it became a separate limited company in July 2014. Nicola has overseen significant changes across Amore Care and became Managing Director in January 2017 before it merged with Craegmoor to become Priory Adult Care. In April 2017, Nicola was appointed as Managing Director for the North, Scotland and Northern Ireland regions of Priory Adult Care.
Nicola qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2007, with her early career including financial posts at Four Season Healthcare and Southern Cross.
Claire Reader - Business Development Director
Claire joined the Priory Group in September 2013 as Business Development Manager for Priory Healthcare. During this time she worked with all Hospitals in South Central and commissioning authorities to ensure relationships were strong and that services met the needs of the CCGs and NHS Trusts.
In November 2014, Claire moved to a divisional Director of Business role in the Education and Children’s Services division and was appointed Business Development Director for Priory Adult Care when it was formed in April 2017.
Prior to Joining the Priory Group, Claire enjoyed a 10 year career in the NHS Mental Health Trusts and HMP services, commissioning placements for Forensic Mental Health Patients and Prison transfers. Claire has extensive experience working in leadership and management positions in mental health trusts, alongside NHS England before joining the private sector.
Nicky Cooper - Quality Director
Nicky joined the Priory Group in March 2013 as Group Director of Compliance. During this time she worked with all divisions to ensure systems were in place to improve and monitor levels of regulatory compliance across all group services and provide information and assurances to the group Board.
In April 2016, Nicky moved to a divisional Director of Quality role in the Craegmoor division and was appointed Quality Director for Priory Adult Care when it was formed in April 2017.
Nicky is a registered mental health nurse who gained extensive experience working in leadership and management positions in mental health trusts before embarking on a portfolio career that involved working as a specialist inspector for CQC, a five year term of office as a Mental Health Act Commissioner and leading on a number of Strategic Health Authority commissioned independent investigations into the care and treatment of mental health services users who committed homicide.
Jayne Stutt - Human Resources Director
Jayne joined the Priory Group in September 2013 to lead on HR for Amore Care and was appointed HR Director of Priory Adult Care in April 2017 following the merger of the Amore Care and Craegmoor divisions.
Before joining Priory, Jayne held a senior HR role at a local authority in the East Midlands, leading on large-scale restructuring and transformation programmes, and also has significant experience in the not for profit sector, having worked for a housing association for over ten years delivering HR services to their care and support division. Jayne is CIPD qualified, obtaining PGDip in Human Resources Management from Nottingham Business School in 2010.
John Dalton - Finance Director
Prior to joining the Priory Group in 2015, John Dalton has worked within health and social care since 2005 having worked for Craegmoor and Embrace Group previously. John is a CIMA qualified accountant and has held a number of senior financial controller positions.
Since joining Priory, John has held the role of Head of Finance and was appointed Finance Director of Priory Adult Care in April 2017 when Craegmoor and Amore Care merged into the Group’s newest operating division.