Ray Ward

RAY WARD
Managing Director

Ray became Managing Director of Unity Partnership in July 2018 following the acquisition of the company by Oldham Council. He is a vastly experienced, entrepreneurial director who has operated at board level in a variety of roles across both the public and private sectors.

 

 

 

JOE DAVIES
Interim Chief Operating Officer

Joe became Interim COO of Unity Partnership in July 2018 following the acquisition of the company by Oldham Council. Like Ray, he is a vastly director with experience across both the public and private sectors.

 

 

 

CHRIS PETRIE
Head of Information & Technology Services

Chris joined Unity Partnership in 2013 in an advisory capacity and became Head of IT in 2017. He has over 30 years’ experience designing, transforming and delivering IT in a variety of industries, including engineering, manufacturing and public sector bodies. Chris also has substantial experience in IT outsourcing and BPO services.

 

 

 

GORDON ANDERSON
Head of Highways & Engineering

Gordon joined Unity Partnership at its inception in May 2007 as a Section Manager leading bridges & capital project delivery and progressed into the role of Head of Highways & Engineering in late 2015. He has over 25 years’ experience delivering asset management and highway infrastructure engineering services, as well as experience managing contract/specification renegotiation and cultural and physical restructuring of services within the Highways & Engineering team.

 

 

PAM SIDDALL
Head of Exchequer & Customer Services

Over the last 25 years, Pam has worked in a number of roles in the public sector with an expertise in revenues, benefits, transactional finance, Local Welfare Provision, contact centre and one-stop shops. She is passionate about opportunities to enhance local authorities’ ability to maximise revenue and support their residents. She enjoys creating an environment where the public and private sector can collaboratively work together, improving public services.

 

 

JO CHARLESWORTH
Transformation Director

Joanne leads Unity Consulting, guiding the consultancy team and overseeing all delivery whilst securing opportunities both internally and externally. She has undertaken a wide variety of project management, programme management, service redesign and change management assignments across the public and private sector, including projects for Newcastle College Group, CITB and University of Huddersfield.

 

 

AKDDUS KHAN
Community Liaison Officer

Originally from Oldham, Akddus joined the Unity Partnership in March 2018. His role involves driving Unity’s apprenticeship, graduate and work experience programmes. Having worked with young people in his previous roles, he is passionate about creating opportunities for the Oldham community.

 

 

 

JOHN WINTERBOTTOM
Divisional Manager – Property

John joined Unity Partnership at its inception in May 2007 as Principal Building Surveyor, progressing to Divisional Manager in 2011. He has over 30 years’ experience in property maintenance including over 15 years’ experience of managing multi-disciplinary teams, delivering a range of property management services to Public Building and School portfolios.