Meet the Executive Team
John Heritage, CEO
John joined David Lewis as our Chief Executive in October 2021.
Before joining David Lewis John held a number of Operational and Commercial Board level roles in the NHS and charity sectors including being recently Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Operating Officer of a mental health, community and learning disability Trust.
Outside work John is a Governor of St Helens and Knowsley Colleges; a Leadership Fellow at St Georges House, Windsor Castle and a Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Society at Salford University where he contributes to the delivery of programmes for health and care leaders of the future.
John is passionate about David Lewis being a person centred organisation for both the people we support and our colleagues and it being an organisation that works in partnership with commissioners, other providers and most importantly families and those we support to continually improve the quality of what we provide to best meet people’s needs.
You can follow John on Twitter @DavidLewisCEO
Angie Fisher, Director of Education
Angie has worked in SEND education with children and young people with complex learning difficulties for over 25 years.
Angie joined David Lewis as a member of the college leadership team nine years ago and in 2014 joined the exec team as the Director of Education responsible for the school and college day and residential education provisions. David Lewis College is proud to be the only “Outstanding” Independent Specialist College in the North West.
Angie is also a North West OFSTED inspector for High Needs. Her comprehensive knowledge of the Ofsted Education Inspection Frameworks is hugely beneficial for validating plans for continuous improvement within our education settings.
Passionate about learning, Angie has a clear vision for the school and college, and is committed to ensuring students develop the skills they need to be the best they can be. “We support our students to develop their ability to communicate their wants and needs, develop their skills for independence and work and prepare them for adulthood and life beyond education.
Neil Edwards, Financial Controller & Company Secretary
Neil joined David Lewis as Financial Controller & Company Secretary in January 2017.
Before joining David Lewis Neil had senior finance roles in the FMCG and manufacturing sector. Since joining DL, Neil has taken on additional responsibilities including oversight of our reception, night security, stores, laundry, kitchens, fundraising and cleaning teams.
Outside of work, Neil spends as much time as he can playing sports and has a passion for the natural world and conservation.
Since joining David Lewis Neil has been impressed and continues to be so of the high standards we practice and the dedication, hard work and care demonstrated by all DL staff. Neil remains incredibly proud to work for DL.
Victoria Entwistle, Director of Clinical Services
Victoria joined David Lewis in January 2020 as the Director of Clinical Services.
Qualifying as a Registered Nurse (General) in Durham in 1991, she moved down to Greater Manchester in 2000. Having worked in the NHS for 25 years and moving to the Charity sector prior to David Lewis, her nursing career to date has focussed in areas of Cardiology, Acute medicine and Palliative and end of life care. The latter being something she is passionate about to improve care provided to people facing life limiting conditions.
Victoria holds a Degree in BSc (hons) Nursing and has additional qualifications in Coronary Care Nursing, End of life care and MSc module of Specialist Palliative Care. She also has additional leadership and management training. Victoria had been registered with the CQC since 2015.
Victoria has a long held pride in ‘doing the right thing’ in healthcare, to authentically and with integrity ensure that care is provided to the very best quality. That, through strong leadership, we have a continuous positive culture of learning. Victoria has presented at local and national conferences in various topic and is keen to promote David Lewis as an employer of choice.
Putting our people first and providing person centred care at the core of all that we do at David Lewis and is what drives Victoria’s passion to be the best we can everyday.
Outside of work Victoria is very proud of her two daughters and enjoys keeping fit at the gym and a keen cook.
Danny Rushton, Human Resources Manager
Danny joined David Lewis as Head of Human Resources in April 2016.
Danny works hard to make David Lewis an employer of choice and believes that treating staff with dignity and respect, giving them the the right resources and training to do their jobs, and rewarding them correctly ensures that they are able to do their jobs to the best of their ability. That is, happy staff make for high quality services.
Before joining David Lewis Danny held a number of human resource management roles in the health and social care and charity sectors, previously being Group HR Manager at the Big Life group of social enterprises and charities helping them through a period of rapid expansion.
Danny is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.
Outside of work Danny has worked in many voluntary capacities, particularly working with adults with disabilities, and currently runs a young girls football team and supports children’s liturgy at his local church.
Simon Messenger, Director of Adult Residential & Day Services.
Simon Joined David Lewis in August 1998 as a care Officer within the Education Service.
After study for and gaining his DIPSW in social work Simon has worked in the residential School, College and adult services, holding a number of roles and been a Registered Manager with OFSTED & CQC before being promoted to Director of Adult Residential & Day Services.
This is a role that he is very proud to hold and can bring a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as direction, leadership and innovation to the service. This also supports his passion for the service to be person centred, progressive and having the individual at the heart of everything we do.
Simon retains a strong interest in epilepsy, autism and being able to support those who can challenge and strongly believes in the David Lewis Mission, vision & Values working with individuals, families and building healthy partnerships with all stakeholders and to open up our services and develop further into the local communities.