Meet The Team

Salford Heart Care employs one part-time member of staff and seeks additional support and commitment from its team of more than 50 local volunteers.

Co-ordinator: Serena Rice
Serena Rice, Branch Development Worker

Serena Rice, Co-ordinator

Serena Rice joined Salford Heart Care in June 2009 as a volunteer, tasked with establishing a new branch located in Irlam and Cadishead, where she lives. Serena’s Father had suffered from poor health and heart failure for five years, and after several periods of hospital admission, died in January 2009 at the age of 61. Serena decided to become a volunteer to raise awareness of heart disease, and to help and support others by sharing her own experience of heart-related illness and its impact on the wider family.

In October 2010 after seeing Irlam and Cadishead Healthy Heart Club through its first year, Serena was appointed part-time Branch Development Worker for Salford Heart Care. With the support of volunteers, Serena developed additional branches across Salford, including Walkden and Langworthy. In 2012, Serena was appointed part-time Co-ordinator of Salford Heart Care. She continues to oversee the day-to-day running of the organisation and supports the on-going development of branches across Salford.

Serena graduated from The University of Salford in 1999 with a first class degree in Business. She also holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Collaboration in Safeguarding and Strategic Leadership. Serena has a background in health and social research, community regeneration projects, as well as voluntary work. She worked as a Senior Research Coordinator with north-west based Kwest Research from 1999 until 2003, and served as a Non-Executive Director with Salford PCT from 2004 until 2012. She has served on several partnership boards across Salford and has supported young people through a volunteer mentoring and coaching scheme. Serena enjoys working with people in the community. In her spare time she enjoys dancing and likes to keep fit and active. She also likes to spend time with her family and likes travelling, reading and camping.

Board of Directors:
The role of our Trustee/Directors is to set the vision and direction for Salford Heart Care and to make sure that the charity operates legally, responsibly and in line with its values. They seek to enable Salford Heart Care, its staff, members and volunteers, to be the best that they can be in their role of supporting people to improve their quality of life, as well as their health and wellbeing. Each Trustee/Director brings their particular professional expertise as well as their passion to support and help their local community.

Directors: Jim Collins (Chairman)
Gordon McKay (Secretary)
Alan Rowe (Treasurer)
Barbara Walker
Victor Bailey
Vincent Clifford
Jean Chubb
Jim Clough

Jim Collins, Chairman and Director

Jim Collins,
Chairman & Director

with The Ceremonial Mayor
in 2012

Jim Collins is Chairman of Salford Heart Care and has served in this voluntary role for more than 8 years. He served as a Trustee for a further 2 years. Jim joined Salford Heart Care in 2004 following cardiac rehabilitation at Salford Royal Hospital. Jim suffered a heart attack and a stroke after having worked for the Council for 20 years as a Sports Centre Manager. Jim was also a keen rugby player and played for 40 years. He is still involved with his local rugby club, as Vice President, and also undertakes voluntary work for De-La-Salle Sports and Social Club. Jim is a patient representative on many boards and committees across the City, including Salford Royal’s Patient Forum, Clinical Commissioning Group Board, local government area committees and The British Heart Foundation. Jim supports Salford Rugby League and De-La-Salle Sports. He enjoys playing bowls at his club but has difficulty playing since being diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. Jim says that he works as a volunteer to help and support local people, and to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Salford.

Victor Bailey, Chairman

Victor Bailey, Director

Victor Bailey joined Salford Heart Care as a Committee Member in 2011 and became a Director in 2012.  Victor’s background is within engineering. In 1969 Victor qualified in Mechanical Engineering and worked as Chief Engineer at Greengate Industrial Polymers, Pilkington’s Tiles Ltd. and H & R Johnson’s Tiles Ltd. until 2000, when he retired. Victor joined the Citizen’s Advice Bureau as a volunteer in 2000 and then joined WRVS (now RVS) in 2002. In 2008 Victor launched “Hearts of Salford” in conjunction with Salford University to increase the use and improve accessibility of computers amongst the older generation. Hearts of Salford amalgamated with Salford Heart Care in 2011. Victor is currently involved with RVS, Salford’s Older People’s Development Board (with Salford Council), Healthy Communities Collaborative, and assists with fundraising with Muscular Dystrophy. Victor also enjoys travelling and likes to keep active by going to the gym and undertaking DIY projects.

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Gordon McKay, Director

Gordon McKay trained as a Maintenance and Installation Electrician and joined a large national company at 27 years of age, employed as a Service Engineer in the Lancashire area. He was then promoted to UK Senior Service Instructor with the role of training new and existing engineers on new electronic control systems in the UK and overseas. Gordon retired in 2001 due to heart problems. Gordon and his wife Pauline, joined Salford Heart Care in 2001. He became a Committee Member and Director that same year. He started a “walking for health group” for the members at Eccles, and was approached by Salford Community Leisure with the idea of integrating the walking group into their city-wide system which provided a different walk every day. Gordon agreed to work in partnership and was given training to become a Walk Leader. Today, Gordon supports around 40 members as a Walk Leader. However, in 2004, Gordon had a triple bypass operation which stopped him from walking for a number of months. Eventually, he started walking again. He then went on to join a choir formed by Salford Community Leisure for retired people. After a few years, Gordon took over the running of the choir and he currently has around 30 choir members who provide concerts for nursing homes and other groups throughout the year. He also run a small Family History Group for “Salford U3A”, helping members to research their family history. Gordon is the Secretary of Salford Heart Care and provides photography for the group and members on the many trips organised by other volunteers. Gordon supports us by raising awareness of Salford Heart Care in the local community and often represents our organisation and heart patients at events organised by The British Heart Foundation.

Honorary Members:

Jean Hamilton: Widow of Bernard Hamilton (founder of Salford Heart Care Support Group)

Our Head Office address:
Salford Heart Care
c/o Patricroft URC
Franklin Street
M30 0QZ

Telephone: 0161 707 7402

Email: Serena Rice:

Our office address is:
Salford Heart Care
C/o Egan Project
19 Green Lane
M30 0RP
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