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Our Board

Executive Directors

David Jago, Acting Chief Executive and Designated Officer

David joined Wirral University Teaching Hospital in June 2016. He was previously Director of Finance at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital before being appointed as Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Finance Officer in September 2013. 

David became Acting Chief Executive and Designated Officer in December 2017.

Janelle Holmes, Chief Operating Officer

Janelle was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in April 2016. 

Prior to taking up this role, Janelle was the Director of Operations and Performance at Salford Royal Foundation Trust.

Janelle has worked in the NHS since qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1991.  During her nursing career she worked in a variety of clinical areas, moving into operational management in 2004 following a spell as a ‘health economy’ service transformation lead.

Dr Susan Gilby, Medical Director

Dr Susan Gilby joined Wirral University Teaching Hospital as Medical Director at the start of January.

Formerly the Medical Director at Wye Valley NHS Trust, she brings with her a wealth of experience that will be of great benefit to patients and colleagues at our Trust.

Gaynor Westray, Director of Nursing and Midwifery

Gaynor joined the Trust as a student nurse back in 1984 and has spent her entire NHS career dedicated to caring for people at Wirral hospitals.

After three years of nurse training, Gaynor became a Staff Nurse on the orthopaedic wards here at Arrowe park Hospital,  her hard work and commitment to patient care resulted in her being promoted to Ward Sister initially at Arrowe Park Hospital, then transferring to Clatterbridge Hospital.

Gareth Lawrence, Acting Director of Finance

Gareth was appointed Acting Director of Finance in December 2017 after previously being Deputy Director at  the Trust since July 2015.

Gareth has over 12 years NHS experience and previously spent five years working at St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust in senior finance positions.

Gareth will hold his post until May 2018.

Chair and Non-Executive Directors

Sir David Henshaw, Interim Chairman

Sir David took up this post as Interim Chairman in February 2018. He is also currently Chair of Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust since February 2011, having been Chair of NHS North West for four years. Among his many achievements, Sir David was responsible for the review of the child support system in the UK in 2007. He was also involved in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit Capability Review programme of central government departments.

Alongside his role at Alder Hey, Sir David was also a Non-Executive Director for a number of other public and private organisations including the Chair of Manchester Academy for Health Sciences and Non-Executive Director for Albany Investment PLC. He has various charitable Trustee roles

In February 2012 Sir David was asked by Monitor to take on the role of Interim Chair at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. This lasted until April 2013.He has subsequently been interim Chair at Dorset Healthcare Foundation Trust and St Georges University Hospital Foundation Trust.


Graham Hollick, Non-Executive Director

Graham began his career in 1964 when he joined the Central Africa Building Society. Here, he ultimately rose to Chief Executive and, in 1998, was appointed Group Chief Executive at Old Mutual Central Africa. Graham retired in 2004 and moved to the United Kingdom. On his arrival in the United Kingdom he undertook lecturing in Management Science Methods and Tutoring in Quantitative Techniques and Operations Management at Aston University until 2012.


John Sullivan - Non-Executive Director

John was appointed Non-Executive Director in July 2015.

He has extensive international manufacturing, business change and HR experience at senior levels in ICI, Texaco Canada Inc, Ineos Chlor Ltd, Sanofi Aventis Ltd and Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics Ltd.  Recently he also founded ICTAN Limited, providing management consultancy and executive coaching support to senior manufacturing and general management leaders in various industries. 

Sue Lorimer, Non-Executive Director

Sue Lorimer joined the board in July 2017. She has spent most of her career in NHS Finance, mainly in the provider sector and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She took up her first Finance director post in 1990 and has held board level posts in a variety of NHS providers including ambulance, community and specialised services. She joined the NHS Trust Development Authority, (later NHS Improvement) when it was formed in 2013, taking the lead on provider Finance across the north of England. She is a keen supporter of training and development and was a trustee of the Healthcare Financial Management Association for 9 years, taking the role of president in 2015. She retired from full time work in 2016. Sue lives in Liverpool with her partner John and their 2 cats.

Joan Coakley OBE, Non-Executive Director

John was appointed as Non-Executive Director in July 2017.

John retired in 2014 as Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive of Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which he had held for 16 and 10 years respectively. Prior to that John was a Consultant Physician in Intensive Care Medicine.

John set up the first ICU follow up and bereavement clinic in London and was awarded the OBE for contribution to the NHS in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2014.  He was also awarded a national Sliver Clinical Excellence Award by ACCEA in 2007 and renewed in 2011.

John was an active researcher before his Consultant appointment and for several years after.

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