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Executive Directors

Janelle Holmes, Chief Executive

Janelle was appointed as Chief Executive in June 2018, having already spent two years at the Trust as Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining Wirral University Teaching Hospital, 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.

Janelle is passionate about service improvement, staff development and whole system working to improve patient outcomes and experience. In 2011 she successfully integrated Salford Community Adult and Children’s Services with the acute hospital as Managing Director for Salford Health Care. In 2015 she established the Better Care at Lower Cost programme as Director for Productivity and Efficiency with the specific focus of improving patient quality and safety to drive cost reduction.

Anthony Middleton, Chief Operating Officer

Anthony started his career with the NHS straight from school and before joining the Trust, spent 30 years working in the Warrington and Manchester health systems. Having started out working in Finance, Anthony then moved into contracting and service development before delivering transformation programmes and directing the day to day operations of some of Manchester’s biggest hospitals.

His role here is to ensure that our three clinical divisions deliver their operational plans, and that they have the right resources in place to achieve them. As Chief Operating Officer, Anthony has the responsibility of keeping our hospitals running on a day to day basis by making sure that the organisation is aligned to deliver what patients need.

Dr Nicola Stevenson, Executive Medical Director

Having been at the Trust for over a decade, Dr Stevenson joined WUTH in 2007 as a Consultant.

Dr Stevenson's extensive career with us has seen her develop greatly from Clinical Service Lead for Respiratory (2015) to the role of Divisional Medical Director for the Division of Medicine. 

Most recently, Dr Stevenson was appointed Executive Medical director her at WUTH and brings a great deal of experience to the role. 

Hazel Richards, Chief Nurse (Outgoing)

Hazel Richards joined the Trust as Chief Nurse in January 2020.

She joined us from her previous role as Director of Nursing for Integration at Liverpool University Hospitals Foundation Trust. 

After starting her career with the NHS in 1989, she worked across a number of NHS Trusts across the North West.

Hazel is a very experienced Director of Nursing having also worked at Liverpool Heart and Chest Foundation Trust and more recently as the Director of Nursing for Cheshire and Merseyside.

Claire Wilson, Executive Director of Finance

Claire has joined the WUTH from Liverpool Heart and Chest Foundation Trust where she was Chief Finance Officer and before that was CFO at NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group.

She has spent a lot of her career working at NHS organisations in the North West and was also formerly Chief of Staff to the Chief Finance Officer for NHS England’s national team.

Claire brings a wealth of experience having held a number of senior roles at local, regional and national level.

Jacqui Grice, Executive Director of Workforce

Biography to follow

Matthew Swanborough, Director of Strategy and Partnerships

Matthew Swanborough has been appointed Director of Strategy and Partnership at WUTH. He recently moved from his role as Director of Resilience at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.  Matthew has also held a number of other operational roles at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust including the Turnaround Director, directing the financial recovery programme across the Trust.

Mathew brings to the role a great deal of expertise and we wish him a warm welcome to the Trust. 

Andrea Leather, Board Secretary

Biography to follow

Chair and Non-Executive Directors

Sir David Henshaw, Chairman

Sir David was appointed as Chairman in February 2019 having previously been Interim Chairman since February 2018.

He was formerly Chair of Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust between February 2011 and February 2019.

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.


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.

Jayne Coulson, Non-Executive Director

Jayne was appointed Non-Executive Director in July 2018 and brings with her great knowledge and business executive insight having worked in several blue chip organisations including BT, HSBC and Marks and Spencer.

Having held a number of executive level positions across differing operational areas including: HR, customer service and people development, Jayne's primary talents and interest sit within the areas of transformation and leadership where she has made many notable achievements across several business areas.

Jayne has a strong ability to effectively respond to change and to communicate at all levels. She is looking forward to sharing this wealth of experience with the Trust and its dedicated workforce.

Christopher Clarkson, Non-Executive Director

Chris was appointed Non-Executive Director in July 2018 and brings with him great knowledge and experience of technology developments and project management from his career in the Aerospace Industry.

Having held a number of senior executive level positions with BAE Systems, Chris has worked both nationally and internationally. His primary talents and interest are within the areas of technology development, project management and leadership where he has made many notable achievements.

Chris has a strong wish to support the community and the NHS through sharing his wealth of experience supporting the organisation and its dedicated workforce.

Steve Igoe, Non-Executive Director

Steve Igoe was appointed as Non-Executive Director at WUTH in 2018 and brings a wealth of experience to the Organisation.  He was previously a Non–Executive Director and Senior Independent Director at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, where he chaired their Audit Committee and Integrated Governance and Risk Committee.

Steve is also the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University where he has responsibility for the operational areas of Capital Projects, Financial Services, Human Resources, IT Services, Learning Services, Strategic Policy & Planning, and Facilities Management. He is also a Director of a number of Edge Hill’s commercial enterprises. 

Steve graduated with a first degree in Law from the University of Liverpool, he subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988 and went on to become a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, with specific expertise in project management and advising listed PLCs on Corporate Governance and Risk Management. 

Steve served two terms as a member of the Higher Education Regulatory Review Group (HERRG) advising the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) on the regulation of the Higher Education Sector.

He was a founding Director and Company Secretary for the North West’s largest regional Metropolitan area network, Net North West for six years. Steve is a past chair of the North West Consortium Higher Level Teaching Assistants Board (PRIME) and was a Trustee of Respiratory Education UK.

Steve Ryan, Non-Executive Director

Steve Ryan held the post of Consultant Paediatrician and specialised mainly in general paediatrics but included specialty work in his clinical career.  He spent some time in academic practice - his main research interests being in nutrition of premature babies and headaches in children.  

Steve has over 12 years of experience as an Executive Medical Director in Merseyside at Alder Hey and in London at Barts Health.  He undertook a range of regional strategic roles in the North West and London including being the Clinical Chair of the NHS Next Stage ("Darzi") review in the North West 2008.  Whilst in London he provided leadership in the transformation of young people's mental health services and in the reconfiguration of cancer and cardiac services.

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