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Our Board

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.

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. 

Hayley Kendall, Chief Operating Officer

New WUTH Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hayley Kendall joined from the beginning of January 2022 from her previous COO role at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital (LHCH). Hayley is coming back to WUTH after six years away from the Trust. Prior to the COO role at LHCH, Hayley was Divisional Head of Operations for Surgery and Clinical Services at LHCH, having joined the Trust from WUTH in June 2015, where she served as Deputy Divisional Director. Hayley also spent 12 years at the Countess of Chester Hospital in a broad range of operational management roles. 

Hayley said: ‘I have very fond memories of my time at WUTH and I can’t wait to get started in the new role. There are operational challenges this winter, of course, but the WUTH team ‘can do’ attitude is still very apparent and I am looking forward to leading the Operations teams to deliver great care to our patients and to support our staff’

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.

Deborah Smith, Chief People Officer

Deborah joined WUTH in March 2021, initially as an interim, before being appointed as Chief People Officer in December 2021. Deborah has worked in the NHS for over 10 years, coming through the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme. Deborah has worked as a Human Resources and Organisational Development professional in several other NHS Trusts and prior to joining WUTH, she worked as the Deputy Chief People Officer at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust. Deborah is passionate about supporting and developing our staff to make WUTH a great place to work and to keep patients at heart of what we do.

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. 

David McGovern DL, Director of Corporate Affairs

David was appointed as Director of Corporate Affairs in July 2021 following a number of years working in senior positions across sectors.

Prior to joining Wirral University Teaching Hospital, David was the Group Company Secretary at the ForViva Group.

David has worked in a number of sectors spanning over 30 years from his first job in Local Government. As well as roles in Local and Central Government (as a Home Office Adviser) during his career he has worked in a variety of senior roles in such diverse areas as Policing, Transport, Housing and the Private and Charity Sectors.

David is passionate about public service and supporting diverse communities and he believes that the way organisations are governed can play a significant role in service delivery. David also has a passion for volunteering and has been on the Boards of several charities and supports a number of charities in developing their Boards and Constitutions. Much of his charity work has been focused on equalities and in particular organisations that support the LGBT+ community.

David is a proud Salfordian and is currently a Deputy Lieutenant in Greater Manchester.

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.

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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