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Our Board

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust's (LSCFT) Board of Directors is made up of 13 Directors, comprising of five Executive Directors, two non-voting Directors and six independent Non-Executive Directors plus a Non-Executive Chair. The profiles of each member of the Board can be seen below. The Board is accountable for all aspects of LSCFT's activity, including the quality and safety of the services provided, and for the patient experience. The Board sets the strategy for LSCFT, ensuring that Executives have clear responsibilities for their operational portfolios. The Board also shapes the culture of the organisation.

The Board of Directors meets on a quarterly basis and transacts its business in accordance with an agreed agenda setting process and an annual cycle of business which ensures that standard items of accountability and assurance are addressed but also that sufficient time is set aside to focus on quality and appropriate strategic development.

Board meetings are held in public unless restrictions under the Freedom of Information Act 2002 require discussions to take place privately. This is detailed on the Boards agendas which are uploaded to the Trust's internet one week prior to the meeting and circulated to its Council of Governors. Papers are issued to Board members seven days in advance of the meeting and are made available on the internet following each Board meeting. Minutes of the Board meetings are circulated to the Council of Governors as soon as practically possible following each meeting. At the request of the Chief Executive and with the consent of the Chair, members of the senior management team attend Board meetings where necessary in order to help inform debate and discussion. Council of Governors have a standing invitation to each Board meeting to observe the work of the Board of Directors.

Regular informal briefings and presentations on specific topics or services are provided outside of the formal Board meetings to explore in more depth complex issues in preparation for discussion at future Board meetings.

A structure is in place that demonstrates four sub-committees of the Board (Audit Committee, Finance and Performance Committee and People & Quality Committee). Each committee has clear terms of reference that are refreshed and approved on an annual basis to ensure the effective discharge of duties and recommendations are made to the Board on areas of specialisation. Details of the work and membership of these committees can be found here. A schedule of matters reserved for the Board of Directors is maintained along with a Scheme of Delegation for further discharge of their responsibilities. Declaration of Interest made by the Board of Directors can be viewed here. To view the full register please contact the Company Secretray on 01772 676021.

Please follow this link to view a chart showing all areas of responsibility for each Executive.

Click here for the Trust Board meeting area that includes agendas, minutes and relevant papers.

If you have any queries regarding the Trust Board meetings please contact Umme Batan on 01772 520388 or umme.batan@lancashirecare.nhs.uk

Our Trust Board Members


David Eva

David joined the Trust in June 2016 from Cheshire and Wirral Partnerships (CWP) NHS Foundation Trust where he has spent the last 15 years.

David has great experience of developing partnerships and has worked for many years on workforce development. He is passionate about staff engagement, service user and carer involvement and putting patients at centre of services. He brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked at Board level in the NHS as Non-Executive Director and Chair for over 20 years.

Chief Executive

Caroline Donovan

Caroline joined the Trust as Chief Executive in April 2019 having been the Chief Executive of North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust which was awarded a rating of Outstanding by the CQC under Caroline’s leadership.

Caroline is a nurse and passionate about delivering high quality patient-centred services. Her experience of Public Health supported her deeper understanding of partnership working across and beyond health and social care. She strongly believes in the importance of accountability to communities and service users and carers.

She has spent many years in developing leaders and organisations, is CIPD qualified and considers that positive values and behaviours are essential to providing excellent patient-centred leadership.

Executive Directors

Chief Finance Officer
Bill Gregory

Bill joined the Trust in February 2015, as Chief Finance Officer.  A Chartered Accountant with experience of working across the NHS and private sector, he has 20 years of experience as a director in healthcare for acute hospital, mental health and community service organisations.

His current responsibilities include financial management, IT, estates, planning and business development in his current role.

He is a trustee of the national Healthcare Finance Managers Association (HFMA) and member of the Finance and General Purpose Committee at the University of Lancaster.

Acting Medical Director
Dr Richard Morgan

Dr Richard Morgan, MRCP, MRCPsych , MSc is a Consultant Psychiatrist, with special interest in Liaison Psychiatry and Cognitive behavioural therapy. He joined Lancashire Care in 2004 having trained in Manchester. His clinical work was based in Preston Crisis Response Home Treatment Team from 2006 to 2017, since 2017 he has led Liaison Psychiatry Services at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. He has held a range of educational roles including Educational Supervisor, Locality Tutor, TPD. He became Director of Medical Education and Deputy MD in 2016. He is currently Acting Medical Director.

Executive Director of Operation 
Russell Patton 

Russell Patton recently joined Lancashire Care Trust to undertake the role of Executive Director of Operations. Prior to this Russell was the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. During his time there he has carried out a number of Director Roles with responsibility for a diverse range of clinical services including mental health, learning disabilities, forensics and neurological services.  

As Deputy Chief Operating Officer he also had responsibility for CQC Compliance, Enhanced Bed Management and EPRR. During an extensive NHS career, Russell  has worked in a number of NHS settings including local and regional commissioning roles.

Russell is a keen advocate of transformational change in collaboration with service users, carers, staff and other key stakeholders and has successfully led large scale change programmes during his time at Northumberland, Tyne & Wear.

Interim Director of Partnerships & Strategy 
Phil Evans

Phil joined the Trust in January 2020 as interim Director of Partnerships and Strategy where he will be working around the Integrated Care Partnership agenda. He will also have business intelligence, performance, strategy and business development within his portfolio. 

Phil has previously worked within Royal Mail, where he was integral to the teams in operations and transformation, before moving into the public sector over the past 10 years where he has been very much focused on transformational change.

Most recently Phil has spent the past three year working at system level as Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships Director in Shropshire and interim managing director for the Dudley Multi-disciplinary Community Provider.

Director of Nursing & Quality
Maria Nelligan

Maria is an experienced Registered Nurse Leader. On completing her Registered Nurse training in Learning Disabilities in Ireland, Maria moved to Australia in 1986 to extend her experience.

She migrated to the UK in 1990 and worked as a Community Nurse in Merseyside where she continued to develop her skills and interest in physical health, when she became the Board Nurse in the local Primary Care Trust.

Maria has held a number of operational and clinical roles, including professional lead and Services Manager until her appointment to Deputy Director of Nursing & Therapies from 2004 at Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Trust.

During this time, she extended her experience corporately in leading a portfolio in Nursing, Infection, Prevention & Control, Emergency Planning, Education Services Development and Quality Improvement.

Interim Director of Workforce & OD
Nicky Ingham

Nicky is currently the Interim Director of HR at Lancashire Care.  Nicky is also the Executive Director for the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) and Chief Executive of her own successful HR and OD Consultancy.

Nicky has over 27 years’ experience working with NHS organisations in a variety of workforce roles, with over 15 years as Executive Director of Workforce and OD.

A focused values-driven individual, who is passionate about staff engagement and working in partnership with key stakeholders to create great and safe places to work ensuring that the service users receive the best care possible.  Nicky is a previous HPMA HRD of the Year 2010, is CIPD qualified and a NLP Practitioner.

Director of Compliance & Improvement
Ursula Martin

Ursula joined the Trust in October 2019, having had almost twenty years working in the NHS in governance and improvement roles.  Ursula joined us having previously being the Director of Governance & Quality at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, having also had senior roles in mental health and also small to large acute Trusts.

Ursula is passionate about ensuring that there are robust governance frameworks to ensure ward/team to Board visibility, and that improvement strategies are in place appropriately, to ensure that staff can provide the best care that they can to our patients.  Ursula is also a big advocate of co-producing improvement and development work with patients, staff and our partners.

Director of Communications
Shelley Wright

Shelley is a skilled and experienced communications professional who originally trained as a journalist but has more recently held a variety of strategic roles in both the private and public sector.

During her career she has worked for local authorities, the fire service and was a trusted advisor to former Health Secretary Andy Burnham, who is now Mayor of Greater Manchester. 

Non-Executive Directors

Deputy Chair
Isla Wilson

Isla is an experienced board member, who has operated at board level in a variety of private organisations and social ventures. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of a Lancashire-based housing association and has previously served on the boards of charities and social enterprises.

Isla is an advocate of generating social impact, community development and social venturing. Alongside her non-executive duties she runs her own business, specialising in organisational growth, social value and innovation.

Louise Dickinson

Louise was appointed to the board as a Non-Executive in October 2013 and became Chair of the Audit Committee in July 2014.  Louise is a former regional managing partner of the accountancy firm, Grant Thornton, where she specialised in providing corporate finance advice.  Since leaving Grant Thornton, Louise has held a number of board level executive and advisory roles in strategy, business planning, finance and risk management.

Louise is a Governor and Chair of the Finance Committee at a primary school in Manchester and was previously a Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee of Down Syndrome Education International, a charity that works to improve educational outcomes for young people with Down syndrome through scientific research and global information and advice services. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Mohammed Shazad Sarwar

Shazad Sarwar was appointed to the board as a Non-Executive in December 2018 for three years. Shazad is currently Lay Member of Cumbria & Lancashire Magistrates Advisory Committee and managing director at a niche consultancy that works with private and public sector.

He is a former Non-Executive and Deputy Chair of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust where he led on patient safety and quality and post Care Quality Commission inspection. He is also former Non-Executive Director of East Lancashire Hospital Trust and Former Independent Member of Lancashire Police Authority; in the latter he led on strategic planning and performance.   

He brings wealth of experience of community engagement, corporate governance, performance and risk management. He is an advocate of asset based community development and is passionate about making sure that services are informed by service users and quality and compassion sits at the heart of everything we do.

Debbie Francis

Debbie was appointed to the board as a Non-Executive Director in January 2019. She is currently the Managing Director of Direct Rail Services Limited (DRS). Debbie has 30 years of experience across a range of industries from IT to infrastructure maintenance to rail. She has also gained extensive experience throughout her career both in the UK and overseas in finance, systems, commercial, operations and business development. She has a 2:1 degree in Business Studies from Liverpool Polytechnic, an MBA from Manchester Business School, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and has recently commenced a PhD with leadership and team performance at the heart of the research.

Debbie is Chair of the Cumbria Education Trust (CET) and holds a NED position with Clatterbridge Cancer Care NHS Specialist Trust.

Paul Farrimond

Paul has over forty years’ experience in the NHS as a qualified general and mental health nurse and as a professionally qualified manager with an MBA. He has worked in acute, mental health, primary care, community provider, integrated health and social care, primary care trusts, commissioning and improvement partnerships. Since taking early retirement he has undertaken interim director roles for trusts and improvement partnerships, as well as individual project work. Paul has been a trustee for a mental health charity and previously was a non-executive director for a London mental health Trust where he chaired the Quality and Safety Committee and the Mental Health Law Committee

Currently Paul undertakes consultancy work and provides advice to NHS Providers on mental health issues. He is a member of several external advisory groups for the Care Quality Commission. He also facilitates the meetings of the nine mental health Trusts in the North East and Yorkshire and Humber including organising conferences.

On the death of his wife Paul has returned to his roots and now lives in Standish. He has two grown up children and enjoys long walks with his Labrador, Hera. Paul also supports both Rugby League and Rugby Union, attending as many games as he can fit in.

Peter Williams

Peter qualified as a doctor at University of Manchester in 1978. He trained as a Consultant Physician and Nephrologist in Manchester and Liverpool.

His first consultant appointment was at North Manchester General Hospital before being appointed as Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. He was appointed Executive  Medical Director in 2008 and remained in that role until 2019.

He was also the programme director for the merger of the Royal Liverpool and Aintree hospitals to form Liverpool University Hospitals Foundation Trust.

Peter is the secondary care advisor to Manchester Health and Care Commissioning Board and a non-executive director to the NHS Transformation Unit.