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Our Board

The Trust is led by a unitary Board of Directors comprising of ten Executive Directors and eight Non-Executive Directors including a Non-Executive Chair. Board members each contribute to the collective skill set and wide ranging experience of the Board, gained in a variety of professions and industry. More detailed information on the individuals who make up the Board of Directors can be found below.

The Board of Directors is responsible for a range of matters including the operational performance of the Trust, defining and implementation of strategy and for ensuring that its obligations to regulators and stakeholders are met.

In order to discharge its specific responsibilities, the decisions reserved for the Board and the delegation of duties are set out within the suite of governance documentation comprising; the scheme of delegation, matters reserved for the Board and the decision rights framework. This forms part of the organisation’s governance arrangements and ensures adequate controls are in place for the authorisation of transactions, defines financial (and other) approval limits and safeguards the assets of the Trust against loss, fraud and improper use.

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

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David joined the Trust in June 2016 from Cheshire and Wirral Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust.

David has great experience of developing partnerships and worked for many years on workforce development. He is passionate about staff engagement, service user and carer involvement and putting patients at the centre of services.

Chief Executive

Caroline Donovan

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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

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Chief Finance Officer
Sam Proffitt

Sam is a qualified accountant working within the NHS and Third sector organisations since 1993 when she started as a graduated trainee. Sam has spent the majority of her career working within mental health and learning disability organisations and has 12 years Board level experience as a Director of Finance. Most recently, she has been working in a wider system role within Cheshire and Merseyside. In addition, she has been a Trustee for a charity providing a range of services including shared lives and supported living for the last 7 years. 

Sam is passionate about making a positive difference to the people we support and continuing to develop strong partnerships with our colleagues across all sectors to drive improvements for our people though greater collaboration. Sam’s role encompasses Finance, Estates and Strategic Development through strategy.

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Acting Medical Director
Dr Richard Morgan

Dr Richard Morgan, MRCP, MRCPsych, MSc is a Consultant Psychiatrist, with a special interest in Liaison Psychiatry and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

He joined the Trust in 2004 after completing his training in Manchester. His clinical work was based in Preston Crisis Response Home Treatment Team from 2006 to 2017, and since 2017 he has led Liaison Psychiatry Services at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.

He has held a range of educational roles including Educational Supervisor and Locality Tutor. He became Director of Medical Education and Deputy Medical Director in 2016.

Chief Operating Officer 
Chris Oliver

Chris joined the Trust in July 2020 as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive.

As an established NHS manager, Chris has sustained a track record of driving performance and delivering results against a background of service development and improvement.

Having worked in the NHS for almost 20 years, he has had a varied and immensely satisfying career which has enabled him to successfully lead healthcare staff in a variety of challenging environments.

Chris’ experience covers finance, operational and leadership roles. He was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Mid Cheshire Hospitals, a post he held for three years before joining LSCFT.

Demonstrating partnership working is one of Chris’ key drivers knowing the success that such partnership brings when delivering services across a whole health economy.

Chris is looking forward to further enhancing patient and staff experience at the Trust as well as delivering the LSCFT vision to support our local communities by excelling in everything we do together.

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Director of Nursing & Quality
Maria Nelligan

Maria is a recognised leader in nursing and quality, with expertise across Nursing, Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC), Emergency Planning, Education Services Development and Quality Improvement.

She has held significant roles in Ireland, Australia and the UK and is particularly recognised for her expertise in community nursing and physical health and Learning, Disability and Autism.

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Director of People & OD
Helen Farrington

Helen Farrington joined the Trust in April 2020 as the Director of People and Organisation Development. Helen is a strong advocate of developing cultures that make a real and sustainable difference to peoples work life and quality of care.

Before joining the Trust, Helen was the Director of Organisation Design and Development at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust where she led on the design and delivery of a culture change programme that underpinned one of the largest mergers in the NHS.

Helen comes with over 25 years of leadership experience in the private, public and voluntary sectors. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and holds a BA in Education and an MSc in Organisation Change and Development. In 2017, Helen won the HPMA Deputy Director of the Year award for her leadership in transformational HR.

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Director of Compliance & Improvement
Ursula Martin

Ursula joined the Trust in October 2019, having had almost 20 years working in the NHS in governance and improvement roles. 

Ursula was previously the Executive Director of Governance & Quality at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, having also had senior roles in mental health and 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.

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Director of Communications
Shelley Wright

Shelley is a skilled and experienced strategic communications professional and previously an award winning journalist. She began her career as a hack for several regional and national media titles, moving into communications roles. Most recently she held the most senior communications role in any UK fire and rescue service and supported the devolution process in Greater Manchester which included working with the former Health Secretary Andy Burnham, who is now elected Mayor.

Shelley has extensive experience of leading crisis communications and was involved in the response to the Manchester Arena attacks.

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Director of Digital
John Glover

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Non-Executive Directors

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.