Our Trust Board

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    Our Board

    The Trust is led by a Board of Directors comprising of a Chief Executive Officer, eight Executive Directors, six Non-Executive Directors and 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.

    Visit our 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 676021 or umme.batan@lscft.nhs.uk 

    Our Trust Board Members

    David Eva - Chair

    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.

    Caroline Donovan - Chief Executive

    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

    Dr David Fearnley - Chief Medical Officer

    David has been a consultant forensic psychiatrist since 2001, and was appointed as the Medical Director for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust in 2005. He then moved to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, as the Executive Medical Director, in August 2019. His interests include encouraging doctors to become involved in medical leadership, quality improvement science, large scale transformational change, and digital health technology.  David was named as the Royal College of Psychiatrists Inaugural ‘Psychiatrist of the Year’ (2009), received the Healthcare Financial Management Association/Academy of Medical Royal Colleges ‘Working with Finance - Clinician of the Year Award’ in 2013, and was named in the Health Service Journal’s 100 Clinical Leaders List in 2015.

    Chris Oliver - Chief Operating Officer / Deputy Chief Executive

    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.

    Alex Heritage - Chief Strategy Officer

    Alex Heritage joined us in April 2021 as Chief Strategy Officer. Alex has worked in the public sector for 15 years in both Local Government and the NHS, most recently as the Chief Executive for the NHS Transformation Unit in Manchester, who have been responsible for overseeing major transformation programmes across the North West of England. More recently Alex has been on secondment as Managing Director for the Provider Collaboration Board across Lancashire and South Cumbria which the Trust are part of. In 2014, Alex was recognised as one of ten Rising Stars at the National Health Service Journal Awards and was selected to be part of the National NHS Directors Programme.

    Maria Nelligan - Chief Nurse & Quality Officer

    Maria is an experienced Registered Nurse and has held a number of operational, clinical and professional lead roles. Maria was appointed as Executive Director of Nursing & Quality in 2015 at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare. During her time there, Maria played a pivotal role in the Trust achieving a CQC rating of Outstanding in 2019. Maria then joined LSCFT in September 2019, where she is the Executive Professional Lead for Nursing, AHPs, Psychology and Social Work. Maria is the Trust Lead for Learning Disability and Autism transformation and is the Chair of the North West Learning Disability and Autism Operational Delivery Network (ODN). She has been a long standing member of the national Mental Health and Learning Disability Directors Forum where she has a role of Secretary and Editor

    Helen Farrington - Chief People Officer

    Helen Farrington joined the Trust in April 2020 and 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.

    Ursula Martin - Chief Improvement & Compliance Officer

    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.

    Jenny Hannon - Chief Finance Officer

    Jenny first joined Liverpool Women’s in 2012, and after a short spell at NHS England, returned to the Trust in 2014 as Deputy Director of Finance. She joined the Board of Directors in October 2017, undertaking the role of Director of Strategy and Planning on an interim basis, before taking up the post of Director of Finance in February 2018.
    Jenny trained with professional services firm EY and is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She has held a number of senior finance roles across a range of organisations and has long standing ties with Liverpool as well as experience of working on national and international projects.

    Steve Christian - Chief Integration Officer

    Steve Christian is Chief Integration Officer and leads on delivering our ambitions for the Provider Collaboration across Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism working with Integrated Care System colleagues across Lancashire and South Cumbria.  Steve was previously Deputy Chief Executive / Chief Operating Officer at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. Whilst at the Trust he helped the Trust secure significant and sustained improvements across its operational performance and has played a pivotal leadership role in moving the Trust out of challenged provider status.  Steve has also worked for NHS England where he was Regional Director of Improvement. He has also worked in a number of senior operational leadership roles across hospital trusts within the Cheshire and Mersey region starting his career in the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme.

    Non-Executive Directors

    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. 

    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.   

    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.

    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.

    Phil Huggon

    Phil is a Non-executive Director with several organisations mostly in health and education across the private, charitable and public sectors. Originally from Preston, he graduated with a degree in Languages from Oriel College, Oxford, then spent 20 years in commercial, marketing and transformation roles with BP, MARS and Shell, both in the UK and across Europe. Over the last 13 years, he has held several NED roles with the NHS, and currently is Chair of the NHS Transformation Unit, Vice Chair of Healthwatch England and NED with Liverpool Women’s Hospital (until March 2021). He has a particular focus on strategy and transformation.

    Ruth Lowry

    Ruth is a Chartered Accountant and since 2004 has been Head of Internal Audit at Lancashire County Council. She is also a Board Member at the University of Central Lancashire (since 2016) where she has chaired the Audit and Risk Committee since 2019.Her early career was spent in the Public Sector Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers and its predecessor firms, both in London and in the North West, ultimately at Senior Manager level, providing audit services and strategic advice to the boards of a range of organisations in the public service and not-for-profit sectors, including NHS providers, further and higher education institutions, housing associations and charities.