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Alder Hey Board 2017The day to day management of Alder Hey is undertaken by the Board of Directors who work with a Council of Governors elected from our membership base to achieve our strategic aims and objectives.

Our priorities for 2012 to 2016 are set out in our Strategic Plan, one of our Trust publications. Our board of seven Executive Directors, six Non-Executive Directors and non-voting members meets 11 times a year to review and shape Alder Hey’s aims and objectives.

Agendas and minutes for board meetings held in the previous 12 months are available to download in the Trust publications section. Meetings are open to the public and are held in the Boardroom from 10am to 3pm.

In February 2015 the Board published a Duty of Candour.

Sir David Henshaw, Chair

Sir David HenshawSir David took up post as Chair of Alder Hey in February 2011 for an initial term of three years, having been Chair of NHS North West for four years. 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 valuable experience within the health arena, Sir David has worked extensively in local government. He spent ten years at Knowsley Borough Council before being appointed as Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council, a role which he occupied for seven years. Today, Merseyside residents see and are enjoying the benefits from many of the regeneration initiatives his team brought to the region, including securing the award of European Capital of Culture in 2008.

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.

He was appointed Chair of National Museums Liverpool early in 2017.

Trust Committee Membership and Role:

  • Chair of Board of Directors
  • Chair of Council of Governors
  • Chair of Appointments and Remuneration Committee (to appoint Executive Directors)
  • Chair of Nominations Committee of the Council of Governors (to appoint Non Executive Directors)
  • Trustee of Alder Hey Charitable Trust
  • Trustee of National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts
  • Member of Integrated Governance Committee

Louise Shepherd CBE, Chief Executive

Louise ShepherdLouise joined Alder Hey as Chief Executive in March 2008. Since then she has led it through a major transformation into Europe’s only children’s health park, designed by and for children and young people and opened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2016.

Our health park aims to provide a unique healing environment for all children and young people and comprises of a state of the art specialist children’s hospital, dedicated research and education facilities, an innovation centre, clinical research facility and family support and bereavement centre.

Previously CEO of Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Louise first joined the NHS as Director of Business Development at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital in 1993 from KPMG, where she spent four years as a financial and management consultant to the public sector.

A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Louise has a strong interest in the Arts. She served on the Board of The Liverpool Philharmonic for six years and plays violin for the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra.

Louise was awarded the CBE for Services to Healthcare in 2017.

Trust Committee Membership and Role:

  • Member of the Clinical Quality Assurance Committee
  • Member of the Resources and Business Development Committee
  • Attendee of the Audit Committee
  • Member of Integrated Governance Committee
  • Member of Appointments & Remuneration Committee

Steve Ryan, Medical Director

Steve RyanHaving graduated from the University of Leeds, Steve completed his medical training as a paediatrician in and around Leeds and Manchester. He took up his first consultant role in Liverpool working as an academic and general and neonatal paediatrician. He developed a major interest in the use of effective communication skills, joining the faculty established by Merseyside GPs.

Subsequently he focussed his clinical work on general paediatrics, establishing a headache specialist service and a service for the medical treatment of brittle bone disease. Increasingly interested in leadership he was first appointed as Medical Director of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in 2004, and was there when it became a Foundation Trust in 2008.

At about that time he was invited to be Clinical Chair of the Next Stage (Darzi) National review subsequently becoming the Deputy Medical Director for NHS North West England.

In 2010 Steve was appointed as Medical Director at Barts and the London NHS Trust, then in 2012 as Barts Health’s inaugural Medical Director. He maintained a long-standing interest in public health and appointed a Director of Public Health to his team to join a Director of Primary Care. Steve aimed to work closely with local GPs to build more effective care pathways, as well as facilitating reconfiguration of specialist cancer and cardiac services.

Since July 2015 Steve has been acting as Strategic Transformation Lead for the Healthy London Partnership for Mental Health Care Transformation for children and young people – supporting the implementation of the national strategy “Future in Mind” across London. He has also supported the clinical leaders in two London STPs, been a governing body member of Barking and Dagenham and Havering CCGs and acted as an adviser to the a Royal Free Hospital on clinical equipment procurement.

Trust Committee Membership and Role:

  • Member of the Clinical Quality Assurance Committee
  • Member of Integrated Governance Committee

Hilda Gwilliams, Director of Nursing/ Chief Nurse

Hilda GwilliamsHilda joined Alder Hey in February 2013 as Deputy Director of Nursing and has recently been appointed as Chief Nurse. Formerly, Hilda was deputy Director of Nursing at St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust for three years where she gained experience in moving hospital services from an old build to a new purpose built hospital. She qualified as a nurse in 1984 and spent a number of years in a variety of clinical roles in surgical specialties including neurosurgical intensive care.

Hilda has maintained strong educational links and continues to provide professional guidance in relation to ‘fitness for practice’ concerns pertaining to students at local HEI’s.

Trust Committee Membership and Role:

  • Member of the Clinical Quality Assurance Committee
  • Member of Integrated Governance Committee

Erica Saunders, Director of Corporate Affairs

Erica SaundersErica joined the Alder Hey team in September 2010 as Director of Corporate Affairs. She began her NHS career in 1991 through its graduate management training scheme.

Erica spent over ten years working in primary care and commissioning roles before moving to the acute sector on 2003. Part of her job includes the role of Trust Secretary, advising and supporting the Chair, Board of Directors and Council of Governors on all aspects of regulation and corporate governance.

Prior to coming to Alder Hey, Erica was Director of Corporate Affairs at the Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust where she directed the successful application to become the first foundation trust in Merseyside. Erica has an MBA, BA (Hons) and is in the final stages of study to become a chartered company secretary.

Trust Committee and Membership Role:

  • Member of the Resource and Business Development Committee
  • Member of Clinical Quality Assurance Committee
  • Member of Integrated Governance Committee

Dani Jones, Director of Strategy

Dani joined Alder Hey in October 2017 from Liverpool Community Health, where as Deputy Chief Operating Officer she had responsibility for a wide range of services including public health, health visitors, school nurses, district nurses and rapid response therapists. At LCH, Dani led successful delivery of the Clinical Strategy, working closely with Community staff, GPs and The Kings Fund. Dani also had responsibility for Frailty, Specialist nursing, Telehealth, Single Point of Contact and IM&T.

Dani has 14 years’ experience in health and social care in Merseyside, having held a number of lead roles in health and social care integration. Dani is incredibly proud to work in the NHS and is passionate about making positive improvements with patients and staff.

At Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, Dani worked closely with GPs as managerial lead on integrated community care teams, frailty and diabetes. Dani successfully developed partnerships with primary and community care, mental health, acute sector colleagues, community and voluntary sector partners to set up new services that have improved outcomes and experiences for patients. Prior to that, Dani held roles across Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Community Health joining up health and social care, and led a programme of telehealth and telemedicine at scale across NHS Merseyside.

Following her graduation in Economics and subsequent masters in Health Care Ethics at the University of Liverpool, Dani began her NHS life in technology and innovation at Central Liverpool PCT. Dani achieved an Executive Leadership in Healthcare award through the ‘Nye Bevan’ programme in 2017.

John Grinnell, Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive

 John joined Alder Hey in April 2017 as Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive. His NHS career began via the National Finance Graduate Trainee scheme, and he has worked in a variety of roles, including the Deputy Director of Performance at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, and Deputy Director of Finance at South Manchester University Hospital.

He joined The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation (RJAH) Trust in Oswestry as Director of Finance in 2008 and played a key role in supporting the organisation’s successful Foundation Trust application. He also worked with the Strategic Orthopaedic Alliance (SOA) to ensure that the voice of specialist orthopaedic providers is heard within the national financial agenda.

John became Acting Chief Executive at RJAH in October 2015 until taking up the position of Deputy Chief Executive on 1 April 2016. This was the role in which he remained until joining Alder Hey a year later.

John has three children and in his free time enjoys running, following Liverpool FC and travelling.

Trust Committee Membership and Role:

  • Member of the Resources and Business Development Committee
  • Attendee at Audit Committee
  • Member of Integrated Governance Committee

Melissa Swindell, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Melissa SwindellMelissa joined Alder Hey in 2009 as the Deputy Director of HR and OD, and has been the Interim Director of HR and OD since October 2015.

Following her graduation in Economic and Social History from the University of Liverpool, Melissa started her HR career in the airline industry before joining the NHS in 2002. She has worked in HR and OD in a range of NHS organisations both in London and in the North West. A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Melissa also has postgraduate qualifications in training and coaching.

During her time at Alder Hey, Melissa has led on the people development agenda; successful projects include a Trust wide review of the organisational values, supporting medical leadership capability and the introduction of a Trust wide values based appraisal process.

Trust Committee Membership and Role:

  • Member of Integrated Governance Committee

David Powell, Development Director

David PowellDavid joined Alder Hey as Development Director in December 2012 and has over 30 years experience working in the NHS. Prior to his role at Alder Hey, David held Development Director posts in Bristol and London overseeing new hospital programmes.

David has a history degree from Manchester University and is a qualified accountant.

Trust Committee Membership and Role:

  • Member of Integrated Governance Committee

Mark Flannagan, Director of Communications and Marketing

Prior to joining Alder Hey, Mark was the Chief Executive of the charity Beating Bowel Cancer from 2010 to 2017.  In that role he led advocacy around access to cancer medicines and took a high profile role in advocating for a new approach that involved patient experience. He is widely recognised as a highly experienced speaker, policy analyst and communicator and has connection at the highest levels in government and the UK health services.

Mark has worked at Board level in a number of high profile health profile organisations, including: the Royal College of General Practitioners; the Royal College of Nursing and Diabetes UK.

A keen road cyclist Mark has raised money for charities by taking part in cycling challenges, including Ride London 100, and cycling from London to Paris.

Mark is on Twitter @MarkFlann

Adam Bateman, Chief Operating Officer

Adam has been the Acting Chief Operating Officer since January 2018. Adam first joined Alder Hey in 2015 as the Associate Chief of Operations for the Division of Surgical Care. Prior to this, Adam held a number of acute hospital operational management roles in emergency, medical, surgical and community services.

Adam first joined the NHS in 2005 through the National Graduate Management Training scheme. He holds an MSc degree in Healthcare Leadership from the University of Manchester. Through the NHS Leadership Academy Adam successfully undertook a healthcare information fellowship at GlaxoSmithKline. He is presently on the Nye Bevan Programme for senior NHS leaders.
Adam has a particular interest in service improvement and has worked on a number of successful projects, including the design and build of new cancer treatment units, and collaboration with voluntary organisations to improve the level of support and care to people in their own home.

Non-Executive Directors

Claire Dove

Claire DoveClaire is a high impact leader of social change. She brings a track record of success from a variety of non-executive, executive and community leadership roles – shaping policy and practice in the business, social enterprise and charity worlds.

Renowned in Merseyside, known nationally and internationally – Claire’s work in education, regeneration, anti-poverty, equality and fairness arenas positions her as an independent thinker, experienced practitioner and trusted adviser to many.

Claire’s achievements stretch many decades, fields and roles. Having built the award winning Blackburne House Group (BHG) over the last 30 years, her attention is now moving towards growing a portfolio of roles to complement her work at BHG.

Trust Committee Membership and role:

  • Member of the Resource and Business Development Committee
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Appointments and Remuneration Committee

Steve Igoe

Steve IgoeSteve joined the Alder Hey Board in October 2010. He is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Resources) at Edge Hill University and a Chartered Accountant by training. Prior to working for Edge Hill, he worked for Coopers and Lybrand Deloitte a predecessor firm of Price Waterhouse Coopers as a Senior Manager in their North West offices.

In his current role he has Board responsibility for Finance, IT, HR, Infrastructure Developments and Facilities Management. He has previously advised the Government on the regulation of the higher education sector and was an adviser to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Board on leadership, governance and management and costing systems within higher education.

Steve has been a Governor of a large acute NHS trust, a trustee of a charity specialising in respiratory education and an executive and founding director of a substantial IT network company. Steve is the chair of the Trust’s Audit Committee.

Trust Committee Membership and Role:

  • Chair of the Audit Committee
  • Member of Clinical Quality Assurance Committee
  • Member of the Appointments and Remuneration Committee
  • Chair of the Integrated Governance Committee

Anita Marsland

Anita MarslandAnita began her career in Local Government in 1974 and is a qualified a social worker.  She later held a range of senior management posts, rising to Chief Officer. In 2002 Anita became one of the country’s first joint appointments between an NHS organisation (Chief Executive level) and a Local Authority. Anita has pioneered integrated working between Local Government and the NHS for many years and the model of partnership working that she has developed has been adopted and implemented successfully in other parts of the country.

She has a strong reputation nationally for promoting and implementing innovative solutions to tackle health inequalities.  Her work has been acknowledged through several awards including an MBE for services to health and social care in 2008.  In 2010 Anita was seconded to the Department of Health at Director General level to lead the setting up of Public Health England (an executive agency of the DH) as the delivery arm for DH public health policy, in line with changes introduced by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Trust Committee Membership and Role:

  • Chair of Clinical Quality Assurance Committee
  • Member of Audit Committee

Ian Quinlan

Ian QuinlanIan joined the Alder Hey Board in September 2011. He was born and bred in Yorkshire and began his career as an auditor with Ernst and Whinney (now Ernst and Young) in 1982, becoming the youngest partner in the firm at that time.

In 1988 he became Group Finance Director of the Albert Fisher Group Plc, a leading global food processor and distributor. From 2003 to the present time, Ian has held senior positions with VPS Holdings Limited, which is now the most profitable and fastest growing void property services company in the world. Between 2003 and the beginning of 2011 he was Group Chief Executive, during which time the turnover of the business increased from £3m to £200m. Between January and July 2011 he took on the role of Deputy Chairman with responsibility for company strategy, business development and acquisitions.

Ian remains a director of the business and provides consultancy service to VPS Holdings Ltd in relation to business development and acquisitions. Ian took over from Lorraine Dodd as chair of the Resources and Business Development Committee.

Trust Committee Membership and role:

  • Member of the Resource and Business Development Committee
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of Appointments & Remuneration Committee

Jeannie France-Hayhurst

Jeannie France-HayhurstJeannie is a barrister with 40 years professional experience. She has specialised in child and family law from Chambers in Liverpool and Chester for the past 20 years, leading the Family Law team in Chester for the past 4 years. She has wide experience of non-accidental injury cases and the interpretation of medical evidence and has an established professional reputation for focus, challenge and clarity.

Jeannie continues to practice as a Mediator is a new Trustee of Relate. She is also a Governor at Moreton Hall School where she has board responsibility for child protection and health and safety. She is actively involved in promoting the health and well-being of children from 3-18 in a rural residential setting.

Trust Committee Membership and role:

  • Member of Clinical Quality Assurance Committee
  • Member of the Audit Committee

Dame Jo Williams

Dame Jo joined Alder Hey in November 2016. She trained at Keele University as a social worker alongside studying for a dual honours degree. Once qualified she spent the next 30 years in the public sector; the last ten as a Director of Social Services firstly in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan and then Cheshire County Council. She then worked for five years as Chief Executive of the Royal Mencap Society. Her full time working career concluded with a three year period as Chair of the Care Quality Commission.

Twice honoured by the Queen, she received a CBE in 2000 and a DBE in 2008. Dame Jo has always been driven by a passion for equality of opportunity, fairness and justice and is a strong believer in team work and partnership. Currently the Chair of Vivo Care Services, a member of Keele University Council, a trustee of Dartington Hall Trust and a Deputy Lieutenant in Cheshire.

Trust Committee Membership and role:

  • Member of Clinical Quality Assurance Committee
  • Member of the Audit Committee

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