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Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust Board of DirectorsThe 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 is 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.

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.

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

Louise Shepherd, Chief Executive

Louise ShepherdLouise joined Alder Hey in March 2008 from Liverpool Women’s Hospital where as Chief Executive she led it to foundation trust status in 2005, the first in Merseyside to achieve this.

Formerly Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director at the Countess of Chester NHS Trust for five and a half years, Louise first joined the health service in 1993 as Director of Business Development at Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust.

A Cambridge University graduate in 1985, Louise trained as an accountant in local government before spending four years with KPMG as a financial and management consultant to the public sector. Louise is very active in Liverpool outside of the health service; she continues to play the violin with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra.

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

Rick Turnock, Medical Director

Rick TurnockRick was appointed as interim Medical Director in May 2014, the role being made substantive upon Professor Ian Lewis’ retirement in April 2015.

Having trained as a Paediatric Surgeon at Alder Hey and Great Ormond Street, Rick was appointed as a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Alder Hey in 1993. Shortly after this appointment, he took on the role as Clinical Director of Surgery for five years, moving to his first period as the Trust Executive Medical Director in 2000 for 3 years. He then fulfilled a series of external roles including Honorary Secretary of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS), the first Head of the Cheshire and Merseyside Deanery Postgraduate School of Surgery and latterly as President of BAPS (2012-14), in which role he sat on the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSEng).

Rick was an Examiner for the FRCS in Paediatric Surgery for 10 years and is now an Examiner Assessor. He has been the RCSEng Regional Specialty Adviser for Paediatric Surgery in the North West for the last five years.

Gill Core, Chief Nurse

Gill CoreGill joined Alder Hey as Director of Nursing in July 2012. Gill became a nurse in 1981 and spent a number of years in clinical roles in Intensive Care and Surgical specialties.

Since her first managerial role as Head of Quality in Norfolk in the 1990’s she has gained increasing experience in quality improvement and nursing leadership. She came to Alder Hey following seven years in Director of Nursing roles – at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and most recently at St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, where she gained experience in leading the nursing workforce in transition from an old Victorian hospital into a brand new facility.

Gill has maintained and developed strong educational links and currently participates in delivering the MSc in Leadership Development at Edge Hill University. Along with a variety of clinical qualifications she has an MA and post graduate teaching certificate.

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

Judith Adams, Chief Operating Officer

Judith AdamsJude joined Alder Hey as Chief Operating Officer in March 2011 and has over 25 years working in the health service. Jude trained as a nurse and has clinical experience working in specialist and University Teaching trusts both in and outside of London as well as overseas.

She moved into healthcare management in 2002 when she applied through the Department of Health for a national advisory role in the Heart Choice programme and worked with the Picker Institute in evaluating patient choice. Jude has held a senior post at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS Trust as Divisional Nurse Director for Surgical Services and later becoming Divisional General Manager for this Division.

Prior to her role at Alder Hey, Jude was the Director of Operations and Programme Director at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust where she led the Trust on a £48m Cost Improvement Plan over three years, as well as leading significant transformation across a number of clinical services. Jude has masters level training in clinical practice and is nearing completion of her MSc in Healthcare Management.

Trust Committee and Membership Role:

  • Member of the Resource and Business Development Committee
  • Member of the Workforce and Organisational Development Committee

Jonathan Stephens, Finance and Business Development Director

Jonathan StephensJonathan has over twenty years experience working within the NHS, operating at a senior level in most sectors of the health service, including community care services (Manchester), specialist teaching hospitals (Salford Royal Hospital), Strategic Health Authority (Greater Manchester) and the acute district hospital sector (Tameside Hospital and Warrington and Halton Hospitals).

He has operated at Executive Director level for the past nine years, and since 2009 undertaken the role of Deputy Chief Executive.

Jonathan has a proven track record of delivering key financial targets year on year and leading and developing financial strategy within challenging health economies. He has led two trusts to foundation status (Tameside Hospital and Warrington and Halton Hospitals ), taken a £100m PFI hospital development to financial close and supported all the organisations he has worked for in delivering improvements to patient care and patient outcomes.

In 2012 Jonathan lead the negotiations with NHS Northwest Strategic Health Authority, the Department of Health and local PCTs which secured the transfer of the Cheshire and Merseyside Treatment Centre (stand alone purpose built surgical facility in Runcorn) to Warrington and Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust.

David Alexander, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

David AlexanderDavid joined Alder Hey as Director of HR and OD in August 2012 from Thomas Cook Airlines where he had been HR Director for 8 years.

David graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Applied Zoology in 1985 and gained his postgraduate qualification in HR Management from Bristol Business School in 1987. David started his HR Career with the Cooperative Wholesale Society as a graduate trainee he then moved to P&O Ferrymasters as HR and Training Manager before joining Servisair where he spent 9 years, the last 5 years in the role of UK HR Director. David joined Thomas Cook Airlines in 2004 and managed the merger with MYTravel Airways in 2007/8.

David’s HR career has put him in organisations where constant change in a unionised, regulated environment has been the norm. David is an experienced HR Director who has operated at Board level for 13 years.

David Powell, Development Director

David PowellDavid is Development Director for Alder Hey in the Park, overseeing the project that will see Alder Hey move into a brand new, purpose built hospital in Springfield Park in 2015.



Non-Executive Directors

Claire Dove

Claire Dove, Non-Executive DirectorClaire 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

Philip Huggon

Phil HuggonPhilip joined the Alder Hey Board in March 2010. He has a portfolio of Non-Executive and trustee roles in the private and public sector, with a particular focus on marketing and business development. Philip has 10 years board director experience and is also a board director with Seafish, a Non-Departmental Public Body set up to promote the fishing industry, the Business Continuity Institute, Sports Leaders UK and chair of RCU, an education consultancy. His background is mostly marketing, strategy and change management gained from 20 years’ experience with Shell, MARS and BP, both in the UK and overseas.

Trust Committee Membership and Role:

  • Member of the Business and Resources Committee
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of Clinical Quality Assurance 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

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

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.

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