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Meet our board

Chair and chief executive

Chair: Sue Musson 

Sue Musson became chair of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in October 2019.

Sue has nearly 25 years’ board-level experience as an executive and non-executive director in commercial and public sector organisations, helping them improve their strategy, performance and organisational cultures. She has extensive experience of building local partnerships and of working collaboratively to integrate, develop and improve services. 

Sue is an experienced NHS chair, previously serving as chair of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust. Her involvement with the NHS started in 2007, following her son’s recovery from a serious illness. Sue feels privileged to hold a leadership role within the NHS and is committed to supporting the Trust in providing the best possible patient and staff experience.

Sue holds a first-class honours degree in History from Columbia University and is a dual citizen of the UK and the USA.

As Trust chair, Sue:

  • Chairs the board of directors and is responsible for ensuring the board develops its vision, strategy and culture to support the delivery of outstanding care for the population

  • Chairs the shadow Council of Governors (CoG) and supports the effectiveness of the Council

  • Has a close working relationship with the Trust’s chief executive

  • Acts as an ambassador for the Trust with partners and stakeholders at a local, regional, national and international level.

 

Chief executive officer: Steve Warburton

Steve Warburton was appointed chief executive at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on October 1 – he was previously chief executive at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from April 2015 before becoming chief executive of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust on September 1 2019 for a short spell before the two trusts merged to becoming Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in October 2019. He was previously director of finance and deputy chief executive at Aintree Hospital.

Steve is passionate about patient safety and improving healthcare for the people of Liverpool.

 

Non-executive directors

 

Non-executive director: Neil Willcox

Neil was appointed a non-executive director at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on October 1 – he was previously non-executive director at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. Neil is a chartered accountant. He began work in private industry before joining as an international firm of chartered accountants as an audit senior and manager.

Neil is now the managing director of software, hosted services and infrastructure company which supports medium and large organisations in the private and public sector. Neil has both executive and non-executive experience, the latter gained in the health sector.

Neil chairs the committee for Audit and Assurance and is a member of the committees for Finance and Performance and Remuneration.

 

Non-executive director: David Fillingham CBE

David was appointed a non-executive director at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on October 1 – he was previously non-executive director at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. David was appointed as the first chief executive of AQuA (Advancing Quality Alliance) in April 2010. AQuA is a membership funded improvement organisation based in the North West of England. Its mission is to support its members to improve health and the quality of healthcare.

David joined the NHS in 1989 from a career in manufacturing. He went on to take a number of chief executive posts including Wirral FHSA, St Helens and Knowsley Health Authority, North Staffordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and Royal Bolton Hospital NHS FT.  From 2001 to 2004 David was director of the NHS Modernisation Agency developing new ways of working and promoting leadership development across the NHS as a whole. He was awarded the CBE for this work. David is also a visiting senior fellow at The King’s Fund. He was appointed to the board in October 2013.

 

Non-executive director: Mike Eastwood

Mike was appointed a non-executive director at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on October 1 – he was previously non-executive director and interim chair at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. Mike is currently diocesan secretary (chief executive) of the Diocese of Liverpool as well as the director of operations at Liverpool Cathedral.

He has significant experience of working at director level in the third sector. He currently holds a number of voluntary positions supporting the church and local community development.  He has a BA (Hons) in Modern History.

Mike chairs the board, as well as the committees for Remuneration, Finance and Performance and Charitable Funds. He is also a member of the committee for Remuneration.

 

Non-executive director: Angela Phillips

Angela was appointed a non-executive director at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on October 1 – she was previously non-executive director at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. A senior board member and finance professional with experience in both the public and private sector leading major change projects. Angela is a qualified chartered accountant.  Most recently Angela was employed as the Director of Finance at the University of Bradford. Angela has worked in different roles in NHS commissioning as well as senior roles in a private hospital group.

Angela chairs the committee for Workforce and is a member of the committee for Audit & Assurance.

 

Non-executive director: Mandy Wearne  

Mandy was appointed a non-executive director at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on October 1 – she was previously non-executive director at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Mandy set up her own independent company, five years ago, to continue to inspire excellence in the quality of care experience. She has an extensive background in NHS leadership, management, clinical practice and public health, working in a variety of health care settings. She has held a number of executive director roles, including health care strategy, performance, and provider and market development, as well as being policy advisor to the Department of Health (DH) on the development of social value led provider models.

As the first regional director of service experience in England in 2008, she led the DH Patient Experience Policy Programme working on the development of national indicators and a review of the national survey architecture. Acclaimed as a passionate and practical force for change, she was nominated for the NHS Inspiration Leadership Award in 2010. Mandy is committed to supporting NHS leadership and service experience improvement through her role as an executive coach and mentor to many aspiring and future leaders. She joined the board as a non-executive director in January 2017 and from April became the Chair of the Quality Committee.

 

Non-executive director: Tim Johnston

Tim was appointed a non-executive director at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on October 1 – he was previously non-executive director at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Tim was appointed to the board in January 2013 and became the deputy chairman in November 2013, a position he relinquished in December 2014. He is a graduate economist and a chartered accountant. He is a major shareholder and senior partner in AMION Consulting – an economics and business planning consultancy. Tim was previously the national partner in KPMG with responsibility for its Infrastructure and Government line of business. He was also a leading partner in KPMG's national regeneration team. He is a non-executive director of Network Space Holdings Ltd and Network Space Developments Ltd and chairman and director of Langtree Property Partners Ltd, a national commercial property developer. He is also a director of The Big Trust.

 

Non-executive director: Professor Louise Kenny

Profile coming soon.

 

Executive directors

 

Medical director: Dr Tristan Cope

Tristan was appointed medical director at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on October 1 – he was previously medical director at Aintree University Hospital from April 2017. He graduated from Aberdeen University in 1992 and subsequently trained in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in North Wales and Merseyside.

He was appointed as a consultant in anaesthesia and critical care at Aintree in 2001 and has held positions as clinical director of critical care, clinical director of anaesthesia, director of the Cheshire and Mersey Simulation Centre, clinical head of division of surgery and most recently deputy medical director. Tristan received a master’s degree in medical leadership from Birkbeck, University of London. He has particular interests in human factors and leadership development. In addition to his duties as medical director, Tristan continues to work part time as a consultant in critical care medicine.

 

Chief nurse: Dianne Brown

Dianne was appointed chief nurse at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on October 1 – she was previously chief nurse at Aintree University Hospital. Dianne trained in the 1980s with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust and then chose to specialise in women’s health, working at Billinge Hospital for seventeen years in all areas of women’s health including reproductive medicine, general gynaecology and early pregnancy.

An experienced board director, Dianne joined Aintree University Hospital in April 2017, following her previous role of director of nursing and midwifery at Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust which she held for three years. She has had a variety of leadership and managerial roles prior to her successful appointment as director of nursing and quality at the Trust.

Dianne is passionate about providing safe, effective and compassionate care for all patients and their families at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

 

Chief operating officer: Beth Weston

Beth was appointed chief operating officer at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on October 1 – she was previously chief operating officer at Aintree University Hospital. Beth joined the Aintree University Hospital in April 2015 and was appointed acting chief operating officer in October 2017. Beth's role was made substantive on 1 February 2019. Beth previously worked at Central Manchester University Hospitals (CMFT) for 12 years as director for a number of hospitals, more latterly as director of Trafford Hospital following its acquisition by CMFT in 2011. Beth joined the NHS in 1995 and graduated from the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme in 1997. During this period Beth also graduated from Manchester University with a masters in managing healthcare organisations.

 

Chief people officer: Debbie Herring

Debbie was appointed chief people officer at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on October 1 – she was previously executive director of workforce and deputy chief executive at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. Debbie Herring is the chief people officer having joined the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust on 31 July 2017 from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where she was director of strategy and development.

Debbie has held various senior roles in the NHS including director of strategy, HR and organisational development at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, director of HR and organisational development at Aintree University Hospital and director of HR and organisational development at Countess of Chester Hospital.

Debbie is also the vice chair of NHS Employer’s policy board and chair of NHS Providers HR Directors Network. 

 

Director of corporate governance: Madelaine Warburton

Madelaine was appointed director of corporate governance at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on October 1 – she was previously director of corporate governance at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. Madelaine has an LLB (Hons) from Liverpool University.  She has worked both in the financial sector as well as a number of public sector organisations in different roles including governance, quality management, audit and operational management. Madelaine has worked at the Royal Liverpool since 2012.  

Interim director of finance: Ian Jones

Ian was appointed interim director of finance at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in October 2019. Ian was director of finance and business services at Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust since December 2015, having previously been acting up in that role since April 2015. He is a qualified chartered accountant, having trained with a major national firm, before moving into the NHS in 1993.