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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 1 October 2019 – 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 1 September 2019 for a short spell before the two trusts merged to become 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 1 October 2019 – he was previously non-executive director at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. Neil is a chartered accountant. He began work in the private industry before joining an international firm of chartered accountants as an audit senior and manager.

Neil is now the managing director of a 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 Audit committee and is a member of the committees for the New Hospital and Nominations & Remuneration.

 

Non-Executive Director: Mike Eastwood

Mike was appointed a Non-Executive Director at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 1 October 2019 – 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 Finance & Performance Committee and is a member of the committees for Quality and Nominations & Remuneration.

 

Non-Executive Director: Mandy Wearne  

Mandy was appointed a Non-Executive Director at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 1 October 2019 – she was previously Non-Executive Director at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Mandy set up her own independent company 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.  

Mandy chairs the Charitable Funds Committee and is a member of the committees for Finance & Performance. Audit and Nominations & Remuneration.

 

Non-Executive Director: Tim Johnston (Senior Independent Director)

Tim was appointed a Non-Executive Director at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 1 October 2019 – he was previously Non-Executive Director at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust having been appointed to the board in January 2013.  

He is a graduate economist and a chartered accountant. He is a major shareholder and chairman of 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 also chairman of Langtree Property Partners Ltd, a national commercial property developer and chairs The Big Trust Ltd.

Tim is chair of the New Hospital Committee and is a member of the committees for Workforce and Education and Nomination and Remuneration.

 

Non-Executive Director: Sheila Samuels

Sheila joined the Trust in September 2020 and has a wealth of experience in public sector management and leadership. She has previously held Executive and Non -Executive Director Board level roles in local government and the NHS.  

As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Sheila has been instrumental in furthering effective Human Resource Management within organisations. Since retiring in 2013 after 35 years public service, Sheila has undertaken a number of consultancy assignments to support public sector and charitable organisations in addressing major organisational challenges.

Sheila also possesses an MSc in Humanitarian Studies gained from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. As part of this she studied health systems in developing and post conflict countries. Such insight has given her a gratitude and passion to ensure the continued effectiveness and success of patient care. 

Having lived in Liverpool throughout her life, Sheila is excited to take on the Non-Executive role with the Trust and to play her part in supporting the organisation and improvement of patient care and health outcomes in the area.

Sheila is chair of the Workforce and Education Committee and is a member of the committees for Research Development and Innovation and Nomination and Remuneration.

 

Non-Executive Director: Professor Tom Walley

Tom was appointed to the Board in July 2021. He is the associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research at the University of Liverpool. He was previously a consultant physician at RLBUHT (1991-2018), and professor of clinical pharmacology. He was director of several NIHR research programmes and a member of the NIHR Strategy Board for many years. He was awarded a CBE for services to medicine in 2008. He is a life fellow of the British Pharmacology Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Tom is chair of the Research and Innovation Committee and a member of the committee for Quality and Nominations & Remuneration.

 

Non-Executive Director: Eustace De Sousa

Eustace was appointed a Non-Executive Director at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 1 September 2020.

Eustace has worked in social care, health and wellbeing for 20 years in the North West. He has managed adult and children’s social services, and led a range of regeneration, community and housing programmes. He worked for the NHS in regional health authorities, overseeing health service performance and commissioning.

Between 2013-2020 he worked at a national level for Public Health England, leading on health inequalities, child health and healthy ageing. He is now an independent Public Health Specialist Consultant and an Honorary Fellow at the Royal College for Paediatric and Child Health.

Eustace is chair of the Quality Committee and is a member of the committees for Finance and Performance and Nomination and Remuneration.

 

Executive directors

 

Chief Finance Officer / Deputy Chief Executive: Rob Forster

Rob was appointed Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 1 April 2020. He was previously Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. After qualifying academically and professionally in Law, Rob then went on to become a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and subsequently achieved a Masters in Business Administration. Rob worked in a variety of senior finance and director roles within General Motors, living and working in both the UK and Europe for a number of years. Rob joined the NHS in 2009. In addition to his Trust role, Rob chairs the national HFMA Technical Issues Group, Cheshire & Merseyside Provider CFO Group, Finance Skills Development Steering Group and is on the Board of the NHS Finance Leadership Council. Rob is passionate about advancing the inclusive reach and effectiveness of the Finance profession in the NHS and beyond, with a special interest in innovation and Social Value.

 

Medical Director: Dr Tristan Cope

Tristan was appointed Medical Director at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 1 October 2019 – 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 1 October 2019 – 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 chief nurse.

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 1 October 2019 – she was previously Chief Operating Officer at Aintree University Hospital. Beth joined Aintree University Hospital in April 2015 and was appointed Acting Chief Operating Officer in October 2017 before becoming 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 1 October 2019 – she was previously Executive Director of Workforce and Deputy Chief Executive at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (RLBUHT). Debbie joined RLBUHT 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 Employers’ policy board and chair of NHS Providers HR Directors Network.