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Our Board

Our Board of Directors has overall responsibility for delivering services and is accountable for operational performance as well as our strategic direction.

Non-Executive Directors


Adrian Belton

Chair,   Adrian Belton - Appointed 01/06/2017

Adrian Belton has a wealth of public and private sector experience, at both national and regional level. He has held chief executive roles at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and FERA, formerly the national Food and Environment Research Agency. Adrian led the merger of four organisations to create FERA, and also has integration experience from his times as an executive director of Nottingham City Council and subsequently in the creation of Natural England as a new non-departmental public body.

Adrian previously worked at board level within banking and financial services, with risk director roles at Barclays and the Bradford and Bingley Group.

In addition, he has held non-executive roles over the last 10 years. These include chairman of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and a lay member on the Council of Sheffield University, where he sits on the audit committee. He also currently serves as the Chair of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) Board.


Malcolm Sugden

Deputy Chairman,   Malcolm Sugden - Appointed 28/04/2016

With a background in accountancy, Malcolm Sugden has operated at a senior financial level within major North West businesses for the last twenty years. His work in recent years has included several finance roles for United Utilities, and serving as finance director for Electricity North West Ltd.

Malcolm was formerly a non-executive director of NHS Tameside and Glossop Primary Care Trust.

Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson - Appointed 04/01/2016

Catherine Anderson has held senior management roles with General Electric Company, the University of Liverpool and Manchester Metropolitan University.

As head of customer services at Manchester Metropolitan University she established the largest department in the university by transforming and merging 10 departments.

Catherine now runs her own consultancy which helps businesses improve their performance.

Catherine Barber-Brown

Catherine Barber-Brown - Appointed 28/08/2016

Catherine Barber-Brown has held senior roles at the Britannia Building Society and Co-operative Bank since 2003. She was most recently Head of Strategy for the Co-operative Bank, whilst earlier roles spanned Change Management and Procurement.

Prior to this Catherine worked for ten years at international organisations Barclays de Zoete Wedd and Credit Suisse. Catherine left the Co-operative Bank earlier this year to set up her own consultancy. She is also a member of the University of Manchester Nominations Committee and General Assembly and a School Governor.

David Hopewell

David Hopewell - Appointed 01/07/2018

David is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and trained with Deloitte, Haskins and Sells before moving into industry with senior finance positions in Shell in both the UK and West Africa.

He moved into the public sector in 1994 and was Corporate Director at Government Office for the North West (GONW) (1998-2006) where he was a Board Director with a portfolio including finance, partner audit, HR, ICT, communications, governance and Ministerial business. After GONW closed he spent a short period as Director of Resources and Company Secretary for Cheshire Peaks and Plains Housing Trust (2006-2007).

Since 2007 David has had a portfolio career working as a Resources Director for Retrak a charity running projects for street children in Africa (2007-11) alongside Non-Executive appointments in a housing association (2009-12) and his previous position as Non-Executive Director with Mid Cheshire since 2007.

Dr Mike Cheshire

Dr Mike Cheshire - Appointed 01/09/2013

Dr Mike Cheshire is the senior independent director for the trust as well as non-executive director. He is a hugely experienced clinician, having worked as a consultant physician, specialising in geriatric and general medicine for many years, including nearly three decades working at Central Manchester Hospitals Foundation Trust. He was Clinical Vice President at the Royal College of Physicians, London from 2007 to 2010.

Dr Cheshire has also held a number of other important management and regional responsibilities, including Director of Post Graduate Education (1997-2001) and clinical head of intermediate care for Central Manchester Primary Care Trust (2004-2007). From 2009 until recently, Dr Cheshire was the Medical Director for NHS North West, which was our regional health authority.

Dr Marisa Logan-Ward

Dr Marisa Logan-Ward - Appointed 01/08/2019

With a background in biomedical sciences, Marisa has held senior roles in the health sector for over 15 years. She has a PhD in Molecular Immunology and began her career with national roles with Department of Health.

Her most recent posts have been that of Business Development Director at SYNLAB UK and Non-Executive Director of Oldham Community Leisure. She was previously Group Director of Pathology for BMI Healthcare, Assistant Chief Scientific Advisor for NHS Estates and Programme Director for Diagnostics with Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority.

In her career Marisa has led national turnaround programmes on quality and patient safety and has experience in delivering large-scale clinical service reconfiguration. She has expertise in strategic development, particularly in the context of collaboration and external partnerships.

She brings to her role an understanding of clinical issues and has experience in developing innovation pathways from academic and translational research through to patient-centred service transformation.

Executive Directors

Louise Robson

Chief Executive, Louise Robson

Louise was previously the Acting Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Louise joined Newcastle Hospitals in October 2012, helping to secure the Trust’s reputation as an organisation that delivers ‘outstanding’ care (as rated by the CQC) and has a strong reputation for quality and performance, research and innovation.

Louise has over 21 years of experience on the Boards of successful NHS organisations, and has an extensive portfolio including leading on strategy, planning, performance, commissioning, operations, service improvement, transformation, commercial development and partnership working. The majority of her career has been in acute hospitals, but also includes periods as Chief Executive/Chief Operating Officer of three former Primary Care Trusts, with responsibility for caring and system leadership.

Caroline Parnell

Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs, Caroline Parnell

A journalist by background, Caroline Parnell spent 20 years building and leading award winning communication and engagement teams in the NHS.

Her NHS career has spanned mental health, learning disability, community, primary care and acute hospital trusts – including some of the largest in the country. She has won a number of national awards for her work, including NHS Communicator of the Year, but she is particularly proud of those that recognised the campaigns she devised to tackle mental health stigma.

Caroline was formerly Director of Communications & Engagement at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust before setting up a successful consultancy specialising in supporting organisations through periods of change.

Leading an organisational merger and two successful bids for NHS Foundation Trust status led to Caroline’s interest in governance, and she is an experienced company secretary.

Caroline is also a trustee of The Derwent Initiative, a national charity working to improve public protection by finding practical and creative solutions to the problem of sexual offending, and The Link, a North East charity that supports young people and families with mental health problems.

Paul Moore

Director of Quality Governance and Risk Assurance, Paul Moore

A nurse by background, Paul has held a number of director level roles in the NHS and prior to joining the Trust he was Director of Governance & Quality Improvement, and Interim Chief Nurse at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

A specialist advisor to the Care Quality Commission and NHS Improvement, Paul was previously a senior associate with the Good Governance Institute, an associate consultant with Deloitte, and run his own consultancy firm specialising in governance.

John Graham

Director of Finance, John Graham

John is an experienced Director of Finance who has worked for a range of organisations including, a Health Authority, the North West Regional Office, the Directorate of Health and Social Care North, the Department of Health, a Strategic Health Authority, a Mental Health Foundation Trust and a leading University Teaching Hospital.

His most recent post has been that of Executive Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, an acute teaching hospital. Prior to this John was Director of Finance & IMT at Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust.

Greg Moores

Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Greg Moores

Greg has over 15 years’ experience working in Human Resources and Organisational Development roles in the NHS and Local Government. Greg joined Stockport in June 2019, having previously been Director of Workforce and Development at Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for eight years. During his time at MPFT, Greg led the Trust’s work on culture and staff engagement, seeing the Trust become rated as one of the best places to work in the NHS having previously been rated in the lowest quartile.

Greg holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). He believes strongly in empowering front-line staff, developing leadership at all levels, and in organisations working together as systems to meet the needs of patients and communities. Outside of work, Greg enjoys spending time with his partner and children, running, and supporting Manchester City.

Dr Colin Wasson

Medical Director, Dr Colin Wasson

Colin Wasson was appointed medical director in April 2016.

He is a consultant in intensive care and has been at the forefront of service innovation and improvements for patients since he joined Stepping Hill Hospital in 2002.

During his time at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust he has worked as audit lead, clinical director of critical care and associate medical director for surgical and critical care.

Simon Bennett

Director of Strategy and Transformation, Simon Bennett

Simon joined the trust from NHSE/I and while this is his first role in a provider organisation he has significant experience of leading system transformation. He has recently taken on responsibility for IM&T in the trust.

Sue Toal

Chief Operating Officer, Sue Toal

Sue Toal was appointed Chief Operating Officer in March 2017, having been acting in this role for a short period of time. She first joined our Trust as unscheduled care programme director and was previously at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust managing divisions including surgery, theatres & anaesthesia and neurosciences & renal. Sue originally qualified as a nurse.