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Our Board

Non-Executive Directors

Adrian Belton


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.

Malcom Sugden

Deputy Chairman

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

Non-Executive Director

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

Non-Executive Director

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

Dr Mike Cheshire

Non-Executive Director

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

John Sandford

Non-Executive Director

John Sandford qualified as a chartered accountant in 1980 and was appointed an audit and assurance partner in KPMG. During his time with KPMG he specialised in advising co-operative and mutual organisations, pension schemes and Small and medium sized enterprises. On leaving KPMG at the end of 2010 he was appointed as a council member of the central finance board of the Methodist Church and a director of the associated business Epworth Investments, where he chairs the audit committee.

He is currently a partner in Mckellens Outsourcing LLP, a strategy and governance consultancy. John has many years of experience in understanding different businesses and advising them on performance and risk issues. He is treasurer and trustee of Forever Manchester, The Community Foundation for Greater Manchester and chair of trustees of The Edward Mayes Trust.

Angela Smith

Non-Executive Director

Angela Smith has held senior human resources management roles with Virgin Management Ltd and Granada Hotels and Leisure. During her 17 years at Virgin, Angela oversaw significant organisational change and redesign at the company and ensured Virgin was an employer of choice.

Angela now runs her own consultancy firm providing strategic HR advice to organisations and entrepreneurial businesses. She is also a non-executive director for PossAbilities, a social enterprise that supports adults and children with disabilities to become more independent and experience new opportunities.

Executive Directors

Helen Thomson

Interim Chief Executive 

Helen Thomson brings over 20 years Board experience, with impressive results in strategic development and operational delivery. She originally trained as a nurse, before becoming a director of nursing and midwifery, and has worked within both acute and community provider organisations. 

More recently, as an independent healthcare consultant, Helen has led work for large NHS Trusts in Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Greater Manchester on quality strategy, urgent care improvement, service reconfiguration and clinical reviews.

Hugh Mullen

Director of Support Services/ Deputy Chief Executive

Hugh Mullen joined the Trust in January 2017 as an executive director of support services.

Hugh brings 38 years extensive NHS experience, which includes senior management roles in a number of acute and community health provider organisations in this region. He was director of operations for six years at Salford Royal and more recently director of operations at Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, which runs North Manchester & Fairfield General Hospitals, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary & community services. 

Alison Lynch

Director of Nursing and Quality

Alison first qualified as a nurse in Salford in 1988 and since then has had a wide variety of clinical and managerial roles across Greater Manchester and Cheshire & Merseyside. She was previously the director of nursing and quality at Mid-Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for two years. During this time she was instrumental in supporting progress in the patient quality, and the safety and experience improvement journey, personally leading a number of successful quality improvement and harm reduction strategies. 

Alison has particular interests in developing and engaging staff toward providing the best possible care to patients, especially the most vulnerable patients; and in developing new roles that cross boundaries in support of services working closer together. 

Alison is Visiting Professor at the University of Chester with particular interest in nurse leadership and the care of our most vulnerable patients.

Feroz Patel

Director of Finance

Feroz Patel began his career in the NHS a National Financial Management Trainee in 1999 and has trained at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Feroz qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant on the scheme and since graduating he has held a number of senior finance roles across provider and commissioner organisations.

Feroz joined Stockport NHS Foundation Trust in 2015 from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he worked for eight years and held the roles of Associate Director of Finance, Acting Director of Finance and Deputy Director of Finance.

Jayne Shaw

Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

Jayne Shaw was appointed Director of Workforce and Organisational Development in July 2013.

Jayne was previously director of workforce and organisational development at Mid Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust has a number of HR roles throughout her 25-year NHS career. Prior to Mid Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust, Jayne was director of human resources and organisational development at Alder Hey for eight years.

Paul Buckingham

Director of Corporate Affairs

Paul Buckingham joined the Trust in February 2015.

Paul had previously been the Corporate Secretary at North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust since establishment of the Trust in 2006 and had undertaken procurement and contracting roles after joining the ambulance sector in 1998.

Prior to working in the NHS, Paul completed a 20-year engagement as a Logistics Officer in the Royal Navy.

Dr Colin Wasson

Medical Director

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.

Sue Toal

Chief Operating Officer

Sue Toal is our Chief Operating Officer. Sue, who`s also qualified as a nurse, joined us as interim unscheduled care programme director and was previously at Salford Royal managing divisions including surgery, theatres & anaesthesia and neurosciences & renal.

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