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Board of Directors

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

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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.
Malcom Sugden
Deputy Chairman,   Malcom 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
Angela Smith
Angela Smith - Appointed 01/04/2016
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

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 Chie Executive/Chief Operating Officer of three former Primary Care Trusts, with responsibility for caring and system leadership.
Hugh Mullen

Director of Strategy, Planning & Partnerships / Deputy Chief Executive,   Hugh Mullen

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

Chief Nurse & Director of Quality Governance ,   Alison Lynch

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 has a particular interest in nurse leadership and the care of our most vulnerable patients.
Feroz Patel

Director of Finance,   Feroz Patel

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.
Hilary Brearley

Interim Director of Workforce and Organisational Development,   Hilary Brearley

Hilary has a strong track record in workforce and organisational development across both public and private sector organisations.

Before joining us she was interim director of workforce at Bolton NHS FoundationTrust. Hilary has also worked in local authorities and with NHS England to deliver a national GP Coaching Development Programme.
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.
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.
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