On 1st July 2023, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (STHK) and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust (S&O) officially became one single organisation.
Our new Trust is called Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (MWL).
This is the beginning of an exciting journey, as we come together with a shared vision to provide 5 star patient care to all of our patients across Merseyside and West Lancashire.
Our Trust Board and Senior Leadership Team
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Meet our Trust Board and Senior Leadership Team
- Ann Marr OBE - Chief Executive
Ann Marr OBE has served the NHS in Merseyside for over 35 years and is one of the longest serving Chief Executives in the NHS.
Ann began her career as a junior clerk, and after qualifying as an accountant, she eventually progressed to Director of Finance at two Merseyside NHS Trusts before becoming Chief Executive of the Liverpool Women's Hospital in 2001.
In 2003, Ann was appointed Chief Executive at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (STHK). She became Chief Executive at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust in 2021 after STHK entered into a partnership for long term collaboration.
Ann was awarded her OBE for services to the NHS in the New Year’s Honours List 2019/20.
- Richard Fraser - Chairman
Richard has over 30 years’ experience as a board director of a number of large companies and has been part of the NHS for over 15 years.
Richard studied mechanical and civil engineering at college, with his first senior job as site manager on the construction of oil tanks at the Stanlow Refinery. As Richard’s career progressed, he became managing Director of a gas contractor in Preston for 18 years, and late became MD at Enterprise PLC.
After retiring from his career as a contractor in the utility and engineering service, he served as Non-Executive Director at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He became Chair of St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals in May 2014.
- Anne-Marie Stretch - Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Human Resources
Anne-Marie started her career in the public sector at the age of 17 joining the Civil Aviation Authority where she transcribed the tapes from black boxes in aeroplanes. She then moved to Mersey Regional Health Authority, as a higher clerical officer.
Working in the NHS for 35 years, Anne-Marie has worked across a wide-range of HR roles in a variety of NHS settings. She joined the Trust as Director of Human Resources in 2003, becoming Deputy Chief Executive in 2010.
In addition to this, Anne-Marie was Managing Director at Southport & Ormskirk hospitals between September 2021 – July 2023.
- Rob Cooper - Managing Director
Rob has always worked in health and social care, starting his career in a care home, whilst completing his nursing degree at Liverpool University back in 1997.
He then went on to work in A&E, vascular surgery, and intensive care as a nurse, before moving into a site management role. This led to him joining the Trust in 2015 as Assistant Director of Operations for Medicine, before progressing to Director and now his current role as Managing Director.
- Gareth Lawrence - Director of Finance and Information
Gareth started his career in the NHS 20 years ago, joining Alder Hey Children’s Hospital as a Management Accounts Assistant, where he seized the opportunity to become a qualified accountant.
He has undertaken many finance roles at various Trusts, and in 2018 joined the Trust as Deputy Director of Finance, before progressing to Director of Finance.
- Sue Redfern - Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Governance
Sue’s career began at the age of 16, as she worked one day per week at Walton Hospital whilst studying at pre-nursing college.
She then moved on to work in Infectious Diseases at Aintree Hospital, where she spent 20 years progressing her career from an enrolled nurse up to a Divisional Nurse then Deputy Director of Nursing, before moving to this Trust as Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Governance.
- Dr Peter Williams - Medical Director
Peter has dedicated 25 years to the medical profession after studying at Liverpool Medical School.
Throughout his training he regularly worked at Whiston Hospital and officially joined the Trust in 2008, as a consultant in Acute and Emergency Medicine. Shortly after joining, he took over a Clinical Director role, then progressed in his leadership career to become Medical Director in 2022.
- Jane Royds - Director of Staff Engagement and Inclusion
Jane joined the NHS over 30 years ago, and has worked in various roles across primary care, mental health and community trusts. She has spent her entire career in the NHS apart from a brief period as Executive Director of Non-Clinical services at Queenscourt Hospice.
Jane joined Southport & Ormskirk hospitals as an Associate Director in 2017 and became Director of HR & OD a year later. Jane’s passion is giving staff a voice, and she is excited to become MWL’s first Director of Staff Engagement.
- Lesley Neary - Chief Operating Officer
Graduating from university in 1997, Lesley took on a role as a computer programmer, before joining the NHS as a Database Developer in Liverpool Health Authority.
She soon moved into operational performance at Sefton PCT, before joining NHS Improvement in Leeds as the Operational Lead for Emergency Care for the North of England. She took the Deputy Chief Operating Officer role at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals for 2 years, before joining Southport & Ormskirk hospitals in 2021 as Chief Operating Officer.
- Dr Kate Clark - Director of Strategic Clinical Reconfiguration
Kate trained at Liverpool Medical School, before joining Whiston Hospital in 1997, working across medical and surgical care, as well as critical care, A&E and paediatrics. As an A&E consultant, she worked at both the Royal Liverpool Hospital and Warrington and Halton Hospitals, where she became Deputy Medical Director.
Kate then progressed to Medical Director for the 3 acute hospitals in North Wales, and before joining Southport & Ormskirk hospitals in 2021, was deputy executive medical director for the North Wales Health Board. Prior to formation of the integrated care boards, Kate was also a governing body member for Trafford CCG for 5 years.
- John McLuckie - Director of Strategic Resourcing
John started his NHS career on a National Finance Training programme in Yorkshire, after gaining a degree in Economic and Social History. He joined the NHS in Sheffield before working in various provider Trusts across the North West and became Director of Finance at Southport & Ormskirk hospitals in 2021.
As part of his new role, John is looking forward to supporting staff and services to utilise resources in the most effective and efficient way, whilst maintaining the highest standards of care within the Trust.
- Nicola Bunce - Director of Corporate Services
Starting her career back in 1987, Nicola took on her first role at Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield as a Higher Clerical Officer, processing nurse bank requests, and very quickly went on to progress in her career in HR and business planning.
She later relocated to the North West and has worked in a number of different Trusts and NHS organisations, until joining the Trust in 2013, and being appointed Director of Corporate Services in 2017.
- Wayne Longshaw - Director of Integration
Wayne started his career as a laboratory assistant in the pottery industry. He then moved to local government and worked there for 25 years, before joining the Trust ten years ago as Director of Service redesign.
- Christine Walters - Director of Informatics
Christine originally started out her career as a computer programmer, going on to become a director in a privately- owned software house, where she designed and developed cash and carry wholesale IT solutions.
She joined Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in 2005 and has been in the NHS ever since. Joining this Trust as Director of Informatics in 2015, Christine has gone on to develop many of the informatic systems that are used today.