Warrington and Halton Hospitals

Trust board

The trust board has overall responsibility for the running of the hospitals. They are accountable to our regulators such as Monitor and the Care Quality Commission.

The trust board is made up of five executive directors and five non-executive directors (including the trust chairman) who oversee all keys areas of the trust's work and set the strategic direction of the hospitals.

Executive directors are full time employees of the trust. Our five executive director roles are:

  • Chief executive
  • Medical director (also deputy chief executive)
  • Chief operating officer
  • Chief Nurse
  • Director of finance

Non-executive directors are local people who are appointed to work with the trust on a part time basis. Their role is to scrutinise the performance of management within the trust and provide independent views on the work it does - making sure that it is working in the interests of local people. Some of our executive directors are appointed because they have specific experience that is useful to the trust - a finance or medical background for example.

The Board of directors is supported by members of the executive team who are:

  • Director of human resources and organisational development
  • Director of information technology (a shared post with Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group)
  • Director of transformation
  • Director of community engagement
  • Company secretary

How the board works

The trust board is accountable for setting the strategic direction of the trust, monitoring performance against local and nationally set objectives, ensuring high standards of performance and promoting links between the hospitals and the local community. The trust board holds a monthly public meeting at which members discuss key issues affecting the trust such as its performance, finances and where they make decisions about service development and operational strategy. Votes are taken on key decisions.

Register of interests

Executive Directors are required to comply with the Trust's Standards of Business Conduct and to declare interests that are relevant and material to the Board. All Directors should declare such interests on appointment and on any subsequent occasion that a conflict a rises. Details of the register of interests are reviewed annually. To request a copy of the latest register of interests for the Board of Directors please contact foundation@whh.nhs.uk

Trust board profiles

Executive Directors

Melany Pickup

Melany Pickup - Chief Executive

Melany was appointed as chief executive of the trust in February 2011. Mel qualified as a registered general nurse in 1990. After a number of clinical roles, She worked in management before moving back into a professional nursing leadership role. In 1998 Mel became the deputy director of nursing at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust and was appointed director of nursing and quality at Rotherham General Hospitals NHS Trust in 2001. Mel then moved to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust in 2003 to take up the post of director of nursing and governance, a role in which she later became director of operations and deputy chief executive. Mel was chief executive of The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust from January 2007 prior to her appointment with Warrington and Halton Hospitals.

Prof Simon Constable - Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive

Simon Constable joined the trust as medical director in February 2015. He is a consultant physician and honorary senior lecturer in clinical pharmacology at the University of Liverpool. He studied medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London. Undertaking postgraduate training in London, the Midlands and New Zealand, he was appointed as Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of Liverpool before becoming the medical director of a clinical research unit in Manchester undertaking early-phase clinical trials on behalf of the international pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Simon returned to the NHS full-time in 2010 as a consultant physician in acute medicine at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust where he became clinical director and then divisional medical director. Prior to taking up the post at Warrington and Halton, Simon has worked with the NHS Leadership Academy, Harvard University and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement on clinical leadership, employee engagement and transformational change within the NHS.

Andrea Chadwick - Director of Finance

Andrea joined the Trust in February 2016 from Calderstones Partnership NHS FT where she had been seconded by Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust as Director of Finance and Information. She is a qualified accountant (ACCA) and has worked for the NHS for over 20 years. During this time Andrea has gained experience working within acute, mental health, learning disability, community and ambulance services and has led finance, estates and information teams. Andrea is a strong supporter of staff development and has received personal and team awards for finance staff development in the North West and nationally. Andrea lives in Warrington with her partner Kevin, daughter Ruby and Bruce their dog and enjoys going for walks in the Lake District with her family.


Kimberley Salmon-Jamieson – Chief Nurse

Kimberley joined our Trust in September 2016, having previously held the position of Deputy Chief Nurse at Pennine Acute NHS Trust.

With 20 years of experience working as a nurse in the NHS, she has enjoyed a variety of management and nursing roles, gaining a reputation for enthusiasm and energy. Prior to working for Pennine, she was Deputy Chief Nurse at University Hospital South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. Her first management role was at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust where she had previously worked as Advanced Nurse for a long period of time.

Her interests in the health sector include patient safety and experience, service development and education.


Sharon Gilligan - Chief Operating Officer

Sharon was appointed as chief operating officer in December 2015 having previously held the position of director of operations at Wirral university Teaching Hospitals. Prior to that Sharon worked for Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in a number of key operational roles including assistant director of operations and assistant director of service improvement. Sharon has also managed a number of complex services including the regional neurosciences centre and trauma and orthopaedics. Sharon’s 20 years of operational experience is supplemented by an MBA. She has a strong track record of engaging with staff at all levels to ensure the delivery of high quality, cost effective care whilst achieving performance targets and enhancing patient experience.


Non-executive directors

Steve McGuirk – Chairman

Steve McGuirk joined us as chairman in April 2015. Steve, who lives in Warrington, is also currently county fire officer and chief executive of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and will join us fully upon his retirement from that role. Steve joined the fire service in 1976. He was previously county fire officer and chief executive for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service before taking on the post in Greater Manchester in 2009. He has also been a board member and president of the Chief Fire Officers Association and has been the principal adviser on fire and rescue matters to the Local Government Association. He was awarded the long service and good conduct medal in 1996, the Queen’s Fire Service Medal in 2002, and the CBE in 2005. He has also gained extensive experience in governance of public authorities. Steve was appointed as chairman following an extensive recruitment process that involved the hospitals’ elected public and staff governors on the selection panel.

  • Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Chair of the Council of Governors
  • Chair of the Board Nominations and Remuneration Committee
  • Chair of the Governor Nominations and Remuneration Committee


Terry Atherton

Terry Atherton joined the trust board as a non executive director in July 2014. Terry worked for NatWest Bank for 35 years leading large teams and profit centres across the North West and North Wales. For the last 14 years he has worked with the both the public and private sector in a number of board positions in a non-executive capacity. Terry was appointed chair of Trafford Primary Care Trust in 2009 and following the national NHS reorganisations, he became vice-chair of the cluster of ten Greater Manchester PCTs with specific responsibilities for oversight of the workforce of 2,700 and of service redesign initiatives. He was appointed in January 2013 as Independent Chair of the Morecambe Bay “Better Care Together” Programme before joining the trust. Terry lives in Cheshire.

  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Chair of the Finance and Sustainability Committee
  • Member of the Charitable Funds Committee
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Board Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Ian Jones

Ian Jones joined the trust board as a non executive director in July 2014. After a career of over 35 years in the banking sector as regional corporate director for RBS, Ian changed direction in 2003 to take on wider interests and put something back. He is a non-executive director of several charities in the education sector. Ian is currently vice chair with The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine - a positon held since 2012 following an association with the school since 2004 - and chair of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Ian has lived in Warrington for over 20 years.

  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Chair of the Audit Committee
  • Chair of the Lorenzo Board Oversight Group (Task and Finish Group- reporting to the Finance and Sustainability Committee)
  • Member of the Innovation & Cost Improvement Committee (directly reports to the Finance and Sustainability Committee and the Board on CIP assurance)
  • Member of the Charitable Funds Committee
  • Member of the Board Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Anita Wainwright

Anita Wainwright joined the trust board in 2015 as a non-executive director. Anita is a very experienced human resources and organisational development professional who has worked in both the public and private sector in the North West for over 35 years. She has worked in the nuclear and gas industries, financial services, the fire service and the Environment Agency before joining the NHS. She was appointed as director of HR and OD at University Hospital South Manchester in 2012 and in 2014 was seconded to Tameside Hospital to support their improvement programme. Although Anita has had experience of operating at executive level, this is her first non-executive appointment. Anita is also currently undertaking an interim role at University Hospitals Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. Anita has lived in Warrington for over 25 years and both her sons were born in the Warrington Hospital.

  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Chair of the Board Strategic People Committee
  • Member of the Finance and Sustainability Committee
  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Charitable Funds Committee
  • Member of the Board Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Margaret Bamforth, Non Executive Director

Margaret qualified from Liverpool Medical School and completed her training as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Manchester. She practiced as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Halton for 22years, before retiring from clinical practice. She has always had a strong interest in Medical Education and continued to work as an Associate Postgraduate Dean for Mersey Deanery and subsequently HENW, following her retirement. She has an interest in leadership and mentoring and is an Associate Tutor at Edge Hill University. Margaret has lived in Lymm for over 30 years and her three sons attended Lymm High School. She has strong links to the local community, both through her personal and work commitments.

  • Member of the Board of Directors
  • Chair of the Board Quality Committee
  • Member of the Board Audit Committee
  • Member of the Board Nominations and Remuneration Committee


All non-executive directors, including the chair are able to attend any of the board committee meetings outside of those identified above.

All non-executive directors are members of the Audit Committee and Charitable Funds Committee with exception of the chair.

All non-executive directors attend all meetings of the Governors Committees in rota.

The executive directors are supported by members of the executive team.

Roger Wilson - Director of Human Resources

Roger Joined the trust as an interim director of human resources and organisational development in February 2015 and was appinted to the permanent post in April 2015. Prior to joining the trust, Roger had successfully managed his own consultancy business for nearly three years. Roger has eight years board level experience in the NHS in HR and OD and has over 28 years total NHS experience. He has worked across the North West of England in a range of roles and healthcare settings. He has spoken at national conferences for both the Health Service Journal and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is passionate about supporting staff to be the very best they can be. He is a season ticket holder at Everton Football Club, lives in Kendal and enjoys walking in the hills around his home.

Jason DaCosta - Director of Information Technology

Jason Dacosta

Jason was appointed as director of IT in February 2013. With extensive NHS and private sector experience, Jason brings both a managerial, operational and clinical engagement background to

the trust with a view to moving us forward towards a paperless environment by 2015. Prior to this appointment Jason has been head of IM&T at both ambulance service and acute and PCT trusts before he headed up various health consulting groups. Jason is married with four children and enjoys reading, walking, football management and music.


Pat McLaren - Director of Community Engagement

Pat joined the Trust in December 2015 as director of community engagement, a new position dedicated to expanding and supporting our relationships with the communities and people who use, work, visit, volunteer, support, commission, partner or donate to our hospitals in Warrington and Halton. Commencing her NHS career as a biomedical scientist, Pat moved into communications, marketing and engagement in the healthcare and health sciences sectors over two decades ago. She has lived and worked in healthcare across the UK, USA, Middle East, India, Pakistan and Australia with all types of organisations from private sector global brands to public sector organisations. She joined us from Barnsley Hospital where she was interim director of communications, marketing and fundraising and earlier from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where as communications lead she led the formal public consultation for the new hospital in the park.


Lucy Gardner - Director of Transformation

Lucy joined the Trust in February 2016 from her role as a Director in Ernst & Young (EY)’s healthcare advisory practice.  Her role as Director of Transformation is a new role, designed to lead transformation across the Trust and work with partner organisations to deliver change, enabling sustainable healthcare locally.

Lucy started her career 12 years ago as an NHS General Management Trainee, gaining a Masters degree in health and social care leadership and management.  In the 12 years she has held a number of operational management roles within the NHS and subsequently, in her role at EY, led large scale change programmes to deliver significant financial, quality and performance benefits within healthcare.  Highlights include; leading the introduction of the support time recovery worker role into mental health services; leading a £3.6m project to instal the first intra-operative scanner in a paediatric setting in the UK and Europe; leading the transfer of paediatric services from an acute to a community setting; directing a project for disadvantaged pregnant teenagers in Peru; developing and delivering programmes to achieve £45m savings across a range of healthcare organisations; and leading the support to the merger of two large acute Trusts.

Lucy is passionate about improving health services locally and delivering truly sustainable health and social care services for the future.

She is committed to developing others and leading change, recently nominated as a game changer through EY’s International Women’s Day awards. 





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