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Board of Directors

Meet our Senior Directors below.

Janelle Holmes, Chief Executive

Janelle was appointed as Chief Executive in June 2018, having already spent two years at the Trust as Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining Wirral University Teaching Hospital, Janelle was the Director of Operations and Performance at Salford Royal Foundation Trust.

Janelle has worked in the NHS since qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1991. During her nursing career she worked in a variety of clinical areas, moving into operational management in 2004 following a spell as a ‘health economy’ service transformation lead.

Janelle is passionate about service improvement, staff development and whole system working to improve patient outcomes and experience. In 2011 she successfully integrated Salford Community Adult and Children’s Services with the acute hospital as Managing Director for Salford Health Care. In 2015 she established the Better Care at Lower Cost programme as Director for Productivity and Efficiency with the specific focus of improving patient quality and safety to drive cost reduction.

Janelle Holmes

Dr Nicola Stevenson, Executive Medical Director

Having been at the Trust for over a decade, Dr Stevenson joined WUTH in 2007 as a Consultant.

Dr Stevenson's extensive career with us has seen her develop greatly from Clinical Service Lead for Respiratory (2015) to the role of Divisional Medical Director for the Division of Medicine. 

Most recently, Dr Stevenson was appointed Executive Medical director her at WUTH and brings a great deal of experience to the role. 

Dr Nicola Stevenson

Hazel Richards, Chief Nurse

Hazel Richards joined the Trust as Chief Nurse in January 2020.

She joined us from her previous role as Director of Nursing for Integration at Liverpool University Hospitals Foundation Trust. 

After starting her career with the NHS in 1989, she worked across a number of NHS Trusts across the North West.

Hazel is a very experienced Director of Nursing having also worked at Liverpool Heart and Chest Foundation Trust and more recently as the Director of Nursing for Cheshire and Merseyside. 

Claire Wilson, Executive Director of Finance

Claire has joined the WUTH from Liverpool Heart and Chest Foundation Trust where she was Chief Finance Officer and before that was CFO at NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group.

She has spent a lot of her career working at NHS organisations in the North West and was also formerly Chief of Staff to the Chief Finance Officer for NHS England’s national team.

Claire brings a wealth of experience having held a number of senior roles at local, regional and national level.

Paul Moore, Director of Governance and Quality Improvement

Beginning as a registered nurse in emergency care, Paul Moore is the Director of Governance and Quality at WUTH.

Paul has spent many years in risk and quality, working at Sherwood Forrest, St. George’s University Hospitals, Leeds Teaching Hospitals and South Manchester University Hospitals.

Paul has a track record of improving safety management and intends to transform the organisation's approach to quality and governance, making WUTH an exemplar site.


Paul Moore, Director of Governance and Quality Improvement

Anthony Middleton, Chief Operating Officer

Anthony started his career with the NHS straight from school and before joining the Trust, spent 30 years working in the Warrington and Manchester health systems. Having started out working in Finance, Anthony then moved into contracting and service development before delivering transformation programmes and directing the day to day operations of some of Manchester’s biggest hospitals.

His role here is to ensure that our three clinical divisions deliver their operational plans, and that they have the right resources in place to achieve them. As Chief Operating Officer, Anthony has the responsibility of keeping our hospitals running on a day to day basis by making sure that the organisation is aligned to deliver what patients need.

Anthony Middleton

Helen Marks, Director of Workforce

Helen has been in the HR field for over 30 years and has worked at Executive level for 18 years.

Having started in Local Authority over in Leicestershire, Helen moved into the NHS in 1999. Her health service experience spans commissioning, primary care, mental health and more recently acute provider.

As a qualified HR professional, Helen was awarded HR Director of the Year in 2013 at the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) Awards.

Helen Marks

Matthew Swanborough, Director of Strategy and Partnerships

Matthew Swanborough has been appointed Director of Strategy and Partnership at WUTH. He recently moved from his role as Director of Resilience at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.  Matthew has also held a number of other operational roles at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust including the Turnaround Director, directing the financial recovery programme across the Trust.

Mathew brings to the role a great deal of expertise and we wish him a warm welcome to the Trust. 

Paul Charnley, Director of IT and Information

Paul is Director of IT and Information looking after Systems, IT, Information, Information Governance and Health Records.

He has more than 35 years experience in health care informatics and a Masters in Technology Management. He has worked in senior roles at the National Programme for IT and Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority. He also worked for Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar for 5 years leading their strategic Informatics programme (2010-2015).

Paul has previously worked for Wirral before as the Director of Health Care Informatics and Wirral Health Informatics Service.

Andrea Leather, Board Secretary

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