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Chair and non executive directors

  • Robert Clarke - Chair
    Robert joined Liverpool Women’s in March 2016. He has a wide range of Board experience having spent seven years as a non-executive Director at Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where he had the role as vice chairman.

    Robert is the managing partner of a family dairy farm and is a director of a startup business collecting agricultural plastics for recycling; Farm Plastics Recycling Ltd. He has held directorate roles at Zenith Milk Ltd, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers and Dairy Farmers of Britain Ltd in addition to his NHS role.
  • Jo Moore - Non-executive director & Vice Chair
    Jo joined Liverpool Women's in April 2016. She is a qualified FCMA and has a breadth of experience within Finance and Change Management. Jo has previously held senior level roles within the financial services sector, including Global CFO (technology & operations) at JPMorgan and COO for a Hedge Fund.

    Jo is currently Managing Partner at Optimus 5, which is a consulting firm specialising in transformation, regulation and remediation. She also works with a number of local organisations dedicated to improving the lives of children, these include AYFA sports and the Rotund charity. Jo is a qualified executive coach and a Lean Reengineering Master Black Belt.

  • Tony Okotie – Non-executive director & Senior Independent Director

    Tony joined the Board of Liverpool Women's in July 2015. He has a wide ranging background, having worked in retail banking and then the regional newspaper business before changing direction in 2002 to work in the voluntary sector, undertaking a variety of roles. He was Chief Executive of Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Service until December 2016 and is now currently working for BBC Children in Need. Prior to his appointment at Liverpool Women's, Tony was a Non-Executive Director and Vice-Chair with Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, one of the first Community Foundation Trusts in the country. Tony has a BSc in Social Policy, an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management and is a qualified coach.
  • Ian Knight - Non-executive director
    Ian joined the Board of Liverpool Women's in April 2016. He had a career as a finance professional from 1974 to 2001, working for nationalised industries, Slough Estates, Nicholas Kiwi, Sara Lee Corporation and finally as Group Treasurer of Yorkshire Water. In 2001 he retired from full time employment and became a non-executive director, starting with QDS, a privately-owned UK company, and then with Mouchel and Morson (both UK PLCs).

    Ian was a Member and subsequently a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, from 1981 to 2003. He has a BA (Hon) in Business Studies. He has undertaken Non-Executive Director training courses with the Institute of Directors, NED Forum and PWC, and attended the Wharton Business School's Negotiation Program, and both the M & A Programme and the Strategic Management Programme at Ashridge Business School.

    Since retiring from Yorkshire Water Ian has spent much time doing voluntary work with his local Methodist Church, and with two local amateur dramatic societies, acting as treasurer and chief fund raiser for all three organisations. He is also a volunteer at Bradford Media Museum, managing the weekly Senior Screenings group, which provides refreshments before the film and a discussion group afterwards.

  • Louise Martin - Non-executive director

    Louise joined the Liverpool Women’s Hospital board in April 2021. She worked in the NHS for fifteen years in various clinical and management roles, before moving to specialise in asset management for international investment companies where she led large multidisciplinary consortia in the development and delivery of complex infrastructure projects.

    Louise has served as a non-executive director in NHS organisations for over twenty years and is currently Chair of PropCare Limited, a wholly-owned company of the Clatterbridge NHS Foundation Trust, which oversaw the construction and delivery of the new Liverpool Cancer Centre in 2020.

    A resident of Liverpool and user of the Trust’s services, Louise is committed to the delivery of the highest levels of patient satisfaction, staff engagement and service quality.

  • Susan Milner - Non- executive director

    Susan joined the Board of Liverpool Women's in June 2016. she has held senior roles in the NHS, academia and local government for the past 20 years. She lives in Liverpool, and has worked within commissioning of health services in Liverpool & Halton. Susan has until recently been interim Director of Public Health (DPH) at London Borough of Havering. Whilst working at Liverpool PCT, Susan had responsibility for commissioning services for women and babies.

    Susan is a registered nurse and a registered public health specialist and demonstrates a breadth and depth of experience which has taken her from dealing with individual patients in a hospital ward to a population-wide strategic leadership role across the health and social care economy.

  • Tracy Ellery - Non-executive director

    Tracy Ellery

    Tracy was previously Director of Finance of the North West Ambulance Service in August 2015 and retired on 31 January 2019. In addition to Finance her remit covered responsibility for Patient Transport Services, Fleet, Estates, IT, Procurement and Contracting, and she was the lead Director for the Trust’s Foundation Trust application.


    Tracy began her NHS career in 1982 in East Cheshire and is a professionally qualified accountant (FCCA) with a business degree. Her previous roles included being Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Finance at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, a post she held for 10 years. She brings over 16 years’ experience at Board level and has been Director of Finance in five other NHS organisations. Her experience spans mental health, learning disabilities, community, primary care, commissioning and acute organisations

  • Professor Louise Kenny - Non-executive director


    Louise is the Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool; Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health. She is a Founding Director of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research and was until December 2017 Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Cork University Maternity Hospital where she worked as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist from 2006-2018.


    She has a longstanding clinical and research interest in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Her research group is supported by more than €30 million of peer reviewed funding and has resulted in >200 peer reviewed original papers, reviews and book chapters. She has received numerous awards for her work, most recently the prestigious title of Researcher of the Year by SFI (2015) and 2015 Irish Tatler magazine Woman of the Year Award for STEM.