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Chief executive & directors

  • Kathryn Thomson MCIPD – Chief Executive
    Kathryn joined the Trust in September 2008 from the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS foundation Trust, where she was an Executive Director for  six years.  During that time she supported the trust through a major financial and performance recovery plan and subsequent achievement of foundation trust status. UHSM had a significant service and research portfolio and investments were made in significantly improving both services and research in a number of areas including, Medicines Evaluation Unit,  Breast Cancer through aligning both service and research in the state of the art Genesis Centre and investment in a state of the art Cardiac Centre including the North West Heart Transplant Centre.

    Kathryn’s professional background is Human Resources and Organisational Development, she continues to maintain a focus in these areas and has for some years Chaired the Cheshire and Merseyside Local Workforce and Education Group. Kathryn is a Board member of the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network, Liverpool Health Partners and the North West Health Education Board.

  • Andrew Loughney - Medical Director

    Andrew was born and raised in Liverpool. His medical degree was awarded at Newcastle University in 1989 and he has been practising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the north east of England since 1990. His first Consultant post was at Newcastle upon Tyne where he was lead clinician for the delivery suite between 2000 and 2008 and practiced in maternal medicine up until 2012. He then moved to Sunderland where he continued as a Consultant in the specialty but was also appointed Associate Medical Director for Clinical Governance, with a remit to improve safety across all specialties in the trust.

    Andrew has a PhD in cellular and molecular biology and has maintained a positive interest in academic and clinical research throughout his career. His focus has been on clinical practice and the promotion of good clinical governance. His contributions in this respect have included chairing the Topic Expert Group for production of Antenatal Care Quality Standards at NICE, sitting on Topic Expert Groups for Caesarean Section and Postnatal Care at NICE and sitting on the Guideline Development Group for production of the latest version of Caesarean Section Clinical Guidelines at NICE.

  • Julie King, Director of Nursing and Midwifery

    Julie is currently the Trust's Acting Director of Nursing & Midwifery and our substantive Deputy Director for the same division. She is a Registered Nurse and Non-Practising Barrister with lengthy experience in the healthcare sector.

    Julie commenced her career with the NHS in 1995 as a Team Leader at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and then moved into healthcare regulation as a regional inspector for the north west with the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) in 2002.

    Following government reorganisations, Julie continued her involvement in regulation with both the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) and Care Quality Commission (CQC) becoming a national manager for provider quality rating reviews. Julie subsequently joined the independent healthcare sector with the Huntercombe Group in 2012 as its Senior Compliance and Regulation Manager for the UK.

    Between 2014 and 2016, Julie established her own consultancy and provided compliance and quality improvement services to a wide range of NHS trust across England. This included a successful spell at Liverpool Women's where supported the Trust during its CQC inspection in 2015, which resulted in a 'Good' rating.

    Julie joined the Trust on a permanent basis in 2016.

  • Jenny Hannon BA (Hons) FCA - Director of Finance

    Jenny first joined Liverpool Women’s in 2012, and after a short spell at NHS England, returned to the Trust in 2014 as Deputy Director of Finance. She joined the Board of Directors in October 2017, undertaking the role of Director of Strategy and Planning on an interim basis, before taking up the post of Director of Finance in February 2018.

    Jenny trained with professional services firm EY and is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She has held a number of senior finance roles across a range of organisations and has long standing ties with Liverpool as well as experience of working on national and international projects.

  • Jeff Johnston FCCA – Director of Operations
    Jeff joined the Trust in December 2005 as the Assistant Director of Finance. He moved into operational management in 2009 and held a number of senior management roles including Divisional Manager, managing all the divisional services within the Trust.

    Jeff became the Director of Operations in 2016.

    Prior to joining the Trust Jeff held a number of senior positions in both the NHS and other public sector organisations.

  • Michelle Turner MCIPD - Director of Workforce & Marketing

    Michelle joined the Trust in April 2010. Committed to creating great places to work, Michelle is responsible for ensuring the Trust has a competent, engaged and truly motivated workforce focused on delivering the best possible patient experience. She is also responsible for the Trust’s communications and marketing functions.

    A member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Michelle has a long a varied NHS career, working in patient-facing roles early in her career and undertaking senior human resources roles more recently.

  • Colin Reid - Trust Secretary
    Colin has been Trust Secretary since January 2016. Since 2010 he has worked with the health service as Trust Secretary at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and latterly as Trust Secretary of Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    Prior to joining the NHS Colin worked in the private sector as company secretary to a range of organisations within the nuclear industry. He has a wealth of company law, regulatory requirements, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions and disposals experience and understanding in both the public and private sector.