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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.

  • Vanessa Harris BSc ACA MBA – Director of Finance

    Vanessa joined the Trust in September 2009 as Director of Finance.  She has held a number of senior posts in the health service and the independent sector, including previous Director of Finance posts.  Vanessa has experience of leading and managing organisations through periods of change and improving financial performance.

  • Dr Doug Charlton RN RM ADM MBA MSc MPhil PhD - Director of Nursing and Midwifery

    Doug was appointed Director of Nursing & Midwifery and joined the trust in April 2017. He is a registered Nurse and Midwife with over 30 years’ experience. He was one of the first male midwives in the country and has continued to practice throughout his career; holding a number of senior clinical and managerial posts across the country, joining us from Whittington Health where he was Deputy Director of Nursing & Patient Experience.

  • 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.