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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.

  • Devender Roberts - Interim Medical Director

    Devender has been an Obstetrician and Fetal Medicine Consultant at Liverpool Women’s since 2000. She was appointed interim Medical Director in March 2019 having previously been Associate MD for Governance and then Deputy Medical Director.

    She has proven experience in leading teams and delivering good outcomes whilst ensuring patient safety and a good patient experience. Her current focus is on consolidating clinical services to keep Liverpool Women’s at the forefront of expertise and research.

  • Caron Lappin, Director of Nursing and Midwifery


    Caron joined the board of Liverpool Women’s in July 2018 as Director of Nursing and Midwifery. Caron’s career has centred around Manchester as a Deputy Director of Nursing and just prior to joining the trust as Acting Director of Nursing covering four hospital sites - Wythenshawe, Trafford, Withington and Altrincham. Caron was also clinical lead for developing the benefit case in the lead up to the merger of the Manchester Hospitals as part of Devolution Manchester. Caron is a surgical nurse by background and has worked as the Head of Nursing of a large surgical division and also of a cardiothoracic division.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gary Price - Director of Operations

    Gary joined the Trust in August 2019. His role is to support our clinical teams to deliver the best possible care for our patients.

    Gary has worked in the NHS for 20 years. He has held senior management roles working across all areas of healthcare including Primary, Community, Mental Health, Secondary and Tertiary Care.

    He began his career as a clinician at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where he also went on to manage Emergency, Community and General Medicine.

    He has had significant experience managing across Women’s services most recently as Divisional Director for Women and Children’s services at Wirral University Teaching Hospital.

  • 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.