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Appointed Governors

If you would like to contact one of our governors you can do so via any of the following:

  • By post send to - Trust Offices, Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, Crown Street, Liverpool L8 7SS
  • Telephone - 0151 702 4372
  • Email -  
  • Niki Sandman – University of Liverpool

    What were your reasons for becoming a Governor?

    Nichola was delighted to be appointed the University of Liverpool’s link governor in September 2021 in order to support the close working relationship between the University and Liverpool Women’s Hospital.  Through training our future healthcare professionals and conducting joint research programmes, together we strive towards delivering the very best care and treatment for women and babies in the Liverpool City Region

    What is your background and experience?

    Nichola began her career in the NHS as a Medical Secretary and then moved to the University of Liverpool in 2002. Since then she has acquired a vast range of  leadership experience, and is now Director of Operations in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences. She has a substantial operational portfolio, facilitating the development and delivery of teaching and research across the Faculty. As part of her professional development, Nichola has completed training in accountancy, business management and leadership and is a Member of the Association of Higher Education Professionals.  She has also completed the prestigious Women’s Leadership Programme at Harvard Business School.  As well as her external role at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Nichola is also on the Board of Trustees at Wirral Hospice St Johns.

    What are you passionate about?

    Ensuring everyone has access to high quality healthcare and support when they need it.

  • Councillor Carla Thomas - Sefton Borough Council
    Information coming soon
  • Councillor Julie Fadden – Liverpool City Council

    What were your reasons for becoming a Governor?

    As someone who has been both a patient of the hospital and now representing Wavertree Garden Suburb as a Councillor, I am passionate that our people receive excellent medical services that truly look after them throughout their lives, which in Liverpool, starts at the Women’s when they are born.

    What is your background and experience?

    I have 44 years in public service across Local Government and Housing and I now lead a Disability Charity in Knowsley.  I have a Diploma in Public Administration, a Housing Degree and a Masters Degree in Management.

    What are you passionate about?

    I believe we are on this earth to leave it better than when we found it so that everything we do makes a difference to others.  I am passionate about social justice that ensures nobody is left behind and there is support for all.

  • Sadeea Kaleem - Faith Organisations

    My reason for becoming a governor

    I am passionate that women of all faiths and none should receive quality healthcare. It is a privilege to be part of a system that helps make that happen.

    My background

    I was born in England and brought up in Scotland so I am a bit of everything! I am a teacher and graduated as a pharmacologist. I hope that my experience as an educator can bring fresh ideas in promoting health education. I am also part of Faith Leaders in Liverpool led by the bishop and rector of Liverpool where all faiths come together regularly to share ideas and resolve local issues.

    What is my passion?

    Education and bringing communities together.  I feel knowledge is the key to building stronger, united communities

  • Councillor Marie Stuart – Knowsley Borough Council

    Information to follow...

  • Jane Rooney - Education Institution

    What were your reasons for becoming a Governor?

    Having had a substantial and varied career in a number of areas across midwifery/maternity and child health, and having worked at LWH for 4 years as a specialist midwife and team leader, when I was offered the opportunity to put my name forward as a representative for HEI’s I jumped at the chance.   I had been a staff governor for midwifery previously, and had seen the positive and powerful impact and contribution that governors can make to the organisation.   The chance to make a contribution and a difference to a special and unique Women’s Foundation Trust in the heart of Liverpool was also a contributing factor.  

    What is your background and experience?

    Midwifery is my second career – previously I have trained and worked in nature conservation, holding a wide variety of roles, but my personal experience of childbearing with my first child led me to my midwifery training which I undertook at Manchester University.   Following successful completion of my degree I worked in Manchester and rotated through all areas of clinical midwifery practice before taking up a senior post as a specialist midwife at LWH – focussing on vulnerable women and families and public health.   I became the team leader for a group of specialist midwives, before moving on to take up a post as senior midwifery lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, where I held a variety of roles.   During this time I also gained some international experience and for 3 years co-led and led student nurse and midwife elective experiences to Uganda.   In 2021 an opportunity arose to become Associate Head of Midwifery Education and fulfil the statutory role of Lead Midwife for Education (LME) at Edge Hill University, and I then was promoted to my current post as Head of Women’s and Children’s Health in the same year.   I manage a department which spans all education and programmes covering Child Nursing and midwifery, including CPD.   I am also a part time PhD student at LJMU – currently writing up my thesis on unknown childbearing, and have recently had book chapter published on communication in public health midwifery, and am involved in some smaller research projects.   I am involved in various committees within School, Faculty and Institution including Fitness to Practice, Employability, validation of Programmes and Quality and have recently completed the EHU First Ascent leadership course.   I am married to Paul, and have two children one of whom is a mental health nurse educator, and my other child who is volunteering with our local church.

    What are you passionate about?

    Using my knowledge, skills and experience to positive effect, being a role model and increasing awareness of the challenges and importance of midwifery, education and women’s health.   Supporting staff development in a compassionate way, to improve the experiences of others including students and the women and families that we serve.   As a registered midwife to uphold the values of the NMC Code and encourage the development of professional behaviours, improving the quality and safety of care.


  • Vacant - Community/Voluntary/Partnership Organisation
  • Hayley Corless – Central Liverpool Primary Care Network

    What is your background and experience?
    My background has predominantly centered from within the NHS, starting off my career in community health services. For over 10 years I covered various positions before progressing into complex lives, working in the Safeguarding and Reforms Directorate for Wigan Council. In 2021 I came over to Liverpool to my currently held position of Service Manager at Central Liverpool Primary Care Network. I am the Freedom to Speak Up Guardian for the PCN and support the National Guardians Office and NHSE with guardian engagement. I am the non-clinical lead for health inequalities and I am also the deputy chair of the Tackling Racial Inequalities Working Group. I have 15 years experience of working across Cheshire and Merseyside within varying leadership roles.

    What were your reasons for becoming a Governor?
    I am passionate about community engagement and reducing inequalities. I firmly believe there should be a mechanism for every voice at a strategic level and systems should be holding themselves to account when shaping service delivery models. I have worked with some of the most vulnerable people in society and want to see meaningful change at a grass route level. I firmly believe in co-production and service integration and am keen to play a part in shaping patient care.

    What do you know (so far) about Liverpool Women’s?
    Liverpool Women’s is a fantastic Trust that provides consistent high-quality care. Liverpool Women’s saved my mum’s life in 2018 and I like so many have a personal experience of accessing the clinical support on offer here. Liverpool Women’s is most definitely on a journey of continuous improvement and I look forward to being a part of that.