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Our Board

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust's (LSCFT) Board of Directors is made up of 13 Directors, comprising of five Executive Directors, two non-voting Directors and six independent Non-Executive Directors plus a Non-Executive Chair. 

David Eva, Chair

David joined the Trust in June 2016 from Cheshire and Wirral Partnerships (CWP) NHS Foundation Trust where he has spent the last 15 years.

David has great experience of developing partnerships and has worked for many years on workforce development. He is passionate about staff engagement, service user and carer involvement and putting patients at centre of services. He brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked at Board level in the NHS as Non-Executive Director and Chair for over 20 years.

Caroline Donovan

Caroline joined the Trust as Chief Executive in April 2019 having been the Chief Executive of North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust which was awarded a rating of Outstanding by the CQC under Caroline’s leadership.

Caroline is a nurse and passionate about delivering high quality patient-centred services. Her experience of Public Health supported her deeper understanding of partnership working across and beyond health and social care. She strongly believes in the importance of accountability to communities and service users and carers.

Executive Directors

Bill Gregory, Chief Finance Officer

Bill joined the Trust in February 2015, as Chief Finance Officer.  A Chartered Accountant with experience of working across the NHS and private sector, he has 20 years of experience as a director in healthcare for acute hospital, mental health and community service organisations.

His current responsibilities include financial management, IT, estates, planning and business development in his current role.

He is a trustee of the national Healthcare Finance Managers Association (HFMA) and member of the Finance and General Purpose Committee at the University of Lancaster.

Dr Richard Morgan ,Acting Medical Director

Dr Richard Morgan, MRCP, MRCPsych , MSc is a Consultant Psychiatrist, with special interest in Liaison Psychiatry and Cognitive behavioural therapy. He joined Lancashire Care in 2004 having trained in Manchester. His clinical work was based in Preston Crisis Response Home Treatment Team from 2006 to 2017, since 2017 he has led Liaison Psychiatry Services at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. He has held a range of educational roles including Educational Supervisor, Locality Tutor, TPD. He became Director of Medical Education and Deputy MD in 2016. He is currently Acting Medical Director.

Russell Paton, Executive Director of Operations

Russell Patton recently joined Lancashire Care Trust to undertake the role of Executive Director of Operations. Prior to this Russell was the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. During his time there he has carried out a number of Director Roles with responsibility for a diverse range of clinical services including mental health, learning disabilities, forensics and neurological services.  

As Deputy Chief Operating Officer he also had responsibility for CQC Compliance, Enhanced Bed Management and EPRR. During an extensive NHS career, Russell  has worked in a number of NHS settings including local and regional commissioning roles.

Russell is a keen advocate of transformational change in collaboration with service users, carers, staff and other key stakeholders and has successfully led large scale change programmes during his time at Northumberland, Tyne & Wear.

Joanne Moore, Director of Partnerships & Strategy

Jo Moore joined the Trust in October 2016 from Pennine Acute NHS Trust where she worked for 16 years. Jo is a Chartered Accountant and made the move over to operations in 2014 to be closer to service delivery and patient care.

Jo is responsible for the operational delivery and performance of the Trust’s three clinical networks – Mental Health, Community & Wellbeing, Children & Families Wellbeing.

She is passionate about patient experience driving improvements to the care provided by the Trust and is committed to raising awareness of the importance of mental health early prevention and intervention in young people.

Maria Nelligan ,Director of Nursing and Quality

Maria is an experienced Registered Nurse Leader. On completing her Registered Nurse training in Learning Disabilities in Ireland, Maria moved to Australia in 1986 to extend her experience.

She migrated to the UK in 1990 and worked as a Community Nurse in Merseyside where she continued to develop her skills and interest in physical health, when she became the Board Nurse in the local Primary Care Trust.

Maria has held a number of operational and clinical roles, including professional lead and Services Manager until her appointment to Deputy Director of Nursing & Therapies from 2004 at Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Trust.

During this time, she extended her experience corporately in leading a portfolio in Nursing, Infection, Prevention & Control, Emergency Planning, Education Services Development and Quality Improvement.

Nicky Ingham, Interim Director of HR

Nicky is currently the Interim Director of HR at Lancashire Care.  Nicky is also the Executive Director for the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) and Chief Executive of her own successful HR and OD Consultancy.

Nicky has over 27 years’ experience working with NHS organisations in a variety of workforce roles, with over 15 years as Executive Director of Workforce and OD.

A focused values-driven individual, who is passionate about staff engagement and working in partnership with key stakeholders to create great and safe places to work ensuring that the service users receive the best care possible.  Nicky is a previous HPMA HRD of the Year 2010, is CIPD qualified and a NLP Practitioner.

Ursula Martin, Director of Compliance & Improvement

Ursula joined the Trust in October 2019, having had almost twenty years working in the NHS in governance and improvement roles.  Ursula joined us having previously being the Director of Governance & Quality at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, having also had senior roles in mental health and also small to large acute Trusts.

Ursula is passionate about ensuring that there are robust governance frameworks to ensure ward/team to Board visibility, and that improvement strategies are in place appropriately, to ensure that staff can provide the best care that they can to our patients.  Ursula is also a big advocate of co-producing improvement and development work with patients, staff and our partners.

Non-Executive Directors

Isla Wilson, Deputy Chair

Isla is an experienced board member, who has operated at board level in a variety of private organisations and social ventures. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of a Lancashire-based housing association and has previously served on the boards of charities and social enterprises.

Isla is an advocate of generating social impact, community development and social venturing. Alongside her non-executive duties she runs her own business, specialising in organisational growth, social value and innovation.

David Curtis, Senior Independent Director

David Curtis MBE, was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in November 2014. David is a registered mental health and general nurse and brings a wealth of clinical and Board level experience from his 40 year career with the NHS having undertaken a range of senior clinical, teaching, community and hospital management roles.

David was awarded an MBE in 2008 for his services to nursing and health care in Manchester.

David is particularly interested in meeting and working with the people who use Trust services, and supporting employees.

Julia Possener

Appointed as Non-Executive Director on 01 February 2017 for three years and a member of the Audit Committee and Quality Committee. Julia lives in Lancaster and is delighted to continue to support the Lancashire and surrounding community which has made her so welcome since moving from London in 2011.

Prior to her appointment Julia was a Non-Executive Director at Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust based in the Ribble Valley providing specialist services for people with learning disabilities including forensic services.

Julia is a solicitor by training and worked as a Corporate Finance lawyer in a number of senior legal, governance, compliance and business roles both in private practice and in financial services. These include leading the Group Secretariat function and as Legal and Governance Director, International for RSA Insurance Group Plc, a multinational quoted insurance group.

Julia is also a member of the Lancaster University Management School Ethics Committee. In 2011 Julia completed the Coaching for Organisational Consultants course at Ashridge Business School. Executive Coaching and career support is now a cornerstone of her activity and, in particular, supporting women in leadership positions. She studied at the LSE before taking a conversion course at the College of Law, London where she was awarded a commendation. Qualifications: BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics, Solicitor of England and Wales.

Louise Dickinson

Louise was appointed to the board as a Non-Executive in October 2013 and became Chair of the Audit Committee in July 2014.  Louise is a former regional managing partner of the accountancy firm, Grant Thornton, where she specialised in providing corporate finance advice.  Since leaving Grant Thornton, Louise has held a number of board level executive and advisory roles in strategy, business planning, finance and risk management.

Louise is a Governor and Chair of the Finance Committee at a primary school in Manchester and was previously a Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee of Down Syndrome Education International, a charity that works to improve educational outcomes for young people with Down syndrome through scientific research and global information and advice services. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Mohammed Shazad Sarwar 

Shazad Sarwar was appointed to the board as a Non-Executive in December 2018 for three years. Shazad is currently Lay Member of Cumbria & Lancashire Magistrates Advisory Committee and managing director at a niche consultancy that works with private and public sector.

He is a former Non-Executive and Deputy Chair of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust where he led on patient safety and quality and post Care Quality Commission inspection. He is also former Non-Executive Director of East Lancashire Hospital Trust and Former Independent Member of Lancashire Police Authority; in the latter he led on strategic planning and performance.   

He brings wealth of experience of community engagement, corporate governance, performance and risk management. He is an advocate of asset based community development and is passionate about making sure that services are informed by service users and quality and compassion sits at the heart of everything we do.

Debbie Francis

Debbie was appointed to the board as a Non-Executive Director in January 2019. She is currently the Managing Director of Direct Rail Services Limited (DRS). Debbie has 30 years of experience across a range of industries from IT to infrastructure maintenance to rail. She has also gained extensive experience throughout her career both in the UK and overseas in finance, systems, commercial, operations and business development. She has a 2:1 degree in Business Studies from Liverpool Polytechnic, an MBA from Manchester Business School, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and has recently commenced a PhD with leadership and team performance at the heart of the research.

Debbie is Chair of the Cumbria Education Trust (CET) and holds a NED position with Clatterbridge Cancer Care NHS Specialist Trust.

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