The role of the Board of Directors is to manage the day-to-day running of the Trust. This includes setting the strategic direction of the Trust, monitoring our performance against objectives and ensuring that we provide high quality, effective, patient focused services.
The Board of Directors is comprised of the following people:
- Chief Executive*
- Seven Non-Executive Directors
- Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Finance and Performance*
- Director of Operations*
- Director of Nursing and Quality*
- Medical Director*
- Director of Workforce & Organisational Development*
Ian Johnson joined the Trust on April 1st 2012. Mr Johnson has wide commercial, management and board level experience both in the UK and internationally and his most recent role was Chief Counsel and Member of the Management Board of Alstom Power-Gas. A qualified solicitor, Mr Johnson has more than 30 years experience in the legal profession and has worked at a number of prestigious international law firms and FTSE 100 companies. Mr Johnson is also a Non Executive Director of the University of Cumbria and a Trustee of the Crossfield Housing (Arnside) Society Limited, Lancashire and is a member of the Law Society and Institute of Directors
Wendy Swift was appointed Director of Strategy/Deputy Chief Executive in December 2013, prior to which she was the Managing Director for Community Development and Transformation (from November 2011). She was previously Chief Executive of NHS Blackpool, a position she held since the Primary Care Trust was established in 2002. She has worked within the healthcare service for 38 years and has experience in a wide variety of settings within the NHS. Wendy was appointed Chief Executive (Interim) at the Trust in February 2016 and was appointed to the substantive post in June 2017.
Non-Executive Directors (including the Chairman) are not full time NHS employees. They are people who live or work in the local area and have shown a keen interest in helping to improve healthcare for local people. Their presence on the Board helps to ensure that the Trust works in the best interests of the people it serves.
Karen Crowshaw has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector working at Executive and MD level in Retail Sales Management, Customer Relations and HR. She has led many cultural change programmes, delivering performance improvements both internally and externally and made significant improvements to customer service. She now runs her own consultancy firm, Crowshaw Consulting, which focuses on developing the careers of colleagues and specialises in individual career mentoring.
Non Executive Director
Steve Finnigan was a police officer for 41 years until his retirement in June 2017. He served in Merseyside Police for almost 25 years before joining Lancashire Constabulary in 2001 as a Chief Officer. In 2005 he was appointed as Chief Constable and worked hard over the next 12 years to encourage greater collaboration with partner agencies in the county, including with colleagues in Health and Social Care. From 2009 he led for the police service on performance, encouraging a better understanding of the demands and needs each police force faced, and a clear focus on risk, threat, harm and vulnerability, rather than just chasing targets. Whilst he dealt with many notable events during his time as a Chief Officer, such as the Burnley riots in 2001 and the Morecambe Bay cockle pickers tragedy in 2004, his most challenging period was over the last 9 years as he led Lancashire Constabulary through austerity, whilst trying to uphold high quality policing services.
Michael Hearty is a highly experienced, professionally qualified, senior manager with extensive experience of strategic and operational leadership in two large and complex UK Government Departments; the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education, the latter at Board level.
More recently Michael spent five years on the Board of the Welsh Government, the executive arm of the devolved government in Wales, where he provided strategic advice, challenge and support directly to the First Minister for Wales and the Welsh Finance Minister on a wide range of strategic, finance and corporate matters.
Michael is widely respected for his integrity, strategic insight and pragmatism with particular strengths in transformational change, leadership development and partnership working.
He is also an experienced Non-Executive Director and has advised a number of high profile organisations such as the Department of Health and Public Health England, as well as the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) where he is currently a member of the Council.
Keith Case has over forty years’ experience in the nuclear and utilities sectors, much of it at senior manager and director level. After graduating with a degree in chemical engineering, Keith qualified and worked as a chartered engineer before progressing to work in commercial roles for companies including British Nuclear Fuels, National Grid, Southern Water and Sellafield.
Keith brings experience of business leadership and change management in large organisations as well as specific competences in procurement/supply chain management and negotiating solutions to complex situations between organisations in both public and private sectors.
Alan Roff has more than 20 years experience working in the area of academia, working at deputy chief executive level in the University of Central Lancashire, overseeing its growth from a small polytechnic into one of the largest universities in the UK. He was Deputy Vice chancellor of UCLan from 1995 – 2011. Alan also has management expertise across a variety of organisational functions and services including, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, international strategy, strategic planning, regional affairs and knowledge transfer. He also has great experience working with the NHS as he was instrumental to the development of the University of Central Lancashire’s Faculty of Health.
Mary Whyham is an experienced Board member both in the NHS and the voluntary sector, retiring as Chair of the North West Ambulance Service in 2014 after over 8 years’ service. Mary was born and educated in Blackpool. She worked for the Lancashire Probation Service for almost 34 years, retiring as Assistant Chief Officer with responsibility for HR. She was appointed MBE in 2001 for services to the probation service and the community in Lancashire. Mary is currently a Trustee and Vice Chair of Parkinson's UK and a Governor of Singleton School.
Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Finance and Performance
Tim Bennett joined the Trust as Director of Finance and Performance in November 2013. Before this he was Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust following previous Director appointments in a Primary Care Trust and a large Health Authority.
A qualified accountant with an MBA from the Lancaster University he has developed and implemented large scale transformation and improvement projects in the NHS and led the process for gaining Foundation Trust status within an acute Trust.
A former chair of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (North West) and chair of the student conference of the Finance Skills Development association he takes a keen interest in developing the careers of those around him. He is also a non-executive board member of a local cancer charity.
Director of HR
This post is currently vacant.
Professor Mark O'Donnell has more than 30 years experience in medicine and has worked as a consultant at Blackpool Victoria Hospital for 18 years – 13 years as a Consultant Geriatrician and five years as a Consultant Stroke Physician. Mark is also the Trust's Caldicott Guardian.
Director of Operations
Pat Oliver was appointed as Director of Operations on 26th April 2011. She is also acting as the Programme Manager for the Transforming Community Service project. Pat was seconded from the Trust to the University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust as the Interim Manager for the Surgical Division from November 2009 to September 2010 and prior to that she was an Associate Director of Operations at this Trust.
Director of Nursing and Quality
Marie Thompson (RN,BSc Hons, MSC, PGCE) joined the Trust in February 2009. Marie has over 25 years’ Nursing and Senior leadership experience in the NHS covering Acute, Community and Higher Education. She is passionate about providing high standards of care and has an excellent track record in improving professional standards and quality.