Board of Directors

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:

  • Chair
  • Chief Executive*
  • Seven Non-Executive Directors
  • Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Finance and Performance*
  • Director of Nursing, AHPs and Quality*
  • Medical Director*
  • Joint Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development*
  • Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Strategic Partnerships*

(*Executive Directors)


Pearse Butler was appointed Chair in June 2018, having previously served as the Chairman of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust.

Pearse has had an extensive NHS Management career, including having been Chief Executive at both the Royal Liverpool Hospital and the Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority. Subsequently, he worked for a major US IT company for over eight years.

Chief Executive

Kevin McGee is a qualified accountant with over 30 years’ experience of working within healthcare with 15 years’ experience at executive level.

Prior to joining East Lancashire Hospital NHS Trust, he held a range of roles including Chief Executive of George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Director of Finance and Chief Operating Officer in large acute hospitals and Director of Commissioning and Performance Management at a Teaching Primary Care Trust and Chief Executive of a Teaching Primary Care Trust in Birmingham.

Non-Executive Directors

Non-Executive Directors (including the Chair) 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.

Non-Executive Director

Mark Beaton was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in February 2019.  He spent 30 years working as a leader in the consulting, outsourcing and technology business. He has worked with many of the world’s leading companies on business and digital transformation.  Mark spent 10 years specialising in the public sector before moving to a wider industry portfolio including financial services, retail, communications, technology and media sectors.

Mark has been a member of several Boards, both in the UK and internationally.  He was the Senior Executive; personally responsible for several businesses with 20,000+ people including, for example, the Cloud and security business of one of the world’s leading tech companies. He was also the Global Diversity and Inclusion Executive Sponsor for a business with  176,000 people spread across 100 countries.

Non Executive Director

Dr. Sheena Bedi has almost 30 years’ experience of working within the NHS, at the coal face and as a leader. From years as an inner-city GP with a passion for transforming healthcare meaningfully, she has become a key player in collaborative reform within the integration of Health and Care in Greater Manchester and in the development of General Practice. She is a trustee for a national charity that supports women into work and 11 years ago, co-founded a healthcare company delivering community healthcare services to the NHS and local authorities.

Sheena has held key leadership and Board-level positions, including Chief Executive, Non-Executive Director and Neighbourhood Chair and brings clinical, operational and strategic expertise with her from public sector, social enterprise and business.


Non-Executive Director

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.

Non Executive Director

Mark Cullinan has been a Non-Executive Director with the Blackpool Hospital Trust since July 2016.  During this period he has served on a number of committees and has chaired the Strategic Workforce Committee, Charitable Funds Committee, Voluntary Services Committee and Finance Committee.

He is the Chairman of Impact Housing Association (Cumbria) and is the Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees at St. John's Hospice (Lancaster).

Mark was formerly the Chief Executive of Lancaster City Council (from 2000 to 2016) and immediately prior to this was Director of Social Services (Adults and Children) with the City of Wakefield Metropolitan Council.

Non-Executive Director

Tony Warne is Professor Emeritus in Mental Health at the University of Salford, and former Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of Health and Society. His background is in nursing, and nurse education, having over 25 years’ experience of working in the NHS as a practitioner and manager, and 25 years in the university sector. As an academic, he has published extensively and is the co-editor and author of the books Using Patient Experience in Nurse Education and Creative Approaches to Health and Social Care Education.

He was the former Nurse Representative on the Council of Deans (Health) Executive Committee which represent the 85 UK universities providing health care education.

He is currently a Non-Executive Director and Vice Chair for the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, with a special interest in improving the quality and safety of patient care.

Non-Executive Director

Mary Watt 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 more than eight 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.

Non-Executive Director

James Wilkie was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in January 2019. He had a long and successful career in local government working for a number of local authorities in Scotland and the North West. James began his career as a town planner and moved on to lead a wide range of services, holding a number of different executive positions.

Following his retirement from local government, James served as a Non-Executive Director with the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust until late 2017 when he moved out of the Trust's constituency area.

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.

Joint Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Kevin Moynes joined the Trust on October 1, 2018 in a joint post with East Lancashire Hospitals Trust. He joined East Lancashire Hospitals Trust on October 1, 2013 as the Interim Director of HR and Organisational Development. He joined the NHS in 1978, qualifying as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) and later as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse (RSCN) in 1986. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Bradford in 1993.

In addition to his NHS experience, Kevin has worked in the USA and the Middle East and has held a Director of Nursing post within the hospice sector. Kevin leads the Trust’s agenda relating to HR and OD with a key focus on staff engagement, staff health and wellbeing, recruitment and retention, learning and development and leadership and talent management.

Medical Director

Dr. Jim Gardner became Executive Medical Director on January 1, 2020 having served as the Clinical Non-Executive Director to the Board from September 2018. A GP by professional background, Jim has spent the last four years working in the School of Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire.

Jim brings extensive experience of health service delivery, clinical leadership and governance, having been a primary care Trust and NHS England Medical Director within Lancashire between 2007 and 2014 and the Group Medical Director of an independent company between 2014 and 2016. Jim was also a Trustee on the Board of a local cancer charity for over five years until resigning to take up this post.

Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Strategic Partnerships

Prof. Nicki Latham was previously an Improvement Director at NHS Improvement.  Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Performance and Development at Health Education England (HEE), with the remit to provide the NHS workforce with the right skills and values, in the right place at the right time to better meet the needs of patients – now and in the future.

Nicki has a wide ranging portfolio including Executive responsibility for performance, workforce transformation, research and innovation, genomics and Building a Digital Ready Workforce.  Nicki also had oversight for the NHS Leadership Academy to provide leadership development for  better care. Nicki was previously the Chief Operating Officer for the NHS National Institute for Health Research which provides a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals working in world-class facilities, conducting leading-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public. Prior to these national roles over the past 11 years, Nicki gained more than 15 years' experience in higher education holding several senior management posts. She has experience as a lecturer and researcher; including at Leeds Beckett University where she completed her PhD in Health Education.

Director of Operations (Planned Care)

Janet Barnsley has more than 25 years’ experience within the NHS in a variety of roles in both provision and commissioning. Janet has worked on the Fylde coast since 2013, initially supporting the CCGs with Commissioning Support Services and then being appointed to Blackpool CCG in a new role of Director of Performance and Delivery. Janet supported the Trust with winter pressures from December 2017 and was seconded into the role of Interim Director of Planned Care in April 2018. Janet provides operational oversight and management for the Scheduled Care and Clinical Support Services divisions as well as being the Senior Responsible Officer for Planned Care for the Fylde Coast Integrated Care Partnership.

Interim Director of Operations (Urgent and Emergency Care)

Natalie Hudson - Profile to follow.

Director of Nursing, AHPs and Quality

Peter Murphy lives in Greater Manchester with his wife and three dogs. He has three children who have ‘fled the nest’. He completed his Nurse Training in 1991 and has worked in a large number of roles within nursing across a number of organisations.

He is passionate about ensuring both patients and staff receive the best possible care and experience as they access services. He joined Blackpool from Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust where he was a key member of the leadership team who developed and led services. This led to the organisation receiving an Outstanding rating following the last two Care Quality Commission inspections.

He has led a number of initiatives within Salford Royal including a collaborative project to improve the management of acutely unwell patients which won a BUPA foundation Award in 2009 and a HSJ Award for Quality and Productivity in 2010.