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*

(*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 & 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

Sheena Bedi's profile will be added shortly.


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

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.

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 Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the Department of Health, Public Health England and two large University Health Boards in Wales.

Non-Executive Director

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.

Non-Executive Director

James Wilkie was appointed as a Non Executive Director in January 2019. He had a long and sucessful 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 1st October 2018 in a joint post with East Lancashire Hospitals Trust. He joined East Lancashire Hospitals Trust on 1st October 2013 as the Interim Director of HR and Organisational Development. He joined the NHS in 1978, qualifying as a Registered 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 & Well-Being, Recruitment & Retention, Learning & Development and Leadership & Talent Management.

Medical Director

Dr. Jim Gardner became Executive Medical Director on 1 January 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.

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 with effect from 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.

Director of Operations (Urgent and Emergency Care)

Berenice Groves joined the Trust in June 2018. She has over 33 years clinical, operational and senior managerial experience in the NHS. Berenice is an experienced Director specialising in the design and successful implementation of complex models of care across the NHS.

Berenice has held senior positions in Acute Trusts and Nationally as a Head of Improvement with the Emergency Care Intensive Support Team and as such was responsible for directing and delivering improvement programmes. She is passionate about improving the standards of care across the emergency care pathway for ALL patients.

Keen to share her skills and experience gained in the NHS, Berenice is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Charlotte Straker Project, a charity based in Corbridge (Northumberland) which provides nursing and residential care for residents of the Tyne Valley.

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 currently is seconded to Blackpool from Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust  where he has been a key member of the leadership team who have developed and led services. This has 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.