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 comprises the following people:

  • Chairman
  • Chief Executive*
  • Seven Non-Executive Directors
  • Executive Director of Finance*
  • Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health Professionals and Quality*
  • Executive Medical Director*
  • Executive Director of Integrated Care*
  • Chief Operating Officer*
  • Joint Executive Director of Communications*
  • Executive Director of People and Culture*
  • Executive Director of Strategy*

(Executive Directors*)

Steve Fogg, Chair


Steve Fogg joined the Trust in February 2021 as the Chair.  He has a wealth of experience from a career forged at BAE Systems, from apprentice to engineering, then moving through operations, functional management and programme management to business leadership and his final role before retiring as Managing Director of Corporate Shared Services PLC. He holds various non-executive Board membership roles, including membership of the Blackpool Pride of Place Partnership, Chair of the Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network and a member of the Blackpool and Fylde College Board. During his time at BAe Systems he represented them as a Member of the Worldskills Advisory Group on Social Mobility, Diversity and Inclusion and was a Member of the National Apprentice Ambassador network and was a leading driver behind BAE Systems approach to Mental Heath support.  Prior to joining the Trust he was Chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and was a Member of the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust Board.

Steve Fogg, Chair

Chief Executive

Trish Armstrong-Child joined the Trust on September 20th 2021 after previously being the chief executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital.

Before taking over at Southport in December 2019 Trish was deputy chief executive and director of nursing at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.

During her six years there, she played a key role in shaping the organisation into one rated by the Care Quality Commission as “good” overall and “outstanding” for leadership at all levels.

Trish, who was inspired to become a nurse by her mum’s work as a healthcare assistant in a nursing home, qualified as a registered general nurse in 1992.

She completed her training at Whiston hospital, Merseyside, and worked at other North West trusts as staff nurse, sister and matron. She went on to hold senior positions in nursing and NHS operational management, including deputy director of operations at the former Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. She joined the board of Bolton in 2013.

In 2018, Trish was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton for her “outstanding contribution to health care”.
Bolton has strong links with the university and she worked with them to establish a pre-registration nursing degree. In awarding the honour, the university said she had quadrupled the places open to nursing students.

She was awarded a MBE for services to nursing in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List.

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.

Mark Beaton

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.

Sue McKenna

Non-Executive Director

Sue Mckenna has spent much of her childhood and working life in Blackpool, training as a general nurse at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 1984, and also in mental health in 1991. She worked in the hospital and across services for many years and saw all her children born at Blackpool Victoria and her family continue to receive healthcare at the Trust, strengthening both her professional commitment and her personal investment in the system.

From a professional perspective, Sue has been a Director of Nursing and a Chief Operating Officer in the NHS for a number of years. She has been a COO within two systems, the most recent in south west London, St George’s-Tooting. She has managed and led operational services across systems, in health, social care, police and prison and across physical and mental health. Her board experience comes across a range of Boards in the NHS, but also many other boards working in partnership with other public sector and private organisations.

Sue retired from her last full-time executive role in the NHS in late 2019, but remains a registered nurse to this day.

Prior to becoming a Non-Executive Director at Blackpool in September 2021, Sue had spent two years working as a NED in an integrated system for two years.


Mark Cullinan

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.

James Wilkie

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.

Vacant post

Non-Executive Director

Andy Roach is a registered mental health nurse with more than 20 years’ experience at board level in health organisations.

He was most recently on the board at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and before that at NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group as Director of Integration and Transformation. Within the role, he was responsible for an ambitious plan to reform how the CCG commissions services.

Andy was also the Lead Director on behalf of partner organisations across the Fylde Coast, providing system leadership and strategic management for the Fylde Coast Vanguard New Care Models programme. The scheme redesigned the way primary, secondary and voluntary sector health organisations worked together to deliver integrated healthcare to residents across the Fylde Coast.

He previously held the position of Direc­tor of Opera­tions and Exec­u­tive Nurse at Cum­bria Part­ner­ship NHS Foun­da­tion Trust. Dur­ing his five years at the Trust, Andy led the estab­lish­ment of Inte­grated Locality Services across Cum­bria, and was respon­si­ble for over­see­ing the clin­i­cal and oper­a­tional imple­men­ta­tion of Trans­form­ing Com­mu­nity Ser­vices. He also developed and imple­mented the first Trust-wide nurs­ing strategy.

Vacant post

Non-Executive Director

Fiona Eccleston is a chartered accountant who started her career working in Audit at Deloitte. She then moved into industry and developed a specialism in finance and commercial business partnering for large corporate entitles, she supported various operational and sales leaders to achieve their financial and workforce orientated goals.

More recently Fiona has been working as a consultant on finance transformation and change projects in organisations ranging from small volunteer-run community businesses to large national companies in the healthcare sector. Fiona is passionate about improving opportunities and outcomes for all. She is an active volunteer trustee, sitting on several boards for community-based and charity organisations in the North West.

Vacant post

Associate Non-Executive Director

Adrian Carridice-Davids has worked in coastal areas in another part of the UK and  wants to bring that experience of community and partnership engagement to Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, with the hope to collectively improve the wellbeing of the residents of Blackpool and reduce health inequalities in the area.

Executive Directors

Feroz Patel

Executive Director of Finance

Feroz Patel began his career in the NHS as a National Financial Management Trainee in 1999 and qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant on the scheme.  Since graduating he has held a number of senior finance roles across provider and commissioner organisations.

Feroz originally joined Blackpool Teaching Hospitals in 2006, where he held the roles of Associate Director of Finance, Acting Director of Finance and Deputy Director of Finance.

Feroz joined Stockport NHS Foundation Trust as Director of Finance in 2015, before returning to Blackpool in 2019 as Chief Finance Officer.  Feroz was appointed Director of Finance in June 2021.

Peter Murphy

Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health Professionals (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.

Chris Barben

Executive Medical Director

Chris Barben (Biography to follow)

Janet Barnsley

Executive Director of Integrated 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.

Natalie Hudson

Chief Operating Officer

Natalie Hudson

Natalie Hudson has worked for the NHS since 2009.  Natalie is a qualified chartered certified accountant and started her career at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay working in the Finance Team.  In 2012 Natalie moved to East Lancashire Hospitals working in a numbers of areas, initially starting in Finance before moving into operational roles covering Surgery, Theatres, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine.  In 2019 Natalie became the Deputy Director of Operations before becoming the Director of Operations in May 2019.  In November 2020 Natalie joined Blackpool Teaching Hospitals as the Interim Director of Operations before becoming Chief Operating Officer in April 2021.

Natalie has a wealth of knowledge from working at both East Lancashire and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals and has led on a number of large scale initiatives to improve patient experience including creating an elective centre, opening 24/7 same day emergency care facilities and supporting the emergency village strategy.  Since joining Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Natalie has focussed on the  reorganisation of the patient flow function, implementing improved systems and processes to enhance acute and community integration, delivering marked improvements in Length of Stay.

Shelley Wright

Joint Executive Director of Communications

Shelley Wright joined the Trust in January 2021 as Executive Director of Communications which is a joint role also overseeing the communications portfolio at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Shelley joined from Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust where she was Executive Director of Communications and prior to this she was Director of Communications for the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

A former journalist with strong personal connections to both East Lancashire and Blackpool, Shelley will be using her significant experience of crisis communications to support both Trusts in their response to Covid as well as leading across all areas of communications activity internally, externally and as part of the wider Lancashire and South Cumbria healthcare system.

Steve Christian

Executive Director of Strategy and Transformation

Steve Christian (Biography to follow)

Louise Ludgrove

Executive Director of People and Culture

Louise Ludgrove (Biography to follow)