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Our board

The day to day management of Alder Hey is undertaken by the Board of Directors who work with a Council of Governors elected from our membership base to achieve our strategic aims and objectives.

The Board agreed our overarching strategy in 2011/12 which set out a four year direction of travel until 2016. In December 2015 and following the move to our new hospital, this strategy was refreshed and finalised in April 2016 for the next five years. The Board agreed that Alder Hey's original purpose and vision remain relevant today and will be unchanged until 2020.

Agendas and minutes for board meetings held in the previous 12 months are available to download in the Trust publications section. Meetings are open to the public and are held in the Boardroom from 10am to 3pm.

Our priorities are set out in our Strategic Plan, supported by our Operational Plan. Our board of eight Executive Directors, five Non-Executive Directors and our Chair meet 11 times a year to review and shape Alder Hey’s aims and objectives.

The Board

Dame Jo Williams, Chair

Dame Jo joined Alder Hey in November 2016. She trained at Keele University as a social worker alongside studying for a dual honours degree. Once qualified she spent the next 30 years in the public sector; the last ten as a Director of Social Services firstly in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan and then Cheshire County Council. She then worked for five years as Chief Executive of the Royal Mencap Society. Her full time working career concluded with a three year period as Chair of the Care Quality Commission.

Twice honoured by the Queen, she received a CBE in 2000 and a DBE in 2008. Dame Jo has always been driven by a passion for equality of opportunity, fairness and justice and is a strong believer in team work and partnership. Currently the Chair of Vivo Care Services, a member of Keele University Council, a trustee of Dartington Hall Trust and a Deputy Lieutenant in Cheshire.

Ian Quinlan, Non-Executive Director/Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of Resources and Business Development Committee

Ian joined the Alder Hey Board in September 2011. He was born and bred in Yorkshire and began his career as an auditor with Ernst and Whinney (now Ernst and Young) in 1982, becoming the youngest partner in the firm at that time.

In 1988 he became Group Finance Director of the Albert Fisher Group Plc, a leading global food processor and distributor. From 2003 to the present time, Ian has held senior positions with VPS Holdings Limited, which is now the most profitable and fastest growing void property services company in the world. Between 2003 and the beginning of 2011 he was Group Chief Executive, during which time the turnover of the business increased from £3m to £200m. Between January and July 2011 and October 2013 he was a director of the business responsible for acquisitions. Ian is now the Group Chief Executive of The Clearway Group Limited. a void property services group.

Jeannie France-Hayhurst, Non-Executive Director

Jeannie is a barrister with 40 years professional experience. She has specialised in child and family law from Chambers in Liverpool and Chester for the past 20 years, leading the Family Law team in Chester for the past 4 years. She has wide experience of non-accidental injury cases and the interpretation of medical evidence and has an established professional reputation for focus, challenge and clarity.

Jeannie continues to practice as a Mediator is a new Trustee of Relate. She is also a Governor at Moreton Hall School where she has board responsibility for child protection and health and safety. She is actively involved in promoting the health and well-being of children from 3-18 in a rural residential setting.

Claire Dove OBE, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Workforce and Organisational Development Committee

Claire is a high impact leader of social change. She brings a track record of success from a variety of non-executive, executive and community leadership roles – shaping policy and practice in the business, social enterprise and charity worlds.

Renowned in Merseyside, known nationally and internationally – Claire’s work in education, regeneration, anti-poverty, equality and fairness arenas positions her as an independent thinker, experienced practitioner and trusted adviser to many.

Claire’s achievements stretch many decades, fields and roles. Having built the award winning Blackburne House Group (BHG) over the last 30 years, her attention is now moving towards growing a portfolio of roles to complement her work at BHG.

Anita Marsland MBE, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Clinical Quality Assurance Committee

Anita began her career in Local Government in 1974 and is a qualified a social worker.  She later held a range of senior management posts, rising to Chief Officer. In 2002 Anita became one of the country’s first joint appointments between an NHS organisation (Chief Executive level) and a Local Authority. Anita has pioneered integrated working between Local Government and the NHS for many years and the model of partnership working that she has developed has been adopted and implemented successfully in other parts of the country.

She has a strong reputation nationally for promoting and implementing innovative solutions to tackle health inequalities.  Her work has been acknowledged through several awards including an MBE for services to health and social care in 2008.  In 2010 Anita was seconded to the Department of Health at Director General level to lead the setting up of Public Health England (an executive agency of the DH) as the delivery arm for DH public health policy, in line with changes introduced by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Kerry Byrne, Non-Executive Director

Kerry lives in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria and is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant. Kerry is finance leader with over 17 years' experience in 'Big 4' professional services covering governance, risk management and internal control in the public and private sectors.

She was a Senior Manager at Deloitte, Liverpool for 11 years (1997-2008) where she provided internal audit services for numerous organisations and industries in both the private and public sectors. She then pent 3 years (September 2008-December 2011) as Head of Internal Audit at Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd; followed by nearly 3 years (January 2012 to November 2014) as the Director of Retail Banking Internal Audit at Ernst & Young.

Since leaving EY she has been managing her own portfolio of 11 rental properties in Widnes and Ellesmere Port. She has also, as from June 2010 been a Non-Executive Director at Liverpool John Moores University where she is currently a member of the Board, Chairman of the Finance Committee, and a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committees and Chairman's Group. She had previously been a member of the Audit Committee.

Louise Shepherd CBE, Chief Executive

Louise joined Alder Hey as Chief Executive in March 2008 since when she led the Trust through a major transformation into Europe's only Children's Health Park, designed by and for children and young people and opened bu Her Majesty the Queen in 2016. The Park aims to provide a unique wellbeing and healing environment for all children and young people and comprises a state of the art specialist children's hospital, dedicated research and education facilities, an innovation centre, clinical research facility and family support bereavement centre.

Previously CEO of Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Louise first joined the NHS as Director of Business Development at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital in 1993 from KPMG, where she spent four years as a financial and management consultant to the public sector. A qualified accountant, Louise was Director of Finance at the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust before she took over as CEO at Liverpool Women's Hospital. From March 2016 was was the lead for the Cheshire and Merseyside Sustainability and Transformation Programme, working with partners across the system to take forward the NHS Five Year Forward View in the local area. She stepped down from this role in May 2017.

A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Louise has a strong interest in the Arts and served on the Board of The Liverpool Philharmonic for six years and plays violin for the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra.

Louise was awarded the CBE for Services to Healthcare in 2017.

Executive Directors


John Grinnell, Finance Director and Deputy CEO

John joined Alder Hey in April 2017 as Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive. His NHS career began via the National Finance Graduate Trainee scheme, and he has worked in a variety of roles, including the Deputy Director of Performance at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, and Deputy Director of Finance at South Manchester University Hospital.

He joined The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation (RJAH) Trust in Oswestry as Director of Finance in 2008 and played a key role in supporting the organisation’s successful Foundation Trust application. He also worked with the Strategic Orthopaedic Alliance (SOA) to ensure that the voice of specialist orthopaedic providers is heard within the national financial agenda.

John became Acting Chief Executive at RJAH in October 2015 until taking up the position of Deputy Chief Executive on 1 April 2016. This was the role in which he remained until joining Alder Hey a year later.

Adam Bateman, Chief Operating Officer

Adam was acting Chief Operating Officer from January 2018 and appointed substantively to the role at the end of March. Adam first joined Alder Hey in 2015 as the General Manager for the then Surgical Clinical Business Unit. Prior to this, Adam held a number of acute hospital operational management roles in emergency. medical, surgical and community services.

Adam first joined the NHS in 2005 through the National Graduate Management Training scheme. He holds an MSc degree in Healthcare Leadership from the University of Manchester. Through the NHS Leadership Academy Adam successfully undertook a healthcare information fellowship at GlaxoSmithKline. He is presently on the Nye Bevan Programme for senior NHS leaders.

Adam has a particular interest in service improvement and has worked on a number of successful projects, including the design and build of new cancer treatment units, and collaboration with voluntary organisations to improve the level of support and care to people in their own home.

Hilda Gwilliams, Chief Nurse

Hilda joined Alder Hey in February 2013 as Deputy Director of Nursing and has was appointed as Chief Nurse in 2017. Formerly, Hilda was deputy Director of Nursing at St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust for three years where she gained experience in moving hospital services from an old build to a new purpose built hospital.

She qualified as a nurse in 1984 and spent a number of years in a variety of clinical roles in surgical specialties including neurosurgical intensive care. Hilda has maintained strong educational links and continues to provide professional guidance in relation to ‘fitness for practice’ concerns pertaining to students at local HEI’s. Hilda holds an MSc in Health and Social Care from Edge Hill University. 

Nicki Murdock, Medical Director

Nicki Murdock joined Alder Hey in January 2019, returning to the UK after a successful career across the Australian health care system. Nicki has served as the Executive Director Medical Services at Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service in Australia and is an ex-President of the Paediatrics and Child Health Division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. After training in the UK she became a Fellow of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and then FRACGP, FRACP and FRACMA.

A senior medical leader with qualifications in Paediatrics, General Practice and Medical Administration Nicki qualified in 193 at Southampton University. She has held the post of Executive Medical Director at a number of hospitals in Australia and has led State wide medical reveiws and chaired a number of specialist steering groups.

Erica Saunders, Director of Corporate Affairs

Erica joined the Alder Hey team in September 2010 as Director of Corporate Affairs. She began her NHS career in 1991 through its graduate management training scheme. Erica spent over ten years working in primary care and commissioning roles before moving to the acute sector in 2003.

Part of her job includes the role of Trust Secretary, advising and supporting the Chair, Board of Directors and Council of Governors on all aspects of regulation and corporate governance. Prior to coming to Alder Hey, Erica was Director of Corporate Affairs at the Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust where she directed the successful application to become the first foundation trust in Merseyside. Erica holds an MBA as well as a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Liverpool.

Melissa Swindell, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Melissa is the Executive Director of HR and OD, and had worked at Alder Hey since 2009. Following her graduation on Economic and Social History from the University of Liverpool, Melissa started her HR career in the airline industry, before joining the NHS. She has worked in HR and OD in a range of NHS organisations both in London and the North West.

A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Melissa also had  postgraduate qualifications in training, a range of personal and team development tools and coaching. Melissa leads the people development agenda at Alder Hey and has a passion for improving staff engagement and wellbeing.

Mark Flannagan, Director of Marketing and Communications

Prior to joining Alder Hey, Mark was the Chief Executive of the charity Beating Bowel Cancer from 2010 to 2017.  In that role he led advocacy around access to cancer medicines and took a high profile role in advocating for a new approach that involved patient experience. He is widely recognised as a highly experienced speaker, policy analyst and communicator and has connection at the highest levels in government and the UK health services.

Mark has worked at Board level in a number of high profile health profile organisations, including: the Royal College of General Practitioners; the Royal College of Nursing and Diabetes UK.

David Powell, Development Director (Non-Voting)

David joined Alder Hey as Development Director in December 2012 and has over 30 years experience working in the NHS. Prior to his role at Alder Hey, David held Development Director posts in Bristol and London overseeing new hospital programmes. 

David has a history degree from Manchester University and is a qualified accountant. 

Dani Jones, Director of Strategy and Partnerships

Dani joined Alder Hey in October 2017 from Liverpool Community Health, where as Deputy Chief Operating Officer she had responsibility for a wide range of services including public health, health visitors, school nurses, district nurses and rapid response therapists. At LCH, Dani led successful delivery of the Clinical Strategy, working closely with Community staff, GPs and The Kings Fund. Dani also had responsibility for Frailty, Specialist nursing, Telehealth, Single Point of Contact and IM&T.

Dani has 14 years’ experience in health and social care in Merseyside, having held a number of lead roles in health and social care integration. Dani is incredibly proud to work in the NHS and is passionate about making positive improvements with patients and staff.

At Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, Dani worked closely with GPs as managerial lead on integrated community care teams, frailty and diabetes. Dani successfully developed partnerships with primary and community care, mental health, acute sector colleagues, community and voluntary sector partners to set up new services that have improved outcomes and experiences for patients. Prior to that, Dani held roles across Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Community Health joining up health and social care, and led a programme of telehealth and telemedicine at scale across NHS Merseyside.

Following her graduation in Economics and subsequent masters in Health Care Ethics at the University of Liverpool, Dani began her NHS life in technology and innovation at Central Liverpool PCT. Dani achieved an Executive Leadership in Healthcare award through the ‘Nye Bevan’ programme in 2017.

We also have six other Directors - three Divisional Directors and two Directors of Service Improvement and Transformation. They are:

Prof Micheal Beresford, Brough Chair ( represents UoL)

Christian Duncan, Divisional Director for Surgery

Adrian Hughes, Divisional Director for Medicine

Lisa Cooper, Divisional Director for Community & CAMHS

Sian Falder and Jo Minford, Director of Clinical Effectiveness and Service Transformation


Kate Warriner, Chief Digital and Information Officer

Kate joined the team in Alder Hey in 2019 as Chief Digital and Information Officer. Kate began her HS career in 2000 and has a range of digital leadership roles in primary care, commissioning, shared services and acute care across Liverpool and the wider region.

Kate is the Digital Lead for the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership and the Senior Responsible Officer for the North West Coast Local Health and Care Record Exemplar programme - Share2Care. She also works with the British Computer Society as Associate Vice Chair of the Health and Care Executive for Policy and Strategy.

Kate is passionate about the NHS and the impact digital technology and innovation can make on improved clinical outcomes and the delivery of high quality, safe patient care.

Kate is a music graduate from the University of Liverpool, and holds a MSC in Health Informatics. She is the Chair of the Maghull Wind Orchestra where she is also principal flautist and saxophonist with the Swingshift BigBand. 



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