Our Board

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

Mark Chamberlain
Dame Jo Williams, Chair

Dame Jo joined the board in November 2016 as a Non-Executive Director and was appointed as Chair, succeeding Sir David Henshaw, in February 2019 and was reappointed by the Governors for a second three-year term to February 2025.

She has enjoyed a successful 30-year career in social services in the North West, including ten years at a director level, before becoming Chief Executive of the Royal Mencap Society for five years. Dame Jo joined the Care Quality Commission as a Non-Executive Director in 2008 and held the position of Chair between 2010 and 2013. In addition, Dame Jo has had considerable experience as a trustee in the voluntary sector, including with the NSPCC.

Over the last decade, she has been involved in shaping public policy on a number of issues including in her role as chair of the National Advisory Council on Children’s Psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health and as part of the team that developed the National Service Framework for Children. She was also co-chair of the national working group that led to standards in hospital care for children following the enquiry at Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Dame Jo has received a number of honours in recognition of her achievements, including a CBE for services to Social Services in Cheshire and as President of the Association of Directors of Social Services and a DBE for her work with people with a learning disability.

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Louise Shepherd CBE, Chief Executive

Louise joined Alder Hey as Chief Executive in March 2008 and successfully 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 by Her Majesty the Queen in 2016. The Park aims to provide a world-leading holistic health and well-being environment for all children and young people and comprises a state-of-the-art specialist children’s hospital and mental health facilities, a dedicated Children’s Research Institute and Academy, incorporating four University partners, an Innovation Centre working with industry partners to create leading-edge technologies, an NIHR Clinical Research Facility and a family support and 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.

In addition to her role at Alder Hey, Louise has led a number of National and Regional programmes, including Co-Chair of the National Children’s Hospital Alliance (since 2020), Senior Responsible Officer for the Cheshire and Mersey Children’s Transformation Programme “Beyond” and the establishment of the initial Sustainability and Transformation Programme for Cheshire and Merseyside in 2016/17. She was appointed Chair of the National Children’s Transformation Programme by NHSE in March 2023.

A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Louise has a strong interest in the Arts and was appointed Chair of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Board in November 2022 and plays the violin for the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. Louise was awarded a CBE for services to healthcare in 2017.

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John Grinnell, Managing Director and Finance Director

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. In 2019 John won two Finance Director of Year Awards; The Finance Director of a Non-Profit Large Organisation (over £100m) award and he was the overall winner of Finance Director of the Year award.

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Adam Bateman, Chief Operating Officer

Adam was appointed Chief Operating Officer in April 2018. Since joining the NHS in 2005 through the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme, Adam has held senior operational manager positions with responsibility for surgical, medical, emergency and community services.

Adam holds the following healthcare leadership qualifications: an MSc degree in Healthcare Leadership, and an Executive Healthcare Leadership Award with distinction from the Nye Bevan NHS Leadership Academy Programme. He has also completed a Healthcare Information Fellowship at GlaxoSmithKline.

Regionally, Adam was Chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside paediatric gold command that oversaw paediatric bed capacity and mutual aid during the Covid-19 pandemic and RSV outbreak. Nationally, Adam co-led the deployment of new healthcare innovation solutions across the Children’s Hospital Alliance.

Adam is the Executive lead for performance; this includes leading the recovery of paediatric services in order to address the waiting list backlog that has built up during Covid-19. He is the senior responsible officer for the deployment of a new Electronic Patient Record (Alder C@re) and the programme to open a new world-leading Neonatal Intensive Care Unit facility in 2024.

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Alfie Bass, Chief Medical Officer

Alfie joined the Alder Hey Board in December 2021 and has worked as a Consultant Children’s Orthopaedic Surgeon for 22 years having completed specialist training in the UK, Switzerland and Australia. 

He was awarded the WellChild Doctor award in 2018 for the service he provides to children. He was the Clinical Director for Orthopaedic, Spine and Gait at Alder Hey for three years and then was the Divisional Director for Surgery where his focus was on enhancing patient safety. 

He now looks forward to the challenge as Chief Medical Officer where he will focus on facilitating the greatest access to care provided in the safest way for our patients and the staff.

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Nathan Askew, Chief Nurse

Nathan joined Alder Hey in November 2020 as the Chief Nursing Officer providing professional leadership to nurses and Allied Health Professionals across the organisation. Nathan qualified as a registered children’s nurse in 2003 from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing, Kings College London. Nathan has worked in various clinical and managerial roles including time at Guys and St. Thomas, Great Ormond Street Hospital and as Director of Nursing at Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.

In addition to his professional qualifications Nathan holds an MSC in advanced nursing practice and has led system wide change for children’s services in Northwest London and more widely across the capital. Nathan has a passion for ensuring all children and young people get high quality, safe care in both physical and mental health and for championing the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.  He is the current chair of the Association of Chief Children’s’ Nurses working to advocate for children and young people at a national level.

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Erica Saunders, Director of Corporate Affairs (Non-Voting)

Erica joined the Alder Hey Board in September 2010 as Director of Corporate Affairs. She began her NHS career in 1991 through its national Graduate Management Training Scheme. Erica spent over ten years working in primary care and commissioning roles at regional level and within Liverpool and North Cheshire, before moving to the acute sector in 2003.

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. 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 assurance, regulation, compliance and corporate governance. Erica also has Executive responsibility for legal matters.  Erica holds an MBA as well as a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Liverpool.

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Melissa Swindell, Chief People Officer

Melissa is our Chief People Officer and joined Alder Hey in 2009. Following her graduation from the University of Liverpool, Melissa started her HR & OD career in the airline industry before joining the NHS, working in HR and OD roles in London and the Northwest before joining Alder Hey.

A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Melissa leads the people agenda at Alder Hey and is passionate about making Alder Hey a great place to work for everyone, with significant focus on leadership and talent development, equality, diversity and inclusion, staff engagement and health and wellbeing. Melissa has championed the development of the award winning Alder Hey Staff Advice and Liaison Service (SALS), winner of both the national HSJ Staff Engagement Award in 2020, and the HPMA award for Excellence in Staff Engagement in 2021.

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Mark Flannagan, Director of Marketing and Communications (Non-Voting)

Mark joined Alder Hey in July 2017 from the UK Charity Beating Bowel Cancer, where he was Chief Executive. He has a degree in Medieval History from the University of St Andrews and has worked for most of his career in the Third Sector in Communications, Campaigns and Policy. Mark has extensive health experience, having worked at senior level in the Royal College of GPs, Royal College of Nursing, Diabetes UK and elsewhere.  Mark is responsible for internal and external communications, including media relations, brand, staff engagement campaigns and the website.

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David Powell, Development Director (Non-Voting)

David joined Alder Hey as Development Director in December 2012 and has over 30 years of 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.

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Dani Jones, Director of Strategy, Partnerships & Transformation

Dani joined Alder Hey in October 2017 and is executive lead for the Trust’s strategic plan, our range of health and care system partnerships, and the Trust’s transformation and quality improvement team. Dani specialises in development of complex partnerships to improve patient care across systems; examples include her executive leadership of the Cheshire & Merseyside Children and Young People’s ‘Beyond’ Programme which is driving improvements to outcomes for children across the local integrated care system, and of the North West paediatric Operational Delivery Networks.

Dani is experienced in building systems and partnerships to create better outcomes for patients, across Primary and Community care, Mental Health, Acute trusts, Local Authorities and Voluntary sector groups; she has nearly 20 years’ experience working in the majority of these different settings. Dani began her NHS life in technology and innovation, following a BA Hons Economics and an MSc in Health Care Ethics at the University of Liverpool. She achieved her Executive Leadership in Healthcare award through the ‘Nye Bevan’ programme in 2017.

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Kate Warriner, Chief Digital and Transformation Officer

Kate is the Chief Digital and Transformation Officer at Alder Hey (2019) and Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital (2020). Kate began her NHS career in 2000 and has had a range of digital leadership roles in primary care, commissioning, shared services and acute care across Liverpool and the wider Northwest region.

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 Phil Shotton Big Band.

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Fiona Marston, Non-Executive Director

Fiona Marston joined the Alder Hey Board in November 2019. Fiona is a biotechnology entrepreneur and was a business consultant to the Dept. of Clinical Sciences at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence for LSTM from 2021 – 2023. As Royal Society EiR she worked with LSTM to support training and mentoring in commercial translation of innovative research, to build the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge of staff and students. 

Until late 2020 Fiona was Director of the Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research focused on commercial translation for the University of Liverpool, LSTM and associated NHS Trusts. Early in her career she founded the investment incubator Healthcare Ventures, for the Rothschild Bioscience Unit and J&J Development Corporation investing in European entrepreneurs.

Currently Fiona is Chair and CEO of Erebagen Limited a synthetic biology company. She has been appointed the Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence to the University of Reading from 2023, advises the seed fund UKI2S and the NC3R’s CRACK IT Challenge. Fiona has a BSc Hons (Biological Sciences; UEA), PhD (Biochemistry; UKC), MBA (London Business School) and was awarded an OBE in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

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Kerry Byrne, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee and Senior Independent Director

Kerry joined the Alder Hey Board in September 2018 and was reappointed by the Governors for a second three-year term to September 2024. She is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a finance, risk and internal control leader with over 24 years’ experience in “Big 4” professional services and as a Non-Executive Director covering governance, finance, risk management and internal control Kerry is Chairman of our Audit & Risk Committee and a member of our Safety & Quality Assurance Committee. Kerry is the Trust’s NED lead for Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response and Freedom to Speak Up.

She was a Senior Manager at Deloitte for 11 years where she provided internal audit services to numerous organisations and industries both in the private and public sectors. She then spent 3 years as Head of Internal Audit at Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd followed by 3 years as the Director of Retail Banking, Internal Audit at Ernst & Young. Kerry spent 9 years as a Non-Executive Director at Liverpool John Moores University where she was Chairman of the Finance Committee, and a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committees and Chairman’s Group and also served on the Audit Committee.

She is currently a Non-Executive Director for South Lakes Housing in Cumbria where she is a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. Since leaving EY she has been managing her own portfolio of 10 rental properties in the Northwest.

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Shalni Arora, Non-Executive Director

Shalni was appointed to the Board in August 2019. Shalni is CEO of Savannah Wisdom, a private family charitable foundation.  She is a qualified accountant trained at Arthur Andersen and an entrepreneur. She is one of the founders of DxS Limited, a personalised medicine business which she spun out from AstraZeneca and then successfully exited. She works for a number of charities and not for profit organisations through her own foundation and is on the Board of the British Asia Trust, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Charity, Belong-The Cohesion and Integration Network and is a member of the Network for Social Change. 

She recently won a Beacon Award for Philanthropy and has a Masters in Genetics from Cambridge and a Masters in International Development.

Shalni is also a Council Member for the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

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Professor Fiona Beveridge, Non-Executive Director

Fiona joined the Alder Hey Board in October 2019 and was re-appointed for a second three-year term to October 2025. Fiona is Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Liverpool.

Fiona is a Professor of Law, specialising in international and EU law, in particular foreign investment law and gender equality law and policy. She has a particular expertise in gender mainstreaming (that is, the idea that gender concerns should be addressed systematically in all areas and by all actors), and how this is implemented in international institutions, the EU, and in individual states. In the UK this approach is best exemplified by the public sector equality duty, now contained in the Equality Act 2010. She has completed two studies for the European Parliament FEMM Committee, ‘A New Strategy for Gender Equality Post 2015’ and ‘The EU Budget for Gender Equality’.

Fiona is Chair of the Boards of the University of Liverpool Press and University of Liverpool in Singapore.

Fiona was also a Trustee of the Liverpool Football Club Foundation, the official charity of Liverpool Football Club, from 2012-19.

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Garth O. Dallas, Non-Executive Director

Garth joined Alder Hey as a Non-Executive Director in November 2021. He is highly respected for his Legal, Business Consulting and Diversity and Inclusion expertise and has a passion for helping businesses develop strategies that focus on making a positive impact on people, places, and the planet, across multiple industries.

For over 28 years he has been involved in the research, strategy, design, implementation and management of innovative and cutting-edge strategic business and diverse community projects based on the relationship between diversity and equality of opportunities legislation, diversity best practice, and importantly, sustainable business practices as a force for good in the 21st century global marketplace.

With extensive experience in business, legal and community support, his prominent expertise is providing innovative methods to manage governance, compliance and business strategies whilst keeping efficient financial management. These projects have been designed and involved the allocation and management of culturally sensitive and diverse resources, stakeholders and challenging outcomes. This is further complimented by qualified, fully practised legal specialisations in Equality and Employment Law.

He is Chair of the Liverpool Commonwealth Association and has recently founded the Good Small Business Awards, the UK’s first Business Sustainability Awards exclusively for small and micro businesses, Recognising Excellence in Small Business Social and Environmental Impact and Business Sustainability.

Overall, he has developed a strong career as a Director, Non-Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Business Sustainability Consultant and Business Community Engagement Ambassador. He brings his external skills to challenge, support and develop the Trust’s strategy and to ensure that the Board acts in the best interests of children, young people and their families and the wider community.

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John Kelly, Non-Executive Director

John was appointed to the Board in September 2022. A qualified chartered accountant, John holds long-standing experience of working with some of the world’s leading companies. He was a senior partner at KPMG and a member of the Liverpool Vision Board. He has worked on strategic change and transformation programmes in a wide range of industries including Consumer and Retail, Healthcare and Life Sciences and Financial Services.

John holds two charitable Trustee roles supporting young people including at The Dean Trust and Eureka! John was born on Eaton Road, overlooking the old hospital, so has a very unique connection with the Trust and spent most of his childhood playing football on Springfield Park – with the occasional visit to A&E!

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Jo Revill, Non-Executive Director

Jo was appointed to the Board in October 2022. With a career across government affairs and membership bodies in both the medical and scientific sector, Jo brings considerable knowledge of how to transform organisations to be impactful, have a positive culture and deliver their strategy. Jo is passionate about the mission to improve the lives of children and has previously led on projects including the development of the three-year strategy for paediatrics for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, supporting the efforts to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in paediatrics and governance reviews.