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Our Board

Chairman / Chief Executive

Neil Large


Neil is an accountant by profession with a diverse NHS career spanning 45 years in the North West - including Board, Executive and Non-Executive Director appointments over the last 20 years. 

After retiring from his last position as Finance Director of the former Cheshire & Merseyside Strategic Health Authority, Neil joined the board of Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital as an Associate Non-Executive Director.  He was then appointed Non-Executive Director in October 2007, Acting Chair in August 2009 and Chair in October 2009. 

Neil is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

Neil is involved in local health related charities around Chester where he lives and his hobbies include golf, gardening and the gym.

Neil was awarded an MBE for services to the NHS in The Queen's New Year's Honours 2017.

Jane Tomkinson

Chief Executive

Jane Tomkinson, former Director of Finance at NHS North of England, took up the role as Chief Executive at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital in October 2013.

Jane joined the NHS in 1990 and has held a number of positions in acute trusts, including Director of Finance at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and subsequently being appointed the Trust’s Deputy Chief Executive in 2005. Two years later, she was awarded the prestigious ‘Finance Director of the Year’ award by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

In 2011 she moved to NHS North West as Director of Finance, before taking on the NHS North of England lead finance role a year later.

Jane holds CPFA and MBA qualifications, and was awarded an OBE for services to NHS finance in the Queen's New Year's Honours in 2016. 

Non-Executive Directors (NEDs)

David Bricknell (retires February 2018)

Deputy Chair / Senior Independent Director - Non-Executive Director

David has held a number of legal and company secretarial posts including Group Legal Advisor and Company Secretary at Pilkington PLC.

He holds a Directorship at The World of Glass (St Helens) and has spoken at external conferences on legal and glass industry matters. 

David is a Master in Research and has a PhD in strategic decision making. He is also a solicitor.  

David was the Base Camp Manager at the British Everest Expedition in 1985. 

David is the Senior Independent Director (SID) for the Trust. 

Professor Lawrence Cotter (retires May 2017)

Non-Executive Director

Lawrence is a Consultant Cardiologist and was previously an Undergraduate Clinical Dean.

He qualified at Manchester University and following junior posts, spent two years in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and four years at The Brompton Hospital, London. He completed his Cardiology training as a Clinical Lecturer at Oxford University and The John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.

He then served as a Consultant Cardiologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary and The Manchester Heart Centre until 2012. He continues to see outpatients at Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor.

He has written seventy articles for British and International Medical Journals.  He has a Masters in Business Administration (Health Executive).

From 2000 to 2012 he was Undergraduate Clinical Dean at Manchester Royal Infirmary and its ten associated hospitals, and thus has extensive experience in Medical Education.  He is an honorary Professor of Medical Education at Manchester University.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Edinburgh and London. He has served for sixteen years as an examiner for the Membership of the Royal Colleges, and ten years on the Council of the London College including two years as a Censor and two years as a Trustee.

Marion Savill

Non-Executive Director

Marion has spent the majority of her career investing in private companies, and working with their boards to deliver their strategic objectives.

Mark Jones

Non-Executive Director

Mark has spent the majority of his international career working in the pharmaceutical industry at a senior executive level.

Julian Farmer

Non-Executive Director

Julian has spent the majority of his career in the public sector in a wide variety of finance and audit roles.

Executive Directors

Dr Raphael Perry

Deputy Chief Executive and Medical Director

Claire Wilson

Chief Finance Officer

Susan Pemberton

Director of Nursing and Quality

Tony Wilding

Director of Strategic Partnerships & Chief Operating Officer

Associate Directors

Mark Jackson

Director of Research and Informatics

Lucy Lavan

Director of Corporate Affairs 

Joanne Twist

Director of Human Resources

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