43. Main Entrance - external shot.jpgThe Trust is managed by a Board of Directors and constantly reviews the skills and expertise of the Board and considers there to be a balance of appropriate skills amongst the Board members with a sufficient breadth of skills to ensure balance, completeness and appropriateness to the requirements of the Trust.

If you would like to observe Board meetings, please register your interest with the Corporate Governance Team at corporate.governance@mcht.nhs.uk or by telephone to 01270 612128.

Board of Directors

Dennis Dunn.jpgDennis Dunn is Chairman of the Board of Directors at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a post he has held since 2014. A specialist in business information systems, Dennis has advised commercial organisations and universities around the world. He is a former Pro Vice Chancellor of the Manchester Metropolitan University and Dean of MMU in Cheshire. He was made an MBE in 2010 by Her Majesty the Queen and awarded Honorary Fellowship of MMU. Dennis serves on the Boards of numerous organisations and is a national trustee of the British Red Cross. Dennis is also Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire and High Sheriff in nomination 2023.

Russ Favager headshot.jpgRuss has more than 28 years’ experience in the NHS in a variety of sectors, prior to which he worked in Local Government. He joined the Board of Directors in 2019 from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, where he was the Executive Director of Finance for the largest health organisation in Wales. Russ was appointed Deputy Chief Executive at Mid Cheshire in March 2020. 

He previously worked at the Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral Area Team of NHS England where his responsibilities included commissioning £1.9bn of specialised services for the whole of the North West and prior to this, he held a variety of Finance Director posts in the acute and commissioning sector. Russ is the Executive lead for Finance, Estates & Facilities, Procurement and Contracting. He is also the Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) for the Trust and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants (CIPFA). Russ became Interim Chief Executive in May 2022.

Manoj Agarwal.jpgManoj holds the position of Consultant Psychiatrist at Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust since 1996. Passionate about his work, during his extensive career as a consultant, he has always been involved in postgraduate medical education, having held positions of Director of Medical Education in his Trust and Head of School of Psychiatry in Health Education North West (Mersey). Latterly, he was the vice chair of the North West division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and, in this role, he represented the division on the Policy and Public Affairs Committee of the College. He is a governor at an independent school in Liverpool and currently chairs the Education and Safeguarding Committee. He is a Judicial Officer Holder on the first tier of the Health Education and Social Care Chamber and sits on Mental Health Review Tribunals. As an active Rotarian, Manoj is committed to its motto, Service Above Self.

Heather Barnett.jpgHeather began her NHS career in Wales in 2002 where she worked for almost ten years in a variety of HR positions. During this time she gained a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Employment Law. 
 
In 2012 Heather moved to the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust where she worked until recently as the Director of Workforce and OD. During her time Clatterbridge Heather’s focus was on ensuring the effective transformation and transition of the workforce as part of the organisation’s Transforming Cancer Care project. 
 
Heather is committed to working in partnership with staff and trade unions to deliver successful change, and will bring with her a wealth of experience in change management and organisational development. More recently, Heather completed a second Master’s degree in Executive Coaching. She is also a member of the NHS Leadership Academy’s coaching register. 

Oliver Bennett.jpgOliver has a well-established career in operations, performance improvement and service transformation working at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and more recently University Hospitals North Midlands (UHNM), before taking up his post as Chief Operating Officer at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in July 2020.
 
He has extensive experience in medicine, emergency care, surgery, neurosciences and specialised services in a number of senior leadership roles, including Divisional Director of Operations for Medicine and Urgent Care at UHNM, Divisional Director of Operations and Performance for Surgery and Neurosciences at Salford Royal, and Managing Director for the Manchester Neurosciences Centre.
 
Oliver is committed to delivering high quality, safe and reliable care. He has a passion for developing high performing teams and a culture of continuous improvement.  He is responsible for the delivery and performance of all clinical services and is the executive lead for the four clinical divisions, performance improvement, planning and service transformation.  Oliver and his family live locally in Knutsford and his son was recently born at Leighton Hospital.

Anthony Bristlin Belong -7 (2).jpgTony lives in Cheshire and has spent the majority of his executive career working for a FTSE 250 Aviation focused PLC, from 1995-2017.

His roles have included Head of Internal Audit, Group Financial Controller, Transformation Project Director and US-based Vice-President for the company’s global shared service centres.

Since 2018, when he left his executive position, Tony was a Non-Executive Director at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust and his roles have included that of  Deputy Chair and Chair of Audit. He has also serves as Audit Chair at Belong Ltd, a charity supporting elderly people with a focus on those living with dementia.  

L Butcher.jpgPrior to joining MCHFT, Lorraine was a joint appointee across the NHS and Local Government, working for Manchester City Council and the Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups in developing a single strategy for the city to integrate health and social care within the context of the devolution of health and care in Greater Manchester. Formerly Lorraine has held senior roles across a number of Local Authorities in the North West, in education, children’s and adults services and strategic commissioning. In these roles Lorraine has led strategic conversations across health and care partners with the aim of delivering person centred care and improving health and care outcomes for patients and residents. 
 
Lorraine lives near Northwich, has a strong commitment to public service and the values of the Trust. She is an experienced leader and will bring the wider experience of working within adult and children’s services in Local Government, and the development of integrated health and care systems to the Board.

Ros edit.jpgRos Davies is Acting Director of Finance at the Trust. She has more than 15 years’ experience of working in senior finance position within the NHS.

Ros previously worked within the private sector and was appointed Deputy Director of Finance at Mid Cheshire in 2018.

Ros is passionate about developing finance professionals who can work closely with clinical and operational teams, to understand the importance of balancing value and efficiencies with patient safety and quality.

Website Thumbnail.pngClare joined Mid Cheshire as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care in 2013, before being promoted to Deputy Medical Director in April 2019. Clare became Medical Director in June 2022.

Clare is hugely respected across the Trust and has played a major part in developing our new five-year strategy, with a particular focus on Quality Improvement. She has also acted as the clinical lead for our ambitious plans for a new Leighton. I know she will follow ably in the footsteps of Murray by providing outstanding clinical leadership.

Lesley Massey.jpgSince 2010 Lesley has been an Executive Director at AQuA - a regional NHS membership quality improvement and change management organisation.  She is a founding member of the organisation and part of the executive management team.  

Her responsibilities include formulating corporate strategy, ensuring effective governance and building relationships with key stakeholders including The King’s Fund and the Health Foundation. She has responsibility for over 70 health and care organisations within the AQuA membership.  She had previously spent a year as Associate Director of Business Development with the North West Improvement Alliance (the forerunner to AQuA).  

Prior to this Lesley was an Associate Director for Business Planning and Service Improvement with East Cheshire NHS Trust (2006- 2009) following several years in senior operational roles in the Trust. She is also a founding member/Vice Chair of the United Kingdom Improvement Alliance (UKIA) - an international improvement learning and development body.  She has a professional clinical background as an Occupational Therapist.

Julie Tunney.jpgJulie has more than 30 years’ experience in the NHS and currently holds the position of Director of Nursing and Quality at Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust. 
 
Julie joined the NHS in 1984, qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1987, and has since held a variety of senior nursing roles. During this time she has also qualified as an Advanced Life Support Instructor and gained a Master’s degree in Management and the Health Service. 
 
2014, Julie graduated as a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar and led a project that has enabled a compassionate workforce across a number of hospitals. The project was recognised for going the extra mile for staff when it became a finalist in the Kate Granger Compassion Awards in 2015.

Andy Vernon.jpgAndy brings over 35 years of practitioner experience of digital strategy, change management, and business transformation to the Trust. He has experience across the full public sector including health, but also in financial services, manufacturing and energy. Following a degree in mathematics at the University of Cambridge, Andy’s early career was leading software engineering programmes and business units in the UK and Europe.  

Andy then started a 20-year career in management consultancy (10 as a partner) in a major consulting firm.  After leaving full time consulting, Andy was interim Director of IT at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals where he led improvements in delivery, service performance, and staff engagement.

In addition to his role as a Non-Executive Director at the Trust, which started in February 2020, Andy still regularly works as a strategic advisor on digital healthcare and provides voluntary services in the charity and university sectors.

Dylan edit.jpgDylan has more than 20 years' experience in NHS senior digital leadership roles in England and Wales. He joined Mid Cheshire from the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales, where he was Chief Information Officer.

Prior to working in the NHS, Dylan held technical and analytics leadership roles in financial services and the electricity generation industry.

Dylan is passionate about applying data, digital technology, and quality improvement methodologies to improve outcomes and experiences for staff and patients.