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Our Board

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust's (LCFT) Board of Directors is made up of 13 Directors, comprising of five Executive Directors, two non-voting Directors and six independent Non-Executive Directors plus a Non-Executive Chair.

David Eva, Chair

David joined the Trust in June 2016 from Cheshire and Wirral Partnerships (CWP) NHS Foundation Trust where he has spent the last 15 years.

David has great experience of developing partnerships and has worked for many years on workforce development. He is passionate about staff engagement, service user and carer involvement and putting patients at centre of services. He brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked at Board level in the NHS as Non-Executive Director and Chair for over 20 years.

Executive Directors

Bill Gregory, Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Chief Executive

Bill joined the Trust in February 2015, as Chief Finance Officer.  A Chartered Accountant with experience of working across the NHS and private sector, he has 20 years of experience as a director in healthcare for acute hospital, mental health and community service organisations.

His current responsibilities include financial management, IT, estates, planning and business development in his current role.

He is a trustee of the national Healthcare Finance Managers Association (HFMA) and member of the Finance and General Purpose Committee at the University of Lancaster.

Professor Max Marshall, Medical Director

Max Marshall has been the Trust's Medical Director since it was established in 2002. Until 2014 he was also Professor of Community Psychiatry at the University of Manchester, with a special interest in evidence based mental health and first episode psychosis. Currently he leads the Trust Research & Development Programme, Clinical Audit Team and Public Health Programme.

He is the clinical lead for the mental health workstream of the Lancashire & South Cumbria Sustainability and Transformation Plan.

Max also works as a consultant Psychiatrist within the Mental Health network.

Sue Moore, Director of Strategic Development and Deputy Chief Executive

Sue Moore joined the Trust in February 2014 as Chief Operating Officer and has since led on a number of key work programmes including the mobilisation and opening of The Harbour.  Sue has also developed a number of innovative partnerships across the commercial, voluntary and public sector.

Sue has responsibility for operational delivery and performance and in recent months has led a major organisational restructure, which has developed our locality focus and reduced our networks from four to three; Mental Health, Children & Young People and Community Health & Wellbeing.

During her free time, Sue enjoys spending time with her husband Chris and their two dogs Dylan and Spyder. Sue was born in Burnley and is a lifelong supporter of Burnley Football Club.

Joanne Moore, Director of Operations

Jo Moore joined the Trust in October 2016 from Pennine Acute NHS Trust where she worked for 16 years. Jo is a Chartered Accountant and made the move over to operations in 2014 to be closer to service delivery and patient care. Jo is responsible for the operational delivery and performance of the Trust’s three clinical networks – Mental Health, Community & Wellbeing, Children & Families Wellbeing. She is passionate about patient experience driving improvements to the care provided by the Trust and is committed to raising awareness of the importance of mental health early prevention and intervention in young people.

Paul Lumsden, Interim Director of Nursing and Quality

Paul Lumsdon joined the Trust earlier in the year, providing interim leadership to the Nursing & Quality Directorate.

Paul has over 35 years of NHS experience covering mental health, community services and district general hospitals.

For the past 15 years Paul has worked at executive board level as either a Director of Nursing and/or Director of Operations.

Paul is passionate about listening to the patient experience and getting it right, for each individual patient and family working with staff and service users.

Damien Gallagher, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

Damian joined the Trust in October 2014 having previously undertaken senior HR roles throughout Cumbria and Lancashire.

A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and MBA graduate, he is responsible for giving strategic HR advice to the Board of Directors and senior managers as well as the delivery of the broad range of HR services including recruitment; temporary staffing; medical staffing; workforce information and professional HR support to our networks on all matters of employee relations.

He is keen to develop greater engagement with staff and make improvements to our services through effective partnership working and implementation of the People Plan.

Non-Executive Directors

Isla Wilson, Deputy Chair

Isla is an experienced board member, who has operated at board level in a variety of private organisations and social ventures. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of a Lancashire-based housing association and has previously served on the boards of charities and social enterprises. Isla sits on the ICS Board for South Cumbria & Lancashire.

David Curtis, Senior Independent Director

David Curtis MBE, was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in November 2014. David is a registered mental health and general nurse and brings a wealth of clinical and Board level experience from his 40 year career with the NHS having undertaken a range of senior clinical, teaching, community and hospital management roles.

David was awarded an MBE in 2008 for his services to nursing and health care in Manchester.

David is particularly interested in meeting and working with the people who use Trust services, and supporting employees.

Julia Possener

Appointed as Non-Executive Director on 01 February 2017 for three years and a member of the Audit Committee and Quality Committee. Julia lives in Lancaster and is delighted to continue to support the Lancashire and surrounding community which has made her so welcome since moving from London in 2011.

Prior to her appointment Julia was a Non-Executive Director at Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust based in the Ribble Valley providing specialist services for people with learning disabilities including forensic services.

Julia is a solicitor by training and worked as a Corporate Finance lawyer in a number of senior legal, governance, compliance and business roles both in private practice and in financial services. These include leading the Group Secretariat function and as Legal and Governance Director, International for RSA Insurance Group Plc, a multinational quoted insurance group.

Julia is also a member of the Lancaster University Management School Ethics Committee. In 2011 Julia completed the Coaching for Organisational Consultants course at Ashridge Business School. Executive Coaching and career support is now a cornerstone of her activity and, in particular, supporting women in leadership positions. She studied at the LSE before taking a conversion course at the College of Law, London where she was awarded a commendation. Qualifications: BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics, Solicitor of England and Wales.

Louise Dickinson

Louise was appointed to the board as a Non-Executive in October 2013 and became Chair of the Audit Committee in July 2014.  Louise is a former regional managing partner of the accountancy firm, Grant Thornton, where she specialised in providing corporate finance advice.  Since leaving Grant Thornton, Louise has held a number of board level executive and advisory roles in strategy, business planning, finance and risk management.

Louise is a Governor and Chair of the Finance Committee at a primary school in Manchester and was previously a Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee of Down Syndrome Education International, a charity that works to improve educational outcomes for young people with Down syndrome through scientific research and global information and advice services. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Shazad Sarwar 

Shazad Sarwar was appointed to the board as a Non-Executive in December 2018 for three years. Shazad is currently Lay Member of Cumbria & Lancashire Magistrates Advisory Committee and managing director at a niche consultancy that works with private and public sector.

He is a former Non-Executive and Deputy Chair of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust where he led on patient safety and quality and post Care Quality Commission inspection. He is also former Non-Executive Director of East Lancashire Hospital Trust and Former Independent Member of Lancashire Police Authority; in the later he led on strategic planning and performance.   

He brings wealth of experience of community engagement, corporate governance, performance and risk management.  He is an advocate of asset based community development and is passionate about making sure that services are informed by service users and quality and compassion sits at the heart of everything we do. 

Debbie Francis

Debbie was appointed to the board as a Non-Executive Director in January 2019. She is currently the Managing Director of Direct Rail Services Limited (DRS). Debbie has 30 years of experience across a range of industries from IT to infrastructure maintenance to rail. She has also gained extensive experience throughout her career both in the UK and overseas in finance, systems, commercial, operations and business development. She has a 2:1 degree in Business Studies from Liverpool Polytechnic, an MBA from Manchester Business School, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and has recently commenced a PhD with leadership and team performance at the heart of the research.

Debbie is Chair of the Cumbria Education Trust (CET) and holds a NED position with Clatterbridge Cancer Care NHS Specialist Trust.

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