Our Board

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.

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.

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.

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

Our Board

Dame Jo Williams, Chair

Dame Jo WilliamsDame Jo joined the board in November 2016 as a Non-Executive Director and was appointed as Chair, succeeding Sir David Henshaw, in February 2019.

She has enjoyed a successful 30 year career in social services in the North West, including ten years at 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. In September 2018 Dame Jo was appointed as Pro Chancellor and Chair of council for Keele.

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.

Louise Shepherd CBE, Chief Executive

Louise Shepherd

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 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 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. 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 Louise 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 a CBE for services to Healthcare in 2017. 

Executive Directors

John Grinnell, Finance Director and Deputy CEO

John GrinnellJohn 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.

Adam Bateman - Chief Operating Officer

Adam BatemanAdam was appointed Chief Operating Officer in April 2018. Prior to this Adam held a number of senior operational management roles in the NHS with responsibility for emergency, medical, surgical and community services.

In 2019 Adam secured the Executive Healthcare Leadership award following completion of the national Nye Bevan leadership programme. He also 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.

Adam has a particular interest in quality improvement and has worked on a number of successful projects, including the design and build of new cancer treatment units. He has also played a key role in the development of partnerships in Liverpool to provide high quality congenital cardiac and neonatal services to patients.


Nathan Askew, Chief Nurse

Nathan joined Alder Hey in November 2020 as the Chief Nurse providing professional leadership to nurses and AHP’s across the organisation. Nathan qualified as a registered children’s nurses 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 most recently 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 north west 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 diversion and inclusion agenda.

Nicki Murdock, Medical Director

Nicki Murdock

Nicki 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 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 1983 at Southampton University. She has held the post Executive Medical Director at a number of hospitals in Australia and has led State wide medical Reviews and chaired a number of specialist steering groups.

Since arriving at Alder Hey Nicki has joined the RCPCH 2040 “Working Lives” working party looking at the future workforce in paediatrics in the UK and has represented the Children’s Hospital Alliance in the CoLab partnership which aims to assist professionals and health services with the difficult decisions that need to be taken around the care and welfare of children with complex disabilities.


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

Erica SaundersErica 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 Swindell

Melissa is the Executive Director of HR and OD, and has worked at Alder Hey since 2009. Following her graduation in 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 across HR and OD in a number of NHS organisations both in London and the North West. A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Melissa also has postgraduate qualifications in training and 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 leadership, staff engagement and wellbeing.


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

Mark Flannagan


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.


David Powell, Development Director (Non-Voting)

David Powell


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 (Non-Voting)

Dani Jones

Dani joined Alder Hey in October 2017 and is executive lead for our 5 year strategic plan (‘Our Plan’), our range of health and care system partnerships, and our regional Operational Delivery Networks.

Dani began her NHS life in technology and innovation following her BA Hons Economics, and subsequent MSc in Health Care Ethics at the University of Liverpool. Dani achieved her Executive Leadership in Healthcare award through the ‘Nye Bevan’ programme in 2017.

Dani has 16 years’ experience in health and social care in Merseyside and has held lead roles in Commissioning, Provision and an integrated role across health and Liverpool City Council. Prior to joining Alder Hey, Dani was Deputy Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for around 2,500 staff in community services, as well as leadership of IM&T and the largest roll-out of Telehealth in Europe. As deputy COO, Dani led delivery of the trust’s Clinical Strategy, working closely with Community staff, GPs and The Kings Fund.

Dani specialises in development of complex partnerships to improve patient care; examples include her leadership across Primary and Community care, Mental Health, Acute trusts, Local Authorities and Voluntary sector groups to implement multi-agency integrated Community care teams and outcomes-based integrated frailty and diabetes services across Liverpool and Sefton.


Kate Warriner, Chief Digital and Information Officer (Non-Voting)


Kate is the Chief Digital and Information 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 region.

Kate is the Senior Responsible Officer for the North West Coast Local Health and Care Record Exemplar programme - Share2Care.

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 Big Band.

Non-Executive Directors

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 and was re-appointed for a second term of three years in September 2014. He was then re-appointed for a further 12 months in September 2017 and in order to ensure continuity on the Board, the Council of Governors approved Ian’s reappointment for a third twelve month period to September 2020.  Ian is a Chartered Accountant and joined Ernst and Whinney (now Ernst and Young) in 1974 and in 1982, became a partner. In 1988 he became Group Finance Director of the Albert Fisher Group PLC, a leading global food processor and distributor. From 2003 to 2013, Ian held senior positions with VPS Holdings Limited, which was the largest 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 2011 and October 2013 he was a Deputy Chairman responsible for business development. Ian is now the Group Chief Executive of The Clearway Group Limited, a void property services group operating in the UK and France.

Claire Dove CBE DL - Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Workforce and Organisational Development Committee

Claire Dove OBE

Claire joined the Alder Hey Board in October 2013 and was re-appointed for a second term of three years in September 2016. In 2019 she was reappointed by the Governors for a further twelve month period to September 2020.

Claire has been a key player in the Voluntary, Charity and Social Enterprise movement since the 1980's and is the national Crown Representative for the VCSE Sector with the remit of supporting the sector to access government contracts.

Claire nationally and internationally is known for her work in the sector and for ten years chaired Social Enterprise UK.  She worked with government and leaders from the sector to create the first strategy for the Social Enterprise movement. She has ensured that we had a voice within Westminster and Whitehall, this included working with the teams to introduce the Social Value Act which is now embedded into many local government frameworks and in the national Crown Commercial procurement service.  After stepping down as chair of SEUK Claire was asked and accepted to become a patron to the organisation. 

Claire continues to lead the highly successful Blackburne House Group which apart from its outstanding educational offer to women and its award winning School for Social Entrepreneurship, run a number of successful social enterprises.

Claire has received many awards for her role within the sector which includes an MBE, OBE and also the Queens Lifetime achievement award for Enterprise promotion. Claire was once again honoured in 2020 New Year’s honours list and is now a CBE.

Anita Marsland MBE - Non-Executive Director/Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Clinical Quality Assurance Committee

Anita Marsland

Anita was appointed to the Board in July 2014 and was re-appointed for a second three year term in June 2017.

She began her career in Local Government in 1974 and is a qualified 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 Chief Executive appointments between an NHS organisation 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 as Managing Director 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. This included oversight of the transition phase of the transfer of responsibility for the local public health system from the NHS to Local Government. In 2017 Anita was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Faculty of Public Health.

Anita is a Director of Unique Health Solutions (UHS). She is Chair of Sefton Transformation Board and Chair of the Board of Trustees at The Reader organisation.

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

Kerry Byrne

Kerry joined the Alder Hey Board in September 2018. Kerry is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Certified Accountants and a finance leader with over 17 years’ experience in “Big 4” professional services covering governance, risk management and internal control.

She was a Senior Manager at Deloitte, Liverpool 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 Committee.

Since leaving EY she has been managing her own portfolio of 11 rental properties in the North West.

Shalni Arora - Non-Executive Director (from August 2019)

Shalni Arora 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, Transparency International UK, 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.

Professor Fiona Beveridge, LL.B., M.Phil., FRSA -  Non-Executive Director (from October 2019)

Fiona Beviridge

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.

Dr Fiona Marston - Non-Executive Director (from November 2019)

Fiona Marston Fiona Marston joined the Alder Hey Board in 2019. Fiona is a biotechnology entrepreneur who became Director of CEIDR (Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases Research) Innovations in 2018 where she leads a team focused on developing partnerships with industry that apply the technologies, expertise and resources of CEIDR, a partnership between the University of Liverpool, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, associated NHS Trusts and overseas partners. CEIDR Innovations and CEIDR share the goal of minimising the impact of resistance on health in Liverpool, the UK and globally through diagnosis, prevention or treatment of infections.

Fiona previously led anti-infective companies Absynth Biologics and Novacta Biosystems. Earlier she founded Healthcare Ventures, for the Rothschild Bioscience Unit and J&J Development Corporation investing in European entrepreneurs. Her broader interests are in supporting young entrepreneurs with BBSRC, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Biotechnology YES. She is currently a Biologics Innovation advisor to Allergan, an advisor to the UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund and a non-executive director for OBN. Fiona has a PhD in Biochemistry (Kent) and an MBA from London Business School.

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