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Board & meetings



Board & meetings

Our Board


The Board of Directors have overall responsibility for ensuring that we are delivering high quality services that are efficient and effective. 


They oversee the running of the Trust, make the decisions that shape future direction, monitor performance, ensure accountability and look for opportunities to improve.


The Board is made up of the Chairman, Chief Executive, Executive Directors, Medical Director and Non-Executive Directors.


The Chief Executive and Executive Directors are full time members of staff who bring skills and expertise from their positions in key areas of the Trust.


The Chairman and Non-Executive Directors work part-time. They each bring insight and experience from a range of professional backgrounds. They are not involved in the day-to-day running of the organisation but offer an independent view which both constructively challenges and contributes to the performance and management of the Trust.


The NHS code of accountability requires all board members to declare interests which are relevant and material to the NHS Board of which they are a member. Our board members' declarations are available below:


WCHC Declaration of Interest April 2017 - March 2018

WCHC Declaration of Interest April 2018 - March 2019

WCHC Declaration of Interest April 2019 - September 2019 

Managing conflicts of interest policy

The Trust gifts and hospitality register for 2018-19



Meet our Board


Professor Michael Brown CBE DL, Chair



Professor Brown joined the trust as Chair in September 2017.


Professor Brown is the independent Chair of Procure Plus Holdings Limited and recently served as Chair of Alder Hey Children’s Charity.


Previously the Vice-Chancellor, CEO and Board Member of Liverpool John Moores University, Michael served as Chair of the Strategy Committee of the Merseyside European Union Objective One Funding, the Liverpool Democracy Commission, Liverpool Strategic Improvement and Innovation Programme and the Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust (Everyman and Playhouse Theatres).


Karen Howell, Chief Executive



Karen has been working across the system of Wirral for the last three years and is a highly experienced local, regional and national leader with in excess of 39 years working across the NHS, social care and independent sectors. 


Karen has significant experience working as both a clinician and manager across the care provider and commissioning sectors; primary care, community care, mental health and acute hospital services.  She is solution focused, preferring to work collaboratively across organisations and systems to effect positive change.  She is committed to workforce development and is currently the Senior Responsible Officer for Workforce for the Health & Care Partnership for Cheshire & Merseyside.  Karen is both a coach and mentor, practising locally, nationally and internationally, and is an advocate of continuing professional development and life-long learning.


Mark Greatrex, Chief Finance Officer / Deputy Chief Executive



Mark is the Chief Finance Officer for the trust and has worked for 28 years within the NHS. Prior to joining the trust, Mark has worked as Deputy Director of Finance at Liverpool Heart & Chest NHS Foundation Trust, the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust and Mersey Regional Ambulance Service. Previous to this Mark spent 12 years at St. Helens & Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust in various financial and non-financial roles.


Mark has led Finance portfolios that have included Information, IT, Estates, Procurement and Facilities. Mark is a keen advocate of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, where he has served on its North West Branch Committee.


Paula Simpson, Director of Nursing & Quality Improvement




A committed nurse with 30 years’ experience in the NHS, Paula is passionate about providing high quality, person centred care.


Paula graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the University of Liverpool in 1992 after which she embarked on a career in Health Visiting within Wirral.


Over time Paula developed a keen interest in quality improvement, population health and health protection. This led her to complete a Master’s Degree in Applied Public Health, during which she undertook a variety of system wide commissioning and professional leadership roles across the Merseyside Health and Care System.


Her passion for nursing leadership brought her back to Wirral in 2014 to undertake the role of Deputy Director of Nursing. Since then, Paula has been awarded a Florence Nightingale Scholarship and works at a national level to influence nursing workforce development.


Jo Shepherd, Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development


Jo has over 20 years’ experience as a Human Resources professional and has worked in the NHS since 2002. Prior to the role of Director of Human Resources at Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust.


Jo was Human Resources Director for NHS Wirral, and before that the Assistant Director of Human Resources at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Previously Jo worked for 10 years in both managerial and senior HR roles in the Civil Service at the Lord Chancellor’s Department and OFSTED.


She has undertaken the roles of Chair of the Cheshire and Merseyside HRD Network, a member of NHS Employers Staff Council and a member of the NHS Employers Equality and Diversity Council. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


Dr Nick Cross, Medical Director



Nick is our Medical Director with close links to the Wirral. A graduate of Liverpool University medical school and the Countess of Chester Hospital as well as other hospitals within Merseyside.


Initially embarking on a career in anaesthetics and intensive care, Nick became attracted to a career in general practice and has been a partner in a Wigan practice before moving back to a practice in East Yorkshire, where he has been until 2016.


Nick has a strong desire to ensure that general practice and community service thrive and is keen to share his experience and leadership with us so that we can achieve this aim.


Val McGee, Chief Operating Officer




Val has over 36 years’ experience in the NHS, the majority of which has been in operational management. Val joined Wirral Community Foundation Trust in January 2015 as Director of Integration and Partnerships before appointment to her current role as Chief Operating Officer.


Val was Service Director and Deputy Director of Operations for Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust, working across a wide geographical area. Prior to working with Cheshire and Wirral she worked in the acute sector as Hospital Manager in Wigan, followed by an operational role in mental health.


She commenced her career at Leighton Hospital, Crewe as General Manager for Surgical specialities including A&E.


Alison Hughes, Director of Corporate Affairs        



Alison has worked in the NHS for over 8 years providing leadership and advice to NHS Board of Directors on all matters associated with corporate governance.


She has a sound understanding of the regulatory and political environment in which NHS organisations operate and provides leadership on all matters of corporate governance ensuring all statutory duties are met. She is also responsible for the Communications & Marketing strategies for the trust.   


Alison has worked closely with our Board of Directors for a number of years and played a key role in leading the trust to achieve Foundation Trust status in May 2016. As such, Alison provides advice and regulatory guidance to our trust Council of Governors. Alison previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry and brings a sound understanding and almost 10 years’ experience working in the commercial healthcare sector.


Chris Bentley, Non Executive Director



Chris joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Quality & Safety Committee in February 2019.


Chris has worked at Board level in the NHS for 22 years. He was Director of Policy and Public Health in Health Authorities in West Sussex and then Sheffield, and subsequently for the Strategic Health Authority of South Yorkshire.


Chris was a clinical Non-Executive Director on the Board of Derbyshire Community Health Service NHS Trust for 7 years during which time the Trust was awarded Foundation Trust status.


Chris is a well-known figure in population health and healthcare circles, primarily through his work as Head of the Health Inequalities National Support Team but also more recently as an independent consultant providing advisory support to the Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) agenda.



Gerald Meehan, Non Executive Director

Gerald joined the Trust as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Education & Workforce Committee in February 2019.


Gerald has over 33 years’ experience in Local Government and the operation of local democracy with a track record of successfully delivering major change programmes in a range of settings including county, city, and metropolitan, unitary and combined authorities.


Gerald has a broad set of leadership experiences with a strong emphasis on partnership working and innovative models of service. He is personally driven by a strong public sector ethos and progressive local democracy.


Most recently Gerald was the Chief Executive of Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) and the sub-regional lead for Cheshire & Warrington. Gerald is a specialist in Child Protection and Children’s services.


Brian Simmons, Non Executive Director



Brian was until recently Assistant Chief Officer and Finance Director for the Cheshire Constabulary.


Brian joined the Civil Service in 1972 working in accounts and audit for the Property Service Agency. He has also worked as Business Services Director for a Ministry of Agriculture Science Laboratory.


Brian is married with one daughter and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.


 Beverley Jordan, Non Executive Director



Former Vice President and Head of Operations, Global Medicines Development, Astra Zeneca.


Beverley is a Chartered Accountant (trained with Coopers and Lybrand) with over twenty years in financial and broader corporate leadership roles across different business divisions at AstraZeneca, the FTSE-100 multi-national pharmaceutical company.


She was latterly (2013-16) Vice-President and Head of Operations for Global Medicines Development Group, the business division responsible for the clinical development and Regulatory approval of new medicines globally.  She is currently a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer for Wigan Borough Citizens’ Advice and a student mentor for Manchester Business School.       



Meetings and Papers

Our Board meets formally six times a year. Here you will find all the meeting dates. All Board papers will be made available and accessible from this section of the site following each meeting.


Upcoming Public Board Committee meetings:


The next Board of Directors meeting will take place on Wednesday 6 November 2019, 2.00pm, in the Clinical Skills Lab, 3rd Floor, St Catherine's Health Centre. Papers are available below:


Item 0-1 Agenda

Item 2-5 Preliminary business 

Item 6-9 Statutory business

Item 10-11 Performance 

Item 12-13 Corporate governance 

Item 14 Strategy and planning 

Item 15 Committee reports

Item 16-20 Items for information




View Board papers here: 


Meeting papers

 Wednesday 9 January 2019  Download papers
 Wednesday 6 March 2019  Download papers
 Wednesday 1 May 2019  Download papers
 Wednesday 3 July 2019  Download papers
Wednesday 4 September 2019  Download papers





Meeting papers

Wednesday 7 November 2018 Download papers
Tuesday 18 September 2018 Download papers
Wednesday 4 July 2018 Download papers
Wednesday 2 May 2018 Download papers
Wednesday 7 March 2018 Download papers 
Monday 8 January 2018 Download papers
Wednesday 1 November 2017 Download papers
Wednesday 6 September 2017 Download papers
Wednesday 5 July 2017 Download papers
Wednesday 3 May 2017 Download papers



Meeting papers

Wednesday 1 March 2017

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Wednesday 11 January 2017

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Wednesday 2 November 2016

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Wednesday 7 September 2016

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Wednesday 6 July 2016

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Wednesday 4 May 2016

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Meeting papers

Wednesday 2 March 2016

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Wednesday 13 January 2016

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Wednesday 4 November 2015

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Wednesday 7 October 2015

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Wednesday 2 September 2015

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Wednesday 5 August 2015

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Wednesday 1 July 2015

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Wednesday 3 June 2015

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Wednesday 13 May 2015

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Wednesday 1 April 2015

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Meeting papers

Monday 3 March 2014

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Tuesday 7 April 2014

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Monday 2 June 2014

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Monday 7 July 2014

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Monday 4 August 2014

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Wednesday 3 September 2014

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Wednesday 8 October 2014

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Wednesday 5 November 2014

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Wednesday 3 December 2014

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Wednesday 14 January 2015

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Wednesday 4 February 2015

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Wednesday 4 March 2015

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Agenda & Papers

Tuesday 2 April 2013

Board Meeting

Monday 3 June 2013

Board Meeting 

Monday 1 July 2013

Board Meeting 

Monday 2 September 2013

Board Meeting 

Monday 7 October 2013

Board Meeting 

Monday 2 December 2013

Board Meeting

Monday 6 January 2014

Board Meeting

Monday 3 March 2014

Board Meeting

If you have any queries or questions about the Board, please contact the Board Support team on 0151 514 2888 ext. 6098.



Annual Member's Meeting

Annual Member's Meeting 


The Annual Member's Meeting (AMM) provides an opportunity to review our performance over the last year and to look ahead at our plans for the next financial year.


The next AMM is: Wednesday 13 November between 5.00pm and 6.30pm.

Albert Lodge training suite, Victoria Central Health Centre, Wallasey.




Corp Gov Manual

Corporate Governance Manual


Corporate Governance Manual

Schedule of Matters Reserved to the Board

Standing Orders for the Practice and Procedure of the Board of Directors

Standing Financial Instructions

Governance Structure

Governance structure

Organisational structure 

Last Updated: Monday, 25 November 2019 13:06

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