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Non-Executive Directors

Trevor Brocklebank, Non-Executive Director

Trevor initially joined Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK as a graduate trainee. Over the following twelve years, he worked in purchasing for Mercury Communications and sales for BT. He started two businesses in the 1990s, a CRM consultancy and a SAP consultancy. In 2005 he purchased the UK master franchise for Home Instead Senior Care and assumed the role of CEO, ultimately generating revenues of c£160m pa across 195 offices UK wide, employing some 8,000 people.  In this role he won the Queens Award for Innovation in 2016. He sold Home Instead in 2016 and continues to do some advisory work for the organisation. Trevor has been on the Board of the UKHCA (United Kingdom Homecare Association) for six years and is currently their Chair.  He has also been involved with an EU wide initiative, Care Campus, working with leading Universities across Europe to develop on-line training for family and paid carers.  He was also the Chair of the BFA (British Franchise Association) from 2016 to 2018.

Lorraine Butcher, Non-Executive Director

Prior 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.


Dennis Dunn MBE JP DL, Chairman

Dennis is former Pro Vice Chancellor International of the Manchester Metropolitan University and Dean of MMU in Cheshire. A specialist in Business Information Systems he has advised commercial organisations and universities around the world and is former Chairman of BITWorld.  Dennis has served as Expert Advisor to a European Commission funded initiative on lean organisations and is currently Visiting Professor at Huizhou University in China.  In the UK Dennis serves on the Boards of a number of organisations and is a member of the Cheshire Business Leaders.  He is Cheshire President of the British Red Cross and was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire in 2015.  Dennis was made an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen and awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Manchester Metropolitan University.  A former Governor of the Trust before joining the Board of Directors, Dennis was appointed Chairman of MCHFT in July 2014.

Lesley Massey, Deputy Chairman

Since 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.

Les Philpott, Non-Executive Director

Les is a qualified accountant member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), with a strong background in public finance and leadership in a public sector career spanning more than 40 years. He completed his executive career in 2016 in the role of Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Office for Nuclear Regulation  (ONR) – a new public protection regulator he was the driving force in setting up in 2014. Les was previously ONR’s Deputy Chief Executive and, before that, Director of Finance and Corporate Services. His senior leadership positions also included Director and Deputy Director roles at the Health and Safety Executive. Les currently sits in Non-Executive capacities on two other Boards: he is a Non-Executive Director of Benenden Healthcare Society Ltd, a Financial Mutual providing access to private healthcare for 800,000 plus members, where he also serves on the Group Audit, Risk & Remuneration Committees; and he is an Independent Trustee and Audit Committee Chair of NEBOSH, a commercial educational charity awarding professional qualifications in health and safety management. Les also coaches and lectures in strategic leadership and finance as an Associate for CIPFA on an occasional basis.

Andy Vernon, Non-Executive Director

Andy brings over 35 years of practitioner experience of digital strategy, change management, and business transformation gained in over 70 different organisations in the UK, Europe and the Middle East 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 began a career in software engineering initially in London, and subsequently in the Netherlands as a programme manager, and in Belgium in the financial services industry developing messaging software for banks.

On his return to the UK Andy led a team of over 200 staff providing technology services to the public sector before starting a 20-year career in management consultancy with 10 years to 2016 as a partner at a tier 1 consulting firm including significant international exposure in the Middle East and elsewhere.  After leaving full time management consulting, Andy was interim CIO 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 Andy  regularly work as a strategic advisor on digital healthcare, and provides voluntary services in the charity and university sectors.

Manoj Agarwal, Non-Executive Director

Manoj 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.

Executive Directors 

Heather Barnett, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

Heather 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, Chief Operating Officer

Oliver has a well-established career in operations and service transformation  working at Manchester Foundation Trust, Salford Royal Foundation Trust and more recently University Hospitals North Midlands (UHNM).
He has experience in Medicine, Urgent Care, Surgery and specialised services and has recently been the Managing Director of Greater Manchester Neurosciences Centre in Salford and Managing Director of the Medicine Division at UHNM.
Oliver is committed to delivering high quality, safe and reliable care. He has a passion for developing high performing teams and a culture of quality and performance improvement.

Russ Favager, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance

Russ has more than 25 years’ experience in the NHS and was previously Executive Director of Finance at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the largest health organisation in Wales with a budget of £1.5bn.
Russ is no stranger to the region. He previously held the position of Director of Finance 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. He was also Director of Finance at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Wirral Primary Care Trust.

Denise Frodsham, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Denise has worked in the NHS for over 28 years, including eight years at the Trust developing and implementing modernisation programmes to improve quality, efficiency and capacity, as well as reducing cost and increasing income. 

Immediately before joining the Board of Directors, Denise was the Trust's Associate Divisional Director for Diagnostic and Clinical Support Services. 

She has a special interest in, and experience of, leading organisational change and working with individuals and teams to improve service delivery and performance. Recently, she has had experience of cross-boundary working and management of collaborative services. 

She holds both a postgraduate diploma and a master’s degree in Business Administration; certification in Occupational Health and Safety (NEBOSH); accreditation as a clinical pathology assessor; a fellowship in medical microbiology; and a higher national certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences. 

Denise is married with one child, and leads a very hectic social life with family and friends, as well as trying to keep active through gardening, walking and (more recently) learning to ballroom dance.

Murray Luckas, Medical Director

Murray is an experienced Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with more than 30 years’ experience in the medical profession.

Twenty of these years have been spent at Mid Cheshire Hospitals, which manages Crewe’s Leighton Hospital, taking on roles of increasing responsibility. These include Clinical Lead for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Deputy Medical Director and more recently Interim Medical Director. 

James Sumner, Chief Executive 

James joined the Trust in July 2019 and brought with him more than 20 years of experience in the NHS most previously as Chief Accountable Officer at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

James joined the NHS in 1999, initially working in Primary Care before moving on to several regional quality improvement roles. He moved into the acute sector in 2005 and has held a number of operational and strategic roles since, including Deputy Chief Executive at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. 

In 2016 James became Chief Officer of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, part of an emerging large group of NHS organisations.

Julie Tunney, Director of Nursing and Quality

Julie 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.