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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. The profiles of each member of the Board can be seen below. The Board is accountable for all aspects of LCFT's activity, including the quality and safety of the services provided, and for the patient experience. The Board sets the strategy for LCFT, ensuring that Executives have clear responsibilities for their operational portfolios. The Board also shapes the culture of the organisation.

The Board of Directors meets on a quarterly basis and transacts its business in accordance with an agreed agenda setting process and an annual cycle of business which ensures that standard items of accountability and assurance are addressed but also that sufficient time is set aside to focus on quality and appropriate strategic development.

Board meetings are held in public unless restrictions under the Freedom of Information Act 2002 require discussions to take place privately. This is detailed on the Boards agendas which are uploaded to the Trust's internet one week prior to the meeting and circulated to its Council of Governors. Papers are issued to Board members seven days in advance of the meeting and are made available on the internet following each Board meeting. Minutes of the Board meetings are circulated to the Council of Governors as soon as practically possible following each meeting. At the request of the Chief Executive and with the consent of the Chair, members of the senior management team attend Board meetings where necessary in order to help inform debate and discussion. Council of Governors have a standing invitation to each Board meeting to observe the work of the Board of Directors.

Regular informal briefings and presentations on specific topics or services are provided outside of the formal Board meetings to explore in more depth complex issues in preparation for discussion at future Board meetings.

A structure is in place that demonstrates four sub-committees of the Board (Audit Committee, Finance and Performance Committee and People & Quality Committee). Each committee has clear terms of reference that are refreshed and approved on an annual basis to ensure the effective discharge of duties and recommendations are made to the Board on areas of specialisation. Details of the work and membership of these committees can be found here. A schedule of matters reserved for the Board of Directors is maintained along with a Scheme of Delegation for further discharge of their responsibilities. Declaration of Interest made by the Board of Directors can be viewed here. To view the full register please contact the Company Secretray on 01772 676021.

Please follow this link to view a chart showing all areas of responsibility for each Executive.

Click here for the Trust Board meeting area that includes agendas, minutes and relevant papers.

If you have any queries regarding the Trust Board meetings please contact Viv Prentice on 01772 520388 or vivienne.prentice@lancashirecare.nhs.uk




David Eva

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.

Chief Executive

Caroline Donovan

Caroline joined Lancashire Care as Chief Executive in April 2019 having been the Chief Executive of North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust which was awarded a rating of Outstanding by the CQC under Caroline’s leadership.

Caroline is a nurse and passionate about delivering high quality patient-centred services. Her experience of Public Health supported her deeper understanding of partnership working across and beyond health and social care. She strongly believes in the importance of accountability to communities and service users and carers.

She has spent many years in developing leaders and organisations, is CIPD qualified and considers that positive values and behaviours are essential to providing excellent patient-centred leadership.

Executive Directors

Chief Finance Officer

Bill Gregory

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.

Acting Medical Director

Dr Richard Morgan

Dr Richard Morgan, MRCP, MRCPsych , MSc is a Consultant Psychiatrist, with special interest in Liaison Psychiatry and Cognitive behavioural therapy. He joined Lancashire Care in 2004 having trained in Manchester. His clinical work was based in Preston Crisis Response Home Treatment Team from 2006 to 2017, since 2017 he has led Liaison Psychiatry Services at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. He has held a range of educational roles including Educational Supervisor, Locality Tutor, TPD. He became Director of Medical Education and Deputy MD in 2016. He is currently Acting Medical Director.

Executive Director of Operation 

Russell Patton 

Russell Patton recently joined Lancashire Care Trust to undertake the role of Executive Director of Operations. Prior to this Russell was the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. During his time there he has carried out a number of Director Roles with responsibility for a diverse range of clinical services including mental health, learning disabilities, forensics and neurological services.  

As Deputy Chief Operating Officer he also had responsibility for CQC Compliance, Enhanced Bed Management and EPRR. During an extensive NHS career, Russell  has worked in a number of NHS settings including local and regional commissioning roles.

Russell is a keen advocate of transformational change in collaboration with service users, carers, staff and other key stakeholders and has successfully led large scale change programmes during his time at Northumberland, Tyne & Wear.

Director of Partnerships & Strategy 

Joanne Moore

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.

Director of
Nursing & Quality

Maria Nelligan

Bio to follow

Director of Workforce &
Organisational Development

Damian Gallagher

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

Deputy Chair

Isla Wilson

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 is an advocate of generating social impact, community development and social venturing. Alongside her non-executive duties she runs her own business, specialising in organisational growth, social value and innovation.

Senior Independent Chair

David Curtis

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.

Mohammed 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 latter 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.