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Executive Directors

David Jago, Acting Chief Executive and Designated Officer

Dave Jago 1B WEBDavid joined Wirral University Teaching Hospital in June 2016. He was previously Director of Finance at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital before being appointed as Deputy Chief Executive/Chief Finance Officer in September 2013. 

David's experience includes:

  • Director of Finance, Procurement and IM&T at Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Deputy Director of Finance at University Hospital South Manchester
  • Deputy Director of Finance at Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust 

David is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. He also has a BA(Hons) degree in Economics.

David became Acting Chief Executive and Designated Officer in December 2017.

Janelle Holmes, Chief Operating Officer

Janelle HolmesJanelle was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in April 2016. 

Prior to taking up this role, Janelle was the Director of Operations and Performance at Salford Royal Foundation Trust.

Janelle has worked in the NHS since qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1991.  During her nursing career she worked in a variety of clinical areas, moving into operational management in 2004 following a spell as a ‘health economy’ service transformation lead.

Janelle is passionate about service improvement, staff development and whole system working to improve patient outcomes and experience.  In 2011 she successfully integrated Salford Community Adult and Children’s Services with the acute hospital as Managing Director for Salford Health Care.  In 2015 she established the Better Care at Lower Cost programme as Director for Productivity and Efficiency with the specific focus of improving patient quality and safety to drive cost reduction.

Janelle sees her role at WUTH as one of supporting the Divisions and clinical services to reliably deliver operational excellence through a framework of assurance and accountability to ensure excellent clinical outcomes and patient experience.

Dr Susan Gilby, Medical Director

Dr Susan GilbyDr Susan Gilby joined Wirral University Teaching Hospital as Medical Director at the start of January.

Formerly the Medical Director at Wye Valley NHS Trust, she brings with her a wealth of experience that will be of great benefit to patients and colleagues at our Trust.

Originally a music graduate at the University of Manchester, she went on to complete a Bachelor of Medicine (MB) degree, launching her medical career.

As a junior doctor she gained senior house officer (SHO) experience in paediatrics, surgery, A&E and primary care. She then decided to specialise in intensive care. Following that she was a Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist and Fellow in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia at Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust, where she was also a college tutor.

She later decided to work more local to her home in Cheshire and joined Mid Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust, where she was a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care and then latterly the Associate Medical Director for the Division of Medicine and Emergency Care. During her time at the Trust she was a clinical lead for the £25 million development of its theatres.

She was later appointed Medical Director at Wye Valley NHS Trust, where she led the transformation and turnaround of the Trust after it was put in special measures in October 2014.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital now has the benefit of her significant experience and expertise. 

Gaynor Westray, Director of Nursing and Midwifery

Gaynor Westray headshot

Gaynor joined the Trust as a student nurse back in 1984 and has spent her entire NHS career dedicated to caring for people at Wirral hospitals.

After three years of nurse training, Gaynor became a Staff Nurse on the orthopaedic wards here at Arrowe park Hospital,  her hard work and commitment to patient care resulted in her being promoted to Ward Sister initially at Arrowe Park Hospital, then transferring to Clatterbridge Hospital

In 2002, Gaynor had the privilege of becoming the Trust’s first ever Matron. This progressed into a general management role, managing clinical services within Critical Care, Orthopaedics, surgery and special surgery, as well as the theatres at both Clatterbridge and Arrowe Park hospitals. She was later promoted to Associate Director of Nursing within Surgery, Women and Childrens and then in 2014 as Deputy Chief Nurse.

In early 2016 Gaynor was appointed as Director of Nursing and Midwifery and Director of Infection Prevention and Control.

Having been a member of the Wirral community for many years and with more than three decades of nursing experience, Gaynor aims to ensure the best possible care and has pledged to continue and build on the current Nursing and Midwifery Strategy which focuses on care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.


Gareth Lawrence, Acting Director of Finance

Gareth Lawrence RFS 2

Gareth was appointed Acting Director of Finance in December 2017 after previously being Deputy Director at  the Trust since July 2015.

Gareth has over 12 years NHS experience and previously spent five years working at St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust in senior finance positions.

He see’s the role as ensuring that the Trust has the right controls and processes in place to manage the public finances as well as working with our clinical services to seek out continuous improvements for the patients that we serve.

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