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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Board of Directors

Meet our Senior Directors below.

Janelle Holmes, Chief Executive

Janelle was appointed as Chief Executive in June 2018, having already spent two years at the Trust as Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to joining Wirral University Teaching Hospital, 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.

Dr Nicola Stevenson, Executive Medical Director

Having been at the Trust for over a decade, Dr Stevenson joined WUTH in 2007 as a Consultant.

Dr Stevenson's extensive career with us has seen her develop greatly from Clinical Service Lead for Respiratory (2015) to the role of Divisional Medical Director for the Division of Medicine. 

Most recently, Dr Stevenson was appointed Executive Medical director her at WUTH and brings a great deal of experience to the role. 

Claire Wilson, Executive Director of Finance

Claire has joined the WUTH from Liverpool Heart and Chest Foundation Trust where she was Chief Finance Officer and before that was CFO at NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group.

She has spent a lot of her career working at NHS organisations in the North West and was also formerly Chief of Staff to the Chief Finance Officer for NHS England’s national team.

Claire brings a wealth of experience having held a number of senior roles at local, regional and national level.

Matthew Swanborough, Director of Strategy and Partnerships

Matthew Swanborough joined the Trust as the Director of Strategy and Partnerships in November 2019. Prior to this, he was Director of Resilience at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Matthew has also held a number of other operational roles at Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust including Director of Operations at Manchester Infirmary and Trust Turnaround Director, directing the financial recovery programme. Before this Mathew worked as the Director of Healthcare Consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney, Australia, leading on clinical improvements, financial recovery and mergers with a range of public and private healthcare organisations.

David McGovern DL, Director of Corporate Affairs

David was appointed as Director of Corporate Affairs in September 2021 following a number of years working in senior positions across sectors.

Prior to joining Wirral University Teaching Hospital, David was the Group Company Secretary at the ForViva Group.

David has worked in a number of sectors spanning over 30 years from his first job in Local Government. As well as roles in Local and Central Government (as a Home Office Adviser) during his career he has worked in a variety of senior roles in such diverse areas as Policing, Transport, Housing and the Private and Charity Sectors.

David is passionate about public service and supporting diverse communities and he believes that the way organisations are governed can play a significant role in service delivery. David also has a passion for volunteering and has been on the Boards of several charities and supports a number of charities in developing their Boards and Constitutions. Much of his charity work has been focused on equalities and in particular organisations that support the LGBT+ community.

David is a proud Salfordian and is currently a Deputy Lieutenant in Greater Manchester.