Our board of directors is a unitary board, and has a wide range of skills with a number of directors having a medical, nursing or other health professional background. The non-executive directors have wide-ranging expertise and experience, with backgrounds in finance, audit, estates, property, business development, primary care, organisational development and research. The board believes that it is balanced and complete in its composition, and appropriate to the requirements of the organisation. The board has overall responsibility for the implementation of our strategy, policy and performance. Public board meetings are held monthly and board papers are published in advance.

Non-Executive Directors

Sue Musson - Chairman (appointment from 3 January 2017 to 2 January 2020) 

Sue Musson Sue’s executive career has encompassed a number of roles focused on economic development, business development and consultancy within the UK and Europe. She has considerable experience of dealing with change management, strategic planning, research and building sustainable partnerships with agencies such as local authorities and universities. 

Sue was the Chair of Southport and Ormskirk NHS Foundation Trust before joining us at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals; she has also held NHS Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director roles at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and at Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.  She has served as a Patient Representative for the National Joint Registry for five years, a role that keeps her close to the patient experience.

Tim Watkinson - Vice Chair (appointment from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019)

Tim WatkinsonTim is a qualified accountant with over 25 years experience in senior audit positions in the public sector. He was, until recently, the Group Chief Internal Auditor for the Ministry of Justice and prior to that was a District Auditor with the Audit Commission, including terms of office in Lancashire County Council, Preston City Council and Chorley Borough Council. Tim has led national teams and taken a lead role for the Audit Commission in the development of methodology for improving the performance of local authorities. 

Tim has 10 years post qualification experience of working in major accountancy firms providing audit and consultancy services to the public sector including the NHS. He has also been employed as an accountant and a Chief Internal Auditor in the NHS. He is committed to ensuring public services are provided to the highest possible standard. 

Alastair Campbell - Non Executive Director (appointment from 1 November 2015 – 31 October 2018) 

Alastair Campbell

Dr Campbell was a Consultant Paediatrician at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust fom 1985 until his retirement in 2011, during which time he oversaw many developments in both the Paediatric and Neonatal Departments.  He was also our Medical Director for four years from 2005.

Dr Campbell has held roles within the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the General Medical Council (revalidation and certification appeals), the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (Expert Clinical Advisor) and more recently the Care Quality Commission where he was a Paediatric Clinical Advisor on inspection teams.

He is particularly interested in clinical governance and now chairs our Patient Safety and Quality Committee.

Jim Whitaker- Non Executive Director (appointment from 3rd July 2017 to 3rd July 2020) 

Jim Whitaker James is an experienced executive currently working at BT Business, where he is Director of Project Management. During his career, James has led many large scale IT transformation programmes for customers in the UK and abroad; these have typically been high complexity and operationally critical in nature. James has worked with customers in many sectors including Government, Defence, Investment Banking and Retail.

James is a Chartered IT Professional with the British Computer Society and holds project management qualifications, which include APM RPP, MSP and Prince 2. His areas of particular expertise are strategic planning, managing change, governance, and risk management.


Jeanette Newman – Non-Executive Director (appointment from 3 July 2017 to 2 July 2020)

Jeanette Newman

Jeannette was a non-executive director and later on Vice Chair at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust from July 2012 to March 2017. Jeannette shared responsibility for overall governance of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, setting the strategy, holding to account, seeking assurance and assessing risk.  She chaired several committees over her term including the Audit Committee and then the Finance Committee.  She led on strategic communications during a challenging time for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. Prior to this she was Director of Finance for Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust and for Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Primary Care Trust. As the Director of Finance she was responsible for the financial management of the organisation both operationally and strategically.

Geoff Rossington - Non-Executive Director (appointment from 4 September 2017 to 3 September 2020)

Geoff Rossington

Geoff began his career as an industrial engineer after which he joined the North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) in its internal consultancy department specialising in performance improvement, value for money and market testing of support services. After 11 years at the NWRHA he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers and worked on complex change programmes resulting in organisational transformation, profitable growth and commercial improvement advising a portfolio of public and private sector organisations including the NHS, MoD, FTSE100 and global companies. Since then he has advised a number of NHS clients on various transactions including transforming community services and the acquisition of a NHS Independent Sector Treatment Centre. He specialises in capital projects, business case development, transactions support and programme management. Recent examples include the recommissioning of community services on behalf of South Cheshire and Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Groups and the repatriation of pathology services for Cambridge University Hospitals.

Tony Gatrell - Non-Executive Director (appointment from 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2020)
Tony Gatrell

Tony Gatrell is a Professor of the Geography of Health at Lancaster University. He is the former Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medicine and established the Institute for Health Research there in 1997. He has published several books, and numerous research papers, on epidemiology, public health and access to health services, often in collaboration with colleagues in the NHS. He is a former governor at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and is in his fourth year as a non-executive director.



Executive Directors

Karen Partington – Chief Executive

Karen Partington Appointed in 2011, Karen has held a number of senior posts in management, most recently Chief Operating Officer at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.  She has over 28 years’ experience in working within acute hospitals in the North West and Wales.  Karen is a member of the Risk Management Committee, in attendance at the Audit Committee and the Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee. In 2017, Karen received some well-deserved recognition in the form of a mention in the Health Service Journal's 'Top 50 NHS Trust's Chief Executives'.

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Paul Havey – Finance Director / Deputy Chief Executive

Paul HaveyHaving worked at finance director level within the NHS for more than 20 years, Paul is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of our finances, and joined us from Chorley and South Ribble Primary Care Trust where he was Director of Finance, Information and Performance.
Paul is a member of the Risk Management Committee, Endowment Fund Committee and in attendance at the Audit Committee and is also our Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO).

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Geraldine Skailes – Medical Director

Dr Gerry SkailesGerry spent 3 years gaining general medical experience on the south coast before training as an oncologist at the Christie Hospital in Manchester. She was appointed as a Consultant at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals in September 1997 and since then has held a number of medical leadership roles both within the Trust and the North West and was appointed as Medical Director in March 2018.

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Gail Naylor – Nursing, Midwifery & AHP Director

Gail Naylor Gail has lived in Lancashire all of her life and has worked in a variety of clinical roles during her career, as well as leading and managing teams in a number of senior leadership positions in the NHS.  Gail was previously the Director of Nursing and Midwifery at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, and had the same role at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust for five years before that.

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