Meet the team behind the merger...
Angie Smithson - Integration Director/Deputy CEO at Aintree University Hospital
Angie joined Aintree as Chief Operating Officer in April 2014 and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in December 2015. Angie subsequently became Integration Director in October 2017. She has held a number of posts in the NHS across managerial and clinical positions, including operations, where she gained valuable experience of service change and integration. Working alongside Peter Williams, Programme Director, Angie oversees all aspects of the programme of work on the transaction and integration of the two trusts. She splits her time 50:50 between trusts to work with clinical, corporate and executive teams to ensure the benefits of the merger are delivered.
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Peter Williams - Programme Director/Interim CEO for Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals
Peter has worked at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust for many years, first as a research fellow and senior registrar between 1984 and 1992. With several years in Manchester as a consultant, he returned to Liverpool in 1997 as a consultant nephrologist. Peter has undertaken many roles at the Trust including Clinical Director for general internal medicine, Divisional Medical Director and served as Medical Director since 2008. Recently Peter’s roles have included programme director for the merger and in 2019 he was appointed Interim Chief Executive of the trust. Working alongside Angie Smithson, Programme Director, Peter oversees all aspects of the programme of work on the transaction and integration of the two trusts, providing strategic leadership to the programme.
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Helen Murphy - Head of Programme Management
Helen has worked in the NHS for 25 years and has experience of working in mental health, primary care, commissioning and acute services. Her previous role involved working on the transformation of hospital services in the Healthy Liverpool Programme; which provided a great foundation to her current work in the transaction and integration programme.
Helen leads the Programme Management Office to ensure objectives are met and that the programme is delivered in line with the programme plan. This includes supporting the development of future service operating models, integration plans and wider implementation of the programme.
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Carwyn Langdown - Head of Integration
Carwyn has worked in the health sector for over 22 years, in clinical, financial and managerial positions. Prior to joining the team, Carwyn was an Associate Director at KPMG’s healthcare management consulting practice, where he worked for 12 years. This involved leading large strategic and transformation programmes across health and social care organisations including whole care system redesign in addition to working on other NHS mergers and acquisitions.
Carwyn provides strategic support to the merger process, leading on the development of the Full Business Case and other aspects of the merger transaction and integration of the merged Trust. Beyond the merger transaction, Carwyn leads the development of future integrated service models, working with clinicians and other staff across both trusts in defining how future services will operate in addition to supporting them throughout the integration planning and implementation process.
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Ian McCombie - Finance Lead
Ian has over 20 years NHS finance experience mainly working within provider Trusts in London and the North West. With a costing and management accounting background, his previous position was Assistant Director of Finance at Salford Royal.
Ian works with across clinical and corporate teams, advising on costing, potential synergies and financial modelling.
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Alison Brook - Senior Programme Manager
Alison has a background in psychology and has worked in clinical and management roles within the NHS, working across provider and commissioning organisations. She has experience in engagement and communications, project management and service improvement / transformation programme management.
Alison is responsible for supporting the transactional requirements of the merger and supporting clinical and non-clinical teams through their integration. She is passionate about improving patient outcomes and believes the merger will help improve how services are delivered, making it easier for patients to access services, seeing the right clinician at the right time, with equal access to specialists and specialist treatments.
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Sascha Daly - Senior Project Manager
Sascha has a background in managing a range of complex projects and programmes within a variety of NHS settings, such as Acute, Primary and Community. Sacha provides project management for clinical and non-clinical services, supporting them with integration planning and delivery of programme milestones. Her role is to ensure objectives are met in line with delivery plans and supporting teams to identify and manage key opportunities and risks.
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Alex McCrudden - Programme Manager
Alex has 11 years’ experience in service improvement, managing a range of projects and programmes. Her previous role was at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust, where she supported the QEP programme to achieve quantifiable benefits.
Alex works with clinical and corporate work streams to aid in developing future visions and proposals for how services could be delivered in the new merged trust. She also supports teams with delivering and achieving project milestones.
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Holly McCreith – Administrator
Holly joined the team as a business apprentice, having previously worked as an administration assistant for a solicitors firm. She supports the team with programme administration, arranging meetings and events and undertaking general admin tasks.
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Dave Hilton - Data Analyst
Dave has over 10 years NHS experience and specialises in data extraction and analysis. He assists the programme by providing relevant data to support service modelling, capacity and demand and data requirements for the transaction process.
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Ashley Culvin - Senior Project Manager
Ashley is new to the NHS. She has 10 years’ experience in the private sector working as a project manager in the construction industry, operations and digital sectors. Having gained a variety of experience across different industries and successfully completed a wide range of projects, Ashley now provides project management for clinical and non-clinical services, supporting them with integration planning and delivery of programme milestones. Ashley also coordinates internal programme governance and lessons learnt from phase 1.
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Marion Dykes - Senior Project Manager
Marion has worked in both the public and private sectors and has 12 years NHS experience, having worked in secondary and primary care and for NHS England. Outside of the NHS she has worked in construction and housing in roles that have included business development, business management, service improvement, change management, transformational change and patient and public engagement. Marion provides project management for clinical and non-clinical services, supporting them with integration planning and delivery of programme milestones. This includes ensuring objectives are met in line with delivery plans and supporting teams to identify and manage key opportunities and risks.
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Kelly Jones – Partnership Engagement Programme Manager
Kelly has over 15 years’ experience of working in the NHS, primarily in healthcare commissioning. With a background in major service change and transformation, she specialises in engagement, developing systems and infrastructure to enable services to be co-designed by service users and the wider public. Kelly has worked on a number of healthcare transformations, ensuring experience and engagement are at the heart of decision making. Kelly leads the engagement programme for the transaction and integration of the two trusts, ensuring statutory duties are met and best practice is implemented, and supporting staff communications regarding the merger.
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Jo Williams - Transaction and Integration Staff Engagement Lead
Jo has worked in the NHS for 18 years, including mental health and acute organisations in the North East, Cumbria and Merseyside. She has a background in staff engagement, organisational development and project management, as well as being a professional and team coach. Jo is passionate about empowering patients and staff to make improvements in their healthcare services. She is project managing the development of an organisational development strategy for the merged trust, including planning and facilitation of staff engagement events and campaigns. Jo is progressing work towards a positive culture of continuous improvement for the new Trust, using engagement methods to empower staff to participate in and influence change.
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Hayley Thomas – Programme Manager
Hayley has 3 years’ experience working on projects and programmes in the NHS. Before that, she worked in the private sector for 4 years taking on various roles including intellectual property consultant, project manager and business development manager in the biotechnology and digital/design industries. In her previous role at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Hayley worked on the Trauma and Orthopaedic Reconfiguration Project supporting the operational managers and clinical leads in developing a business case. Hayley has continued to work on this and is now programme manager for the phase 1 reconfiguration which includes T&O, ENT and Urology, working towards a major service change due to complete in October 2019.
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Hazel Richards – Director of Nursing for Integration
Hazel has recently joined the transaction and integration team as Director of Nursing for Integration. She was previously Director of Nursing at NHS England for Cheshire & Merseyside. With 30 years experience in the NHS, predominantly in providers and latterly in regulation and commissioning. Hazel has a track record of delivering significant improvements for patients and people who use services. She has held Executive Director of Nursing roles in acute and mental health/community trusts, always with a focus on service improvement and organisational development to deliver exceptional patient experience and safety.
Hazel provides senior clinical leadership to the PMO and to all aspects of nursing and quality for the transaction and integration, in addition to the service reconfigurations.
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Tony Wilding - Associate Director
Tony has 17 years of experience in the NHS, most recently as director of strategic partnerships and chief operating officer at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital. Prior to this Tony worked in emergency medicine at the Royal Stoke hospital and managed the department during its move to a new hospital. Tony has been working to support patient flow and is working with local partners to reduce delays in transfers of care and more recently has been supporting the work on merger phase 1 implementation.
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Jeff Johnston - Associate Director
Jeff has worked in the NHS for 27 years in both senior financial and operational management roles in Mental Health and Specialist Trusts. He is a fully qualified accountant who previously worked 11 years in local government before moving to the NHS Finance. He then successfully transitioned into operational management .He was previously the Director of Operations at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, where he gained valuable experience in leadership, change management, transformation, strategic and operational planning. He played a key role in the development of the Liverpool Women’s Future Generations Strategy and worked in networks and across organisations on transformational change projects.
Jeff joined the team in May 2019 as Associate Director and is leading the review of the North Mersey Stroke Services.
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Tor Shaw-Twigg – Senior Communications and Engagement Officer
Tor joins the team from the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust’s communications team, with over 10 years’ experience working in NHS communications, public relations and marketing. Tor has an extensive knowledge of health communications particularly in community health services, mental health, public health and has spent the last 4 years working in an acute setting. Tor has completed a Masters in Marketing and helped develop and deliver a number of award winning health campaigns.
Tor will be providing regular updates to staff and stakeholders on the merger and encouraging everyone to share their views and get involved in upcoming merger events. Tor will also be working with communications champions to cascade the latest information for them to share with their teams and colleagues.
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