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Chief Executive & directors

  • James Sumner – Chief Executive

    James Sumner joined Liverpool Women’s as Chief Executive in December 2023, alongside his role at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LUHFT) where he has been Chief Executive since May 2022.

    He has worked in the NHS for over 20 years in Primary and Secondary Care, System Improvement and Integrated Care roles across the North West.
    James was previously Chief Executive at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust before joining LUHFT.

    James joined the NHS in 1999, initially working in Primary Care before moving on to several regional quality improvement roles.

    He moved into the acute sector in 2005 and has held a number of operational and strategic roles since, including Deputy Chief Executive at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Chief Officer of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and latterly Chief Executive of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Dr Lynn Greenhalgh - Chief Medical Officer

    Lynn first joined Liverpool Women's in October 2002 as a Consultant Clinical Geneticist and joined the Board of Directors in January 2021. She has held various leadership positions within the Trust including being Clinical Director of the Cheshire and Merseyside Regional Genetics Service. Prior to joining the Trust Board, Lynn was appointed as the Medical Director of the North West Genomics Laboratory Hub which is hosted by Manchester Foundation Trust and provides genomics services for the North West.

    Lynn trained as a doctor at St Bartholomew’s Medical College in London and completed junior doctor jobs in the Midlands, North West and London. After completing a Masters Degree in Clinical Genetics at Great Ormond Street Hospital she moved to Bristol to complete her specialist training in Clinical Genetics.

  • Dianne Brown - Chief Nurse

    An experienced board director, Dianne was appointed Chief Nurse on 21 December 2022. She was previously Chief Nurse at the Trust prior to joining Aintree University Hospital in April 2017 and then Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust following the merger with the Royal Liverpool Hospitals NHS Trust in 2019. She has held a variety of leadership and managerial roles prior to her appointment as Chief Nurse.

    Dianne has extensive experience in all areas of acute care, but her passion lies within Women’s Health, choosing to specialise in her earlier career within the field of Gynaecology. Dianne is passionate about providing safe, effective, and compassionate care for all patients and their families at Liverpool Women’s.

  • Jenny Hannon – Chief Finance Officer & Director of Strategy & Partnerships

    Jenny returned to the Trust in January 2023 having formerly held the position of CFO at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS FT. Jenny has worked in senior roles in the NHS for over ten years having previously trained with professional services Ernst & Young.

    She is passionate about enabling the efficient delivery of safe, effective and sustainable care and quality services.

    Jenny was also appointed as Deputy Chief Executive alongside her CFO role in May 2023. 

  • Michelle Turner - Chief People Officer

    Michelle joined the Trust in April 2010. Committed to creating great places to work, Michelle is responsible for ensuring the Trust has a competent, engaged and truly motivated workforce focused on delivering the best possible patient experience. She is also responsible for the Trust’s communications and marketing functions.

    A member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Michelle has a long a varied NHS career, working in patient-facing roles early in her career and undertaking senior human resources roles more recently.

  • Gary Price - Chief Operating Officer

    Gary joined the Trust in August 2019. His role is to support our clinical teams to deliver the best possible care for our patients.

    Gary has worked in the NHS for 20 years. He has held senior management roles working across all areas of healthcare including Primary, Community, Mental Health, Secondary and Tertiary Care.

    He began his career as a clinician at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where he also went on to manage Emergency, Community and General Medicine.

    He has had significant experience managing across Women’s services most recently as Divisional Director for Women and Children’s services at Wirral University Teaching Hospital.

  • Tim Gold - Chief Transformation Officer

  • Matt Connor – Chief Digital Officer

    Matt joined the Trust in December 2019. Committed to Digital excellence, he is responsible for a diverse Digital Services department encompassing Information, & Digital Systems, Information Technology, Digital Projects, Information Governance, Clinical Coding and Patient Records.

    Since 1999, Matt has worked within various Digital Services roles across Cheshire and Merseyside NHS organisations and has held a number of senior roles most recently at Mid-Mersey Digital Alliance and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

    He is the Cyber Security Digital Lead and Chair for the Cheshire and Merseyside ICS.

  • Mark Grimshaw - Trust Secretary


    Mark joined the Trust in March 2020 from Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he was Deputy Corporate Secretary. Mark has extensive experience of corporate governance from roles held in the NHS, local authorities and the private sector.

    Mark is a strong believer that the purpose of governance is to ensure that good decisions are made and that there are strong links between a well-governed organisation and positive outcomes for patients.