News / Appointments - March 2024

11 March 2024 Steve Brown

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Liz Bishop

Liz Bishop (pictured) has been appointed chief executive of the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in conjunction with her existing post of chief executive of the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust. She replaces Jane Tomkinson OBE, a former HFMA finance director of the year, who is now chief executive of the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Scott Sealey

Scott Sealey (pictured) has been named deputy chief finance officer and deputy director of performance and contracting at Somerset Integrated Care Board. Mr Sealey previously served as the organisation’s associate director of finance.

Jonathan Dunk has been appointed chief finance officer at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He moves from the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, where he served as chief commercial officer. Mr Dunk takes over from Daphne Thomas, who has been holding the role on an interim basis.

Jane Hurst

Jane Hurst (pictured) is now the chief finance officer of Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, having previously been the trust’s deputy director of finance. She replaces Andrea McGee, who has moved to the Ministry of Health, Care and Business in Gibraltar.

Peter Ridley will be joining Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust as its chief officer, part of a new leadership model following a partnership with the Isle of Wight NHS Trust. He previously held the role of deputy chief finance officer at NHS England.

John Sparrowhawk


John Sparrowhawk (pictured) has been appointed interim director of finance at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, where he previously worked as operational director of finance. He is covering the finance director role while Bimal Patel is seconded to the North Central London Integrated Care Board as interim chief finance officer


Simon Sheppard has been named acting chief finance officer at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust. He replaces Dinah McLannahan, who has joined the Black Country Provider Collaborative on secondment until March 2025 to support its financial agenda.

Claire Liddy has taken on the post of interim chief finance officer at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, having been managing director of innovation at Alder Hey Innovation since 2018.

James Sabin

James Sabin (pictured) is the new executive director of finance at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, joining from Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, where he was the deputy director of finance, procurement and contracting. He replaces Rachel Leyland, who has been working in the position on an interim basis since Claire Wright’s retirement. Ms Leyland is now the trust’s deputy director of finance.


Laks Khangura has been appointed interim chief finance officer at Sirona Care and Health Community Interest Company, based in south-west England. He replaces Clive Bassett.

Ian Boyle

Ian Boyle (pictured), group chief finance officer at Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust and chair of the HFMA’s North West Branch, is retiring at the end of March. Mr Boyle will be replaced on an interim basis at Northern Care Alliance by Craig Carter, who moves up from his role at the trust as group deputy chief finance officer.

Navin Kalia



Navin Kalia (pictured) will be joining North East London NHS Foundation Trust at the end of April as its chief finance officer. Mr Kalia moves from the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, where he is deputy director of finance and corporate resources.

Deborah Andrews has been named interim deputy director of finance at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, having previously been the trust’s assistant director of finance. Ms Andrews will be filling a role created as a result of Andrea Osborne’s secondment to Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust as interim director of finance and resources.


Obituary: David Young

david young

Retired HFMA Northern Branch member David Young sadly passed away on 20 January after a short illness, writes Lynn Hartley

A popular and valued colleague, he supported the HFMA Northern Branch committee and led finance skills development across the North East for more than a decade. 

His long NHS career took him from apprentice to deputy director of finance, before he became skills development network manager in August 2003. He held that role for 12 years, applying his varied experience to supporting staff at all levels.

Having left school with few qualifications, Mr Young was exceptionally proud of the accountancy and chartered secretary qualifications he gained over the years, enthusiastically drawing up T-Accounts in any situation. His career advice, freely given, was to work for what you want; to share your doubts and fears with those you trust, your mentors; and to build and use your networks. 

In 2016, he received an honorary fellowship from the HFMA (pictured above) for his work with the association and in bringing the HFMA and FSD closer together. He will be much missed across the North East.

Lynn Hartley is skills development manager for North East and Cumbria