Appointments September 2020

16 September 2020

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people_AndyHardy_jun16_Sept20_HalfFormer HFMA president Andy Hardy (pictured) was formally appointed CIPFA president at the institute’s annual general meeting in July. Mr Hardy, who has been the chief executive of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust since 2010, previously served as the trust’s chief finance officer for six years. He sits on a number of boards, including the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network, and in 2016 he was appointed professor of industry at the University of Warwick. He became HFMA president in December 2013.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust director of finance Keith Griffiths is to leave the trust at the end of October to take up a new role in the North West of England. Mr Griffiths has been appointed director of finance and resources at Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership.


Rob Forster (pictured) has become chief finance officer and deputy chief executive of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – a merger of Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. Mr Forster was previously director of finance and deputy chief executive at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.

Patrick McGahon has retired from his position as director of finance and information at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. Mr McGahon is a member of the HFMA Policy and Research Committee and chairman of Carlisle College, part of the NCG Group.

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief finance officer Paul Scott has been named as chief executive of Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.people_wendythompson_jul16_Sept20_Half

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland has appointed Wendy Thompson (pictured) as its director of finance and estates. Ms Thompson previously held the post of assistant director of finance at the Health and Social Care Board.

Di Ormandy has retired from her role as head of the North West Skills Development Network (SDN). Ms Ormandy has spent more than 35 years working in the NHS in the North West, including the past seven at the SDN. Former Future-Focused Finance programme director David Ellcock has become the new director of the North West SDN.

Suzanne Robinson has joined the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust as director of finance and IM&T. Having served as chair of the HFMA Mental Health Finance Faculty and senior responsible officer for the Future-Focused Finance value maker programme, Ms Robinson was previously executive director of finance and deputy chief executive at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.people_Andrew Bone_dec19_Sept20_Half

Andrew Bone (pictured) has been appointed director of finance at NHS Borders – his first executive director role. He previously served as lead business partner at NHS Lothian, with responsibility for financial planning, forecasting and reporting. He succeeds Carol Gillie at NHS Borders following her retirement.

Ian O’Connor has been named director of finance at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust. An experienced finance leader, Mr O’Connor has held board-level positions for the past 18 years.

NHS Highland has appointed David Garden director of finance. He has worked for NHS Highland for the past 30 years, most recently as head of financial planning and interim finance director.

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) has named Trevor Smith as its new executive chief finance officer and resources officer. Mr Smith will join the trust this autumn from The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, where he is currently deputy chief executive and chief finance officer. EPUT’s outgoing CFO, Mark Madden, is to retire in October after 28 years of working in the NHS.

Brian Baker, head accountant, commissioning (North and West) of Northern Ireland’s Health and Social Care Board, is set to retire at the end of this month. Although expected to officially retire at the end of May this year, Mr Baker returned in June to cover the position until a replacement was recruited.


Dean to lead at new trust

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has named Georgina Dean (pictured) as chief finance officer.people_GeorginaDean_aug20_Sept20_Half

Ms Dean was NHS England and NHS Improvement’s director of operational finance for the Midlands region. Prior to that, she held senior finance roles at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health, learning disability and community care, was formed on 1 April, merging the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Ms Dean said: ‘I am really pleased to be joining the trust’s board as chief finance officer. I look forward to getting to know the organisation and in particular meeting staff, service users, carers and families.

‘I am excited to support this newly merged organisation, and although Covid-19 has brought many challenges, it has also brought many opportunities, which I want to build on while continuing to improve services for our communities.’