Technical / Appointments – September 2021

31 August 2021 Seamus Ward

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Ridley joins NHSE&I

Peter Ridley (pictured) has been named deputy chief financial officer – operational finance for NHS England and NHS Improvement, taking up the post as a direct replacement for Sandra Easton.HALFPORTRAIT_people_peter ridley
Mr Ridley joins the national bodies from the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, where he has been chief finance and compliance officer since September 2018. He was director of planning at the Royal Free from 2016 to 2018 and prior to this director of finance and informatics at Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
A qualified chartered management accountant, Mr Ridley joined the NHS on the national financial management training scheme. He is a member of the HFMA Environmental Sustainability Special Interest Group, the Finance Innovation Forum and the London Finance Academy board. He is expected to join NHS England and NHS Improvement later this month.
Sandra Easton, who served as deputy chief financial officer – operational finance for almost two years, has joined Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies UK and Ireland as senior finance director.

Clair Young
has moved to The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust as deputy director of finance – strategy. She was divisional finance manager at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. 

Ged Murphy has been appointed executive director of finance, planning and estates at East Cheshire NHS Trust. He was previously director of operational finance at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he worked for three years, including an eight-month spell as acting chief finance officer. He succeeds Mark Ogden, who has retired after six years as the trust’s finance director.

HALFPORTRAIT_people_JennyHannonLancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Jenny Hannon (pictured) chief finance officer. Ms Hannon is currently chief finance officer at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust and is due to join the Lancashire trust in the autumn. She held senior NHS finance positions prior to becoming director of finance of Liverpool Women’s in February 2018. Sam Profitt, the Lancashire trust’s former finance director, has moved to the local integrated care system, becoming director of provider sustainability at Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership.

Northern Care Alliance NHS Group has appointed Mina Patel director of finance: diagnostics and pharmacy. Prior to her appointment, she was associate director of finance at Mersey Care NHS Trust, a post she took up in April 2016. Ms Patel has worked in various finance roles in the NHS over the past 16 years and takes a particular interest in raising the profile of equality and inclusion.

HALFPORTRAIT_people_TraceyCotterillTracey Cotterill (pictured) has joined Civica as its managing director of population health intelligence. She was previously at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she initially served as interim director of finance and then took on the interim director of improvement and partnerships post. She has held a number of senior roles in the NHS. 

Nikki Brown has been named head of finance at the East of England Provider Collaborative. She joins from Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, where she has served as the trust’s deputy chief finance officer since it was formed in 2017.

Sharon Hassall is now head of financial services at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, succeeding Hilary Caldwell, who has retired. Ms Hassall joined the trust from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, where she was also head of financial services.

HALFPORTRAIT_people_Gayle WellsGayle Wells (pictured) has moved to strategic head of finance and procurement staff development at Mersey Care NHS Trust. The role has been created in recognition of the importance and value of finance and procurement staff development. It gives Ms Wells the capacity to support and develop staff in the trust, while continuing to serve as Cheshire and Merseyside value maker lead and HFMA North West Branch vice chair. She recently led the Mersey Care finance team through reaccreditation at Level 3 Towards Excellence and is supporting the next stages of One NHS Finance nationally.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has appointed John McLuckie executive director of finance. He joined the NHS as a graduate trainee in 1988 after graduating from Hull University, and in 1991 he became a full member of CIPFA. He has worked across the NHS provider sector, most recently at North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, joining in 2004 and becoming chief finance officer in July 2018.

HALFPORTRAIT_people_Jon evansJon Evans (pictured) has joined the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire NHS Group as group chief finance officer. The organisation, which is made up of Kettering
General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, was formed on 1 July. Mr Evans previously served as director of finance at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He started his NHS career on the national graduate training scheme.

James Spittle will step down as chair of Supply Chain Co-ordination Limited (SCCL, the management function of NHS Supply Chain) at the end of his three-year term on 30 September. Heather Tierney-Moore, who is a SCCL non-executive, will become interim chair.