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The Trust Board

Executive Directors: 
Andrew Foster CBE

Chief Executive Officer

Contact: Christine Swann - 01942 82 2196   Andrew Foster CBE

Andrew was appointed as Chief Executive in January 2007. His main interest has been quality and safety with a particular desire to learn from the best hospitals in the world.  He led the successful application which resulted in this Trust becoming a Foundation Trust in December 2008. Before that he spent five years as the NHS Director of Human Resources (Workforce Director General) at the Department of Health with principal responsibility for implementing the workforce expansion and HR systems modernisation set out in the NHS Plan. Previously he spent two years as part time Policy Director (HR) at the NHS Confederation.

Andrew was also the Chairman of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust from 1996 to 2001 and before that Chairman of West Lancashire NHS Trust and non-executive director at Wrightington Hospital NHS Trust.

Honours Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Keble College, Oxford, 1976

Rob Forster 

Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Finance 

Contact: Alison Jones - 01942 82 2026   Rob Forster

Rob was appointed as Director of Finance and Informatics in July 2011, after joining the Trust as Deputy Director of Finance in April 2009.

After qualifying academically and professionally in Law, Rob then went on to become a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, subsequently spending most of his professional and commercial accounting career at General Motors where he worked in a variety of senior finance roles across Europe, including the UK, Italy and Switzerland.

Rob holds a Masters in Business Administration and since joining the NHS has been driven to combine the best innovation from both private and public sectors to deliver highest quality care for patients which ultimately provides best value for money for the NHS.

LLB (Hons) in Law
ACA in Finance
MBA in Business

Alison Balson 

Director of Workforce 

Contact: Karen Duhaney - 01942 77 3080    Alison Balson

Alison joined the Trust as Deputy Director of Human Resources in November 2013.

Alison acted up as Director of HR and Organisational Develpment for 7 months, before being appointed to the substantive role of Director of Workforce in August 2015. Alison has worked in the NHS since 2001 and has gained extensive knowledge and experience in the management of HR services. 

As Director of Workforce, Alison is responsible for Human Resources, Education and Organisational Development, Occupational Health and Corporate Communications. Alison is committed to supporting and improving the strong staff engagement and partnership working ethos we have in WWL.

MA in Human Resource Management and Development

Mary Fleming 

Director of Operations and Performance  

Contact: Karen Duhaney - 01942 77 3080    Mary Fleming

Mary joined the Trust in January 2008 as Divisional Manager for Surgical Specialties. She acted up as Acting Director of Operations and Performance for 8 months, before being appointed as Director of Operations and Performance in March 2016.

Mary has a strong patient focused operational background with extensive experience in leading service improvement and innovation across a variety of clinical disciplines, including Medicine, Surgery and Diagnostic Specialties. Mary worked in the Private sector before moving into healthcare and has worked in acute provider organisations across Greater Manchester and Yorkshire. 

Mary studied Social History and Sociology and has a PGC in Managing Health and Social Care. Mary was incredibly proud to be nominated by the Trust, and listed as finalist by the North West Leadership Academy, in the category of NHS Emerging Leader of Year 2014 and was awarded the NHS Leadership Academy in Executive Healthcare Leadership in March 2015.

Mary is responsible for performance and the delivery of clinical services at the Trust.

PGC in Health and Social Care Management  

Pauline Law

Director of Nursing

Contact: Kerlene Rossington - 01942 77 8856   Pauline Law

Pauline joined the trust in May 2012, on secondment as deputy director of nursing from Salford Royal NHS Trust. She was appointed to the substantive post of deputy director of nursing in May 2013. Pauline took up the post of Acting Director of Nursing at the Trust in January 2016, before being appointed as Director of Nursing in March 2016. 

Pauline has extensive nurse leadership and operational management experience and has worked in the NHS for over 30 years. She has a strong community nursing background having worked as a district nurse until 2004 prior to moving into senior operational management and nurse leadership roles. Such roles have included project management for End of Life care across Salford and Trafford and Head of Community Adult Services. She moved back into a nurse leadership role at Salford Royal in 2011 prior to secondment at WWL in 2012.

Pauline studied nursing at Trafford School of Nursing before completing a Specialist Practice Course in district nursing. Pauline completed her MBA in 2010 and has since completed the NHS Leadership Academy Senior Operational Leaders Programme and the Waiting in the Wings (for Aspiring Directors) Programme.

Pauline is the professional lead for nursing and governance across the Trust and is responsible for Infection Prevention and Control.


Richard Mundon 

Director of Strategy and Planning 

Contact: Kerlene Rossington - 01942 77 8856    Richard Mundon

Richard is a very experienced public servant spending the majority of his career in the health sector. He has a degree in biological sciences and is a qualified accountant. He spent 25 years in the Department of Health joining in 1986 and working in a wide variety of roles in Birmingham, London and Leeds across a range of policy, management and corporate disciplines.

Richard has worked with Ministers, had multi billion pound budget responsibilities, led large change programmes, developed performance management and planning regimes and was head of profession for programme and project management. Amongst his many roles, he can list Project Manager on the 2000 NHS Plan and Director of Operations.

Richard joined the Trust in 2012 where he led projects on private patients, temporary staffing, back office functions and occupational health commercialisation. He became Acting Director of Strategy and Planning in December 2014 before being appointed as Director of Strategy and Planning in August 2015. 

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences

Dr Sanjay Arya

Medical Director/ Consultant Interventional Cardiologist 

Contact: Alison Jones - 01942 82 2026   Dr Sanjay Arya

Dr Sanjay Arya joined the Trust in November 2000 as a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, providing a high quality, evidence based and patient focussed comprehensive cardiac service. Sanjay’s areas of interest are coronary artery disease, coronary intervention, heart failure, arrhythmia, syncope and cardiac assessment for non-cardiac surgery and professional footballers.

Sanjay is a keen teacher, dedicated to the teaching and training of doctors and other healthcare professionals. Sanjay was the Foundation Programme Director for seven years during which he raised the profile of doctor teaching and training at WWL. Dr Arya holds the position of Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and at Manchester Medical School. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, Edge Hill University and the University of Liverpool. Sanjay has published several publications, delivered talks throughout the country, and is an active member of various cardiovascular organisations which aim to reduce the incidence and improve the management of cardiovascular disease.

Dr Arya has held the position of Medical Director for the Medicine Division since 2012. During this period Sanjay ensured high-quality care was provide for patients through various quality initiatives and via the implementation of 7 day working in the Trust. Sanjay is currently the Chair of the Emergency and Acute Medicine Group for the North West Sector under the Healthier Together initiative. He is working towards the provision of high quality standardised care across Bolton, Wigan and Salford hospitals. Dr Arya was the Chair of the North West England Heart Failure group during which he ensured patients with heart failure received high-quality care. Sanjay is the Vice Chairman of the British International Doctors Association, UK and was the Editor of the Journal of BIDA for six years until December 2016.

Sanjay has been working as Interim Joint Medical Director since August 2016, before being appointed to the substantive post of Medical Director in April 2017. Dr Arya’s immediate priority would be to improve staff morale, provide safe, effective care to his patients and work towards making WWL a financially viable Trust.

MBBS (Hons), FRCP (London), FRCP (Glasgow)

Non Executive Directors:
Robert Armstrong


Contact: Christine Swann - 01942 82 2196
  Robert Armstrong

Robert has worked as a Senior Manager in BT, starting as an Engineer and then moving into Customer and Consultancy Services. For a great deal of his career he managed a pan European team that planned, set up and managed Joint venture companies. 

Robert served on the Trust Board of Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) for a number of years prior to becoming Chair of the Trust in late 2014. During this period the Trust achieved Foundation Trust status, improved the quality of care for patients, invested in new facilities and achieved a high level of staff engagement.  

The achievements of the Trust were recognised by the awarding of the prestigious HSJ Provider Trust of the year Award in 2014.

In addition to his responsibilities at WWL, Robert Chairs the Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance. is a Non-Executive Director of a major North West based care home provider delivering quality dementia care, and he is also Governor at  Britannia Bridge School in Ince, Wigan.

Robert and his family live in the Wigan Borough and WWL is their local hospital. 

Neil Turner

Deputy Chairman

Contact: Trust Board Secretary - 01942 82 2027  Neil Turner

Neil brings a vast amount of knowledge having had extensive experience of working within public services at local government level.  Neil was also Member of Parliament for Wigan for over 10 years and has campaigned at national level for improvements in health services and health funding within the Wigan constituency. 

Neil lives locally in Wigan with his wife Susan and he is a keen follower of Wigan Warriors.


Christine Parker Stubbs

Senior Independent Director

Contact: Trust Board Secretary - 01942 82 2027  Christine Parker Stubbs

Christine is an IT graduate with a broad range of experience delivering and managing IT in commercial environments. Following university Christine worked as a consultant for Oracle, delivering bespoke IT solutions into North West based blue chip companies.

Since then Christine has worked predominantly in the automotive sector latterly as a Divisional IT Director at RAC Motoring Services where she was responsible for the Business Solutions division. Christine’s experience also includes the delivery of large scale business change and transformation projects.

Christine lives in the Wigan area with her young family.

Neil Campbell  

Appointed: 1/11/14 

Contact: Trust Board Secretary - 01942 82 2027  Neil Campbell

Neil has been CEO of Alternative Futures since 2006, one of the top 100 charities and social businesses in the UK. He was previously CEO of NHS Argyll and Clyde, and before that CEO of NHS Grampian and Dumfries and Galloway Health Board. Neil has worked at Director-level in the North West NHS with extensive experience of partnership working between NHS, Social Care and 3rd sector.  






Mick Guymer 

Contact: Trust Board Secretary - 01942 82 2027    Mick Guymer

Mick, a resident of Wigan for over 25 years, is an accountant who has worked in the NHS for 40 years, the latter 20 years as Director of Finance. 

Mick also spent over five years as Project Director of a £500m PFI to re-develop the Central Manchester site and relocate the Manchester Children's Hospitals.

He is also currently a member of the Department of Health National Procurement Council and the Customer Board, for which he is also the Chairman of the Northern Board.



Carole Hudson CBE 

Contact: Trust Board Secretary - 01942 82 2027   Carole Hudson

Carole has extensive experience working in Local Government where she was a Chief Executive and Director of Finance for 27 years. She is a qualified accountant and has managed multi million pound budgets and had responsibility for the delivery of large scale public sector infrastructure projects.

Carole has lived in the borough all her life.





Jon Lloyd

Appointed 1/04/15 

Contact: Trust Board Secretary - 01942 82 2027 Jon Lloyd

Until 2010, Jon was CEO of UK Coal Ltd an organisation of 3,000 staff members. Jon has extensive experience in leading on large scale change programmes. He was previously Head of Group Property, Halifax Bank of Scotland and currently holds a portfolio of Non-Executive Director roles in both the commercial and public sector organisations. 







Tony Warne

Contact: Trust Board Secretary - 01942 82 2027  Tony Warne

Tony is a Professor in Mental Health Care, Head of School, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work and Associate Dean Research and Innovation for the College of Health and Social Care at the University of Salford. The School is one of the largest in the UK, with some 5,000 students undertaking a range of programmes in nursing, social work, social policy, midwifery, psychotherapy, sociology and criminology.

Tony worked in NHS mental health care services since 1975, both as a practitioner and as a service manager. He left the NHS in 1995 to work at Manchester Metropolitan University and then in 2006, he was appointed Professor at the University of Salford.

The focus of his research interest is on inter-personal, intra-personal and extra-personal relationships, using a psychodynamic and managerialist analytical discourse. He has worked on and managed several multi-professional projects both within the university, but also with partners from other universities and from practice.

Tony has published extensively and is the co-editor and author of the books,‘Using Patient Experience in Nurse Education’ and ‘Creative Approaches to Health and Social Care Education’. He is the Nurse Representative on the Council of Deans for Health Executive Committee and holds a number of positions on national nursing and nurse education committees.

Tony has a long standing interest in breeding chickens and creating the largest collection of chicken memorabilia in the world; emulating the contributions of Gilbert White to gardening; and when he has the time, long distance walking. 

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