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Board of Directors

Non-Executive Directors

Dennis Dunn MBE JP DL, Chairman

Dennis is former Pro Vice Chancellor International of the Manchester Metropolitan University and Dean of MMU in Cheshire. A specialist in Business Information Systems he has advised commercial organisations and universities around the world and is former Chairman of BITWorld.  Dennis has served as Expert Advisor to a European Commission funded initiative on lean organisations and is currently Visiting Professor at Huizhou University in China.  In the UK Dennis serves on the Boards of a number of organisations and is a member of the Cheshire Business Leaders.  He is Cheshire President of the British Red Cross and was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire in 2015.  Dennis was made an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen and awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Manchester Metropolitan University.  A former Governor of the Trust before joining the Board of Directors, Dennis was appointed Chairman of MCHFT in July 2014.

Dame Patricia Bacon, Deputy Chairman

Prior to joining MCHFT, Patricia worked for 21 years with St Helens College, where she was Deputy Principal for 12 years before becoming Principal in 2002. Alongside this role, Patricia undertook Non-Executive Director roles at a number of organisations, including seven years at North Staffordshire Hospitals Trust, where she was Chair of the HR committee, member of Audit and Clinical Governance, and lead for the frameworks for Care of the Elderly and Improving Working Lives. 
Patricia lives in Crewe, shares the values of the Trust and is keen to work to further improve the care offered to the local community. She is an experienced leader and will bring additional energy and enthusiasm to the Trust’s Board of Directors.

John Barnes, Non-Executive Director

John is a Chartered Engineer with over ten years experience at board level in a FTSE 50 utility company.  These days, John works for his own company, offering consultancy in areas of sustainability, the utility sector, change management and leadership. 

He is a member of a number of business groups, and is former Chair of Sustainable Communities Working Group for zero-carbon homes for the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy. 

John is a strong supporter of the National Health Service in general, and he and his family have experienced the Trust first hand, as patients.  John welcomes the opportunity to support the Trust by bringing his own skills, knowledge and experience to bear. 

He enjoys sailing and walking particularly exploring the Peak District.

John Church, Non-Executive Director

Following a successful food industry career with blue chip companies including Spillers, Rank Hovis McDougall and Northern Foods, John made a successful move into business consultancy specialising in Strategic Business Planning and Marketing.  This led to the formation of a buying, selling and business support group called Group Tyre where he became Chairman.  Group Tyre consisted of a group of like minded regional tyre wholesalers that grew to a collective turnover well exceeding £200 million. 

In 2006, John was successfully appointed as the Chair of NHS Western Cheshire (Primary Care Trust) and helped lead the recovery from an inherited £42 million deficit to be the Primary Care Organisation of the year in 2010.  As part of the NHS reforms John took on the role of Vice Chair and Non Executive Director of NHS Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral until 2013.  During this period, John represented the Primary Care Trusts on the Cheshire & Warrington Sub Regional Board, as a council member of St John Ambulance in Cheshire and as a board member of North West NHS Social Value Foundation. 

In 2012 John joined the Board of Save the Family as Deputy Chair, a charity providing residential support to vulnerable homeless families just outside Chester.  Later in 2013 John took over the leadership of the charity to become the CEO when the charity was facing serious sustainability problems.  Having stabilised the charity and in line with his succession plans, John has reduced his work commitment at the charity and plans to return to the board when he steps down as CEO in early 2016. 

This provided John with time to consider other non-executive roles and joined MCHFT on 1 May 2015 believing that his varied senior experience will enable him to make a significant contribution to the future of the trust, particularly related to the transformation agenda. 

John has strong family values with two grown up daughters and 4 grandchildren with whom he enjoys many happy times.  John has a strong Christian Faith and worships at Burton in the Wirral where he has been Churchwarden and is currently PCC Secretary. John enjoys gardening and walking. 

Mike Davis, Non-Executive Director

Mike has had a long and successful career in the business services, facilities management and project finance industries, with 25 years as Managing Director or CEO. 

He became involved in the government's private finance initiative in 1994 and managed the Catalyst Healthcare PFI consortium from 2000. Subsequently he became director of investments responsible for the performance of Lend Lease Infrastructure's multiple PFI investments in the NHS, the education sector and central government. Mike retired from Lend Lease in 2010. 

Mike shall bring his experience of leading and managing people, facilties management and infrastructure development projects to help the Trust maintain a well trained and highly motivated satff and that its estate is fit for the future need. 

Mike is a keen sailor and spends as much time as he can racing and cruising around Anglesey and abroad. He enjoys fishing and walking and he and his wife regularly travel to visit two of their chidren who work internationally.  

David Hopewell, Senior Independent Director

David is a chartered accountant by profession. He spent several years working with Shell, both overseas and in the UK. Subsequently, he took up a post at the Government Office North West, moving on to become Resources Director at Cheshire Peaks and Plains Housing Trust. David is the former Finance Director for the UK charity, Retrak, which supports street children in Africa.  

Ruth McNeil, Non-Executive Director

Ruth joined the Trust as Non-Executive Director in November 2011. Ruth worked for 21 years in Local Government at Manchester City Council, and was responsible for a broad range of customer-orientated services. During her time there, she was heavily involved in projects such as the Commonwealth Games, including being Head of Protocol and responsible for all VIPs including Her Majesty the Queen. 

Ruth retired from full-time work in 2007 and became an Independent Member of the Cheshire Police Authority in 2008, where she is Chair of the Staff Committee and a member of a number of other Committees. Ruth also sits on the Police Authority Improvement Panel and is Lead Member for the Transforming Policing Change programme.

Executive Directors

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Tracy Bullock, Chief Executive 

Tracy joined Mid Cheshire Hospitals in October 2006 as the Director of Nursing and Quality. Tracy took on the additional roles of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive, until she was appointed to the Chief Executive role in October 2010. 
Tracy joined the health service in 1983 as a student nurse and gained 18 years of clinical experience before taking on her first managerial role at the Royal Bolton Hospital. Subsequently Tracy worked in a variety of managerial roles such as Clinical Risk, Governance and Business Management, until she left the acute care setting in 2002. 
In 2002 Tracy started working as an Associate Director, with a newly formed national team of health professionals who were instrumental in providing support to some of the most challenged NHS Trusts in the country and supporting them to become Foundation Trusts. During this time Tracy gained experience working in Acute, Primary Care, Ambulance and Mental Health Trusts. 

Tracy is married to Johnathon and enjoys travelling, reading and more recently, gardening.

Dr Paul Dodds, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive

Paul was born and bred in Nantwich, before studying medicine at Manchester University. He was appointed Consultant Physician with an interest in Cardiology at the Trust 1994. Prior to becoming Medical Director, his managerial roles at the Trust included Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, Clinical Director for Medicine, and Divisional Clinical Director for Emergency Care. 

Paul is married to Ali and, away from work, his main interests include gardening and religiously following Everton Football Club.

Chris Oliver, Chief Operating Officer

Chris is an experienced NHS manager with proven leadership skills and a strong financial background. 

Having worked in the NHS for over 14 years, he has had a varied and immensely satisfying career which has enabled him to successfully lead healthcare staff in a variety of challenging roles. 

May 2017 saw Chris make a welcome return to Mid Cheshire Hospitals following employment as a Divisional Accountant and Service Manager between 2005 and 2008. 

Following this, Chris continued his career progression through the NHS. He spent two years as a Service Delivery Manager (Surgical Division) at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust before making the move to Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 2010 to become a Divisional Manager (Medicine Division). Chris then became Associate Director of Operations (Acute Care Division) before progressing to Divisional Director (Medicine and Acute Care Division). 

In 2015, Chris became a member of the trust’s Senior Management Team as Wirral hospitals’ Director of Operations. He was responsible for the delivery and operational performance including business continuity and facilities management. 

Having recently completed the NHS Leadership’s Nye Bevan programme for aspirant executive directors, Chris has a sustained track record of driving performance and delivering results against a background of service development and improvement. 

Chris is able to demonstrate partnership working and the success that brings when delivering services across a whole health economy. He has had significant experience in the redesigning of unscheduled care and patient flow.

As the Chief Operating Officer at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Chris is looking forward to bringing his NHS experience to further enhance patient experience at the Trust as well as maintaining our vision to provide high quality, safe, cost-effective and sustainable healthcare services to the public we serve. 

Denise Frodsham, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Denise has worked in the NHS for over 28 years, including eight years at the Trust developing and implementing modernisation programmes to improve quality, efficiency and capacity, as well as reducing cost and increasing income. 

Immediately before joining the Board of Directors, Denise was the Trust's Associate Divisional Director for Diagnostic and Clinical Support Services. 

She has a special interest in, and experience of, leading organisational change and working with individuals and teams to improve service delivery and performance. Recently, she has had experience of cross-boundary working and management of collaborative services. 

She holds both a postgraduate diploma and a master’s degree in Business Administration; certification in Occupational Health and Safety (NEBOSH); accreditation as a clinical pathology assessor; a fellowship in medical microbiology; and a higher national certificate in Medical Laboratory Sciences. 

Denise is married with one child, and leads a very hectic social life with family and friends, as well as trying to keep active through gardening, walking and (more recently) learning to ballroom dance.

Anne Cleary, Interim Director of Nursing and Quality

Anne qualified as a registered nurse in 1985; she started her career at Manchester Royal Infirmary in Haematology/Oncology before moving on to a variety of posts in nursing, practice development and senior management across acute, community, independent and charity sectors.

Anne is passionate about ensuring high quality care and services for people wherever this is needed.  Anne is particularly focused on developing person centred practice using patient, family and staff experience to develop and improve services.

In 2014 Anne joined Marie Curie as Deputy Director of Nursing. During her time with them she has advocated for some of the most vulnerable in our society and has gained experience in influencing national and local policy.  She is currently involved in national work with NHS Improvement on Pressure Ulcers and pilot the implementation of the Trainee Nursing Associate role.

Anne enjoys travelling and spending time with her family; a frequent traveller to Ireland, enjoying all aspects of country life including walking and helping out on the family farm.

Mark Oldham, Director of Finance & Strategic Planning

Mark joined the NHS in 1989, originally working at Crewe Health Authority. In 1990, Mark began his work at Mid Cheshire Hospitals as it received NHS Trust status. 
Since then Mark has had a number of promotions internally, giving him exposure to all elements of the NHS financial regime. His noticeable achievements during this period are a successful business case to build the Trust’s Treatment Centre and a significant contribution to achieving Foundation Trust status. 
Mark is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants and has recently undertaken study with the NHS Leadership Academy in respect of Executive Director Development. 
Mark has three sons and enjoys skiing, football and walking.

Estelle Carmichael, Director of Workforce and OD

Estelle joined MCHFT in May 2016 as Director of Workforce and OD, having previously held the position of Deputy Director of Workforce and Corporate Development at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 
Estelle is MCIPD qualified and has worked in the NHS for over 15 years in a range of different NHS settings, including some time based in a community Trust and PCTs in Cheshire. She enjoys the challenges that working in the NHS brings and believes in the values of the NHS. Estelle is also keen to ensure that the workforce and OD directorate focus on delivering patient-focused HR solutions as well as involving key partners in developing a strong workforce for MCHFT’s future. 
Estelle holds postgraduate diplomas in Healthcare Leadership and Personnel Management.  She is particularly interested in strategic workforce development and improving the workforce experience in the NHS. 
Estelle is a keen football fan and enjoys baking and going to the gym. 

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