Non-Executive Recruitment

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.

John Church,  Deputy Chairman

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. 

Les Philpott, Non-Executive Director

Les is a qualified accountant member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), with a strong background in public finance and leadership in a public sector career spanning more than 40 years. He completed his executive career in 2016 in the role of Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Office for Nuclear Regulation  (ONR) – a new public protection regulator he was the driving force in setting up in 2014. Les was previously ONR’s Deputy Chief Executive and, before that, Director of Finance and Corporate Services. His senior leadership positions also included Director and Deputy Director roles at the Health and Safety Executive. Les currently sits in Non-Executive capacities on two other Boards: he is a Non-Executive Director of Benenden Healthcare Society Ltd, a Financial Mutual providing access to private healthcare for 800,000 plus members, where he also serves on the Group Audit, Risk & Remuneration Committees; and he is an Independent Trustee and Audit Committee Chair of NEBOSH, a commercial educational charity awarding professional qualifications in health and safety management. Les also coaches and lectures in strategic leadership and finance as an Associate for CIPFA on an occasional basis.

Mike Davis, Non-Executive Director

Mike's term of office as a Non-Executive Director comes to an end in January 2020.

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.

Trevor Brocklebank, Non-Executive Director

Trevor initially joined Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK as a graduate trainee. Over the following twelve years, he worked in purchasing for Mercury Communications and sales for BT. He started two businesses in the 1990s, a CRM consultancy and a SAP consultancy. In 2005 he purchased the UK master franchise for Home Instead Senior Care and assumed the role of CEO, ultimately generating revenues of c£160m pa across 195 offices UK wide, employing some 8,000 people.  In this role he won the Queens Award for Innovation in 2016. He sold Home Instead in 2016 and continues to do some advisory work for the organisation. Trevor has been on the Board of the UKHCA (United Kingdom Homecare Association) for six years and is currently their Chair.  He has also been involved with an EU wide initiative, Care Campus, working with leading Universities across Europe to develop on-line training for family and paid carers.  He was also the Chair of the BFA (British Franchise Association) from 2016 to 2018.

Lorraine Butcher, Non-Executive Director

Prior to joining MCHFT, Lorraine was a joint appointee across the NHS and Local Government, working for Manchester City Council and the Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups in developing a single strategy for the city to integrate health and social care within the context of the devolution of health and care in Greater Manchester. Formerly Lorraine has held senior roles across a number of Local Authorities in the North West, in education, children’s and adults services and strategic commissioning. In these roles Lorraine has led strategic conversations across health and care partners with the aim of delivering person centred care and improving health and care outcomes for patients and residents.
Lorraine lives near Northwich, has a strong commitment to public service and the values of the Trust. She is an experienced leader and will bring the wider experience of working within adult and children’s services in Local Government, and the development of integrated health and care systems to the Board.

Lesley Massey, Non-Executive Director

Since 2010 Lesley has been an Executive Director at AQuA - a regional NHS membership quality improvement and change management organisation. She is a founding member of the organisation and part of the executive management team. Her responsibilities include formulating corporate strategy, ensuring effective governance and building relationships with key stakeholders including The King’s Fund and the Health Foundation. She has responsibility for over 70 health and care organisations within the AQuA membership. She had previously spent a year as Associate Director of Business Development with the North West Improvement Alliance (the forerunner to AQuA). Prior to this Lesley was an Associate Director for Business Planning and Service Improvement with East Cheshire NHS Trust (2006- 2009) following several years in senior operational roles in the Trust. She is also a founding member/Vice Chair of the United Kingdom Improvement Alliance (UKIA) - an international improvement learning and development body.

Lesley has a professional clinical background as an Occupational Therapist.

Executive Directors 

James Sumner, Chief Executive 

James joined the Trust in July 2019 and brought with him more than 20 years of experience in the NHS most previously as Chief Accountable Officer at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

James joined the NHS in 1999, initially working in Primary Care before moving on to several regional quality improvement roles. He moved into the acute sector in 2005 and has held a number of operational and strategic roles since, including Deputy Chief Executive at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. 

In 2016 James became Chief Officer of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, part of an emerging large group of NHS organisations.

Murray Luckas, Interim Medical Director

Murray qualified in 1988, completed specialist training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology and was appointed as Senior Lecturer/Consultant at the City Hospital Birmingham in 1999 moving to a consultant post at Leighton Hospital in 2000. Since then he has worked in Mersey Deanery as a Training Programme Director and more latterly Head of Speciality School. I have been Clinical Lead for my speciality and Divisional.

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.

Julie Tunney, Director of Nursing and Quality

Julie has more than 30 years’ experience in the NHS and currently holds the position of Director of Nursing and Quality at Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust.
Julie joined the NHS in 1984, qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1987, and has since held a variety of senior nursing roles. During this time she has also qualified as an Advanced Life Support Instructor and gained a Master’s degree in Management and the Health Service.
2014, Julie graduated as a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar and led a project that has enabled a compassionate workforce across a number of hospitals. The project was recognised for going the extra mile for staff when it became a finalist in the Kate Granger Compassion Awards in 2015.

Russ Favager, Interim Director of Finance & Strategic Planning

Russ has more than 25 years’ experience in the NHS and was previously Executive Director of Finance at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the largest health organisation in Wales with a budget of £1.5bn.
Russ is no stranger to the region. He previously held the position of Director of Finance at the Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral area team of NHS England, where his responsibilities included commissioning £1.9bn of specialised services for the whole of the North West. He was also Director of Finance at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Wirral Primary Care Trust.

Heather Barnett, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

Heather began her NHS career in Wales in 2002 where she worked for almost ten years in a variety of HR positions. During this time she gained a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Employment Law.
In 2012 Heather moved to the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust where she worked until recently as the Director of Workforce and OD. During her time Clatterbridge Heather’s focus was on ensuring the effective transformation and transition of the workforce as part of the organisation’s Transforming Cancer Care project.
Heather is committed to working in partnership with staff and trade unions to deliver successful change, and will bring with her a wealth of experience in change management and organisational development. More recently, Heather completed a second Master’s degree in Executive Coaching. She is also a member of the NHS Leadership Academy’s coaching register.