Board of Directors

From 1 April 2017, the Trust Boards of both Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust delegated their functions to a Group “Committees in Common”.

While the two Trusts currently remain two statutory bodies, the Group Committees in Common (CiC) effectively manages both Trusts under the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group.

The CiC comprises our Chairman and six Non- Executive Directors, along with six Executive Directors who are responsible for Group executive leadership roles - Chief Executive, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief of People, Chief Delivery Officer, Chief of Strategy and Chief Improvement Officer.

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Professor Michael Luger - Chairman
Mr Raj Jain - Chief Executive
Dr Chris Brookes - Group Chief Medical Officer/Deputy Chief Executive     
Libby McManus - Chief Nursing Officer               
Mr Jack Sharp - Group Chief Strategy Officer
Mr Ian Moston - Group Chief Finance Officer
Mrs Jude Adams - Group Chief Delivery Officer 
Mrs Nicky Hill - Chief of People    
Damien Finn - Group Chief Improvement Officer
Mrs Carmen Drinkwater - Non-Executive Director
Dr Hamish Stedman - Non-Executive Director    
Mr Tim Crowley - Non-Executive Director
Mr Kieran Charleson - Non-Executive Director
Mrs Chris Mayer CBE  - Non-Executive Director
Dr Chris Reilly - Non-Executive Director

During 2020, the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group established two Associate Non-Executive positions, as part of the Board’s succession planning arrangements and as a developmental initiative. Our two Associate Non-Executive Directors shadow the organisation’s statutory Non-Executive Directors, including at Board meetings where they are encouraged to actively contribute as non-voting attendees.

Dr Faye Bruce - Associate Non Executive Director
Aziz Rashid - Associate Non Executive Director


Professor Michael Luger holds an academic background as a PhD public sector economist. He has held the position of Dean of Manchester Business School and Chair of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. Professor Luger completed an interim role as Pro-Vice Chancellor (International) and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management at Regent’s University London.

He is appointed to the Board of the Office of Rail and Road, where his term ends in 2021. Professor Luger is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Manchester.

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Chief Executive Officer (Group Committees in Common and SRFT and PAHT Board of Directors)

Raj re-joined Salford Royal in January 2015 to lead the development of the Group’s corporate strategy, then becoming the Chief of Strategy & Organisational Development, with responsibility for workforce, digital, service development, estates and facilities.  He was also Deputy Chief Executive.

He has previously held the post of Managing Director of Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), created to bring together healthcare and academic organisations in partnership with industry, local authorities and other agencies to improve health and economic wealth through the spread of innovation.

Raj was Chief Executive of an NHS Foundation Trust that was named Hospital of the Year in 2012 and has held senior roles in teaching and general hospitals. He spent the early part of his career in the oil and gas industry and is an economist by training and a Human Resources and Organisational Development professional.

Raj has been a director of two research organisations and has held regional and national leadership positions in health development and planning.

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Chris commenced as Executive Medical Director at Salford Royal on 1 May 2010. Chris has continued to focus his efforts on infection control and through the contribution of all staff members in Salford Royal there has been significant progress made in ensuring that our patients receive care which is safe and does not expose them to Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI). Chris continues to practice as a Senior Consultant in A&E.

In January 2017 Chris was appointed Chief Medical Officer for the Committee in Common for Pennine Acute and Salford Royal in addition to his post as Executive Medical Director for Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. He is also the current, interim Medical Director for The Royal Oldham Hospital. He continues to practice as a Senior Consultant in A&E at Salford Royal.

In April 2019 Chris was appointed Chief Medical Officer/Deputy Chief Executive for Group Committees in Common and Salford Royal Foundation Trust Board of Directors.

Away from the hospital, he provides medical care to the Wigan Warriors and England Rugby League Teams. Chris is married with three children.

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Libby joined us as Chief Nurse in September 2020.

Libby has worked as an executive director since 2003, previously working in senior roles across Nursing, Transformation and a period as an Acting Chief Executive with significant experience of working in a Group model.

She joined the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as Chief Nurse in July 2019 from Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust where she had been Chief Transformation Officer, leading change at scale across a growing group of hospitals. Prior to this, Libby was Chief Nurse at York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2003–2013) and Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust (2013–2016).

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Jack started his career in the NHS as graduate management trainee and has over twenty years management experience in the NHS, more than half of which have been in Board level positions leading on strategy, partnership development and whole-system change.

Jack led the acquisition, transfer and integration of Community Healthcare services as part of the development of the Salford Integrated Care Organisation and has led a number of whole-system transformation programmes.

In his previous role as Group Director of Service Strategy, Jack has led on the development of the NCA’s service strategy, oversaw the establishment of the GM Oesophago-Gastric Centre and worked with commissioners and partners on the transfer of community health services in Oldham, Bury and Rochdale from Pennine Care NHS FT to the NCA.

Jack also represents GM directors of strategy on the GM Improving Specialised Care programme (previously known as Theme 3) – one of the four main workstreams within GM’s Strategic Plan.

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Ian joined the Salford Royal Board of Directors in May 2014 from the NHS Trust Development Authority where he was the Business Finance Director for London.

Ian started his NHS career in 1991 as a Regional Financial Management Trainee and has held Finance Director positions in Primary Care, Acute and Intermediate Tier Organisations since 2005. During this time he has worked on a number of large scale transactions including the development of a new national service for cancer treatment, organisational merger and acquisition and the development of a joint venture company to deliver commercial benefits to the NHS.

Ian brings a range of other experiences from both the private and charitable sectors. He is also a keen advocate of finance staff development and is chair of the Towards Excellence Programme which accredits NHS North West Finance functions. 

Ian is the Executive Lead for Finance, Information, Procurement, Contracting and Commissioning.

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Jude re-joined Salford Royal in April 2016 having previously worked for the Trust in 2008. Since April 2016 Jude has been Interim Director at Pennine Acute. In March 2017 she was appointed to the post of Chief Delivery Officer for the Group.

Jude has over 30 years’ experience working in the NHS and with Trust Boards, starting her career as a nurse in the Northwest and then working in London Hospitals and overseas before moving into operational management.

She has delivered on improvements to operational performance and major change programmes including the development and move to the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in 2015, where she held the post of Chief Operating Officer.

Her clinical and operational experience is underpinned by a strong commitment to both patients and staff.


Nicky previously worked as Director of HR at Nottingham University Hospitals from April 2015. She joined the NHS in January 2013 at Chesterfield Royal Hospital as Director of Workforce and Organisational Development. Prior to joining the NHS Nicky worked in the private sector, having spent a large part of her career in HR at Boots UK, where she worked for 20 years in a variety of HR roles.

After Boots she undertook interim assignments at Gala Coral and Rolls Royce in Derby. Nicky has a generalist HR background and has worked on several change programmes and worked closely with executive teams supporting them on the overall shape and design of the organisation, the organisational culture and employee engagement.

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Carmen was Director for HR Projects and HR Transformation for Sodexo in the UK. Prior to this role she joined Sodexo in July 2013 as HR Director for the HR Shared Services function at Sodexo, accountable for smooth operation of employee relations, HR transactional and payroll services for a multi-site, multi-services business with 37,000 employees across the UK.  

Prior to joining Sodexo, Carmen held a number of senior HR roles creating and running shared services operations and has built breadth and depth in this specialism and in business transformation by holding the leader position for HR Shared Services at Royal Bank of Scotland, SPX Corporation and AstraZeneca.

Carmen has also been an HR professional and business leader in a range of sectors including the NHS as well as the Pharmaceutical, Banking, Manufacturing and Facilities Management industries.

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Hamish is a product of St Andrews and Victoria Universities, qualifying in 1978. He has worked in most of Salford’s hospitals and has just retired after thirty five years as a General Practitioner in Swinton. He continues as a part time medical officer at St Ann’s Hospice in Little Hulton.

He recently stepped down from the Chair roles of Salford CCG and the Association of Greater Manchester CCGs. He had been in post since the inception of both bodies. In the Greater Manchester role he helped steer the combined CCGs towards the reconfiguration of acute sector services under the Healthier Together project and was a co signatory to the health and social care powers devolved to Greater Manchester.

Latterly he was a member of the Greater Manchester Reform Board, a forum that is tasked with aligning public services across Greater Manchester to improve population health. This and improving quality of care remain his two passions. He describes the collaborative work within Salford and the developing Integrated Care Organisation as the perfect way to demonstrate how this can be done. 

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Tim’s career has been in the NHS for nearly 40 years with the majority of that time being spent working with NHS organisations in the northwest.

He joined the NHS graduate scheme in 1981 qualifying as a CIPFA accountant and then worked in finance and audit roles in a number of health bodies in the south east. Also he undertook as secondment with the Department of Health to strengthen NHS governance following a number of corporate failures. In more recent years Tim has led MIAA, an NHS shared service providing audit, assurance, governance, risk and advisory support to the majority of northwest trusts and CCGs.

Tim is also an Audit Committee independent member of SCOPE, the national disability equality charity.

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Kieran is NW Regional Director for BT Group  and represents BT’s interests from broadband to broadcast in the Region.

In addition he represents the region into BT to secure the best interests for the North West  from the company.

He has held UK and international leadership roles in the digital sector with IBM and BT over a 30 year period and has extensive experience in developing and leading strategic partnerships. 

He is a member of the  CBI’s NW Regional council influencing regional and national policy and sits on the Employer’s board of Liverpool JM University. He leads  BT ‘ s UK engagement  with the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors. 

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  • CBE
  • Non-Executive Director – The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – May 2011 to present
  • Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors – The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Chief Executive of Her Majesty’s Courts Service, accountable for the day to day operation of 550 courts centres across England and Wales until 2010
  • Consultant in leadership and executive coaching and is an associate with Fiona Macneill Associates 2010 to present
  • She has also begun working with the Slynn Foundation whose aim is to provide links between the English Legal System and the legal systems in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Trustee of the Royal Armouries

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Chris is a scientist and business leader with over 30 years’ experience in medical research, life science consultancy and venture capital in the UK, USA and Sweden. He began
his career as a research scientist and retired in 2011 as Global Vice President, Discovery Strategy, Performance and Project Evaluation at AstraZeneca, a large international pharmaceutical company. In this role, Chris was responsible for developing AstraZeneca’s research strategy, business plan and performance improvement activities. He has considerable experience in managing and leading large complex organisations. 

Chris also spent two years with a venture capital firm in Boston that invested in new life science companies. He currently provides a consultancy service focused on ‘translational medicine’ for medical charities, academic institutions, biotechnology companies and life science orientated government agencies. He has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Georgia and performed his postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He moved from the USA to Cheshire in 1993 and is married with three children.


During 2020, the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group established two Associate Non-Executive positions, as part of the Board’s succession planning arrangements and as a developmental initiative. Our two Associate Non-Executive Directors shadow the organisation’s statutory Non-Executive Directors, including at Board meetings where they are encouraged to actively contribute as non-voting attendees.

Aziz is an experienced journalist, leader and board member with extensive experience at the BBC, RTS, and Royal Exchange Theatre. He worked at the BBC for 30 years, including 20 years at Senior Editorial, level in Broadcast TV, Radio and Digital services in London, Manchester, and Nottingham. 

Aziz is an award winning journalist with a track record of boosting audiences and improving diversity and gender equality. In the last few years he was responsible for  writing, developing and implementing both the Diversity policy and the Social Media Policy for BBC England covering all the staff and services in the English Regions.

Aziz also works as a freelance media consultant and is a mentor and champion for the Social Mobility Foundation.   

He grew up in Bradford with a big family and single mum. He studied at Oxford University and lived in London for 20 years before the BBC move to Salford. He played a leading role in that move as a member of the BBC North board. 


Dr Faye Bruce DL. RN, BSc, PGCE, MSc, PhD

Faye has a particular expertise in and is passionate about addressing health inequalities in the Black Caribbean and African community.  Prior to joining academia, Faye had several years' experience in frontline practitioner roles within acute and community settings, she is also the Programme Lead for Master’s in Global Public Health at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Faye is the Chair of the Caribbean & African Health Network (CAHN) a National organisation which was formed in 2017 which has an ambition to eradicate health inequalities within a generation for Black people and works at both the strategic and operational level to effect that change.

Faye is currently Patient Public Voice Lead for NHS Maternity Transformation Programme, North West. She is the Co-Chair for the Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Ethnic Black and Asian Maternity Workstream and sits on the Race and Health Observatory Maternity Stakeholder.

Faye has been appointed as a Member of Greater Manchester Mayor’s Race Panel. She is involved in several pieces of research which include the role of Co-Investigator in nursing and racism at Sheffield Hallam University and also maternity research with RCOG and THIS Institute (Oxford University) on maternity related developments to reduce risk in maternity service. 

Faye was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant Greater Manchester in 2021.

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Group Board Meetings - Public Sessions

The public session of the Group Board meetings are held via Microsoft Teams and are open for the public to observe.

If you would like to observe a forthcoming virtual Group Board meeting, please register your interest by emailing no later than the Friday at noon before the meeting takes place (providing your name, role and email address) and we will reply with the protocol document for you to adhere to. 

On the meeting day the MS Teams link will be shared with those who have registered an interest and observers will be invited into the meeting.  As always, there will not be the opportunity for interaction or questions from observers and we ask the protocol in place is adhered to.  We look forward to your interest in virtually observing the meeting.

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