Independent Non-Executive Members appointed for new NHS organisation


Independent Non-Executive Members appointed for new NHS organisation

Three new non-executives have been appointed as designate members of NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board (ICB), as preparation continues to build partnership working across health and care in our area. 

Subject to passage through Parliament, the Health and Care Bill is set to create a new NHS organisation and a statutory local Integrated Care Partnership. Their purpose will be to:

  1. Improve outcomes (population health and care)
  2. Tackle inequalities in outcomes and access
  3. Enhance productivity and value for money
  4. Support broader social economic development


NHS Cheshire and Merseyside ICB is set to be established in July 2022. Today, 18 February, David Flory CBE, Interim Chair of Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership, has named three critical designate appointments to the new board.

David said: “We had tremendous interest in the non-executive roles and a very strong field of applicants from diverse backgrounds, with valuable experience to consider. I’m very pleased to be able to announce the designate appointment of three excellent individuals and am looking forward to them all joining us over the coming months as the new organisation is established. Each of our new designate non-executives bring important individual skills and experience to the table. Collectively, their backgrounds cover a range of organisations and sectors.”

Recruitment of a fourth non-executive director is ongoing and an appointment will be made in due course. All appointees will take up their roles on 1 July.

The appointments are:

Neil Large MBE (Chair of Audit Committee)

Neil has enjoyed a long and proud career in the NHS and was awarded an MBE for his services to healthcare in both the NHS and third sector. Following a series of executive positions in Cheshire and Merseyside, he is currently Chair of Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (LHCH), rated by the CQC as ‘outstanding’. He will retire from LHCH at the end of March. Neil is an accountant by background and has always felt part of a care team, supporting patient-facing staff to do their jobs well – an ethos he continues to support and actively demonstrate. Neil says his motivation for this position is simple: “I have loved my professional and voluntary roles and if I can continue to help the people of Cheshire and Merseyside, I’d be delighted to do so.”


Tony Foy (Chair of Quality Committee)

Tony has an extensive background in the public sector, having worked in both the NHS and local government in executive, non-executive and lay member positions in social care, primary care, acute trusts and mental health. He is currently Chair of the Audit Committee for St Helens CCG, having retired from Knowsley Borough Council in 2011. His professional and personal experience make him an ideal choice for this important role. Tony is a values-driven leader, committed to collaborative approaches, partnership building and common purpose. The role of public servant is important to Tony, who works only for the public interest, with integrity, commitment and professionalism.


Erica Morris

Erica had a long career in the commercial sector with the NatWest Group before joining Healthwatch Cheshire as a Board Member, Citizens Advice Cheshire West as a Trustee and other non-executive roles in the community. As well as a solid understanding of quality, risk and finance, Erica has a keen interest in service to communities, stakeholder engagement and relationships, and enabling the voice of the community to be served. Erica is passionate about reducing inequalities and giving the health and care workforce the priority support they deserve to achieve engagement, motivation and positive buy-in to our mission. She brings insight, knowledge and experience.

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