The Partnership Board

Alan Yates

Chair

Alan Yates has worked throughout his career trying to support the development of NHS approaches to Health and Health Inequalities.

Dr Jackie Bene

Chief Officer

Dr Jackie Bene is a Consultant Geriatrician by background. Jackie has had a career-long involvement in service integration, reducing health inequalities and quality improvement.

Christine Hughes

Executive Director of Communications and Engagement

Christine has enjoyed a long and successful NHS career working with a range of organisations including commissioners, acute providers and mental health trusts.

Christine Samosa

Strategic Workforce Lead

Christine’s bio and photograph are coming soon, so please keep checking back in

Dave Sweeney

Executive Director of Partnerships

Dave Sweeney has 24 years’ experience working in Health and Social care, commissioning, transformation and change management. Dave is a multi-award-winning commissioner.

Keith Griffiths

Director of Finance

Keith is Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) qualified, he was previously Director of Finance at University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay and Finance lead for the Bay Health and Care Partnership.

Professor Sarah O’Brien

Executive Director of Strategy and System Development

Sarah O’Brien has extensive experience in leading service improvements and working closely with local people to ensure systems are safe and effective.

Clare Watson

Accountable Officer, NHS Cheshire CCG

Clare Watson started her role as Single Accountable Officer for the four Cheshire CCGs in January 2019.

Jan Ledward

Place Lead for Liverpool
Chief Officer, NHS Liverpool CCG

Jan’s career began as a temporary Band 2 Clerical Officer. She is professionally qualified and a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

Kath O’Dwyer

Chief Executive, St Helens Borough Council

Kath joined St Helens Borough Council in March 2020 as Chief Executive. Prior to this she was acting Chief Executive in Cheshire East Council for 3 years.

Professor Steven Broomhead

Chief Executive, Warrington Borough Council

Professor Steven Broomhead is the Chief Executive at Warrington Borough Council. He also holds the Chair of Entrepreneurial Education at Liverpool Hope University.

Simon Barber

Chief Executive, North West Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Simon Barber began his NHS career in 2006 to use his qualifications as a chartered accountant within the public sector.

Simon Banks

Place Lead for Wirral
Chief Officer, NHS Wirral CCG

Simon Banks has worked in health and care in either the voluntary sector or the NHS for his whole career.


Terry Whalley

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Director

Terry Whalley is a Programme Director at the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Terry took up post as the COVID-19 Testing Director for the Partnership.

Advisors to the Board

Dr Kieran Murphy

Medical Director for System Improvement and Professional Standards
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Kieran Murphy was initially the Medical Director of Cheshire Warrington and Wirral NHSE Area Team on the formation of the organisation.

Gerald Meehan

Local Authority Advisor

Gerald Meehan joined the Partnership at the end of 2018 with over 35 years of experience in Local Government and the operation of Local Democracy.

Linda Buckley

Director of Strategic Transformation
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Linda Buckley joined the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership as its Strategic Transformation and Locality Lead.

Marie Boles

Director of Nursing
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Marie is a Mental Health Nurse who has worked in the NHS for almost 37 years. Marie has worked in a variety of clinical and managerial roles in a mental health trust and in commissioning.

Place Leads

Andy Davies

Place Lead for Warrington
Clinical Chief Officer, NHS Warrington CCG

Andy Davies is the Chief Clinical Officer for both Halton and Warrington Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Dianne Johnson

Dianne’s bio and photograph are coming soon, so please keep checking back in

Delyth Curtis

Place Lead for Cheshire West

Delyth’s bio is coming soon, so please keep checking back in

David Parr

Place Lead for Halton
Chief Executive, Halton Borough Council

David Parr is the Senior Responsible Officer for Halton. He is responsible for ensuring the aims and objectives of the One Halton Programme are met, including the implementation of the One Halton Place Based Plan.

Fiona Taylor

Place Lead for Sefton
Chief Officer, NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG

Fiona Taylor is the Accountable Officer for both Sefton Clinical Commissioning Groups that cover Southport, Formby and South Sefton.

Jan Ledward

Place Lead for Liverpool
Chief Officer, NHS Liverpool CCG

Jan’s career began as a temporary Band 2 Clerical Officer. She is professionally qualified and a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

Mark Palethorpe

Place Lead for Cheshire East
Executive Director of People, Cheshire East Council

Mark is the Partnerships Executive Lead for Cheshire East.

Simon Banks

Place Lead for Wirral
Chief Officer, NHS Wirral CCG

Simon Banks has worked in health and care in either the voluntary sector or the NHS for his whole career.