Partnership appoints two new Executive Directors to aid transformation in the region


The Partnership is delighted to announce that Sarah O’Brien has been appointed as Executive Director of Strategy and System Development and Christine Hughes has been appointed as Executive Director of Communications and Engagement. Both appointments are the result of a rigorous selection process, supported by partners across the region.

Sarah currently holds a joint post as Executive Director of Peoples Services for St Helens Council and as Clinical Accountable Officer for St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). She is a nurse by profession and has received national acclaim for her work in establishing and delivering high quality diabetes care. She has also been awarded a visiting Professorship from Liverpool John Moores University in recognition of her achievements. Her work in integrating services in St Helens such as ‘St Helens Cares’ is nationally recognised and she is also the Place lead for the borough.

As Executive Director of Strategy and System Development, Sarah will be pivotal in supporting the development of place-based commissioning and provision, as well as ensuring the Partnership’s strategy centres around population health, reducing inequalities and obtaining the benefits of inter-organisational cooperation.

Christine joins the Partnership from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, where she is Executive Director of Communications and Engagement. She has been central in enabling the Trust to build and retain its good reputation and high profile through engagement with partners, the media and staff, and has worked extensively across the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS). She has enjoyed a long and successful NHS career working with a range of organisations including commissioners, acute providers and mental health trusts. She also holds a Master’s degree in International Journalism.

In her role as the Partnership’s Executive Director of Communications and Engagement, Christine will play a crucial role in communicating the Partnership’s strategic vision and will be a driver for the region’s communications and engagement approach, whilst also ensuring that patients and the public are fully engaged as our ambitious transformation plans are designed and become a reality.

Both appointments will be vital in supporting the region’s local authorities, CCCs, Providers and Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) Sector organisations that make up the Partnership. Both Sarah and Christine are set to take up their posts later this year or in early 2021.

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