Board of directors

The Board of Directors ensures that the services the Trust provides are evidence based, safe, underpinned by quality and are delivered in a cost-effective way in order to meet the needs of patients, carers and the wider community and partner organisations. In doing so the Board of Directors ensures that the Trust complies with its Terms of Authorisation and all statutory obligations.

The Board of Directors comprises of six non‐executive directors (including the chair), five voting executive directors (including the chief executive) and one nonvoting corporate director.

The directors have collective responsibility for setting strategic direction and providing leadership and governance.

The Board is balanced and complete, having an appropriate mix of skills and experience in the areas of finance, operational management, governance, law, education, medicine, clinical research and nursing. There is a clear separation of the roles of the chair and chief executive, which are set out in writing and reviewed on an annual basis.

Appointment of Non-Executive Directors

Non-executive directors are appointed by the Council of Governors for a term of three years, at the end of this period non-executive directors are eligible for re-appointment up to a maximum of nine years. Other terms and conditions of appointment such as remuneration are the responsibility of the Council of Governors as detailed in the Trust’s Constitution.


Non-Executive Directors

Janet Rosser, Chair

Janet was appointed as Chair of the Trust in April 2017. Prior to this, she was a Non Executive Director and the Deputy Chair of the Trust. This complemented her previous work experience as a lawyer in private practice. After having a family she went to University to do a law degree and then, in 1987, qualified as a lawyer. She trained with a North West firm in property and commercial law, spent some time lecturing undergraduate and post graduate students before moving to an international law firm where she spent ten years in the corporate department embedding new systems of working. She then moved on to work for a publishing house writing and editing corporate based law books and updates. She is passionate about The Walton Centre and keen to ensure that it remains an outstanding Trust.

Seth Crofts,  Deputy Chair & Non-Executive Director

Seth is the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean for the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Edge Hill University and is also a registered nurse in both Adult and Mental Health Nursing with 33 years of nursing experience. He is an experienced leader of health care education, has worked as a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) since 2002 and been extensively involved in working to develop professional practice in higher education. Seth has made a major commitment to developing graduate employability and is currently involved in developing practice in health and social care organisations, with a specific interest in developing leadership skills in senior nurses. 

Professor Nalin Thakkar, Non-Executive Director

Nalin originally qualified as a dentist and later moved into academic and clinical pathology. His career has been broad and varied and his current roles include: Professor of Molecular Pathology and Genetics/Consultant Histopathologist for The University of Manchester & Central Manchester University NHS FT (since 2004); Associate Vice President of The University of Manchester (since 2010); and Member of the Board of Governors for The University of Manchester (from 2017). Nalin has been Non Executive Director for the Health Research Authority since 2015 (his final terms ends January 2019). He also acts as a National Adviser to the organisation in the area of human tissues in research and genetics and genomics research.


Barbara Spicer CBE, Non-Executive Director 

Barbara Spicer CBE is chief executive of Plus Dane - a housing association working across Merseyside and Cheshire providing homes for close to 30,000 people. Barbara’s previous roles include a period in Westminster as interim chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency and before that, chief executive of Salford City Council, a role she held for eight years. During her time in Salford she led key developments in the city, including the bid to relocate the BBC to Salford Quays at MediaCity UK, creating a development of international significance. Barbara is Social Housing Advisor to the Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region and was recently appointed to the Northern Housing Consortium Board. 


Sheila Samuels, Non-Executive Director

Sheila joined the Trust in 2015 and has a wealth of experience in public sector management and leadership. She has previously held Executive Director Board level roles in local government and the NHS. Since retiring in 2013 after 35 years public service, Sheila has undertaken a number of consultancy assignments to support public sector and charitable organisations in addressing major organisational challenges.


Su Rai, Non-Executive Director

Su Rai is a chartered accountant in Practice and established her own firm, Raise Associates, in 2010. Previous to that Su worked with international accountancy practices. In 2012 she became a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at St Helens & Knowsley Trust. Other roles have included Senior Position at KPMG and Audit Partner in Howarth Clark Whitehill and Mazars. Su has also undertaken a number of voluntary roles, working with a mental health charity for young people.





Executive Directors

Hayley Citrine, Chief Executive

Hayley joined The Walton Centre in 2014 as Executive Director of Nursing and Quality and in February 2018 she took up the position of Chief Executive. Hayley's career in the NHS started in 1985 and she has worked as Deputy Director and Associate Director of Nursing for a number of years following previous experience in a variety of clinical posts at South Manchester University Hospitals Trust, Salford Royal Foundation Trust, Warrington & Halton Hospitals Foundation Trust and East Lancashire NHS Trust. During her career she has also experienced roles in governance and general management which has added to her breadth of knowledge.

Hayley qualified in 1989 and since then has undertaken a wide variety of clinical training, achieved three diplomas, a BA (Hons) in Health Studies and is a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming. She has also completed a variety of leadership development programmes through the Kings Fund, CASS Business School and NHS leadership programmes. 

Andy Nicolson, Medical Director

Andy completed his medical training in Manchester and his neurology training mainly in the North West, before he was appointed as a Consultant Neurologist at The Walton Centre in 2005. He has a specialist interest in epilepsy, and remains part of the multidisciplinary team providing epilepsy services at the Trust. Andy has previously provided an outreach neurology service to The Royal Liverpool Hospital and Arrowe Park Hospital, and currently runs a community general neurology clinic in Wirral. He was Director of Medical Education 2007-13 and then Assistant Medical Director  2013-16. He was appointed as Medical Director in 2016.

Lisa Salter, Director of Nursing and Governance

Lisa was appointed as the Director of Nursing and Governance in 2018 following a period of acting up into the role. Lisa is also the Executive Lead for Safeguarding, Director of Infection Prevention and Control and Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.  

After completing her nurse training at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital, Lisa held a number of senior nursing roles including Matron, Divisional Head of Nursing and Surgery and Assistant Director of Nursing. She joined The Walton Centre in 2017 as Deputy Director of Nursing and Lead Nurse for Neurosurgery and prior to that worked at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital.

Lisa holds a diploma in renal medicine, BSc Hons in Clinical Management and an MSc in Healthcare Leadership, the latter being as part of the NHS Leadership Academy. She has also completed several leadership and coaching programmes throughout her career to date.

Mike Burns, Director of Finance

Mike joined the Walton Centre in 2012 as Deputy Director of Finance after previously working for the Strategic Health Authority and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust. He qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) in 2001 after gaining a BSc (Hons) in Economics.He has worked in a range of sectors including consultancy, financial services, banking and retail. Mike took up the post of Director Finance in 2016 and has responsibility for finance, procurement, information management and technology (IM&T) and corporate information. 



Mike Gibney, Director of Workforce and Innovation

Mike has worked in charitable organisations and local government, including nine years in Social Services. He joined the NHS four years ago, through the Gateway to Leadership Scheme. His role at The Walton Centre includes responsibility for human resources, training and development, communications, fundraising, research and development and, innovation.


Jan Ross, Director of Operations and Strategy

Jan has over 20 year’s experience working in the NHS after qualifying as a nurse in 1995. She joined The Walton Centre in November 2018 following similar roles at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.