Meet our Board
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 non‐voting corporate director.
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.
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.
Janet Rosser, Chair
Janet was appointed as Chair of The Walton Centre in April 2017. Prior to this, Janet was a Non-Executive Director and the Deputy Chair. This complemented her previous work experience as a lawyer in private practice.
After having a family Janet went to university to do a law degree and then, in 1987, qualified as a lawyer. Janet trained with a north west firm in property and commercial law, spent some time lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate students before moving to an international law firm where she spent ten years in the corporate department embedding new systems of working.
Janet 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, Senior Independent Director and Non-Executive Director
Seth was formerly the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean for the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Edge Hill University. He is a registered nurse in both adult and mental health nursing with 33 years of nursing experience.
Seth 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 has 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 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 and 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 a Non-Executive Director for the Health Research Authority (2015-2019). He also acts as a national adviser to the organisation in the area of human tissues in research and genetics and genomics research.
Su Rai, Non-Executive Director
Su Rai is a charted 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 and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Other roles have included senior positions at KPMG and Audit Partner in Horwarth Clark Whitehill, and Mazars Accountants. Su has also undertaken a number of voluntary roles, including working with a mental health charity for young people.
Karen Bentley, Non-Executive Director
Karen is a transformation consultant and executive coach who established her own firm, Kinetic People Limited, in 2008. Karen's early career was in HR with Co-operative Financial Services, where she ultimately led on the people aspects of large change projects across the insurance and banking business. In Karen's consultancy work she has supported a wide variety of clients through complex change in diverse industry sectors.
Karen latterly held senior in-house roles in the energy sector as Head of Change at Inenco and Change Director at Electricity North West. She also has 12 years' voluntary experience on the board of a national not-for-profit organisation which champions the human rights of people with learning disabilities.
David Topliffe, Non-Executive Director
David is a chartered chemical engineer with 37 years of manufacturing experience in the chemical industry, mainly with Royal Dutch Shell. Amongst various senior leadership responsibilities, he has served as a Non-Executive Director within joint ventures and a large trade association, where he chaired the audit committee and a technical committee.
David has a number of voluntary roles, including as a street pastor and a debt counsellor within a community-based debt advice centre.
Jan Ross, Chief Executive Officer
Jan has over 30 years' 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 Hospital Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Dr Andy Nicolson, Medical Director
Andy completed his medical training in Manchester and his neurology training mainly in the north west, before being 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 2007-2013 and then Assistant Medical Director 2013-2016. 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. She 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. She has also worked at the 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.
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 NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) in 2001 after gaining a BSc (Hons) in Economics. Mike has worked in a range of sectors including consultancy, financial services, banking and retail. Mike took up the post of Director of Finance at The Walton Centre 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.
Michael Woods, Interim Director of Operations
Michael Woods started in the NHS in 1987 enjoying a successful nursing career in Intensive Care before moving into operational management. For the last 10 years he has supported a number of organisations throughout England and Wales in senior operational roles at Director level, including working in several specialist tertiary trusts. He joined The Walton Centre in May 2021.
Page last updated: 07 September 2021