The Walton Centre appoints two new Non-Executive Directors

Date: 21 December 2021

Paul and Ray

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Professor Paul May and Ray Walker as Non-Executive Directors.

Professor May has recently retired from The Walton Centre where he spent 40 years as Consultant Neurosurgeon. He remains the National Clinical Lead for Adolescent and Paediatric Neurosurgery in the GIRFT programme. After being appointed as Merseyside’s first Paediatric Neurosurgeon in 1991, he established the paediatric neurosurgical service in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and later brought craniofacial services to Liverpool in 1997.

Upon being appointed, Professor May said: “I am delighted to be one of two new Non-Executive Directors at The Walton Centre. I am thrilled to be part of such an outstanding Trust, where staff continuously provide remarkable, specialist care to each and every patient.

“I spent almost my entire career working at The Walton Centre, so it will be an honour to be able to continue supporting my colleagues and staff in the role.”

Ray Walker, who is a Registered Nurse, has over 40 years’ experience working in a diverse number of roles including the NHS and higher education. He has held a number of senior positions including Executive Director of Nursing at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and Chief Nurse for the North of England at Health Education England. 

Ray Walker was a student nurse on Cairns Ward at The Walton Centre 40 years ago. He said: “The care and treatment provided by staff was exceptional then and remains so today. I am excited to be joining the Trust and really looking forward to meeting with the staff and patients to hear first-hand about the outstanding innovative care provided by staff at The Walton Centre."

Acting Chairman of The Walton Centre Seth Crofts said: “I’m delighted two people with a vast knowledge and decades of experience have joined the Board. They have unique clinical perspectives on patient care and I look forward to working with them on shaping the future of our outstanding service."

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Pictured, from left to right: Professor Paul May and Ray Walker.


Notes to editors

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The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust is the only hospital trust in the UK specialising in neurology, neurosurgery and pain services. It has twice been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission. Although the majority of patients come from Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales, Lancashire and the Isle of Man, for some specialist treatments of complex disorders we see patients from all parts of the country, referred by their GPs or other neurologists, neurosurgeons and pain clinicians.

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  • Summary:

    Two new Executive Directors appointed at The Walton Centre.