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Executive directors

john_wilbraham.jpgAppointed: March 2003

John joined the trust in 2002 as the Director of Finance before becoming Chief Executive in 2003.  During his 16 years leading the trust John has overseen the trust’s integration of acute and community services which is a key element of the current integration agenda.

John is a qualified accountant and Chair of the Institute of Healthcare Management North West 

John is the chair or a member of the following committees or groups on behalf of ECT:


Clinical Management Board, A&E Delivery Board and the Local Negotiating Committee (LNC)


Trust Board, Finance, Performance & Workforce Committee, Safety, Quality & Standards Committee, Audit Committee, ECHO – the trust charity, Partnership Forum, Pathology Executive Committee, CT/CC Transformation Board.

Other interests:

  • Chair: Institute of Healthcare Management (North West)
  • Member: Cavendish Group


  • BA (Hons) Business Studies, Liverpool
  • IPFA (Institute Public Finance & Accountancy)

Appointdr_john_hunter.jpged: May 2015 

Current roles and responsibilities

John joined the Trust in September 2000 as a consultant in anaesthetics with a special interest in critical care and was appointed as interim medical director in November 2014, before being appointed to the role permanently in May 2015. John is leading the development of the trust’s clinical strategy and is building collaborative partnerships with clinical leads in primary, community and secondary care settings, supporting and developing new models of care.

  • Consultant in Anaesthetics and Critical Care
  • Clinical Lead for Organ Donation
  • Chair: Human Tissue Authority Governance Sub-committee
  • Lead Director: Clinical Audit Research and Effectiveness Sub-committee
  • Lead Director: Medicines Management Sub-committee
  • Lead Director: Mortality review Sub-committee
  • Lead Director: Local Negotiating Committee

Other Interests:

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Member of Intensive Care Society

kath_senior.jpgAppointed: October 2010

Current roles/responsibilities

Kath began her career as a registered A&E nurse in 1982 and has clinical and managerial experience across a wide range of clinical services. She went on to work in various service improvement roles, with a focus on improving patient and staff experience, clinical access, productivity and efficiency. She became chief operating officer in 2009 and director of nursing, performance and quality in 2010. Kath became the trust’s deputy chief executive in April 2013.

  • Deputy Chief Executive
  • Executive Lead: Safety, Quality and Standards Committee
  • Executive Lead: Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
  • Executive Lead: Community Service Transformation
  • Director of Infection Prevention and Control (DIPC)
  • Chair: Infection Prevention and Control Committee
  • Chair: Safeguarding Sub-Committee

Other interests

  • Visiting Professorship of University of Chester


  • BSc (Hons) Nursing
  • MSc in Management
  • Registered General Nurse

mark_ogden.jpgAppointed: July 2015 

Current roles/responsibilities

In addition to being accountable for the trust’s overall financial sustainability, Mark leads on the delivery of the trust’s financial strategy, including the cost improvement programme, informatics programme and estates and facilities strategy. Mark brings a wealth of experience to his role, having been a director of finance since 1998 and working across a number of acute and integrated NHS trusts, along with a strategic health authority.

  • Chair: Digital Transformation Group, Recovery Programme Board and Capital and Space Planning
  • Lead Director: Audit Committee
  • Lead Director: Trust’s Nominated Local Counter-Fraud Specialist
  • Lead Director: Estates and Facilities (including security)
  • Lead Director: Procurement
  • Lead Director: Security Management
  • Lead Director: Informatics

Other interests: 

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

rachael_charlton.jpgAppointed: May 2011

Current roles/responsibilities

Rachael joined the trust as Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development in May 2011 and leads on the trust’s people management, organisational development and education, library and training agendas.

  • Lead Director: Leading the trust’s people management and organisational development and education and training agendas
  • Lead Director: Remuneration Committee
  • Lead Director: Partnership Forum
  • Senior Responsible Officer: CT/CC Transformation Board

Other interests

  • Member: Chartered Institute of Personnel Directors
  • Executive sponsor: North West Workforce Streamlining Programme


  • BA (Hons) Education and Nursing, MA Health Services
    Management, both from the University of Manchester

julie_green.jpgAppointed: February 2011

Current roles/responsibilities

Julie has over 30 years’ experience working within the NHS in both commissioning and provider organisations. She brings a vast amount of experience to her role and leads on trust governance, emergency preparedness, business continuity, health and safety and communications and engagement. Julie also acts as the trust’s Senior Information Risk Owner.

  • Chair: Serious Incident Review Sub-Committee
  • Chair: Information Governance and Health Records Sub-Committee
  • Chair: Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Sub-Committee
  • Trust’s Senior information Risk Owner (SIRO)
  • Lead Director: Finance, Performance and Workforce Committee
  • Lead Director: Risk Management Sub-Committee
  • Accountable Emergency Officer

Other interests

  • Member: North West Foundation Trust Secretaries


  • MSc Healthcare Governance with Distinction (Loughborough) 
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Risk Management and Clinical Handling


simon_goff.jpgAppointed: June 2020

Current roles/responsibilities

Simon was appointed in June 2020 having previously held Director roles in Operations, Transformation and Performance. He joined the NHS in 2008 from Spire Hospitals having worked in corporate functions supporting the national chain of hospitals. Simon has led a number of multi-organisation change programmes having worked in large acute hospitals across the North West, and leads on the delivery of the NHS key performance standards and the operational delivery of patient safety.

•    Chair: Operational Resilience Group
•    Chair: Operational Management Team
•    Chair/Lead:  COVID-19 Recovery Sub-Group


•    BA (Hons) Italian Language and Literature, University of Leeds
•    Msc Healthcare Leadership, University of Birmingham

External Group Membership

•    Greater Manchester Chief Operating Officers Forum
•    Cheshire & Merseyside Chief Operating Officers Forum