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Aislinn Web Head shot[USE THIS].jpgAppointed: March 2023

Aislinn was appointed as Trust Chair in March 2023 following many years working in the public sector, recently being a Non-Executive Director of Mersey Care NHS FT where in this capacity she was Chair of their People Committee, Health and Wellbeing Guardian and member of the Ethical Advisory Group. Aislinn is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a qualified District Nurse, Registered Midwife, Health Visitor, and has a Master’s in Public Health and Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance.

Aislinn’s career has included Consultancy in Public Health supporting the NHS in the North West and also Lancashire County Council Consultancy in Public Health for UK Med she was also a member of the Quality Assurance Team in Sierra Leone and she supported NHS professionals. She was previously Director of Public Health at West Lancashire PCT and Interim Director of Public Health at Blackburn with Darwen PCT. 

Aislinn notably developed and implemented the recruitment process for NHS professionals to support the UK Government-led response to Ebola in Sierra Leone and was awarded the Ebola Medal by Her Majesty the Queen.

Aislinn is currently Chair of Savera UK, a leading charity based in Liverpool that tackles culturally-specific abuse and harmful practices in the UK.  She is also a Fundraiser and supporter of Freedom from Torture and Save the Children.

Chair of: Trust Board, Remuneration and Nominations Committee

Representative of the Corporate Trustee for East Cheshire NHS Charitable Fund

Other Interests: Freedom to Speak Up, Wellbeing Guardian

Tony Ward[Edit].jpgAppointed: February 2022

Tony has worked as a Non-Executive Director in the NHS since 2006 having previously been at both Tameside and Glossop Foundation Trust and NHS Bolton CCG, before joining East Cheshire NHS Trust in February 2022.

His NHS experience includes chairing Audit, Finance, Remuneration and Conflict of Interest Committees.

Prior to this he worked in industry in a number of large public companies in senior management positions in finance and general management.

Chair of: Audit Committee

Member of: Trust Board, Finance, Performance and Workforce Committee and Remuneration and Nominations Committee

Representative of the Corporate Trustee for East Cheshire NHS Charitable Fund

Other interests: Security Management, Digital Clinical System Joint Procurement Programme NED Lead

Jackie Waugh[Edit].jpgAppointed: May 2022

Jackie brings over 25 years’ experience as a senior executive operating at Board level in several large complex organisations.

After studying Law at university, she qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and then enjoyed a career in private practice working for a national law firm. Following this she worked as a senior lecturer in Law where, besides teaching on several law related degree courses, she also helped design and deliver postgraduate courses for the solicitors’ final examinations and masters’ degrees. Jackie then moved into industry where she has worked for a number of regeneration, development and property investment companies.

Currently, Jackie is the Legal and Commercial Director for Peel at MediaCity, Salford where she is responsible for risk management and stakeholder engagement with organisations such as the BBC. She has extensive experience in all aspects of property management, construction and facilities management through to HR, transformational change projects and contract management.

Jackie served as a Non-Executive Director for Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust from 2012 to 2015 which was ultimately acquired by what is now GM Mental Health NHS FT.

Since joining East Cheshire NHS Trust, Jackie has been involved across the full range of committees and is currently chair of the Charitable Funds Committee. She is also the Senior Independent Director for East Cheshire Trust. In January 2023, Jackie became chair of the North Midlands & Cheshire Pathology Board.

Chair of: East Cheshire NHS Trust Charitable Fund, North Midlands and Cheshire Pathology Board

Member of: Trust Board, Safety, Quality and Standards Committee, Remuneration and Nominations Committee and Finance, Performance and Workforce Committee

Representative of the Corporate Trustee for East Cheshire NHS Charitable Fund

Other interests: East Cheshire NHS Trust’s Senior Independent Director

Joanne Newton[Web].jpgAppointed: September 2022 

Joanne is a qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience operating at Board level within NHS Trusts and Commissioning Organisations. Her most recent Executive Director of Finance role was with the Manchester Health and Care Commissioning Group and more recently she has held Non Executive roles with both Stockport NHS FT and NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group.

Joanne is passionate about the need to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities and the importance of working in partnership with other local organisations to achieve this.

Chair of: Finance, Performance and Workforce Committee

Member of: Trust Board, Audit Committee

Representative of the Corporate Trustee for East Cheshire NHS Charitable Fund

USE THIS ONE cropped.jpgAppointed: July 2023

Anya is a social scientist and is Professor of Wellbeing and Communities at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Prior to becoming an academic she worked in the social housing sector and has worked as a consultant and trainer.

Her research centres on social inequalities and the links with inequalities in health outcomes.

She has led a number of research projects focusing on the experiences of marginalised populations and their experiences of health and social care systems.

She has been a member of several housing association boards and has previous experience of being a Non-Exec Director at Merseycare NHS Trust.

Anya is committed to improving social and health equity through partnership working and collaboration.

Beacock1.jpgAppointed: November 2023 

Chris was appointed as Associate Non-Executive Director in November 2023 following an extensive career in the NHS. Chris brings 30 years of experience as a Urological Consultant at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, during which time he spent over 3 years in the post of Deputy Medical Director. Chris also held the post as Non-Executive Director at Robert Jones and Agnus Hun NHS Foundation Trust from July 2016 to June 2023.

Chris’s wealth of experience enables him to understand the complex issues that arise in the operational and strategic domains of an NHS organisation.

Member of: Trust Board, Safety Quality Standards Committee, Representative of the Corporate Trustee for East Cheshire NHS Charitable Fund

Other Interests: Clinical Outcomes, Consultant Appraisal, Productivity.