The Trust Board is the governing body of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, consisting of the Chairman, Non-Executive Directors and Executive Directors. 

The Board is responsible for the operational management of all hospitals and services and sets the direction for the future of the Trust. It does this by agreeing the Trust's objectives and plans for delivery of care and by monitoring performance. It also ensures the business of the Trust complies with national legislation, that the Trust has in place good financial controls and, above all, provides high quality care which offers value for money.

Executive Directors are responsible for the operational management of the Trust. They sit on the Board of Directors as well as being employees of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. 

Non-Executive Directors bring a wide range of skill and experience to the organisation. As well as regularly attending Board meetings, non-executive directors chair board sub-committees and may act as 'champions' for special projects within the Trust. Collectively, they challenge the executive team, and provide strategic guidance and support to the Trust to ensure it meets its objectives.

View the Trust Board Organisational Structure here.


Professor Eileen Fairhurst

Chief Executive (Accountable Officer) – Joint Appointment with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (from 1 May 2019)

Kevin McGee

Kevin is currently covering the role of Chief Executive at our neighboring Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Whilst he is still the overall Accountable Officer for the Trust, our Acting Chief Executive is Dr Damian Riley.

Acting Chief Executive

Dr Damian Riley

Director of Nursing

Christine Pearson

Non-Executive Director

Richard Smyth

Non-Executive Director

Stephen Barnes

Non-Executive Director

David Wharfe

Non-Executive Director

Naseem Malik

Interim Medical Director

Dr Ian Stanley

Non-voting members

Director of Service Development

Martin Hodgson

Director of Communications and Engagement

Christine Hughes

Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development (HR&OD)

Kevin Moynes

Associate Non-Executive Director

Mike Wedgeworth MBE

Associate Non-Executive Director

Professor Mike Thomas

Associate Non-Executive Director

Feroza Patel

Associate Non-Executive Director

Harry Catherall