Executive Recruitment
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Board of Directors

Executive Directors

Jackie Bene MBChB, FRCP – Chief Executive

Jackie was appointed as Chief Executive in January 2014. She has worked as a Consultant in Elderly Medicine at the Trust since 1998 and was appointed as Medical Director in 2008. Jackie firmly believes in putting patients at the heart of everything we do and her main aim is to ensure we provide high quality services and safe patient care.

Trish Armstrong-Child RN, BSc (Hons), MSc – Director of Nursing and Deputy Chief Executive 

Trish is a Registered General Nurse who has worked within the NHS since 1989.  She has a vast wealth of experience within both nursing and operational management roles and has Executive leadership and professional  responsibility for quality and patient safety.  Her focus and primary aim is to ensure that excellent standards of care are received by patients and their carers and they have a positive experience of care both within hospital and community settings, including care in the home environment.

Annette Walker – Director of Finance

Annette has worked in the NHS since 1993 after graduating from Liverpool University with a degree in economics.  She started her NHS career as a finance trainee and qualified as a chartered public finance accountant in 1997. She has held various NHS finance roles within Greater Manchester and Lancashire and has worked in Bolton since 2008, having been the Director of Finance of Bolton PCT and latterly the Chief Finance officer of Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group.

Andy Ennis MSc, RGN, RSCN – Chief Operating Officer

Andy started his working life as a nurse, specialising in paediatrics and specifically intensive care. After various roles in nursing including Charge Nurse of B1 Children’s Ward at Bolton Royal he moved into operational management of services, firstly at Crewe and latterly at Arrowe Park on the Wirral. His primary role on the Board is to ensure the Trust delivers operational targets such as waiting times and that the infrastructure (Estates and IT) is fit for purpose.

Francis Andrews – Medical Director

Francis graduated from Leeds University in 1990 and after junior doctor rotations in general medicine and paediatrics, he trained in emergency medicine in West Yorkshire. Following this he trained in intensive care medicine in Merseyside and was a Lecturer in Intensive Care Medicine, completing research into nutrition and immunology in the critically ill patient. He then worked as a consultant in critical care and emergency medicine at St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as well as being appointed as their Assistant Medical Director.  Francis commenced in post as Medical Director at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust in August 2018.

He is passionate about developing and promoting clinical leadership to enhance patient care and is a strong advocate for working with patients on care pathways, organ donation, information technology and human factors as applied to patient safety.

James Mawrey – Director of Workforce

James has held senior roles in the NHS including Director of Workforce at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals, Deputy Director of Human Resources at Stockport PCT and Human Resources Manager at Conwy and Denbighshire NHS Trust. James has a passion for developing people and teams. In his previous organisation he was honoured to lead the Human Resources and Organisational Development Team, who were named as the best in the UK in the HPMA 2017 awards.

Sharon Martin – Director of Strategic Transformation

Sharon joins Bolton from her role as Director of Performance and Delivery in East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group. She has worked in the NHS for 29 years and started her career as a student nurse at Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust and went on to hold a number of posts here.

Non Executive Directors

David Wakefield – Chairman

David is a qualified accountant and, in addition to his finance roles, has held senior posts in sales, operations and project management. He worked in the furniture trade for 12 years and with Royal Mail for 27 years. He joined the NHS as a non-executive director in Milton Keynes and later became non-executive Chairman of Milton Keynes Community Health Services and, subsequently, Chairman of Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Bilkis Ismail

Bilkis is dual qualified as a barrister and chartered tax adviser with experience of working in the private sector (both nationally and internationally), central government and local government.

She was born and raised in Bolton and relocated to London in 2002 and later Dubai for study and employment purposes.  In 2015, Bilkis relocated to Bolton to care for and spend more time with her family.

As a barrister, Bilkis has experience of advising clients on the constitution of their boards, corporate governance issues and remuneration arrangements.  Bilkis is keen to use her professional legal and tax experience combined with her commercial awareness and strategic business planning for the benefit of the Trust.

Bilkis was elected as a Councillor for the Crompton ward of Bolton in February 2016 and sits on a number of panels, committees and working groups including as a non-executive director of Bolton at Home; chair of the Corporate and External Scrutiny Committee, chair of the Economy and Development Policy Development Group and chair of the Neighbourhood and Community Services Policy Development Group.  She is also a community governor at Valley Community School and joined the Corporation of Bolton Sixth Form College as a governor in March 2017.

Jackie Njoroge
Jackie describes herself as a data geek and is therefore ideally suited to her role with us as Chair of our Audit Committee. She will be managing this alongside her full time role as Director of Strategy at Salford University and an additional part time role as Chair of Audit at Greater Manchester Waste Authority. Jackie started her career in finance on a national graduate traineeship with British Steel, she spent seven years working in finance in the steel industry before moving to the education sector, initially in the North East and more recently in Manchester and Salford.

Allan Duckworth

A Chartered Management Accountant, Allan brings twenty four years Board level experience in high profile, consumer facing businesses, including fourteen years as Chief Executive of Burnden Leisure PLC, the parent company of Bolton Wanderers FC and De Vere Whites Hotel. Prior to this role he spent ten years as a Finance Director at Umbro International Ltd, Lo-Cost Stores Ltd (Safeway Group PLC) and Vernons Organisation Ltd (Ladbroke Group PLC). He has also worked as a Senior Consultant with Price Waterhouse.

Martin North

Martin is an accomplished senior executive with experience operating at Board level in a variety of roles in several complex, regulated organisations within the telecommunications and IT sector. He has an established track record of leading organisational and digital transformational change that has delivered outstanding performance and turnaround.

Martin is keen to bring his experience of technology transformation and operational leadership for the benefit of the trust

Andrew Thornton

Andrew joined the Board as an interim Non-Executive in August 2014 and was appointed substantively in May 2015. Andrew initially started his career in the health service as a podiatrist and has remained within health and social care serving in a variety of senior leadership posts within both the public and private sector.

Andrew has a strong ethos of quality in all aspects of service delivery and brings his experience of developing clinical and operational improvements to the Trust.

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