Our Directors

Executive Directors

Fiona Noden – Chief Executive Fiona Noden – Chief Executive

Fiona was appointed Chief Executive in April 2020. Fiona started her career in healthcare as a Radiographer and has extensive clinical and management experience in operational management, project management, organisational strategy development and deployment. She moved from Clinical Radiology into operational management in 2006 as the Divisional Director of Operations at Salford Royal. She then went on to become the Director of Operations & Performance at Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh, and before joining Bolton, she spent almost five years as the Chief Operating Officer at The Christie. Fiona is determined to bring out the best in herself and others through promoting high standards, developing staff and motivating the team to achieve continuous improvements in patient care. She upholds strong personal and organisational values believing these to be pivotal in establishing relationships across both large multi-disciplinary teams, and across organisations. Her two priorities are her dedication to delivering continuous improvements to provide patient and user-centred services and providing an inclusive environment for staff to flourish.  

Rae Wheatcroft – Chief Operating Officer

Rae has worked for the NHS for over 30 years, joining Bolton in 2009 at senior management level.

She has worked in senior operations roles for the majority of her NHS career, covering most major service areas including A&E, critical care and paediatrics, becoming Chief Operating Officer at the Trust in January 2022.

Annette Walker – Director of FinanceAnnette 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.  

Francis Andrews – Medical Director

Francis Andrews - Medical DirectorFrancis 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.  

Director of Workforce - James MawreyJames Mawrey – Director of People

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 Strategy

Sharon Martin – Director of Strategy and 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.  

Karen Meadowcroft, Chief Nurse

Karen joined the Trust in January 2021, and provides professional leadership to over 3,500 nurses, midwives and allied health professionals working in both hospital and community settings. She has responsibility for the delivery of high quality and safe patient care, and ensuring our patients have the best possible experience when in our care. Karen’s career with the NHS has spanned over 36 years. She is a registered nurse and midwife and has held a number of senior nursing, midwifery and managerial roles across Greater Manchester and the North Midlands. She has considerable experience as clinical lead of a wide range of specialities, including maternity, gynaecology, paediatrics, critical care and diagnostics. She also has corporate experience as a Corporate Director of Nursing responsible for workforce, professional education, patient experience and research.

Esther Steel, Director of Corporate Governance/Trust Secretary

Esther joined the Trust as Trust Secretary in 2008 having spent the early years of her career in clinical roles, initially as a psychiatric nurse followed by 20 years as an orthotist. Esther’s responsibilities as Trust Secretary include ensuring good information flows between the board and the governors and between senior management and nonexecutive directors, as well as facilitating induction and assisting with professional development as required. Esther is responsible for advising the board, through the chairman, on corporate governance matters and is responsible to the board for ensuring that board procedures are complied with.

Non Executive Directors

Donna Hall – Chair

Donna Hall - ChairDonna Hall CBE has more than 26 years’ experience working at senior management level and 15 years as a Chief Executive in local government, working as the CEO of Chorley Council before taking up the top role as Chief Executive of Wigan Council and Accountable Officer of Wigan Clinical Commissioning Group. She knows the health and care landscape very well. She played a leading role with Sir Howard Bernstein in shaping the devolution of health and social care and the subsequent Taking Charge strategy for Greater Manchester and has led for the past five years on Public Service Reform in Greater Manchester as the lead Chief Executive supporting Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.  

Malcolm Brown - Non Executive DirectorDr Malcolm Brown

Malcolm is a qualified GP and completed his training at Bolton General Hospital and was a partner at a GP Practice in Westhoughton for over 30 years until 2017. He has also been a GP endoscopist for 18 years and Medical Officer at St Ann’s Hospice in Little Hulton for 25 years. Malcolm has always had an interest in medical education and after being a GP educator, he became GP Programme Director for Bolton. He was also the Director of Medical Education here at the Trust for ten years after which he became the Associate Dean for the NW Deanery (now Health Education England North West). Having retired from working as a full-time GP in 2017, Malcolm now works as a locum GP in Dumfriesshire and joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in 2018.  

Bilkis Ismail

Bilkis Ismail - Non Executive DirectorBilkis 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 Njoroge - Non Executive Director

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.  

Martin North - Non Executive DirectorMartin 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.  

Alan Stuttard - Non Executive DirectorAlan Stuttard

Alan joined the NHS Financial Management Scheme in 1975 and qualified as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) in 1980. The majority of his working career has been in the NHS although he also has experience of working in local government and the private sector. Alan has been a Board Director for over 25 years, mainly as a Finance Director, which has included the Countess of Chester Hospital , Preston Acute Hospitals and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Most recently he was the Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive of the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.  

Andrew Thornton - Non Executive DirectorAndrew 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.   Fit and proper person Chair declaration [134kb] PDF

Rebecca Ganz

Rebecca is Chair of the Trust’s wholly owned subsidiary, Integrated Facilities Management Bolton Ltd, and a Non-Executive of the Trust.  Becks’ background is from the commercial arena with specialisms in strategy, mergers & acquisitions and governance working across a range of client organisations from the education, health and wellness and technology sectors.