Ann has served the NHS in Merseyside for many years, beginning her career as a junior clerk with the old Regional Health Authority in 1980. Ann worked her way up through the ranks, studying on day release to become a qualified accountant. She eventually became Director of Finance at two local trusts, before being appointed as Chief Executive in 2000. For the past 17 years she has served as Chief Executive at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Ann was the driving force for the redevelopment of the Trust’s two hospital sites, from Victorian workhouse buildings to modern, 21st century hospital facilities. The Trust has achieved many accolades over the years, and is consistently the highest scoring of all acute hospitals in the Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) assessments, and regularly receives extremely positive staff survey results, achieving the top scores nationally for the past three consecutive years. The Trust’s most recent staff flu vaccination rate was 95.4%.
The Trust is rated as Outstanding by the CQC, one of only a very small number of acute trusts in the entire country to achieve this. In November, the Trust was named “Trust of the Year” at the Health Service Journal Awards 2019, which capped a truly exceptional year in the Trust’s history.
Ann was awarded a prestigious honorary fellowship of Liverpool John Moores University in 2016 and the OBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2019/20 for services to the NHS.