Five Non-Executive Members appointed for new NHS organisation

The new Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB) has appointed five Non-Executive designate members as the Integrated Care System (ICS) continues to build partnership working across health and care in the area.

The ICB, which will be established in July 2022, has appointed the designate members as part of its aim to improve population health and care outcomes; tackle inequalities and outcomes and access; support broader social economic development; and enhance productivity and value for money. The appointments include:

Professor Ebrahim Adia

Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Central Lancashire and member of the UCLAN Senior Executive Team. Professor Ebrahim will be standing down from his role as Chair of Lancashire Teaching Hospital – a post he has held since 2019.

Sheena Cumiskey

CEO of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Sheena has worked as Chief Executive Advisor for the creation of the NHS mental Health Long Term Plan, as well as holding Chief Executive roles in provider and commissioning organisations for the past 25 years. Sheena will retire from her role in May 2022 to become Interim Chief officer for the Cheshire and Merseyside ICS.

Roy Fisher (Renumeration Committee Chair)

Chair of Blackpool CCG Governing Body. Roy has worked as the Chair of Blackpool PCT and a Non-executive Director on the PCT Cluster Board (NHS Lancashire), as well as having experience in Local Government including roles such as Leader of Blackpool Borough Council, and Chairman of Blackpool Challenge Partnership.

Jim Birrell (Audit Committee Chair)

Former Non-Executive Director Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust between 2017-2021, where he chaired their Audit Committee. Jim has also undertaken several Director of Finance Roles in the NHS, including the North West Regional Health Authority.

Professor Jane O’Brien

A professor with a background in people and organisation development. Professor Jane has worked as Director of the Centre for Health Futures. Professor Jane will be retiring from Lancashire University at the end of February 2022.

David Flory CBE, the ICB Chair Designate, said of the appointments: “We’ve had tremendous interest in the non-executive roles and a very strong field of applicants from diverse backgrounds with valuable experiences to consider.

“I’m very pleased to be able to announce the designate appointment of five excellent individuals and I am looking forward to them all joining us over the coming months, as the new organisation is established.

“Each of our new designate non-executives bring important individual skills and experiences to the table. Collectively, their backgrounds cover a range of organisations and sectors.”