The Trust

Non-executive directors

Lynn McGill, Chairman

Appointed: November 2010

Reappointed: November 2016

Current roles/responsibilities

Lynn took over as chairman in November 2010, having
initially served as a non-executive director from 2003.
She brings a wealth of experience to the trust from a
number of leading change roles in industry.
As chairman, Lynn has led the trust through the
acquisition of community services and the associated
due diligence processes. And under Lynn’s chairmanship,
the trust has been named one of CHKS’s top 40 hospital
trusts in England multiple times.

  • Chairman of Remuneration Committee
  • Trustee of Charitable Funds Committee

Other interests

  • Friend of East Cheshire Hospice
  • Champion for Equality and Diversity

Dr Anthony Coombs, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: December 2009

Reappointed: December 2017

Current roles/responsibilities

Tony has more than 25 years’ experience in the
pharmaceutical industry, both in national and
international commercial and development roles.
Most recently, he was the chief executive officer of a
Swiss pharmaceutical company. Tony holds a D.Phil in
medicinal chemistry from Oxford University and had a
Royal Society Travelling Fellowship from the University of
Otago, New Zealand.

  • Member: Finance, Performance and Workforce
  • Senior independent director
  • Chair: ECHO - Charitable Funds Committee

Ian Goalen, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: September 2012

Reappointed: September 2016

Current roles/responsibilities

Ian brings 33 years’ experience as an accountant and auditor to the trust. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has acted as Deputy Chairman of the trust since October 2013.

  • Chair: Audit Committee
  • Member: Finance, Performance and Workforce Committee
  • Trustee: Charitable Funds Committee

Other interests

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Champion for Emergency Planning, Resilience and Response

Ali Harrison, Non-Executive Director

Appointed: July 2013

Reappointed: July 2017

Current roles/responsibilities

Ali joined the trust after more than 30 years working
in the pharmaceutical industry in areas including
research and development, commercial, legal, medical
and manufacturing. Ali is a chemist by training and
was educated at Oxford University. Ali has significant
experience of large organisational change and building
strong and successful regulatory partnerships with
government bodies. Ali currently chairs the trust’s Safety, Quality and Standards Committee.

  • Chair: Safety, Quality and Standards Committee
  •  Member: Remuneration Committee
  • Trustee: Charitable Funds Committee

Other interests

  • Champion for Dementia
  • Champion for Health and Safety
  • Champion for Mortality

Mike Wildig, Non-Executive Director 

Appointed: November 2013

Reappointed: November 2017

Current roles/responsibilities

Mike joined the trust after more than 35 years with
a major accounting firm specialising in taxation and
corporate transactions.
Mike brings to the trust significant experience of large
change programmes and building strong and successful
businesses. This included areas such as mergers and
acquisitions, legal structures, valuations of businesses
and realising post-acquisition synergies.

  • Chair: Finance, Performance and Workforce Committee
  • Member: Audit Committee
  • Member: Remuneration Committee
  • Trustee: Charitable Funds Committee

Other interests

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
  • Member: Institute of Taxation
  • Champion for Procurement

Dr Peter Madden, Non-Executive Director 

Appointed: May 2018

Current roles and responsibilities

Peter is a newly appointed Non Executive Director and is a Retired General Practitioner who practiced at Chelford Surgery from 1984 until 2016. He is proud that the Surgery has been the best performing practice in Eastern Cheshire in the National IPSOS MORI GP Survey since it’s inception and in the top 25 practices in England. He also took on the role of GP Trainer, Clinical and Educational supervisor to doctors in training.

He was trained at St Andrews University and Manchester University before undertaking his General Practice Vocational Training at Macclesfield Hospital.

Peter was also the Medical Director of the Cheshire Local Medical Committee for 28 yrs representing the interests of over 500 GPs in Cheshire until November 2017. In this role he has gained widespread knowledge of the NHS in both General Practice and Hospitals.

  • Safeguarding Lead from September 2018
  • Member : Safety, Quality and Standards Committee
  • Trustee:  Charitable Funds Committee
  • Chair: Organ Donation Committee


How to get in touch with our non-executive directors

If you would like to get in touch with our non-executive directors, please email Fiona Baker, Corporate Affairs Manager at


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