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Among the leading figures involved in achieving the ambitions set out in the Success Regime are:

Programme Chair

Neil McKaySir Neil has extensive experience of healthcare operations and strategic development. He has operated at the highest level in the NHS and has undertaken some of the most complex and demanding system leadership roles in the country. As Acting Chief Executive for the NHS, Sir Neil was the lead official for the development of the NHS Plan. Sir Neil has extensive experience in charge of a number of organisations across the country - these posts have included university hospitals, a mental health trust, NHS Midlands and East, and NHS East of England. Sir Neil has worked on a number of consultancy assignments both with GE Healthcare Finnamore and in a personal capacity. He was awarded a knighthood in 2009 in recognition of services to the NHS and the Companion of the Order of Bath (CB) in 2001.

Programme Director, North Cumbria Success Regime

nicky o connor

Nicky O'Connor has worked in senior roles in the health service for more than 20 years. She is a qualified human resources and organisational development professional who has specialised in organisational change and improvement. She has worked in many areas of the north of England including Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria in a variety of roles including Director of Workforce, Director of Strategy and OD, and PCT Chief Executive. Most recently she has worked with the NHS Trust Development Authority, supporting the development and long-term strategic future of organisations. Her last role was working with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust supporting their improvement journey as one of the original Keogh Trusts to now being out of special measures and aiming for good CQC ratings for all services.

Lead GP, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

david rogersDavid has been a GP in west Cumbria for more than 20 years. He has been the Medical Director of NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group since February 2014, and has worked in clinical commissioning - with particular interest around the quality of services and clinical governance - since 2006.

Executive Regional Managing Director for the North, NHS Improvement

lyn simpson

Based on an important foundation of nurse, health visitor and midwife posts, Lyn has successfully pursued an extensive and progressive career within the NHS, occupying a number of executive director management positions within both the community and acute health care sector. Lyn held an operational performance and service improvement board level post in a strategic health authority before moving to the Department of Health as Director of NHS Operations. Lyn also assisted with the development and set-up phase of NHS England prior to joining the NHS Trust Development Authority (now NHS Improvement) to help support Trusts in the north reach sustainability. In the last year, two Trusts have gained Foundation Trust status under Lyn’s leadership of an NHS TDA operational team.

Chief Executive, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Stephen Eames

Stephen joined the Trust as Chief Executive in January 2016. He was formerly drafted in to Mid Yorkshire Hospitals where he spent three years overseeing major changes and improvements to services. Before this, Stephen was CEO of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust where he successfully led a substantial multi-site hospital reconfiguration, secured a major acquisition of community services and ensured sound clinical and financial performance. Stephen is a public service leader with 25 years’ experience as a Chief Executive and in recent years has been awarded ‘Public service turnaround leader of the year’ by the Society of Turnaround Professionals and 'Turnaround performance of the year' by the Management Consultants Association.

Chief Executive, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

clare molloyClaire joined Cumbria Partnership Trust in 2013 from the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust where she was the Managing Director responsible for both hospital and community services. She has over 20 years leadership experience having worked in primary, community and acute settings and covering both provider and commissioning roles, including three years as Chief Executive of an integrated health and social care trust.

Interim Chief Clinical Officer, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

Hugh ReeveHugh is a GP partner in Grange-over-Sands and is also Interim Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group. Hugh is also part of the senior leadership team developing a new integrated health and care system as part of Better Care Together in south Cumbria and north Lancashire. He has a long track record in medical management, education and academia in Greater Manchester, as well as in Cumbria, where he has been based for the last 15 years.