Non-Executive Directors

Non-Executive Directors

Beatrice Fraenkel, Chairman

Appointed 1 December 2008, Beatrice’s terms ends 30 April 2022.

Beatrice is an ergonomist and industrial designer.  She is Director of Sandown Property Company Ltd and Sandown Property Holding Company Ltd (1973 to date) which she set up and developed into a successful privately owned group of commercial property companies.  She has worked with a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector partners to deliver for and with their local communities, managing a budget of £100 million.  Beatrice is also a Trustee of the Design Council (Dec 2018 to date).

She is Special Advisor to the Care Quality Commission.  She was previously Chair of the Architects Registration Board (until Aug 2016) and a Liverpool City Councillor from 1986 to 2017, specialising in regeneration and economic development; the Chair of the Ropewalks Partnership (Liverpool), a public/private £100 million regeneration scheme; the Independent Chair of the North West Regional Centre of Excellence.  Beatrice was also previously the Chair of South Liverpool PCT, Cosmopolitan Housing Association and Non-Executive Group Board Director, Chair of the Liverpool City Council Standards Committee and served as a Non-Executive Director on the Standards Board for England (DCLG appointment).

Chair of the Board of Directors, the Council of Governors and the Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee.


Aislinn O'Dwyer, Non Executive Director

Aislinn was appointed on 11 October 2018 and her terms ends on 10 October 2021

Aislinn is a public health professional with a community nursing background with more than 25 years strategic management experience across both the NHS and local government, including as a Public Health Consultant with UK Med, Lancashire County Council, Cumbria & Lancashire SHA and North West RHA, as well as Director of Public Health at Blackburn with Darwen PCT, West Lancashire PCT. Aislinn is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and is the Vice Chair of Savera UK, a Liverpool-based charity

Member of the Performance, Investment & Finance Committee, Member of the Quality Assurance Committee, Member of the Remuneration Committee, Chair of the Equality and Inclusion Group


Dr Murray Freeman, Non Executive Director

Murray was appointed on 8 May 2018 and his term ends on 7 May 2021.

Murray has been a GP in Wirral since 1981.  As well as being a GP has been involved in a whole range of NHS organisations, committees and activities including:

  • Special Adviser – Care Quality Commission (2014 – present)
  • Clinical Investigator – NHS England (March 2018 – present)
  • Non Executive Director – Wirral Community NHS Foundation rust (2012-2108)
  • GP Executive Board Member – Wirral Health Commissioning Consortium (2010-2012)
  • Lead for Cancer & End of Life Care – NHS Wirral / Merseyside & Cheshire Cancer Care Network (1999 – 2002)
  • Medical Director – Wirral Community Healthcare NHS Trust (1994 – 1996)

Member of the Quality Assurance Committee, the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee.


Gaynor Hales, Non Executive Director

Gaynor was appointed on 23 May 2017 and her terms ends on 22 May 2020.

Now a management consultant, until 2017 Gaynor was Regional Director of Nursing (North) at NHS Improvement and from October 2014 to March 2016 was Nurse Director (North) at the NHS Trust Development Authority.  Prior to this she was Director of Nursing & Quality at NHS England’s Merseyside Area Team (including a secondment as Portfolio Director for Specialised Commissioning) (2013 – 2014) and from 2002 to 2013 held the roles of Interim Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive / Director of Nursing & Quality and Director of Nursing Quality & Environment at the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust.

Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee.


Gerry O’Keeffe, Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director

Gerry was appointed on 18 April 2013 and his term ends on 14 April 2020 (previously a non-voting member from December 2012).

Currently retired, he worked for CSC from 2000 until 2014 and was their Chief Operating Officer from 2011, reporting to the CEO for UK & Ireland, responsible for ensuring P&L, Client Satisfaction and revenue growth were delivered by all parts of the business. Other roles at CSC included Head of UK Healthcare Business Unit (2007-11), Vice President of the NHS Account (2006-07), New Business Capture Executive (2005-06) and Chief Operating Officer National Grid Account (2003-05).

He has lifetime experience of working in information technology and consulting businesses, strong business profit and loss experience in many complex global companies, leadership experience managing large teams in both UK and international companies and executive leadership experience of large transformational programmes to meet changing business needs. 

Member of the Audit Committee, the Performance, Investment & Finance Committee and the Remuneration Committee. Chairs the Mental Health Act Managers Sub Committee.

Nick Williams, Non Executive Director

Nick was appointed on 1 January 2014 and his term ends on 30 April 2022.

Currently Consumer Digital Director of Lloyds Banking Group (2014-present), reporting to the Managing Director of Products and a member of the Executive Committee, accountable for changes management. Previously he was Product Change Director, Lloyds Banking Group (2011-2014) responsible for ongoing investment in business and driving strategic growth, Business Integration Director, Lloyds Banking Group (2009-11), responsible for integrating Europe’s largest mortgage business, an asset portfolio of £350bn and Head of Infrastructure, Halifax Bank of Scotland (2006-09). He is also a Non Executive Director of Halifax Share Dealing Ltd. He has a Masters degree in chemical engineering. 

Member of the Audit Committee, the Performance, Investment & Finance Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Pamela Williams, Non Executive Director

Pamela was appointed on 15 June 2015 and her terms ends 30 April 2022.

Pamela has a degree in Economics and is a qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.  Prior to her retirement in 2015, she had over 20 years experience operating at Board level in a wide range of local authorities, most recently as Executive Director of Finance at Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council (2007-2015).  Pamela also holds Non Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair positions with Wirral Evolutions and Muir Group Housing Association.

Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee.