WORKFORCE: Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust has appointed a former strategic health authority chief executive as its new chair.

Neil Goodwin, former chief executive of Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority, will replace Christopher Baker, who departs after seven years at the trust.

Mr Goodwin has been a non-executive director on the Aintree trust board for six months and is currently the chair of the London Cancer Alliance.

He is also chair of the private finance initiative “special purpose vehicle” Healthcare Support, and has worked in several interim executive positions in recent years.

Mr Goodwin said: “I am delighted to be working in Liverpool and I am looking forward to leading the senior leadership team at Aintree in developing our services for the benefit of our patients and local communities and, in doing so, strengthening our role in the NHS across Merseyside and beyond.”

Trust chief executive Catherine Beardshaw said: “Neil brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of health services.

“His appointment will ensure Aintree can move from good to outstanding in terms of the quality of care we provide for our patients.

“I also want to recognise the huge contribution Christopher Baker has made to Aintree over the years, ensuring that we have an excellent foundation for the future.”

Aintree provides acute services to a population of about 330,000 residents in North Liverpool, South Sefton and Kirkby, and provides specialist services to 1.5m residents across the North West and North Wales.