I read with interest and surprise 'A gender for change' (pages 24-27, 11 June). What particularly surprised me was Hilary Pepler indicating that 'all the other chief executives in Liverpool are men'.

As chief executive of Alder Hey in Liverpool, and previously North Mersey Community trust (Hilary Pepler's current trust), this is incorrect. Alder Hey has recently been the subject of a major BBC series, is considered one of the leading children's services, providing care for children from community to tertiary services, and is a significant centre of research and training.

As a mother of a young son I know the pressures of being a chief executive of a successful high-profile acute trust and trying to be a good parent. Hilary seems to have overstated her case.

Hilary Rowland

Chief executive

Royal Liverpool Children's trust

Alder Hey