• Warrington and Halton FT says its former HR director has dropped claims of sexual discrimination against three senior female leaders
  • In a statement the trust said no money had been paid to Mr Wilson in relation to the tribunal

An ex-NHS director who accused senior female leaders of sexual discrimination has dropped his claims, according to his former employer. 

Roger Wilson, a former human resources director for Warrington and Halton Foundation Trust, has withdrawn his claims of constructive dismissal and sexual discrimination by three female leaders, according to a statement from the trust today.

In an employment tribunal hearing, which began on 1 October, Mr Wilson claimed he was sexually discriminated against by chief executive Mel Pickup, director of community engagement and corporate affairs Pat McLaren, and director of finance Andrea Chadwick.

However, the trust has issued a statement saying Mr Wilson has now withdrawn his claims. The trust previously attempted to have his claim thrown out, but this was rejected by a judge in December last year.

The trust has said no monies were paid to Mr Wilson in connection to his employment tribunal. 

Mr Wilson resigned from the trust in May 2017 ahead of the outcome of an internal investigation which found him guilty of gross misconduct for “irregular” payments he made to a midwife at the centre of the maternity scandal at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay FT.

According to a preliminary tribunal hearing Mr Wilson claimed he was unfairly dismissed and treated less favourably by the three senior female board members due to his sex.

Trust chairman Steve McGuirk said: “This has been an extremely distressing time for all involved.

“I am pleased that the trust and its executive and non-executive directors had the opportunity to provide substantial evidence to counter Mr Wilson’s allegations of discrimination on the grounds of sex as well as the circumstances which he claims led to his resignation.

“The trust fully accepts its responsibilities under the Fit and Proper Person Regulations, responded appropriately when issues were drawn to our attention and believes that it did not behave improperly at any time towards Mr Wilson. I hope that he can accept this final outcome and move on with his life.”

HSJ has approached Mr Wilson for comment.