Joe Rafferty, Chief Executive


Name: Joe Rafferty

Position: Chief Executive

Date of Appointment: 1 September 2012

Membership of Board Committees:                   

  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Committee (Chair)
  • Perfect Care and Wellbeing Advisory Panel


  • Before coming to Mersey Care held the post of Director of Commissioning Support at the NHS Commissioning Board, having national responsibility for the design and delivery of a significant component of the commissioning reforms outlined in the White Paper: Liberating the NHS
  • Before this, seconded from Chief Executive role at NHS Central Lancashire, to become the Director of Commissioning Development for NHS North West, with a remit to lead the development of commissioning reforms across the North West of England
  • From 2007 to 2010 was Chief Executive of NHS Central Lancashire, with an annual commissioning budget of £750 million. During tenure, NHS Central Lancashire became the most improved primary care trust in the North West and one of the most improved in England, according to the World Class Commissioning national assessment
  • Regional Director of Commissioning and Strategy for NHS North West from 2006 to 2008
  • Other Board-level roles have included Director of Performance in Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority and Director of System Reform at Bolton Hospital NHS Trust. Prior to these roles was part of the team that set up Greater Manchester SHA
  • Joined the NHS in 1999 as a National Trainee on the NHS General Management Training Scheme
  • Previously worked at a post-doctoral level as a team leader in molecular genetics at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research in Manchester and before that at Strangeway’s Research Laboratory in Cambridge


  • PhD in Genetics
  • BSc (Hons)
  • Diploma in Health Services Management

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