Board Members - Individual backgrounds and experience

For more information about our Non-Executive Directors, please click on the link below to learn more about each individual's background and experience:

Meet our Non-Executive Directors

For more information about our Executive Directors, please click on the link below to learn more about each individual's background and experience:

Meet our Executive Directors

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Scott Etherington: Non Executive Board Advisor (non voting)

Scott was appointed in February 2021 for a fixed 2-year term

He is currently Finance Director of Nisa, the wholesale channel of the Co-Operative Group, with full financial oversight of the business. Prior to this Scott has held a number of financial leadership positions, with extensive experience in Retail, Leisure and Pharmaceuticals and is also a trustee for the Making a Difference Locally charity, and a governor of a Co-Op Academy.

Qualifications:  BA Economics, MSc International Economics, Qualified Accountant


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Mark Lawrie: Non Executive Board Advisor (non voting)

Mark was appointed in February 2021 for a fixed two year term

Until his recent retirement he was a Senior Partner in Deloitte Consulting.  On graduating from Liverpool University in 1988, Mark joined Cheshire County Council’s Management training scheme before moving to Deloitte in 1996. Over the subsequent 23 years he had multiple leadership roles within Deloitte, including Head of the UK Regional Public Sector Practice and four years in Qatar and Dubai advising on the FIFA World Cup and World EXPO projects.  

On returning to the UK in 2016 he led Deloitte’s Global Mega Event Practice. He brings a strategic and entrepreneurial perspective, drawing on his experience guiding organisations through the conception, procurement, implementation, operation and governance of major technology, transformation and capital projects. In addition to his role as a Non-Executive Board Adviser, Mark works as a Consultant to the Sport and Event Management industry.

Qualifications: B.Sc. Geology, Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, Master of Business Administration, Managing Professional Practices (Harvard Business School).


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Chris Lyons: Director of Strategic Programmes (non voting)

Chris was appointed to this new role in June 2021, although he first joined Mersey Care in January 2016. 

During his time with the Trust, Chris has provided the programme leadership for a number of significant acquisitions and strategic programmes. His role is to lead and deliver on significant strategic and organisational wide change within the trust.  He is also a member of the Executive Team.

He began his career as a NHS General Management Trainee in Northern Ireland (1992–1994) and subsequently went on to hold a number of accountable officer and director positions across healthcare, local government and the university sector in both the UK and Ireland. Throughout his career, Chris has led on a number of significant strategic change programmes including spending three years overseeing a major reconfiguration of five hospital sites on the east coast of Ireland and more recently as the Programme Director responsible for the operational planning and commissioning of the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in 2014-2015.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Economics, MSc Health Economics, MSc Health and Social Services Management.