North Manchester General Hospital - Managed by Manchester University Foundation Trust

From 1st April, 2020, North Manchester General Hospital joined Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) group through a Management Agreement.

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, employing over 20,000 staff. It was formed on 1st October, 2017, and since then has been responsible for running a family of hospitals across several separate sites, providing a wide range of services from comprehensive local general hospital care through to highly specialised regional and national services. North Manchester General Hospital is the tenth hospital to join the group.

Dena Marshall  - Chief Executive 

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Professor Matt Makin - Medical Director 

Matt has worked as Medical Director at two of the largest Health Organisations in England and Wales. Since March 2016 he has been Medical Director of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust supporting the improvement plan and initiatives allied to Devolved Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester.

Prior to this he has held National leadership roles in Neurology, Neurosciences and Cancer and had been involved in Health Policy in NHS Wales. Matt trained in Palliative Care Medicine in Liverpool and Birmingham and was appointed to his first Consultant Post in 2001.

Matt is an Honorary Professor of Health and Behavioural Sciences at Bangor University and has published on the causes and treatment of cancer pain, and the earlier diagnosis of cancer. He worked at the Pain Relief Foundation in the 1990s developing treatment protocols for the analgesic use of Methadone.

He is passionate about addressing inequalities in health and is determined to see a strong, vibrant future for North Manchester General Hospital.

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Cheryl Casey - Director of Nursing

Cheryl qualified as a Registered Nursing in 1993 after completing her training at Manchester Royal Infirmary.  She commenced her career in acute medicine and later specialised in Nephrology and renal nursing where she held nurse management positions and attained specialist qualifications in Renal Nursing and Diabetes Care.

Cheryl worked as Lead Nurse within Specialist Medicine Services at Manchester Royal Infirmary where she provided clinical nurse leadership across a broad range of specialist tertiary services.

In 2013 Cheryl moved to Bolton Foundation Trust as Divisional Nurse Director of the Acute Adult Division before returning to MFT as Head of Nursing for Medicine and Community Services where she provided leadership for medicine and community services across the city of Manchester.  Her community portfolio included health visiting services and children’s community services which is where Cheryl developed her interest for developing integrated health systems which are family focused and aimed to improve long term health outcomes.

Cheryl is passionate about developing learning opportunities for her teams and was part of the development and implementation of Nurse Consultant roles and the development of a clinical academic career pathway for nursing within MRI.

Cheryl has held the positions of Deputy and Director of Nursing at Manchester Royal Infirmary prior to joining North Manchester General Hospital in April 2020. 

Cheryl holds a Master’s Degree in NHS Leadership and Management which she attained from Salford University with Distinction.  

 Ann Bracegirdle  -  Finance Director

Ann joined North Manchester General Hospital in April 2020 as the Finance Director.

Ann joined the NHS as a finance trainee on the National Graduate Management Scheme in 2005, based at East Cheshire NHS Trust. Since then, Ann has worked for various organisations around the North West including the University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) NHS FT, the NHS Trust Development Authority, Deputy Director of Finance at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT, and NHS England/Improvement leading the Cheshire and Merseyside sub regional finance team.  

Prior to embarking in a career in NHS finance, Ann completed an MChem (Hons) in Chemistry and a PhD in Organic Chemistry.  A change of direction took her from the pharmaceutical world to NHS finance.

Ann is looking forward to working with the North Manchester team to support the development of services and estate that the North Manchester site redevelopment will bring.

In her spare time, Ann enjoys playing the percussion in local orchestras and hill running.


Dean Ayling - Director of Human Resources

Dean joined North Manchester General Hospital in January 2018 as the Associate Director of Workforce.

He has over 25 years HR experience, gained across numerous sectors including the NHS, the justice sector, education, and the Royal Mail Group. Dean’s NHS experience includes working at University College London Hospital (UCLH) and Kings College Hospitals London.

Prior to his appointment with North Manchester General, Dean worked for the Ascension Island Government (in the South Atlantic) to modernise employment legislation, that would introduce anti-discrimination rights for the first time on the island.

Dean holds a BA (Combined Hons) in Law and Music, and a Master of Philosophy degree (MPhil) in Law. 

Dean is committed to improving the working lives of others.  In 2016, he trained to become a Certified Disability Management Practitioner – which utilises a unique multi-disciplinary approach to help with individuals with disabilities to access and retain work. While at UCLH, Dean led a team that achieved the International Disability Management Standard Award (the first of its kind in the UK). 

Previous achievements include Avon and Somerset Probation Trust achieving 18th place in the Stonewall top 100 Employers Index and was a founding member of the Joint Declaration on Race Equality in Bristol. In 2014, Dean won the NHS Employers’ Personal, Fair and Diverse Champion Individual Award for his commitment and achievements while at UCLH.

Interim Director of Operations Patricia Dunmore

Trish qualified as a registered nurse in 1987 after completing her combined training at Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, after working in Acute Medicine, Urology and Neurology she went on to complete her both Midwifery and Health Visitor training, practising in the Liverpool area.

Trish moved into management 20 years ago with her first role in a community setting, at Liverpool Primary Care Trust. After various roles in the community, she moved back in the acute sector, holding various roles such as Divisional Director Maternity and Neonates, Director of Operations and Chief Operating officer. Trish has been fortunate to work all over the country working in such places as North Middlesex, Kings Lynn, Dudley and Bradford.

Trish holds a master’s degree in Health Studies and Leadership, which she obtained from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Trish is committed to providing the best experience for both patients and staff and is looking forward to working with the team at the North Manchester and those at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).