Interim Place Director for Liverpool appointed

Mark Bakewell, NHS Cheshire and Merseyside’s Deputy Director of Finance, has been appointed as Place Director for Liverpool on an interim six-month basis

It follows the announcement last month that Jan Ledward, Place Director for Liverpool, would be leaving NHS Cheshire and Merseyside to join Liverpool University Hospitals (LUHFT) as Executive Director for Strategy and Partnerships.

Mark joined the NHS more than 20 years ago, and has worked in finance roles for a number of different organisations. He joined NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in 2016, and was appointed as Chief Finance and Contracting Officer in 2018, a role that was later extended to also cover NHS Knowsley CCG.  

Graham Urwin, Chief Executive of NHS Cheshire and Merseyside, said: “Mark’s significant Liverpool knowledge and experience will be invaluable to continued Place development while we make a permanent appointment. Over the coming weeks he will continue with his current role while working with Jan to ensure an effective handover.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Jan for her time with NHS Cheshire and Merseyside, and wish her the very best in her new role. I’m delighted that Jan’s appointment at LUHFT means that the system will be retaining her extensive experience.”