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Group Centre is responsible for ensuring safer, more reliable standards of care are replicated across all Care Organisations.

Jim Potter

Mr James J Potter


Jim Potter was born and raised in the Greater Manchester area, educated at Ambrose Barlow School and subsequently Salford Technical College and Moston College of Further Education.

He has spent most of his working life in electrical engineering, initially as an engineer then later moving into management, relocating to the West Midlands in 1969 and then to the Middle East in 1980 where he lived and worked until 1988. Jim moved back to the UK in 1988 to join a packaging company based on Salford Quays working as Export Sales Director and in 1990 he was made Managing Director, the position he held until July 2016.

Jim was appointed as a Non-Executive Director at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in November 1999. He was appointed as Chairman on 1 July 2008. In March 2012, the Council of Governors reappointed Jim for a further term of three years, commencing on 1 July 2012 and expiring on 30 June 2015. Following a comprehensive performance review and appraisal process culminating in December 2014, the Council of Governors agreed unanimously to reappoint the

Chairman for a further term of just over two years expiring at the end of the Annual Members’ Meeting 2017.

Raj Jain

Mr Raj Jain

Chief Executive Officer

Raj re-joined Salford Royal in January 2015 to lead the development of the Group’s corporate strategy, then becoming the Chief of Strategy & Organisational Development, with responsibility for workforce, digital, service development, estates and facilities.  He was also Deputy Chief Executive.


He has previously held the post of Managing Director of Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), created to bring together healthcare and academic organisations in partnership with industry, local authorities and other agencies to improve health and economic wealth through the spread of innovation. 


Raj was Chief Executive of an NHS Foundation Trust that was named Hospital of the Year in 2012 and has held senior roles in teaching and general hospitals. He spent the early part of his career in the oil and gas industry and is an economist by training and a Human Resources and Organisational Development professional.


Raj has been a director of two research organisations and has held regional and national leadership positions in health development and planning.

Chris Brookes

Dr Chris Brookes

Chief Medical Officer / Deputy Chief Executive

Chris commenced as Executive Medical Director at Salford Royal on 1 May 2010. Chris has continued to focus his efforts on infection control and through the contribution of all staff members in Salford Royal there has been significant progress made in ensuring that our patients receive care which is safe and does not expose them to Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI). Chris continues to practice as a Senior Consultant in A&E.

In January 2017 Chris was appointed Chief Medical Officer for the Committee in Common for Pennine Acute and Salford Royal in addition to his post as Executive Medical Director for Salford

Royal NHS Foundation Trust. He is also the current, interim Medical Director for The Royal Oldham Hospital. He continues to practice as a Senior Consultant in A&E at Salford Royal.

Away from the hospital, he provides medical care to the Wigan Warriors and England Rugby League Teams. Chris is married with three children.

Elaine Inglesby-Burke 2018

Mrs Elaine Inglesby-Burke CBE

Group Chief Nursing Officer

Elaine joined Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in April 2004. 

Elaine has held Executive Nurse Director positions since 1996 in both specialist and large acute Trusts. She qualified as a Registered nurse in 1980 at Warrington District General Hospital and specialised in critical care and general medicine. She has held various clinical positions at ward level and nurse specialist.

Educated to postgraduate degree level, Elaine maintains her professional /clinical development through regular clinical shifts and Executive safety shifts with frontline staff. She is a Florence  Nightingale leadership Scholar and took the opportunity to undertake a women’s leadership programme for global executives at Harvard University as well as the Executive Quality Academy at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, Boston. She has a strong track record in professional nursing and operational management.


Elaine is the Executive Lead for Nursing, Governance, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, and the Division of Salford Healthcare.

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Mr Ian Moston

Group Chief Finance Officer

Ian joined the Salford Royal Board of Directors in May 2014 from the NHS Trust Development Authority where he was the Business Finance Director for London.

Ian started his NHS career in 1991 as a Regional Financial Management Trainee and has held Finance Director positions in Primary Care, Acute and Intermediate Tier Organisations since 2005. During this time he has worked on a number of large scale transactions including the development of a new national service for cancer treatment, organisational merger and acquisition and the development of a joint venture company to deliver commercial benefits to the NHS. 

Ian brings a range of other experiences from both the private and charitable sectors. He is also a keen advocate of finance staff development and is chair of the Towards Excellence Programme

which accredits NHS North West Finance functions. 

Ian is the Executive Lead for Finance, Information, Procurement, Contracting and Commissioning.

Judith Adams 2018

Mrs Jude Adams

Group Chief Delivery Officer

Jude re-joined Salford Royal in April 2016 having previously worked for the Trust in 2008. Since April 2016 Jude has been Interim Director at Pennine Acute. In March 2017 she was appointed to the post of Chief Delivery Officer for the Group.


Jude has over 30 years’ experience working in the NHS and with Trust Boards, starting her career as a nurse in the Northwest and then working in London Hospitals and overseas before moving into operational management.

She has delivered on improvements to operational performance and major change programmes including the development and move to the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in 2015, where she held the post of Chief Operating Officer. Her clinical and operational experience is underpinned by a strong commitment to both patients and staff.