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

Chairman Michael Luger

Professor Michael Luger


Professor Michael Luger holds an academic background as a PhD public sector economist. He has held the position of Dean of Manchester Business School and Chair of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. Professor Luger completed an interim role as Pro-Vice Chancellor(International) and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management at Regent’s University London.

He is appointed to the Board of the Office of Rail and Road, where his term. Professor Luger is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Manchester.

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.

Libby McManus

Libby McManus

Group Chief Nursing Officer

Libby joined us as Chief Nurse in September 2020.

Libby has worked as an executive director since 2003, previously working in senior roles across Nursing, Transformation and a period as an Acting Chief Executive with significant experience of working in a Group model.

She joined the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as Chief Nurse in July 2019 from Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust where she had been Chief Transformation Officer, leading change at scale across a growing group of hospitals. Prior to this, Libby was Chief Nurse at York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2003–2013) and Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust (2013–2016).

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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.

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Mr Jack Sharp

Group Chief Strategy Officer 


Jack started his career in the NHS as graduate management trainee and has over twenty years management experience in the NHS, more than half of which have been in Board level positions leading on strategy, partnership development and whole-system change.

Jack led the acquisition, transfer and integration of Community Healthcare services as part of the development of the Salford ICO and has led a number of whole-system transformation programmes.

In his previous role as Group Director of Service Strategy, Jack has led on the development of the NCA’s service strategy, oversaw the establishment of the GM Oesophago-Gastric Centre and worked with commissioners and partners on the transfer of community health services in Oldham, Bury and Rochdale from Pennine Care NHS FT to the NCA.


Jack also represents GM directors of strategy on the GM Improving Specialised Care programme (previously known as Theme 3) – one of the four main workstreams within GM’s Strategic Plan.

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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.