Sir Duncan Nichol CBE
Appointed in November 2012 as Chairman, Sir Duncan leads the
Trust Board of Directors and Council of Governors in setting the
strategic direction of the Trust, and ensuring the Trust
provides the best possible care to the communities it
Sir Duncan's links to the Countess are long-standing. He was
involved in the Trust's development in the early 80's when
he was the responsible Regional Administrator, through to the
present day as a 30 year resident of Heswall.
Sir Duncan joined the NHS in 1963 as a Graduate Trainee and
worked his way up from Senior Administrative Assistant to Regional
General Manager of the Mersey Regional Health Authority and
ultimately to Chief Executive of the NHS from 1989-1994. Since
retiring from that role, he has served on a variety of public and
private sector boards and also has a wealth of international health
consultancy experience from assignments in Europe, South America
and the Middle East.
Sir Duncan has taken over the role of
Chairman from Sir Jim Sharples who recently retired after
fulfilling the role since the Countess achieved Foundation
Trust status in 2005.