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Dr Damian Riley

Group Non-Executive Director

Board Member

Damian has 35 years’ experience as a clinician and senior manager in the NHS. He has worked as a GP serving diverse communities, as Regional Medical Director for NHS England (North), and as an Executive Medical Director of two large Acute Hospital Trusts in the North West.

In Damian’s role as Executive Medical Director of Pennine Acute Trust, he was instrumental in leading work on the disaggregation of the Trust’s clinical services; working across organisational boundaries, building and maintaining strong working relationships with a range of stakeholders. This facilitated clinically-led decisions to be made about the provision of services across the Manchester conurbation.

During the Covid pandemic, Damian led and chaired several key multi-agency groups, Including the Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Alliance, creating a supportive, open and honest environment in which voluntary, health and care sectors could all work together, beyond organisational boundaries, for the benefit of patients and public.

Damian is very patient focussed in his thinking; always looking for opportunities and improvements in the NHS that are in the best interests of patients and public. His passion for delivering high quality patient services alongside his extensive clinical and management expertise will be used to provide effective scrutiny and support to MFT’s Board of Directors.