Meet the team
Donna Robinson, Director of Mental Health and Divisional Director Mental Health Care: Urgent care, addictions, community mental health and short-term inpatient beds
Donna is a registered mental health nurse and has worked in this area for more than 30 years. She was one of the first Project 2000 nurses and progressed her training at Liverpool John Moores University before starting her nursing career at Winwick Hospital, Warrington.
She has worked in a several areas within mental health and addiction services before progressing into management roles. Donna is passionate about high quality care for individuals with mental health issues and will push for parity of esteem at every level.
Donna was appointed as the Divisional Director of Mental Health Care and the trust wide role as Director of Mental Health and will bring together Mersey Care’s mental health services, many of which she has worked in previously. She is keen to improve standardisation of clinical care across the Trust and prides herself in being accessible, open and is keen to spend time with teams as we embark on the next stages of our journey together.
Lee McMenamy, Divisional Director of Community Care: Prevention, wellbeing and care coordination
Lee is a registered nurse and has spent more than 15 years working within acute hospital settings, mainly within St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals. He has fulfilled a variety of clinical and general management posts, with experience in General Medicine, A&E, Patient Flow and Surgical Specialities.
In 2016, Lee joined North West Boroughs Healthcare as the Assistant Director of Operations for the Knowsley Borough and in 2018 he was promoted to Director of Operations. He transferred to Mersey Care as the Chief Operating Officer for the Mid Mersey Division as part of the North West Boroughs Healthcare acquisition in June 2021.
Lee has been appointed as Divisional Director for the Community Care Division and is keen to meet the staff.
Lee Taylor, Director of Operations
Lee has worked for the NHS for over 25 years and a large part of this time was spent working as a registered nurse.
He has held academic positions and senior clinical and director positions within the NHS. Lee has a wide and varied operational portfolio in his career and when he joined the trust he spent two years as the Chief Operating Officer for the Specialist Learning Disabilities Division. He has a track record of leading significant quality improvement and is passionate about patient safety and supporting staff.
In November 2018, Lee was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer for the Community Services Division. He worked with his team to ensure strong clinical governance, improvements in the approaches to patient safety, improvements in performance and continues to work towards better care coordination and the integration of physical, mental health and social care services.
Lee is also the Chair for system level meetings overseeing Capacity and Flow, and Assurance for North Mersey and the Provider Collaborative for Urgent Treatment Centres in Cheshire & Merseyside.
Lee was recently appointed as the Director of Operations and is looking forward to working with all staff from across the Clinical and Corporate Divisions in the next phase of our journey together.
Leigh Thompson, Director of Partnerships
Leigh has worked for the NHS for more than 32 years and started her career at Northwest Ambulance Service as a paramedic and latterly the area manager for the Wirral division. She has held various senior management positions with the former Strategic Health Authority, Liverpool Primary Care Trust and at NHS England, Northwest.
In 2015, Leigh joined Halton Clinical Commissioning Group as the Director of Commissioning and Place Director where she played a key role in the delegation of primary care services and secured multi million-pound investments for the borough.
In early April 2022, Leigh was appointed as the Director of Strategic Partnerships. Her role is to help build a strong, exciting and a more sustainable future for the services we provide to some of the most vulnerable people in society, through externally developing, influencing, and nurturing partnerships.
Leigh will be working collaboratively with the Board and Executive team and will provide insight and intelligence from across our geographical footprint to improve the outcomes and make a real difference to the many diverse populations and communities we serve.
Stephen (Steve) Newton, Divisional Director of Secure Care: Longer term secure services.
Stephen has worked for the NHS for more than 32 years and started his career aged 18 as a nursing assistant. He gained nursing qualifications in both learning disability and mental health nursing and has had a varied career within our secure services and at Broadmoor Hospital, London.
He has integrated HMP Liverpool into the division and is proud of the transformation achieved and how its staff working have transformed the service into one of the leading prison mental health provisions in the country.
For the last two years, Stephen has been the Chief Operating Officer for the Secure and Specialist Learning Disability Division (Secure and SPLD). He led the successful integration of Specialist Learning Disability Division and the Secure areas sited at Hollins Park, Warrington.
Stephen describes the future as exciting both personally and professionally. He is looking forward to leading the continued integration of secure wards, whilst integrating then community facing learning disability provision and also the opening of our new low secure learning disability hospital in Maghull Health Park in early 2024.