Transformation Unit

The Board

Phil Huggon - Chair

Phil Huggon


Phil has an executive background in marketing and transformation including 20 years experience with MARS and Shell. He has been a Board Director for 11 years and now has a range of non-executive directorships including RCU, an education consultancy which he chairs and the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board.

In NHS terms, Phil has been with the Manchester Primary Care Trust board, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and now Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

Dr Peter Williams - Non-Executive Director

Dr Peter Williams

Non-Executive Director

Dr Peter Williams is the NHS Transformation Unit Non-Executive Medical Director.

Peter qualified as a doctor at University of Manchester in 1978. He trained as a Consultant Physician and Nephrologist in Manchester and Liverpool. His first consultant appointment was at North Manchester General Hospital before being appointed as Consultant Nephrologist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. He was appointed Medical Director in 2008 but maintained a front line clinical practice until 2016.

He is currently Executive Medical Director at the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and is a non-executive member of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning Board.

Susan Webster - Non-Executive Director

Susan Webster

Non-Executive Director

Susan is a director of strategic change, whose career has spanned financial and consultancy roles, culminating with British Telecom where she was also a member of its NW Regional Board.

A former chair of pro-Manchester, Susan is currently a trustee of HOME, director of Manchester Communication Academy and public governor of Central Manchester University NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust.

Susan is an independent project manager and a regular presenter for Women on Boards UK in Manchester and Leeds.

John Mills - Non-Executive Director

John Mills

Non-Executive Director

John is a mathematics graduate of the University of Nottingham. John trained as a Chartered Accountant, he become a member of the Chartered Institute of Tax and partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers.

John retired from the firm in 2005 having run part of the regional and national businesses. He is Deputy Chairman of Matalan having been Chairman for six years, a Director of a number of private companies, President of the University of Nottingham Council and Chairman of Torch Academy Gateway Trust.

Prof Chris Reilly - Non-Executive Director

Professor Chris Reilly

Non-Executive Director

Chris is a PhD biochemist from the University of Georgia who spent his career in pharmaceutical R&D. He was the Global VP and Head of Project Evaluation at AstraZeneca from 2005 to 2011 where he also led AZ’s research strategy, business plan and performance improvement activities. He worked in healthcare venture capital at Advent International (Boston) from 2003 to 2005.

Chris advises biotechs, Venture Capital companies, medical charities and academics. He is a Professor of Practice at KCL and a Board member of the Medicines Discovery Catapult and Northern Care Alliance (Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Care NHS Trust).