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The Walton Centre appoints new non-exec directors

Professor Paul May and Ray Walker join the board of the UK’s only specialist neurosurgery and neurology NHS Trust



The UK’s only hospital trust specialising in neurology and neurosurgery has added further expertise to its senior team with two new appointments to its board.

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust has announced that Professor Paul May and Ray Walker have become non-executive directors.

Professor May recently retired from The Walton Centre, where he spent 30 years as consultant neurosurgeon. He remains the national clinical lead for adolescent and paediatric neurosurgery in the GIRFT programme.

After being appointed as Merseyside’s first paediatric neurosurgeon in 1991, he established the paediatric neurosurgical service in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and later brought craniofacial services to Liverpool in 1997.

Upon being appointed to the board, Professor May said: “I am delighted to be one of two new non-executive directors at The Walton Centre. I am thrilled to be part of such an outstanding Trust, where staff continuously provide remarkable, specialist care to each and every patient.

“I spent almost my entire career working at The Walton Centre, so it will be an honour to be able to continue supporting my colleagues and staff in the role.”

Ray Walker, a registered nurse, has over 40 years’ experience working in a diverse number of roles including in the NHS and higher education. 

Since beginning his career as a student nurse on Cairns Ward at The Walton Centre, four decades ago, he has held a number of senior positions including executive director of nursing at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and chief nurse for the North of England at Health Education England.

“The care and treatment provided by staff was exceptional then and remains so today,” said Ray. 

“I am excited to be joining the Trust and really looking forward to meeting with the staff and patients to hear first-hand about the outstanding innovative care provided by staff at The Walton Centre.”

Acting chairman of The Walton Centre, Seth Crofts, said: “I’m delighted two people with vast knowledge and decades of experience have joined the Board. 

“They have unique clinical perspectives on patient care and I look forward to working with them on shaping the future of our outstanding service.”


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