Professor Joe Rafferty, Chief Executive – Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Joe Rafferty has led at a senior level in the NHS nationally, regionally and at Trust level for over 20 years. He has been the CEO of Mersey Care for 9 years and in that time has overseen the complete modernisation of services, both for local residents of Liverpool and Sefton and also for mental health and learning disabled patients from all over the country including at Ashworth Hospital and other secure sites in Cheshire & Merseyside.
He has been an ardent campaigner for safety in mental health services. As such he founded the Zero Suicide Alliance in 2018 and was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list.