Non-Executive Directors

Prof Robin Talbot PhD, BA, Cert Ed

Prof Robin Talbot PhD, BA, Cert Ed

Chair

Robin has spent over 26 years working in Higher Education and the NHS across Cumbria and Lancashire. Robin’s previous NHS roles include chairing the Doncaster Family Practitioner Committee, the Lancaster and Morecambe Community Health Council, the Lancaster Primary Care Group and the Cumbria and Lancashire Workforce Development Confederation. Until 2004 Robin chaired the Morecambe Bay Primary Care Trust and since has had roles within the NHS including; Governing Body positions at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; and more recently from 2009-16 at Calderstones Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust. In addition, Robin has maintained his special interest in workforce development by Board positions until summer 2017 on the Lancashire and South Cumbria Workforce Action Board and Health Education England (North).

At St Martin’s College and the University of Cumbria Robin was Executive Dean with a particular focus on Health, Social Care and Wellbeing. 

Outside the NHS and Higher Education, Robin is a member of the Lakes College Board at Lillyhall, and a member of Independent Monitoring Board for HM Prisons. He also chairs the Health and Education Co-operative (a social enterprise hosting/producing online learning materials for universities and the Health Service).


Robin is Chair of the Board of Directors and member of the North Cumbria Health & Care System Leadership Board.

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Malcolm Cook

Malcolm Cook

Non-Executive Director

Malcolm has significant business experience having worked 26 years within British Telecom in a variety of roles including Head of Service Excellence and Customer Research. More recently Malcolm was responsible for negotiating the largest HR outsource contract ever which received worldwide recognition and a World Class Leader award. 

Malcolm has significant experience in the NHS as Vice Chair and Non-Executive Director of NHS County Durham between 2007- 2013 and since 2013 as Vice Chair and Non-Executive Director of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. Malcolm is Chair of NCUH Charitable Funds Committee and Chair of NCUH Finance Investment & Performance Committee.

Malcolm has a Law Degree from Northumbria University.


Malcolm is a member of the Finance, Investment & Performance Committee and North Cumbria Health & Care System Leadership Board.

Heike Horsburgh, MBE

Heike Horsburgh, MBE

Non-Executive Director, Vice Chair, Senior Independent Director

Heike has more than 30 years experience in third sector and charitable community services and her work for young people has earned her an MBE. She is currently a consultant to services requiring business and sustainability planning support. Heike received an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Cumbria in 2014.

Heike's qualifications include; MSc International Development, MSc Human Resource Management, Diploma Community Education.


Heike is Vice Chair and the Senior Independent Director. Heike is a member of the Finance, Investment & Performance Committee, the Audit & Risk Committee and North Cumbria Health & Care System Leadership Board. In addition, Heike is also Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee.

Alan Moore BSc (Hons) C.Eng, MIMechE, MBA, FAPM

Alan Moore BSc (Hons) C.Eng, MIMechE, MBA, FAPM

Non-Executive Director

Alan has extensive experience in the nuclear industry including strategy development, management of complex programmes and major projects, nuclear operations management, commissioning and decommissioning, business change experience and Board Director experience in specialist transport environments.

Alan has had a number of roles with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority including Director of Operations, Head of Operational Performance and overall Portfolio Assurance. Alan is currently Chair of Cumbria County Holdings, and provides support to the Cabinet Office reviewing major projects and Programmes. Alan is also a member of the Executive Board of the Defence Safety Authority.


Alan is Chair of the Finance, Investment & Performance Committee and a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

Brian Hetherington BSc(Hons) MSc MBA(Comm) CEng FIMechE DipIM FCMI MIoD

Brian Hetherington BSc(Hons) MSc MBA(Comm) CEng FIMechE DipIM FCMI MIoD

Non-Executive Director

Brian has recently retired after being employed at BAE SYSTEMS, and its predecessor companies, in Barrow, for forty two years, where latterly he was Head of Engineering Capability. In addition to his BAE role, Brian was a Non-Executive Director of the University of Cumbria for 6 years, Chairman of Cumbria Business Education Consortium for 11 years, Non-Executive Director of Morecambe Bay NHS PCT for 4 years, Director of Young Enterprise North West and Chairman of Cumbria Young Enterprise for 6 years, and Member of the Management Board of the  Marine Technology Education Consortium for 14 years. He is currently a Member of the Common Purpose Advisory Board for Cumbria and a Governance & Compliance Consultant for a firm of Independent Financial Advisers.

Brian has an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Masters Degree in Project Management and an MBA in Commercial Management. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and Member of the Institute of Directors.


Brian is Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the Quality & Safety Committee.

George Liston

George Liston

Non-Executive Director

George served in the Royal Air Force for over 30 years and travelled all over the world as an engineer officer. He retired from the Royal Air Force in January 2015 and is currently President and Chair of the Scottish Fencing Ltd. George is a Non-executive Director at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust since July 2015. George is a member of the NCUH Audit and Risk Committee.


George is a member of the Finance, Investment & Performance Committee and Quality & Safety Committee.

Louise Nelson

Louise Nelson

Non-Executive Director

Dr Louise Nelson completed training as a mental health nurse in 1987. Louise completed an MBA whilst working as a Senior manager in the NHS and has since 2005 worked in higher education as a senior lecturer/programme leader for mental health nursing, a principal lecturer and, currently  as Head of Nursing, Health and Professional Practice with the University of Cumbria. Louise obtained her PhD in 2014, based on Service users experiences of Mental Health Services and in 2018 completed a qualification as an Executive Coach.


Louise is involved in education-focused meetings with all local provider trusts in Cumbria and a Non-Executive Director at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Louise is Chair of the Quality & Safety Committee.