Maria Nelligan

Director of Nursing & Quality

Brief Biography

Maria is an experienced Registered Nurse Leader. On completing her Registered Nurse training in Learning Disabilities in Ireland, Maria moved to Australia in 1986 to extend her experience.

She migrated to the UK in 1990 and worked as a Community Nurse in Merseyside where she continued to develop her skills and interest in physical health, when she became the Board Nurse in the local Primary Care Trust.

Maria has held a number of operational and clinical roles, including professional lead and Services Manager until her appointment to Deputy Director of Nursing & Therapies from 2004 at Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Trust.

During this time, she extended her experience corporately in leading a portfolio in Nursing, Infection, Prevention & Control, Emergency Planning, Education Services Development and Quality Improvement.

In October 2015, she joined the Trust as the Executive Director of Nursing & Quality which carries a key role in taking forward continuous improvement and contributing to the Trust’s CQC improvement journey. Maria is a member of the National Mental Health Nurse Directors Forum Steering Group and represents the Midlands & East Region. As well as nursing, Maria is the Trust’s professional lead for AHPs, and Social Work.

R.N.L.D; D.P.S.N, BA (Hons), MSc Research.


See below Maria’s interview at the February 2017 Towards Outstanding launch: