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Our Board is made up of the Chair, Chief Executive, Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors. The Board of Directors is the principal decision making body of our organisation.

Some of the decisions made by our Board of Directors have to be approved by others – including sometimes our Council of Governors and commissioners – before they can be out into practice.

The Chief Executive and Executive Directors are full-time staff employed directly by us. The Chair and Non-Executive Directors are independent people drawn from the local community who share their unique insights, varied experience, public and private sector perspective and talents developed in other sectors and industries with us.

Diversity Pledge

We believe people and the organisation work best when equality and diversity are truly valued and promoted within the Trust’s culture and leadership.  To us these principles are more than just “a nice idea” they are fundamental and they help us be better.

By signing the pledge we vow to actively work towards creating a Board and senior leadership team, which reflects the diversity of the people we work with.

We will regularly review our policies, processes and behaviours to make certain that they demonstrate and support this commitment.  In particular, we will examine our recruitment practices and those of organisations we work with in recruiting, to ensure the pipeline to leadership overcomes the barriers of discrimination, unfairness or inequality.

We commit to growing talent, supporting them to progress and reach the very top of our organisation.

View our current Board of Directors

Board of Directors' meetings

Declaration of Interests for the Board of Directors

Directors’ Responsibilities and Code of Conduct

Chair & Executive Directors

Chair: Paul Devlin


  • Appointed as Chair on 1 May 2015
  • Varied career in a number of senior leadership roles within the third sector; for organisations such as Action for Children, Age Concern and Headway, the Brain Injury Association. 
  • Previous Chief Executive of Healthwatch Birmingham
  • Previous Non-Executive Director experience at NHS Derby and Derbyshire County Cluster PCT
  • Self-employed Organisational Development Consultant

Chief Executive: Dr John Brewin


  • Appointed Chief Executive July 2014
  • Extensive career history of leadership and managerial roles with experiences as
    an associate medical director and clinical director in other organisations before he joined LPFT as Medical Director in 2011
  • Over 20 years' experience of mental health medical practice and care.

Director of Nursing, Allied Health Professionals and Quality: Anne-Maria Newham MBE


  • Appointed to the current position in January 2016. 
  • Has worked in the NHS for over 30 years in nursing and senior leadership roles
  • Has received several awards and scholarships for leadership and innovation/research into End of Life Care and Compassion in Practice.
Anne-Maria Olphert

Director of Strategy: Jane Marshall


  • Appointed to current position in April 2012
  • 25 years of NHS management experience
  • Formerly held two director of commissioning roles and worked in an acute hospital

Director of Finance & Information: Sarah Connery


  • Appointed to current position in May 2017
  • Joined the Trust as Deputy Director of Finance in April 2015
  • Has worked in the NHS for 14 years in various senior finance roles
  • Has wide business management experience from working in the retail and audit sectors
 Sarah Connery

Interim Medical Director: Dr Jaz Phull


  • Appointed to current position in October 2018 
  • Clinical Director Adult Inpatient Services since 2015
  • Experienced in all aspects of General Adult & Forensic Psychiatry, and has worked for the NHS in high, medium and low secure units; open rehab unit; community forensic services, as well as a prison visiting psychiatrist
  • Authored a book on psychiatric diagnoses, including a number of peer reviewed publications 
  • Specific interests in service improvement, clinically relevant research and teaching
  • An Approved Clinician, as recognised under the Mental Health Act 1983
 

 Director of Operations: Ian Jerams


  • Appointed to current position in January 2015
  • Qualified social worker with a strong mental health and operational management background
  • Wealth of experience gained from a number of senior NHS roles.
  • Most recently employed as chief operating officer at Rotherham Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Non-Executive Directors

Tim Ludlow - Deputy Chair


  • Chartered Management Accountant and former finance director in private sector
  • Non-executive director since November 2013

Malcolm Burch  


  • Chief executive of Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commission
  • Board level experience in local government, policing and health
  • Experienced in change management and reconfiguring services to deliver improved service and reduced cost
  • Non-executive director since June 2013
 

Mary Dowglass


  • Nursing career spanning service, operational and organisational development roles
  • Previous NHS Trust Board position and a liaison position with the Ministry of Defence
  • Has completed four years of international work in central Asia and Kenya as a hospital chief executive and organising healthcare systems
  • Non-executive director since June 2013
 

Philip Jackson - Senior Independent Non-Executive Director


  • Non-executive director since May 2016
  • Chartered Chemist and Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner with over 20 years' experience in technical and managerial roles
  • Former non-executive director of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust for ten years, four as deputy chair
  • Past chair of Humberside Probation Trust and non-executive director of West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Co.
  • Elected member of North East Lincolnshire Council and member of DEFRA's Expert Committee on Pesticides
  • Currently a freelance health and safety consultant specialising in chemical safety and the transport of dangerous goods 

 Hugh Howe


  • Non-executive director since May 2018.
  • Long and successful career in education including  previous roles as Head of School and Head of Academy chain.
  • Has worked with boards of governors, often having to negotiate local political issues and has dealt with financial and complex personnel issues.
  • Awarded CBE for his significant contribution to education in Sheffield.
  • Undertaken NHS Improvement NExT Director programme.