Board of Directors

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Our Board is made up of:

  • the Chair
  • Chief Executive
  • Executive Directors
  • 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 before they can be out into practice. This sometimes includes our Council of Governors and commissioners.

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
  • 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. This 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. This ensures the pipeline to leadership overcomes:

  • barriers of discrimination
  • unfairness
  • inequality.

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

Chair & Executive Directors

Chair: Kevin Lockyer

  • Appointed as Chair on 1 May 2021.
  • Kevin has spent more than 30 years working:

    • as a prison governor

    • as a commissioner of offender management services in custody and in the community

    • as a senior civil servant and at board level in the public and voluntary sectors.

  • He has held non-executive roles in the NHS in Lincolnshire for nearly six years.

  • He also works as an independent consultant, providing expert support to organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He specialises in:

    • service development

    • bid management 

    • change management

    • strategy development

    • mentoring/coaching.

Chief Executive: Sarah Connery

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    Appointed Acting Chief Executive in October 2020 and made substantive appointment in September 2021.

  • 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.

Director of Nursing, Allied Health Professionals and Quality: Anita Lewin

  • anita-lewin.jpgJoined the Trust in 1986.
  • Has been qualified as a nurse for 30 years.
  • Senior management experience of leading clinical teams within the Trust.
  • Led the implementation of numerous innovative projects including:
    • triage care
    • health-based place of safety
    • the Trust's Psychiatric Clinical Decisions Unit (PCDU).
  • Recently awarded Lifetime Achievement Award at the Lincolnshire Health Awards for services to mental health.

jane-marshall.pngDirector of Strategy, Planning and Partnerships: Jane Marshall

  • Jane took her role with Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in February 2012.
  • Has 25 years of NHS management experience.
  • Her career in NHS general management includes a wide range of provider and commissioner board level roles, giving her insight and experience about the delivery of quality care to patients.
  • As a Director of Commissioning in North Yorkshire and York, Jane spent two years helping the PCT overcome significant financial and service development challenges.
  • Has worked in an acute Teaching Hospital, supporting the delivery of financial and quality improvements in Stoke on Trent.
  • Jane is the Executive Sponsor for Carers and champions issues relating to Domestic Abuse.

Mark-Platts-web.jpgDirector of Finance and Information: Mark Platts

  • Appointed as Acting Director of Finance and Information in October 2020 and made substantive appointment in November 2021.
  • Joined the Trust in December 2009.
  • Has worked for the NHS in Lincolnshire for 15 years, joining as a national graduate trainee.

Acting Medical Director: Dr Jaspreet PhullJaz Phull-CROP.jpg

  • Appointed Acting Medical Director in May 2022, stepping up from his Deputy Medical Director role.
  • Experienced in all aspects of general adult and forensic psychiatry, and has worked for the NHS in high, medium and low secure units:
    • open rehab unit
    • community forensic services,
    • prison visiting psychiatrist
    • visiting Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Lincoln.
  • Jaspreet is an approved clinician, as recognised under the Mental Health Act 1983.

Director of Operations: Chris Higgins

  • chris-higgins.jpgAppointed to current position on 1 March 2019.
  • Joined the trust in 1998.
  • Has been qualified as a mental health nurse for 20 years with additional clinical and health leadership qualifications.
  • Has held a range of clinical and non clinical roles in the Trust including:
    • nursing
    • business development
    • strategy
    • operations.
  • Led the implementation of a number of service improvements including:
    • service redesign
    • advancement of integrated neighbourhood working
    • trialling older adult home treatment services
    • reducing of Out of Area mental health placements.

Non-Executive Directors

Sharon Robson - Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

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    Non-executive director since February 2019.

  • Registered nurse with 37 years’ experience.

  • Wide variety of clinical leadership positions within NHS commissioning organisations, including board level executive nurse roles.

  • Has led a range of portfolios at Board level.

  • Since retiring from the NHS in 2015, Sharon has worked independently and was appointed as an Independent Nurse for Nottingham clinical commissioning groups’ (CCGs) governing body.

Chris Wright

  • Chris WrightNon-executive director since May 2022.
  • Extensive experience of leading a large service delivery organisation in the `not for profit’ sector. He has a strong track record for increasing turnover while delivering efficient and cost effective public services to:
    • children
    • young people
    • families
    • adult offenders and the communities they live in.
  • Career spans 35 years in
    • children’s services
    • social care
    • criminal justice systems

as a practitioner, manager and strategic leader delivering change management programmes on a national scale.

Professor Di Bailey

  • Di Bailey.pngNon-executive director since May 2021.
  • Executive Dean for Research at Nottingham Trent University.
  • Over 30 years' experience as a mental health academic, researcher and practitioner.
  • Trained social worker and qualified as a professional coach.


Dr Tim Harry

  • Tim Harry.pngNon-executive director since May 2021.
  • Scientist by background with a first degree in biology and doctorate in renal medicine.
  • Senior manager and civil servant with a career of over 40 years covering a wide range of roles up to executive and board level in both the private and public sectors.

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  • A Non-executive director with the Trust since August 2022.
  • Has a wealth of experience in the public sector, particularly with large and complex councils.
  • Experience working within senior corporate leadership teams to help reshape and deliver quality frontline adult and children social care services, as well as delivering professional support services.
  • Over 30 years as a qualified accountant and previous experience in non executive roles where partnership approaches were taken to improve service provision.

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Contact details

Trust Secretary Office
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
St George's

Telephone 01522 309178

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