Board of Directors

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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.

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 been 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 and 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 car, health-based place of safety and 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.jpgActing Director of Finance and Information: Mark Platts

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

Medical Director: Ananta Dave 

  • ananta-dave.jpgAnanta joined the Trust in May 2019 with many years’ experience as a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist. 
  • Her previous management experience included being clinical director for quality and safety and interim clinical director for child and adolescent mental health services. 
  • Ananta is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, holds an MD in Psychological Medicine and a Masters in Medical Ethics and Law, and is also an experienced clinician and medical educator who has established and led new services.

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 and operations.
  • Led the implementation of a number of service improvements including service redesign, advancement of integrated neighbourhood working, trialling older adult home treatment services and reducing of Out of Area mental health placements.

Non-Executive Directors

Philip Jackson - Deputy Chair

  • philip-jackson.pngNon-executive director since May 2016.
  • Current chair of the Finance & Performance Committee.     
  • Chartered Chemist and Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner with over 20 years' experience in technical and managerial roles in the chemical process industries.
  • 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 leader of North East Lincolnshire Council.
  • Currently a freelance health and safety consultant specialising in chemical safety and the transport of dangerous goods.

Sharon Robson

  • sharon-robson.jpgNon-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.

Andy Spring

  • andy-spring.jpgNon-executive director since February 2019.
  • Andy is a qualified accountant and experienced director with over 23 years’ experience at board level within NHS commissioning organisations.
  • His experience as an executive director has also provided the opportunity to work with a wide range of colleagues and non-executive directors.
  • Over the last few years, been working with a variety of organisations on governance and sustainable transformation.
  • He has the ability in strategic thinking, influencing, leadership and communication skills, in order to maximize the benefits for all stakeholders.

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

Telephone: 01522 309178

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