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Public Governors

We have eight governor seats which represent residents in the various areas of the county and surrounding areas.

Emma Slack

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Constituency: Public Governor - East Lindsey

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Election statement: I feel I will be a valued Ambassador/Governor for the Trust of East Lindsey. I am a carer of a child with severe learning difficulties. Since 2012 I have run a parent support group called Sharing Minds. We have for many years run family swimming sessions backed by charitable funding raised for us. Though the sessions are closed at present due to COVID-19. From 2012-2015 I was a parent governor at my older sons school King Edward V1 in Spilsby and he is now aged 20. My husband and I are self employed and together we run our bed and breakfast business in our adjoining annex. Being self employed gives me flexibility to attend meetings and fully commit to the role. I have knowledge and experience that I feel would be helpful in this role, from all aspects noted previously in my statement. 

Alexandra Chambers

Constituency: Public Governor - City of Lincoln

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Debbie Abrams


Constituency: Public Governor - South Kesteven

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Election statement: Having recently retired from working at a small hospice means I have time to volunteer as your governor representative. With over 1000 members we are a community that deserve a voice in shaping mental health and learning disability services. I will strive to be accessible and listen to help represent our constituency. I am passionate about our local NHS and believe that services are better when people are engaged in developing them. Our combined learned experiences of mental health and learning disability services are fundamental in helping the Trust deliver a quality service. This last year has been difficult to ensure continued access to local services. Being a fairly confident person I constructively challenge and speak up when required for all. I worry especially for young people who have missed being with their friends, and have had to adapt their learning experiences. The increase in young peoples mental health problems, including eating disorders is of concern but just as much a concern is the depression faced by older people from months of isolation and loneliness. It is particularly important that people’s rights should be respected, especially those who are vulnerable who may need more support and who may need that support locally. I will campaign to help us keep local services.

Carole Hagan


Constituency: Public Governor - North Kesteven

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Election statement: As a parent of a young adult with autism, epilepsy and learning disabilities, I have accessed LPFT services through GP surgeries, specialist clinics or Accident and Emergency. I have been a trustee of the charity that represents my daughter's medical condition and also a member of the charity's research committee. I worked as an Inclusion Consultant for North Yorkshire LA supporting primary and secondary schools. I had a responsibility for introducing schools to the Autism Inclusion Development Programme. Recently I worked alongside Care Quality Commission Inspectors as an Expert by Experience, visiting care homes for adults with autism and/or learning disabilities. My role was to ensure that the service users' voices were represented and valued in inspection reports. As a Governor I will endeavor to represent the views of constituents in North Kesteven.

Marlene Fullwood

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Constituency: Public Governor - Borough of Boston

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Election statement: I am the Mum and Carer for my 18 year old son who has learning difficulties, Autism and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, we face daily struggles with him having both a mental and physical disability. I would like to make a difference and help people who are in a similar situation to us as not everyone has the confidence to speak out when they are having difficulties. I have been a School Governor in the past which has been both challenging and rewarding and has given me some insight how Governing Bodies work.

David Docherty

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 Constituency: Public Governor - West Lindsey

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Election statement: Having for the last year served as the elected West Lindsey LPFT governor I believe I have represented the public position whenever asked. My history is one of passionate dedication gained during my 40+ years of service to healthcare, both at home in the NHS and alongside the British Armed Forces, who I worked alongside in a supporting role during the 1990s as part of the international stabilisation forces shortly after the Balkan conflict. After retiring as an active NHS employee, I recently returned on an Interim basis to assist the East Midlands Ambulance Service and have remained in post assisting frontline staff, whenever I can, during these distressing times. As the face of the NHS changes, I am acutely aware of the strategic challenges it is currently facing, and am passionate about helping deliver the strategic patient centric Integrated Care system recently brought into legislation. As a supporter of a less fragmented approach, adjoining local Trusts and Local Authority care facilities, means mental health should begin to enjoy the same footing as, acute, community and social care, which in turn helps eliminate the most common complaint about the NHS, which is, the frustrations patients experience accessing a multi-layered system which is not designed to smoothly provide answers to complex needs which cross over all aspects of healthcare. I relish the opportunity on behalf of West Lindsey to continue to influence that whenever I can.

Jonathan Sibley 

Constituency: Public Governor - South Holland

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We have a current Governor vacancy for Public Rest of England 


Service user and carer governors

We have seven service user governor seats which represent the views of people who have used or are using our services.

As well as four carer governor seats which represent the views of people who care for someone with a mental health problem.

Sally Spencer

Sally Spencer

Constituency: General Carer Governor

Election statement - My name is Sally Spencer and I am a carer for my son who has Autism and mental health issues and I also previously cared for my mum who had Dementia. I have lived in Lincoln most of my life. As well as working full time, I like to read, walk, go on holidays and catch up with friends. Caring for others has given me insight into the caring role and the impact this can have.

I am part of LPFT’s Carer Education Group which I have attended for over 5 years and I am also a member of the LPFT Carers Council. Being part of these groups has helped me gain knowledge and increased by confidence in my caring role and enabled me to learn how I can best support my loved one. It has also helped me learn about services and working alongside them to ensure we shine a line on the value of carers and their involvement when looking at future services. Both of these groups have been life changing for me and have empowered me to navigate my journey as a carer and support my loved one Services have treated me as an equal partner when looking after my loved one and this has been invaluable in my caring role.

I am very passionate about this and would like to help other carers have a voice in their journey as well as work with services in partnership to help make positive change for everyone involved.


Constituency: General Carer Governor


Constituency: General Carer Governor

Diane Fox

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Constituency: Young People Carer Governor

Election statement - I am carer for my autistic child. I would like to work towards helping LPFT improve provision for autistic people in Lincolnshire and their families. It can sometimes be hard to access services and know where to get support. I am particularly keen to improve access to support for autistic women during pregnancy and while transitioning to motherhood.

In my professional life I work as a Midwife in Lincolnshire and enjoy meeting and supporting families with all kinds of issues and situations. I would welcome the chance to be part of the Governors Team at LPFT and support the work it does in Lincolnshire.


Constituency: Young People Carer Governor

Rebecca Mezzo


Constituency: Service User Governor/Deputy Lead Governor

Election statement - I’ve been a Service User Governor since August 2020 when I replaced a previously-elected governor because they had moved out of the county. I have a special interest in people with a dementia diagnosis, young people, and those  with thoughts of suicide. I have lived with my husband in the county for 24 years, but I come from a RAF family and was brought up in Singapore and Cyprus. Currently, I am serving my second term as Deputy Lead Governor.

I am now semi-retired, and my work was with optician services, in the hotel industry, cinema management, the community/charity sector (Lincolnshire Community & Voluntary Services, Alzheimer’s Society, British Red Cross and Girl Guiding), all of which has brought about my skill set that I share with LPFT.

Michael Regan

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Constituency: Service User Governor

 Election statement - Hello my name is Michael Regan, an elected Service User Governor with a track record of working with other Trust Governors to ensure that all service users receive the most appropriate treatment for their needs. We liaise with LPFT Board Directors, Non Executive Directors and senior staff. As a team, and individuals, we listen, observe and speak as and when necessary in the interests of our main objective; to achieve the best possible outcome for all service users, carers and the general populace of Lincolnshire.

A veteran with a history of PTSD, I empathise with, and advocate for, veterans and other members of our community needing support by discussing these issues and, if appropriate, signposting them to the relevant services. I bring a wealth of skills and experience acquired during my military and business careers and have sat on various subcommittees as well as on interview panels for key LPFT appointments.

Governors attend regular meetings to consider reports and make recommendations. This can be challenging and requires a high level of expertise and commitment. Myself and the other Governors became adept at virtual meetings during the pandemic, thus ensuring that proposals and general issues relating to our community’s mental health were discussed in a timely manner and the necessary action taken.

I take great pride in representing all service users and carers. During my term of office I have strived to achieve the best possible results and hope that you will give me the opportunity to continue to do so.

Alice Barton 

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Constituency: Service User Governor

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Alexander James Eccersley

Constituency: Service User Governor

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Constituency: Service User Governor


Constituency: Service User Governor


Constituency: Service User Governor


We have the following vacancies:  

Service User Governor x3 

General Carer Governor x2

Young People Carer Governor x1 

Staff Governors

We have nine staff governor seats which represent the views of our staff this is changing to nine in the 2017 staff elections.

Helen Smith


Constituency: Staff Governor - Adult Inpatient Services

Election statement - Having worked in the private sector for 13 years with adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, I then made the career change to join NHS LPFT as a Nursing Assistant at the Francis Willis unit - the reason to join this service was to further gain knowledge with the opportunities to develop as a person within an organisation who encourages, supports and rewards individuals. 

I already had an NVQ level 3 in Health and Social Care when I joined LPFT.

Five years ago I was given the opportunity to change direction as Team Administrator where I gained my NVQ level 3 in Business Adminsitration and also IOSH (Building Administrator).

May 2020 I was presented with an Nursing and Care Superhero Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to care and practice. Staff Recognition Awards 2018 and 2019. 

LPFT as an organisation are Patient Centred with growth and development in its many services being paramount. As an organisation we may make mistakes, but we learn from them. 2020 has been such a unique year within Covid 19 and so much uncertainty, the commitment of our staff and the willingness to adapt to its needs have been amazing. 

I would like to be your governor as I am proud of the organisation I work within, and feel my qualities as a people person with an inquisitive mind and drive will work well within the elected team. 

Dan Fleshbourne

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Constituency: Staff Governor - Adult Community services

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Andy Leaston 

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Constituency: Staff Governor - Adult Community services

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I am a Peer Support Coordinator based at the Recovery College within Adult Community.

My own lived experience of accessing mental health services and a desire to support others in their recovery, led me to work in this area. I see first-hand the benefits of community based mental health services, recognising that services need to be anchored in the wider community to promote choice and ensure sustainable support networks.

Previous experience as both a community advocate and local councillor (in Salford) involved working in multi-agency partnerships, representing and championing the interests of others, with the common aim of improving community health and wellbeing. I was proud to be awarded an ‘Inclusion Star’ award (Salix Homes HA) for collaborative, partnership working.

If elected as a Governor, I would work hard to forge strong, mutually respectful relationships with key stakeholders, based on trust and a common understanding of the role, ensuring quality treatment and compassionate person-centred services that, as employees of the Trust, we are proud to deliver.

The key skills I would bring to the Governor role are strong listening skills, approachability, good organisational skills and a strong track record of understanding and communicating others views. I have a keen interest in workforce wellbeing believing the greatest asset of any organisation is its staff team. If elected, I would work hard to ensure that I was visible across LPFT and available to listen and represent colleague’s views, as well as actively promoting and supporting workforce wellbeing.

Jacky Tyson

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Constituency: Staff Governor - Older Adult services

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Election statement: I joined LPFT in 2011, working within the Older Adult Division and have been fortunate in working alongside a wide range of disciplines and gained an understanding of the varied roles that contribute to the services offered by LPFT. Locally in lincolnshire and nationaloly at Government level, older adults are often considered the poor relation in terms of health care provision. Being the Older Adult Staff Governor, addords me opportunities to ensure our patients, staff and carers have a voice at LPFT Board lebel, through the Board ensure our needs are considered at a national level and cascade any changes being considered that may impact on our staff and services we offer. 

I am currently seconded to the Quality and Safety team which, especially in the current climate, will give me a wider perspective of how decisions at Board and a national level will affect the Older Adult service. Working in Older Adults can be challenging and in current circumstances it is especially important that I ensure the concerns of staff working in Older Adults are heard and acted upon. I have particluar interest in safety and quality improvement (I am currently completing an MSc in this field) and I hope that through me as Governor, staff can not only raise matters of concern, but discuss policies, practices and procedure they believe LPFT can improve to benefit the service. 

I am proud to be able to champion the incredible work and care that staff in Older Adult services provide. 

Lisa Norris


Constituency: Staff Governor - Specialist services

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Election statement: Hello my name is Lisa Norris and I am currently employed by LPFT as an Assistant Practitioner for Learning disability services. I have been in this
post for nearly 10 years and through these years I have seen many changes to the services that we provide for people with a learning disability. Previous to this I worked in a residential home for people with learning disabilities for 17 years. Due to some of these changes that learning disability services have gone through I decided to apply to be a staff governor 3 years ago and was successful in this post.

I am now applying again, to hopefully continue in the role of staff governor, as I feel it can take a couple of years to get into the role and to feel confident and start to make a real difference.
I feel very passionate about raising awareness for people with a learning disability and/or autism and if they are struggling with any mental health difficulties, by trying to ensure they get the appropriate support they deserve from mainstream services. The biggest change I have been a part of is the Transforming Care Agenda around supporting people in the community. Even though I have seen some big improvements for people with a learning disability and/or autism there is still a long way to go, as some can still face discrimination on a daily basis, and there is still much more I would like to achieve.

Laura Suffield

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Constituency: Staff Governor - Corporate services

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Election statement: When people think of the NHS they think of all the visible frontline staff who are vital in caring for people. I want to represent those of us who are in the corporate division, as our roles are integral to supporting all staff within our Trust and the people for whom they care.

I joined LPFT in October 2017 as part of the Engagement Team, a fantastic role in which I have worked with staff from all our divisions; having contact with services, carers and patients across the County. I am currently working in a seconded position as a Carers Lead, supporting carers of
patients across LPFT.

Both roles facilitate contact across the Trust and beyond, working with a range of services and people. I enjoy working as part of a team of people, all of whom strive to provide the best possible care and support for everyone accessing our services. I feel passionately about the life chances and care of people with mental ill health and/or learning disabilities and am also a carer for a family member.

I have previous experience as a Governor within an education setting, having been a school governor for 15 years in four different schools. This involved working with a range of stakeholders and agencies to benefit children and families in the schools within which I worked and led. I would like to represent you in a positive, constructive way to contribute to and influence the future direction of the Trust and its services.

Ana Iosifescu


Constituency: Staff Governor - Specialist Services

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Debbie Judge

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Constituency: Staff Governor - Adult Inpatient Services

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Hello, my name is Debbie Judge, I’m currently the manager of Boston and Grantham Mental Health Liaison Service, and  one of the Trust governors in  the Acute Adults division, I want to be able to have a voice in how the Trust moves forward with the profession of healthcare and how we can shape the service to meet the everchanging demand without changing the essence of what we do.

To be able to help create the new Ethics of Healthcare, encouraging the Trust to show the outside world and our service, that we are brave enough to have a vision and are willing to work hard to make that vision a reality. I am also passionate about the quality of care provided to people.

I think time spent with patients, family and is vital in order to see the services from their viewpoint. Just as important is the interface within the Trust, how relate to each other as individuals and as separate teams, so that I can gain an insight into how what this team does affects what their team does and vice versa.

I value the time that I spend  listening to people who are  keen to share their interest and  viewpoints.

It’s my belief that as a Trust, if we want to do something to increase patient care, by sharing a joint vision it can be achieved.

Olivia Taylor

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Constituency: Staff Governor - Older Adult and Frailty Services

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Stakeholder governors

We have seven stakeholder governor seats who are representatives from our key partner organisations in the area that we serve.

Lesley Gratrix

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Constituency: Stakeholder Governor - University of Lincoln

Cllr Colin Matthews


Constituency: Stakeholder Governor - Lincolnshire County Council

Cllr Robert Kendrick

Rob Kendrick

Constituency: Stakeholder Governor - Lincolnshire County Council

Pete Burnett

Constituency: Stakeholder Governor - Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board (ICB)

Rachel Wright

Constituency: Stakeholder Governor - Shine Lincolnshire

Chris Davison

Constituency: Stakeholder Governor - Lincolnshire Police

Colin Warren

Constituency: Stakeholder Governor - Healthwatch Lincolnshire


Constituency: Stakeholder Governor - LPFT Volunteers


We have one vacant Stakeholder seat for LPFT Volunteers.


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