Our Trust Board

The Trust board of directors is responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation and is held to account by the Council of Governors.

Sean Lyons


Sean joined us from Lincolnshire CCG, where he was Chairman until 2021. Prior to this he was Chairman at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust steering the organisation out of special measures and helping to oversee improvements to its CQC rating.

Sean left school before A-levels and went straight into an apprenticeship in the steel industry which he says was hugely enjoyable and gave him a real appreciation for the shop floor .He went on to complete a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA and then made a move to British Steel Stainless in Sheffield. This company merged with a Swedish company and Sean worked his way up to Senior Vice President before a return to Scunthorpe where he took up a Director post running the plates and sections businesses, ultimately becoming Director of the Scunthorpe Steelworks in 2007. He retired from the steel industry in 2011 and then in 2013 made the move to the NHS. Sean is also Chairman of the West Nottinghamshire college in Mansfield, a role he will continue with.

Linda Jackson

Vice Chair/Non-Executive Director

Linda Jackson is from Cleethorpes and studied hotel, catering and institutional management at Grimsby College before graduating with a Diploma in Management from the University of Reading. Her career in facilities management began in London where she secured a position of trainee manager for ISS Facility Services who provide facilities services across the NHS.

Linda quickly worked her way up the ranks to hold positions including regional director providing facilities services across NHS organisations in the capital and became board director at the age of 38. In her last 10 years in the private sector she undertook a transformational change role responsible for implementing the company’s new business and initiatives nationally within the NHS.

Shaun Stacey

Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive

Shaun Stacey was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in May 2018. He originally trained as a Nurse/Operating Department Practitioner, before moving into the role of Resuscitation Officer. Shaun has a wide range of experience across mental health, acute care, private healthcare, hospice care, training and commercial healthcare. He has undertaken many senior management positions, including working in a number of London hospitals, and joined the Trust from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust where he held the same position.

Lee Bond

Chief Financial Officer

Lee is our Chief Financial Officer as well as the Chief Finance Officer for Hull University Teaching Hospitals(HUTH). Lee was appointed at HUTH in March 2013 and with us in October 2020. Prior to this, he held senior financial roles in Central Manchester Hospitals and East Midlands Strategic Health Authority. Between 2003 and 2011, he was Director of Finance successively at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Sherwood Forest Hospitals.

Dr Kate Wood

Chief Medical Officer

Dr Wood studied medicine at Glasgow University, graduating in 1994. She started work in anaesthetics in 1999 training in Hull, during which time she worked as a Senior House Officer and Registrar at Grimsby Hospital. She loved her time in Grimsby so much she returned in 2006 when she was appointed as a Consultant Anaesthetist. Since then she has held a number of managerial roles including Lead for Obstetric Anaesthesia in Grimsby, Clinical Director, Associate Medical Director and Deputy Medical Director and Acting Medical Director.

Ellie Monkhouse

Chief Nurse

Ellie Monkhouse joined the Trust on secondment in November 2018 from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, before being appointed Chief Nurse in April 2019. Ellie qualified as a registered general nurse from Derby in 1995, she joined Northumbria from Rotherham Foundation Trust where she was Acting Chief Nurse, having also been their Deputy Chief Nurse. Previous posts and experience also include the Director of Nursing and Quality at Leeds North and Leeds South and East CCGs for 3 years, Matron in Emergency/Urgent Care at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Matron for Neonates, Transitional Care and Outreach at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, General Manager for Surgery (including outpatients), Head of Quality, Audit and Effectiveness at Sheffield PCT and various clinical roles including MAU Ward Manager, Clinical Site Management and Nutritional Nurse Specialist, having started her nursing career in Trauma and Orthopaedics. Ellie has a keen interest in supporting the development of new roles, initiatives and innovation and she has developed various workforce programmes with local universities.

Jug Johal

Director of Estates and Facilities

Jug leads the directorate of estates and facilities ensuring that the estate and service strategies are in place to ensure a safe, secure and high quality patient environment both within the Trust and to other organisations to whom the Trust provides estates and facilities services. Jug, who lives with his family in Lincolnshire, has a Master’s degree in Leadership in Health & Social Care and has recently been one of twenty BAME Public Sector leaders to be selected for the Cabinet Office, National Leadership Centre, Chief Executive Accelerator Programme. In his spare time, Jug has been campaigning for equality and inclusion of Asian communities in sport for the past decade, having co-founded the British Asian Rugby Association in 2004. Jug’s latest project with the support of the ASF Board of Trustees and its ambassadors will continue with this campaign by supporting National Governing Bodies, National Governing Organisations, clubs and committees at a strategic level to deliver tangible projects which break down cultural and religious barriers and provide sporting benefits to an under-represented minority ethnic community. For more than 30 years Jug Johal has been an avid supporter of rugby, playing at club level for Scunthorpe RUFC and Moseley RFC and at county and international level for India Rugby.

Ivan McConnell

Director of Strategic Development

Ivan is a qualified accountant who has over 25 years experience of leading national and international healthcare programmes of change. Ivan has held an Executive Director role in a large NHS Trust where he had responsibility for strategy, performance, transformation, ICT, contracting, commercial development, estates and partnership working. As a Director within a Tier 1 Management Consultancy practice Ivan delivered some of the largest change programmes within healthcare and local government in some of the most challenged political and operating environments in the country. He has delivered high profile national and international projects reporting directly to Government Ministers, Departmental Permanent Secretaries and Regulatory Bodies. This has included the South East London reconfiguration “A Picture of Health” along with a national programme for elective care improvement in Ireland. Ivan also led national programmes on behalf of the Regulator looking at Service Line Management and Performance Improvement. As an Executive Director Ivan led the development of a System Wide Strategy for the STP and was a member of a national MCP Vanguard Board testing the principles of Alliance Contracting. He led a number of cross system improvement programmes and successfully tendered in partnership with clinical colleagues for large scale research funding programmes. Ivan also had responsibility for management of a pooled budget for a s75 agreement for the delivery of integrated health and care pathways.

Shauna McMahon

Chief Information Officer

Shauna joined the Trust in November 2020 to lead on our digital transformation, she manages the Information, IT Management team and Digital Services. Shauna has 20 years’ experience in leading change and transformation in the healthcare sector within providers, commissioners and health authorities in both the UK and Canada. Piror to her appointment she worked at South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) in Bristol where she was a Partner in Digital Transformation Consulting. At the CSU she was involved in work to develop digital programmes at a health system level. She was also CIO at Frimley NHS Foundation Trust where she modernised the infrastructure to create a foundation that would support both clinical and administration work. In Canada she spent several years managing large operational departments in a regional health authority.

Simon Nearney

Interim Director of People

Simon joined us as our Interim Director of People in January 2023. He also holds the position of Director of Workforce for Hull University Teaching Hospitals where he has been in post since 2012. Previous to this he was Director of Human Resources at Leicestershire County Council and has held several senior Human Resources and Organisational Development management roles in large public sector organisations. Simon has a track record of transforming services, leading major organisational change programmes and improving the customer experience.

Gill Ponder

Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Gill joined the Trust in April 2021 as the Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee, which also encompasses Estates, Facilities and Digital objectives. She is also a member of the Audit, Charitable Funds and Remuneration Committees and is the lead NED for the Surgery and Critical Care Division and for Security. Gill is an accomplished senior executive with over 40 years’ experience leading a wide variety of functional areas, including HR, Training, IT, Finance, Legal Practice Management and Governance, Field Operations and Management Consulting, where she specialised in strategy, resourcing and business turnaround.

Gill holds a postgraduate certificate in management from the Open University and is a Chartered Manager member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Sue Liburd

Non-Executive Director

Sue was appointed in October 2022. She is the Chair of the Workforce Committee. Sue is a Registered General Nurse, Mental Health Nurse, and Midwife, and has over 20 years’ experience in Organisational Development, Innovation and Cultural Transformation gained working in the UK and internationally. Sue is an experienced public, private and charity sector non-executive, Managing Director of Sage Blue Consulting, a Deputy Lieutenant for Lincolnshire and the Independent Chair of Lincolnshire Maternity and Neonatal Services. Her worked was recognised in 2016, when she was awarded an MBE for her services to Business, Charity, and Voluntary organisations.

Simon Parkes

Non-Executive Director

Simon is Chair of our Audit, Risk and Governance Committee. He joined us in September 2021 from the University of Lincoln where he is Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer. He has extensive experience as a chief financial officer with over 13 years at Board level in the Civil Service, higher education and third sectors. An FCMA Chartered Management Accountant, he also holds a Diploma in Company Direction with the Institute of Directors. Simon lives in Lincolnshire and in addition to working for the Trust is a Non-Executive Director at a Registered Provider of Social Housing and also a Lay Canon and Chair of the Finance Committee at Lincoln Cathedral.

Fiona Osborne

Non-Executive Director

Fiona joined us in August 2021 as an Associate Non-Executive Director and became a Non-Executive Director on September 2022. A Chartered Management Accountant and a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute for IT, she has her own Business & Project Consultancy which has seen her lead multiple transformation projects for organisations within the public, private and not for profit sectors. She has extensive experience in the finance world across numerous sectors including retail, leisure, publishing, heavy engineering, pharmacy and education. Fiona, who lives in Lincolnshire, has supported many NHS Trusts with her consultancy work and was also previously a Finance Director in both Law and Retail Catering sectors.

Stuart Hall

Associate Non-Executive Director

Stuart has spent a large part of his career working with FTSE 100 company, Santander. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Stuart is experienced in a range of areas from governance and HR to strategy development, and a Director of a Community Interest Company. He has experience as a Director of Community Interest Companies specialising in vocational training and end of life care.

Kate Truscott

Associate Non-Executive Director

Kate was appointed in October 2022 and is a highly experienced Human Resources professional at Executive and Non Executive Board level, having held these positions in NHS organisations in Yorkshire and Humberside and Lincolnshire.  Kate holds senior positions in three Lincolnshire / East Yorkshire Charities and is also Vice Chair of West Nottinghamshire College.

Helen Harris

Director of Corporate Governance

Helen joins us from Doncaster CCG where she was Head of Corporate Governance and Corporate Services (Board Secretary). Her previous roles include: both Quality Lead and Contract and Procurement Manager at Hull CCG; Board / Corporate Adviser and Secretary (Clerk to the Corporation) at Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education; and Project Manager roles at both United Lincolnshire Hospitals and here at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.