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. Sean is also the Chair of Hull University Teaching Hospitals (HUTH).

Jonathan Lofthouse

Group Chief Executive

Jonathan Lofthouse is the Group Chief Executive for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (HUTH).

Having worked as Site Chief Executive (Princess Royal University Hospital and South Sites) at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London he has has significant experience of not only working in, but also developing, a group leadership structure.

Prior to this he was Director of Improvement at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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

Group Chief Delivery Officer

Shaun Stacey was appointed as Group Chief Delivery Officer in November 2023, having previously been our Chief Operating Officer. 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

Group Chief Financial Officer

Lee is our Group Chief Finance Officer. 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

Group 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.

Ivan McConnell

Group Director Strategy and Partnership

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.

Simon Nearney

Group Chief People Officer

Simon joined us as our Interim Director of People in January 2023 and took over the role of Group Chief People Officer in November 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.

Kate Truscott

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.

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.

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.