Meet the board

The Trust Board is accountable for setting the strategic direction of the Trust.

Elaine Baylis


Elaine has over 30 years’ experience working in the public sector in Lincolnshire. With a background in policing, her career in the force culminated in the role of assistant chief constable with accountability for service delivery. She worked extensively with communities, enabling active influence of local policing, reducing crime and disorder and ensuring services considered safeguarding vulnerable members of the community. An experienced strategic commander with particular interest in responding to emergencies, in 2005 Elaine was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service. Elaine was previously a director and trustee of Urban Challenge Lincoln, an organisation that delivers a range of services to the community and voluntary sector, and since 2005 has held a similar post at Lincolnshire Action Trust, an organisation that aims to improve the skills and employability of offenders and prisoners. She was also the independent chair of the Lincolnshire Adults Safeguarding Board from 2012 to 2016 and has been chair of LCHS since April 2015. Elaine is currently chair of the Lincolnshire Co-ordinating Board, which includes chief executives and chairs of NHS organisations in the county and provides oversight of the local health and care system, as well as the implementation of Lincolnshire’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

Andrew Morgan

Chief Executive

Andrew has worked for the NHS since 1982. Immediately prior to joining ULHT he was the Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust since 2014. He has been a CEO since 2004 and has held CEO posts at East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, NHS Norfolk and Waveney, NHS Bedfordshire and NHS Harrow. His earlier NHS career included a range of director posts at NHS organisations around the country, including in commissioning, performance management, strategy and service improvement. Andrew is married and has a grown up daughter.

Mark Brassington

Director of Improvement and Integration/Deputy Chief Executive

Mark qualified originally as a Physiotherapist working across all aspects of hospital and community services. In 2004 he joined the Management Training Scheme working across primary and secondary care. Mark's qualifications include a BSc from University of the West of England and MSc from University of Birmingham and Manchester. Mark is also a Health Foundation Fellow. On leaving the scheme he has worked in a variety of roles across primary care before moving back into hospitals. He joined us from Nottingham University Hospitals where he managed large complex directorates, established a large hospital change programme and most recently was the Deputy Chief Operating Officer responsible for improving emergency care. Mark joined us in January 2014 as Deputy Director of Operations and became Acting Director for Performance Improvement in November 2014.

Dr Karen Dunderdale, ULHT Director of Nursing

Dr Karen Dunderdale

Director of Nursing

Karen was appointed as substantive Director of Nursing in September 2020 after starting as interim in February 2020. This is her sixth executive director position. She has held board level roles as a Chief Nurse, Chief Operating Officer, Deputy CEO and acting CEO. In addition, she held the role of vice chair of her local hospice for a number of years. Her more recent role as director of nursing was at Walsall Healthcare Trust where her leadership supported the Trust achieve Outstanding for Caring. Karen qualified as a registered nurse in 1991 and her clinical experience has been in cardiology. She became a cardiac nurse specialist developing cardiac rehabilitation and heart failure services. She has a PhD in Health Related Quality of Life in Chronic Heart Failure from York University, has contributed substantially to the development of cardiac nursing, and raised expectations nationally within the nursing profession. In 2017 Karen joined the National nursing team at NHS Improvement working for Dr Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England contributing to the wider nursing and patient experience agenda. Karen is passionate about delivering high quality fundamental nursing care.

Dr Neill Hepburn

Medical Director

Dr Neill Hepburn was appointed Medical Director in June 2017. He studied medicine at St Andrews and Manchester Universities following which he then served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the UK and abroad including the First Gulf War. Dr Hepburn trained in dermatology in Edinburgh where he was also awarded the MD degree for research. He came to Lincolnshire in 1997 and set up a hub and spoke dermatology service to improve patient care throughout the County. As clinical director for medical specialties he led the integration of the previously separate services in haematology and rheumatology and moved the rehabilitation service to Lincoln County Hospital. He has undertaken regular clinics in each of the Trust’s hospital sites. Dr Hepburn undertook formal management training in the Army and the NHS and was awarded an MBA in general management from the University of Lincoln. He was the deputy medical director at ULHT for five years before taking up his current appointment. Dr Hepburn has been co-chair of the East Midlands Clinical Senate.

Simon Evans

Simon Evans

Chief Operating Officer

Biography to follow

Martin Rayson

Director of People and Organisational Development

Martin joined the Trust at the end of September 2016, as Director of HR and OD, after having spent a good part of his career in local government. During 2016 Martin was the HR director at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, but prior to that he held the top HR role at the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and two large county councils, Essex and Lincolnshire. He has also been the Director of Resources in a district council. This career history has enabled him to get an insight into people management and organisational change issues across a number of complex organisations. Martin has also worked in the social housing sector and as a business coach. Martin is a Past President of the Public Sector People Managers Association (PPMA). The PPMA represents the interests of over 600 members working across the people management and development professions within the public sector, including local and central government, the police service and fire and rescue authorities and seeks to promote world class HR practice in the public sector.

Paul Matthew

Director of Finance and Digital

Paul joined the NHS on the national graduate training scheme in 2003. He completed his training in Cambridgeshire before taking up the position of Financial Controller at Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in Huntingdon. He joined the Trust in January 2018 as Deputy Director of Finance having spent the past six years in the community and social care sector at Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust. Paul is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Dr Chris Gibson

Non-Executive Director

Chris has worked as an NHS scientist since 1978, as both a consultant clinical scientist in hospital departments and as an honorary lecturer and honorary senior research fellow in several Universities. His previous roles include head of medical physics for North Wales and for Oxford, a scientific lead for the NHS in the South of England, and Head of the National School of Healthcare Science. In the last role he was responsible for recruitment, training and assessment of all trainee clinical scientists entering the NHS in England. He is a former president of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and has held several positions advising the UK government on the safe and effective use of radiation. He is currently chair of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE).

Geoffrey Hayward

Non-Executive Director

Mr Hayward previously served for eight years as Non-Executive Director for the NHS at Stockport Primary Care Trust as Chair of Audit Committee and then with the Clinical Commissioning Group where he was a key player in setting up their risk registers, supporting the training of board members in risk management and driving the responsibility for risk throughout the organisation. He has also held positions as Managing Director and Divisional Director for a number of companies in the engineering, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries. This has included developing and motivating customer focused teams, implementing a strategy for significant growth in the UK and Ireland and reviewing investment needs for improved efficiency.

Sarah Dunnett

Non-Executive Director

Sarah was born and educated in Lincolnshire, and after a spell of living away returned to work and bring up her family in the county. Sarah is a chartered accountant, and also holds a Diploma in Charity Accounting from the ICAEW. She has worked in the public sector for more than 25 years, both in the UK and overseas, including as assistant chief executive at the London Borough of Southwark, and more recently as a local authority corporate director in South Lincolnshire. She has been a non-executive director of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust since 2012 and currently chairs both the quality assurance and charitable funds board sub-committees. Sarah is also the Honorary Treasurer for HQIP, the organisation which oversees the national clinical audit programme, and a trustee of the Miscarriage Association, a charity with which she has a close personal affiliation. Sarah completed her Masters in Voluntary Sector Management at Cass Business School in 2015.

Gill Ponder

Non-Executive Director

Gill is an accomplished senior executive with 18 years’ experience gained in a number of functional and general management positions within BT. She is currently Head of Business Analysis & Planning at BT Openreach and her roles have embraced a number of major transformational change projects designed to improve customer service and operational efficiency. Gill’s qualifications and training are extensive and include a postgraduate certificate in management from the Chartered Management Institute, strategic skills for senior women managers from Cranfield and adult education teaching certificates. Gill is married with a son and a daughter of 16 and lives in the Lincolnshire Wolds. She has keen interests in tennis, listening to music and reading.

Liz Libiszewski

Non-Executive Director

Liz brings a wealth of clinical experience to ULHT's Board, having worked as a nurse in the NHS for 36 years. She completed her training in Nottingham and spent most of her career working in intensive care. Liz worked in Lincolnshire from 1995 to 2008. Liz has held a variety of senior leadership roles, including as a director responsible for nursing, quality and performance in a number of NHS trusts. Before her retirement in May 2016, she was director of nursing and quality and deputy chief executive at James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Norfolk. She held an honorary professorship at the University of East Anglia for her contributions in supporting leadership and workforce development.