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.

Kevin Turner

Deputy Chief Executive

Kevin joined the NHS as a trainee accountant in his home town of Doncaster in 1979, where he completed his training before moving to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston in 1988 to take up the position of Hospital Finance Manager. His first Director of Finance role was at Lincolnshire Health Authority, which he joined in the mid 1990's. He was later appointed Director of Finance at North East Lincolnshire NHS Trust, in 1997. He has since held the position of Director of Finance at two successful Foundation Trusts, most recently at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Kevin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, he has completed the NHS Strategic Financial Leadership Programme and is on the NHS Top Leaders Programme. He was appointed as Director of Performance Improvement at ULHT in January 2013. Prior to his current role Kevin was Director of Finance at the Trust.

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.

Michelle Rhodes

Director of Nursing

Michelle qualified as a registered nurse in Nottingham in 1989. Since that time she has worked in acute and community settings in Nottingham, Leicester, Staffordshire and, for the last six years, in Lincolnshire. She has previously worked for PCTs, where she has extensive experience in commissioning. Michelle has worked as Chief Operating Officer at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and as Interim Chief Operating Officer for Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. Michelle specialised in tissue viability and remains passionate about eradicating all pressure ulcers. Michelle is dedicated to ensuring patients and their families get the best possible care available to them.

Martin Rayson

Director of Human Resources 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 Boocock

Director of Estates and Facilities

Paul is a Chartered Engineer and has worked for a number of NHS organisations in several estates and facilities roles, having begun his NHS career as an apprentice electrician. Whilst working for South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as Director of Estates and Facilities Paul published work on implementing efficient ways of working, this work was recognised nationally, winning the inaugural Health Service Journal Awards for Efficiency in Estates Management. Outside the NHS Paul has delivered industrial projects for telecommunications and oil and gas infrastructure companies in the private sector for a number of multinational customers, with engagements as diverse as the Egyptian Western Desert oilfields, North Sea platform upgrades and global fibre communication networks. His professional interests include the development and application of industry standard risk mitigation and management techniques to estates and facilities services in the NHS. He also has a keen interest in the delivery of continuous improvement, and associated organisational and cultural change. Paul is also a Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Mark Brassington

Chief Operating Officer

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.

Paul Matthew

Director of Finance and Procurement

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.