New chairperson appointed for Lincolnshire NHS trust

Elaine Baylis QPM has been appointed as Chairperson of Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS).

The NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) confirmed that Elaine will take over the role from Dr Don White, having previously joined the trust as a Lay Member in 2009 and later becoming a Non-Executive Director in 2011.

Non-executive appointments to NHS Trusts made by the NHS TDA are subject to the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

Elaine has been appointed from April 1, 2015, until March 31, 2017, and is entitled to receive a remuneration of £30,000 per annum.

The trust has a budget of £110 million and its 2,300 staff care for thousands of patients across 67 Lincolnshire premises.

Elaine has more than 30 years’ experience of working in the public sector in Lincolnshire.

Elaine worked with Lincolnshire Police, latterly as Temporary Assistant Chief Constable with accountability for operational policing. She was presented with the Queen’s Police Medal in 2005 for distinguished service.

She is an experienced strategic commander, with particular interest in responding to emergencies. She is also a performance development coach and consultant.

Elaine has held a number of other board positions, including Director and Trustee of Lincolnshire Action Trust since 2006 and Independent Chairperson of the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board since 2012.

She said: “It is a great privilege to be able to lead the Board at LCHS. I have been honoured to be part of the trust’s journey since 2009 and witness it flourish and grow from being part of Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust into the independent NHS organisation we have today.

“I am sure this year will prove to be equally as successful as we continue to play a pivotal role in providing care at the heart of our communities.

“I am particularly looking forward to working with our patient and public members and our future governors as we work towards becoming an NHS Foundation Trust.”

Andrew Morgan, Chief Executive of LCHS, said: “Elaine has proved to be a dedicated and well-respected member of the Board during her time at LCHS and we wish her our warmest congratulations and continued success as she becomes our Chairman.

“I would like to give special thanks to our outgoing Chairperson, Don White, who is stepping down having served the longest possible term in the role of four years. His leadership has been invaluable in supporting LCHS to become regarded as such a strong and caring organisation.”