New chair appointed for Lincolnshire mental health trust

The county’s leading provider of mental health and social care services, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has appointed its new Chair.

Paul Devlin officially took up the position this month after the departure of Eileen Ziemer-Cottingham. who had served the maximum term possible as the trust’s chairman.

Commenting on the appointment, Trust Chief Executive, Dr John Brewin, said: “Paul’s appointment is good news for the trust. He brings a wealth of experience and acumen to the role.

“He has had a varied and successful career in a number of senior leadership roles within the third sector, as well as executive and non-executive director level experience at Healthwatch Birmingham and NHS Derby and Derbyshire County Cluster Primary Care Trusts.”

Lead governor, Diana Broughton, added: “Paul’s experience and expertise meant that the trust’s Council of Governors were able to approve his appointment with complete confidence.

“He has a good mix of experience and a clear commitment to the NHS and the Trust’s values and mission. The Governors are committed to working with him and the Board of Directors to deliver outstanding patient care and health services that we can all be proud of.”

Paul said he is excited about aiding the trust’s continuous improvements: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chair and I look forward to working with staff, partner organisations and local communities to build on the successful innovations already in place that are enabling people to maintain their independence.

“I welcome this opportunity to ensure the Trust’s ambitious plans for continuing to improve the services patients’ receive become a reality.”