LIVES selects first-ever Chief Executive

Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES) has appointed its first ever Chief Executive Officer, who will provide “strong leadership and strategic direction” for the charity.

Nikki Silver will become the service’s first full-time CEO April 2, 2016, joining from the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust where she was Deputy Director of Operations of Family & Healthy Lifestyle Services and Urgent Care.

LIVES has described Nikki as having “a proven track record” in leadership, strategic thinking, communication, change management, financial planning, workforce planning, and development and engagement.

She graduated from the University of Auckland in 1994 with a Masters in politics and latterly was awarded a Masters in healthcare leadership from the University of Birmingham.

Nikki lives with her partner and their dog in Woodhall Spa.

Simon Topham, Clinical Director at LIVES, said: “We have grown to the point where we now need strong leadership and strategic direction to meet the ever-changing health arena in which we volunteer.

“We recognise that we have the name and experience to garner community engagement and believe that we could deliver far more to the people of Lincolnshire whilst staying true to our charitable aims.

“We recognise that there are people who would like to volunteer to do things in their communities to make their neighbours safer, but who perhaps do not wish to be front line with immediately life threatening illness or accident.

“We believe LIVES can develop a place for those people to care for their community in a different way.

“We also recognise with the centralisation of services such as major trauma centres, that the people of Lincolnshire are a long way from these.

“LIVES has the experience and personnel to look at delivering more ‘critical care’ services to our communities, through high-end development of LIVES Medics.

“All of these things need strategy, planning, funding and engagement, and the arrival of our first ever CEO, Nikki Silver, will create the platform for these things to happen.”