Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (HUTH) and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) operate under a Group model of leadership. That means we have one, shared, executive team but two separate boards, overseen by a Group Chairman, as follows:


Group Chief Executive — Mr Jonathan Lofthouse

Group Chief Executive - Mr Jonathan Lofthouse

Jonathan is the Group Chief Executive for Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust. He was appointed from 14th August 2023. Jonathan was previously Site Chief Executive (Princess Royal University Hospital and South Sites) at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London and has significant experience of not only working in but also developing a group leadership structure within that organisation. Prior to this he was Director of Improvement at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. His experience and background make him well suited to helping HUTH and NLaG tackle some of our most challenging joint issues around flow, elective backlog, patient environments, and the recruitment, retention and wellbeing of staff. Jonathan firmly believes in creating a diverse and innovative workforce where staff have a strong voice in the co-creation of safe and effective patient services.

Interim Group Chief Delivery Officer - Paul Bytheway

Group Chief Delivery Officer - Shaun Stacey

Profile to follow

Group Chief Medical Officer — Dr Kate Wood

Group Chief Medical Officer - Kate Wood

Dr Wood studied medicine at Glasgow University, graduating in 1994. She started work in anaesthetics in 1999 training in Hull, during which time she worked as a Senior House Officer and Registrar at Grimsby Hospital. She loved her time in Grimsby so much she returned in 2006 when she was appointed as a Consultant Anaesthetist. Since then she has held a number of managerial roles including Lead for Obstetric Anaesthesia in Grimsby, Clinical Director, Associate Medical Director and Deputy Medical Director and Acting Medical Director.

Kate Was appointed as Group Chief Medical Officer on 31 October, 2023

Group Chief Financial Officer — Mr Lee Bond

Group Chief Financial Officer - Mr Lee Bond

Lee is our Group Chief Financial Officer. Lee was appointed at HUTH in March 2013 and with NLaG in October 2020. Prior to this, he held senior financial roles in Central Manchester Hospitals and East Midlands Strategic Health Authority. Between 2003 and 2011, he was Director of Finance successively at Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Sherwood Forest Hospitals.

Group Chief People Officer — Mr Simon Nearney

Group Chief People Officer - Mr Simon Nearney

Simon joined NLaG as Interim Director of People in January 2023 and has held the position of Director of Workforce for Hull University Teaching Hospitals since 2012. He became our Group Chief People Officer in October 2023. Previous to this he was Director of Human Resources at Leicestershire County Council and has held several senior Human Resources and Organisational Development management roles in large public sector organisations. Simon has a track record of transforming services, leading major organisational change programmes and improving the customer experience.

Group Director of Strategy and Partnerships – Ivan McConnell

Group Director of Strategy and Partnerships – Ivan McConnell

Ivan is a qualified accountant who has over 25 years experience of leading national and international healthcare programmes of change. Ivan has held an Executive Director role in a large NHS Trust where he had responsibility for strategy, performance, transformation, ICT, contracting, commercial development, estates and partnership working. As a Director within a Tier 1 Management Consultancy practice Ivan delivered some of the largest change programmes within healthcare and local government in some of the most challenged political and operating environments in the country. He has delivered high profile national and international projects reporting directly to Government Ministers, Departmental Permanent Secretaries and Regulatory Bodies. This has included the South East London reconfiguration “A Picture of Health” along with a national programme for elective care improvement in Ireland. Ivan also led national programmes on behalf of the Regulator looking at Service Line Management and Performance Improvement. As an Executive Director Ivan led the development of a System Wide Strategy for the STP and was a member of a national MCP Vanguard Board testing the principles of Alliance Contracting. He led a number of cross system improvement programmes and successfully tendered.

Group Director of Assurance - David Sharif

Group Director of Assurance - David Sharif

David studied Management Sciences at Warwick University before first joining the NHS in Manchester in 1991 and then the regional finance training scheme in the West Midlands. He qualified as an CIPFA accountant and worked extensively across the acute sector in that region before joining KPMG in 2002. During that time he worked as both an internal and external auditor in the NHS and on various projects to strengthen governance in the NHS and other public sector bodies. He left KPMG in 2020 to join King’s College Hospital prior to joining the Humber Health Partnership in March 2024.

Group Chief Nurse - Amanda Stanford

Group Chief Nurse - Amanda Stanford

As Group Chief Nurse and Executive Director for Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (Interim), Amanda is responsible for the professional leadership of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional workforce, non-medical education and training, safeguarding and patient experience and is the Director of Infection Prevention and Control. Amanda shares responsibility for the Quality and Safety portfolio with the Group Executive Medical Director.

Amanda was appointed to the Interim Group Chief Nurse post for Humber Health Partnership in April 2024, prior to this Amanda was the Chief Nurse and Executive Director for Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals at Airedale NHS FT and Director for Quality and Patient Safety. Amanda has worked for the Care Quality Commission as a Head of Inspection (2014 to 2017) and Deputy Chief Inspector (2017 to 2019) for Hospitals and has extensive NHS operational and nursing experience.


Chairman (Joint Chair with NLAG) - Mr Sean Lyons

Chairman (Joint Chair with NLAG) - Mr Sean Lyons

Sean joined us from Lincolnshire CCG, where he was Chairman until 2021. Prior to this he was Chairman at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust steering the organisation out of special measures and helping to oversee improvements to its CQC rating.

Sean left school before A-levels and went straight into an apprenticeship in the steel industry which he says was hugely enjoyable and gave him a real appreciation for the shop floor .He went on to complete a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA and then made a move to British Steel Stainless in Sheffield. This company merged with a Swedish company and Sean worked his way up to Senior Vice President before a return to Scunthorpe where he took up a Director post running the plates and sections businesses, ultimately becoming Director of the Scunthorpe Steelworks in 2007. He retired from the steel industry in 2011 and then in 2013 made the move to the NHS. Sean is also Chairman of the West Nottinghamshire college in Mansfield, a role he will continue with.

Vice Chair - Mr Stuart Hall

Vice Chair at HUTH and Associate NED at NLaG - Mr Stuart Hall

He has spent a large part of his career working with FTSE 100 company, Santander. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Stuart is experienced in a range of areas from governance and HR to strategy development, and a Director of a Community Interest Company. He has experience as a Director of Community Interest Companies specialising in vocational training and end of life care.

Non Executive Director - Jane Hawkard

Non Executive Director - Jane Hawkard

Jane Hawkard joined HUTH in August 2023 with 30 years experience in the NHS working in finance across acute, mental health, community and commissioning roles. Jane was the Chief Executive of East Riding CCG for 5 years and Finance Director for North Yorkshire CCG for 3 years prior to starting her role at HUTH as a non-executive.

Non Executive Director - Tony Curry

Non Executive Director - Tony Curry

Tony was appointed in April 2019 and has held senior appointments in higher education, financial services and manufacturing and also as a director with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has over 40 years' information technology experience working in the UK and internationally. Over the past decade he has had a particular focus on strategy and transformation programmes which exploit the advances in mobile and self-service technologies.

Non Executive Director - Dr Ashok Pathak

Non Executive Director - Dr Ashok Pathak

Dr Pathak is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who retired from the National Health Service after 34 years’ service, having worked primarily for the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust. Previously he was the Chairman of the Negotiating Committee for the British Medical Association. Dr Pathak was involved with the International Doctors Forum and was a Trustee of BMA Charities. In addition he was an overseas doctor’s mentor for many years, involved in the recruitment and retention of overseas doctors with the Trust.

Currently, Dr Pathak is a member of Her Majesty’s Court Service in the capacity of Medically Qualified Tribunal Member.

He is a former first-class cricketer who played at County level in India (Ranji Trophy) and was an expert cricket analyst for the World Cup in 1996. Currently, he is a Trustee of Cricket Beyond Boundaries, a charity which supports the development of underprivileged cricketers from India.

He was also a Governor at Hymers College and is currently an Ambassador for Hymers College.

Dr Pathak was awarded an MBE in 2010 for his lifetime contribution to medicine in Yorkshire and India.

Associate Non Executive Director - Linda Jackson

Associate  Non Executive Director - Linda Jackson

Linda Jackson is originally from Cleethorpes and studied hotel, catering and institutional management at Grimsby College before graduating with a Diploma in Management from the University of Reading. Her career in facilities management began in1986 in London working for ISS Facility Services, who provide facilities services across the NHS, where she remained for 28 years.

Linda quickly worked her way up the ranks to hold positions including regional director; eventually working nationally across multiple NHS organisations. Linda became board director at the age of 38. In her last 10 years in the private sector she undertook a transformational change role with responsibility for implementing the company’s new business initiatives nationally within the NHS, and latterly involving a 2-year secondment into the Royal Air Force.

Linda moved back to Grimsby and joined Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust in 2014 as a Non-Executive Director and since then  has undertaken the role of Deputy Chair and has also been Acting Chair on two separate occasions. Linda was made the  Vice Chair of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and Associate Non-Executive Director of Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust  in April 2020. Most recently, Linda has been instrumental in supporting  both organisations with the transition to a Group operating model including aligned governance and decision-making.

Non Executive Director - Dr David Sulch

Non Executive Director - Dr David Sulch