Published on: 5 September 2022

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to confirm the appointment of Lynn Adams as a Non-Executive Director.

Lynn, who has lived in Derbyshire for over 20 years, is a highly experienced senior healthcare leader who joined the Trust as a designate Non-Executive Director on 5 September 2022. 

After a short period of handover with Dr Sheila Newport, Lynn will become a substantive Non-Executive Director and will be the chair of the Trust’s Quality and Safeguarding Committee.

Originally from Scotland, Lynn qualified as a Registered Nurse before moving to the Midlands where she has worked in healthcare since 1987.

Lynn has gained qualifications in nursing and NHS management and has a Master’s in Health Policy.

Throughout Lynn’s nursing career she has always worked in roles requiring ongoing professional, clinical and governance knowledge and skills.

Most recently, Lynn has served on the Board at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Executive Director of Nursing and Patient Care and lead for quality, with a portfolio responsibility including quality improvement, patient experience and safety, safeguarding and infection control.

Lynn’s commitment and passion to improving quality and experience for all patients and staff is unwavering and has been demonstrated through her previous roles.

Working with the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority and with the national NHS teams, Lynn has gained an excellent understanding of healthcare and the requirements for regulation.

Non-Executive Directors use their skills and experience to bring an independent perspective to the Board and to challenge the Executive Directors in decision-making and on the Trust's strategy. Collectively Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors work as a Board to:

  • Formulate plans and strategy
  • Ensure accountability
  • Shape culture and capability
  • Commit to the highest standards of probity, integrity and governance
  • Ensure that the Board acts in best interests of patients and the public.

NHS Governors seek to appoint Non-Executive Directors with a mix of skills and experiences from a range of backgrounds who can understand the needs and priorities of their local communities.

The Trust’s Council of Governors approved Lynn’s appointment as a Non-Executive Director for a three-year term of office, commencing when she takes up her substantive role.