HWLincs Board of Directors Trustees

Michele Duggan

Board chair

Following 26 years working for a global bank in roles throughout Lincolnshire and East Midlands, Michele left the company to complete a master’s degree in HR and pursue a career change. This led to her spending two years at City of Lincoln council within the HR team and then on to join St Barnabas Hospice in 2014 where for the last five years she held the role of Director of Income Generation and People. Now retired, Michele is looking forward to being able to add value using her experience and skills as Chair of the HWLincs Board.

Clive Green

Board vice-chair

Clive, a Spalding resident, boasts a lifelong career in engineering, marked by achievements at renowned companies like Caterpillar. Following a successful stint as a consultant for six years, he transitioned into community service, serving as a trustee since 2016. His journey reflects a blend of professional prowess and a commitment to making a difference.

Paul Rhodes

Board treasurer, Chair of Finance & Performance Committee, Director of HWL services

Paul is a senior business development professional with a decade of experience working in health and social care, the third sector and politics. In his recent roles, he has specialised in business growth and change projects, with previous experience in developing social enterprises that supported vulnerable young people to achieve their potential. Paul is the co-founder of Fathercraft, which helps dads to become the best parents and partners they can be with a focus on equal parenting and advancing gender equality.

Elizabeth Ball

Chair of healthwatch steering group

Elizabeth started her career in the NHS as a nurse, training at Worksop and Mansfield School of Nursing, her career progressed from student nurse to the post of Chief Nurse in the Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) until her retirement in 2020. She has worked in Lincolnshire since 2008 as General Manager for Lincolnshire Community Health Services (LCHS), as Deputy Chief Nurse at United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust (ULHT) and finally as Director of Nursing and Quality at South Lincolnshire CCG.

Dr Maria Prior


Maria trained and worked as a nurse throughout the 1980s and 1990s. After completing a degree in Mathematics, she moved into teaching health-related subjects and statistics in further and higher education before commencing a 12-year career in health services research at the University of Aberdeen. She has a PhD in Public Health and in 2016 she relocated to Lincolnshire where she is also a director of an aviation safety consultancy. Dr Prior understands the importance of contributing time, effort, skills and experience to local communities.

Tim Staniland


Tim is the Managing Director of the consulting business IXC UK and has worked as an innovation consultant for 15 years. Before working with IXC, he ran his own innovation business, which successfully patented and licensed technology to the pharmaceutical and beverage industries. Before that, he was UK Sales Director for German multinational consumer goods company Henkel. Tim spent ten years as Non-Executive Director on the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust Board.

Emily Ward


Emily has a deep passion for community support and a decade of experience in the voluntary and community sector in Lincolnshire. Armed with a degree in Psychology, Emily is intrigued by human behaviour and possesses a keen interest in data analysis and actionable insight. Known for her hard work, attention to detail, and compassionate nature, she is driven by a genuine enthusiasm for inclusivity.

Sue Jago


Sue boasts over 43 years of invaluable experience within the NHS, having served in diverse roles ranging from Nurse and Midwife to Neonatal Nurse and Practice Nurse. Currently, she holds the position of Programme Manager for Maternity in the Integrated Care Bureau (ICB), where she spearheads initiatives to enhance maternal health services. Sue’s journey reflects a deep commitment to healthcare and a passion for improving maternal and child health services.

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