Non-Executive Recruitment


Michele Moran, Chief Executive

Michele is a nurse, midwife and health visitor by background and has more than 35 years' experience of front-line roles in NHS management and care.

Michele was appointed to the role of Chief Executive at Humber on a permanent basis in February 2017.  Prior to her four years as Chief Executive in Manchester, Michele served as deputy Chief Executive/Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nurse at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for seven years.

An ex-chair of the Foundation Trust Network Clinical Leads Network, Michele has extensive experience in the primary care and acute sectors.  Michele has substantial experience in integrating systems and is an advocate for integrated care. Michele is committed to putting the patient at the heart of care and supporting staff health and wellbeing.

A qualified nurse, mental health nurse and midwife, Michele also has a Master's degree in health services management from the University of Manchester.

Lynn Parkinson,  Chief Operating Officer

Lynn has spent her career working in mental health in Leeds and York. 

Lynn started as a student nurse and worked her way up management positions, working as Deputy and then Interim Chief Operating Officer at Leeds and York NHS Foundation Trust before joining our Trust in February 2018.

Since qualifying as a registered mental health nurse in 1989, Lynn has gained a wealth of experience in a wide variety of clinical services including acute inpatient and community. Lynn also spent a number of years working in eating disorder services.

Lynn has a background in service improvement and expertise in applying improvement methodology such as lean six sigma in clinical settings.

Dr John Byrne, Medical Director

Born in Dublin, Dr Byrne graduated in medicine from University College Dublin in 1994 before serving for six years as a doctor in the Royal Army Medical Corps, where he completed his training in general practice.

In 2002 he became a partner at a GP surgery in Hampshire and in 2008 was appointed locality medical director for Hampshire Community Healthcare.

Three years later Dr Byrne became Clinical Director for Integrated Care at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and then Clinical Director and Accountable Officer for the Southampton and West Hampshire Division in 2012.

In 2014, he became General Practice Regional Adviser for the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) Birmingham-based Primary Medical Services team, also working part-time with NHS Elect advising NHS trusts on clinical strategy.

Dr Byrne completed a Master’s degree in Quality Improvement at Ashridge Business School in 2014 and is a Health Foundation GenQ leadership fellow.

Hilary Gledhill, Director of Nursing, Allied Health and Social Care Professionals

Hilary joined the Trust in June 2015 and has over 30 years experience in the NHS. She qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1983 and worked as a nurse in both acute hospital services and the community before moving into senior quality improvement and nurse leadership roles, gaining experience in both community care and commissioning organisations. 

Hilary has a working experience of many healthcare sectors and services including prison health, mental health services, ambulance services, hospital and community services.  

Prior to joining the Trust, she spent two years as the Director of Quality & Integrated Governance and the Executive Nurse for East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group which included commissioning Mental Health and Community services for residents of the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

Peter Beckwith,  Executive Director of Finance

Peter has been Deputy Director of Finance and Contracting with the Trust since December 2015. Prior to joining the Trust, Peter has held various senior roles with Local NHS organisations including NHS England and NHS Hull. Prior to joining the NHS, Peter accumulated 19 years of finance experience in Local Government across several different Local Authorities.

Peter is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Steve McGowan, Director of Workforce & Organisational Development

Born in Bedford, Mr McGowan began his career in 1992 at Lincolnshire County Council, working in an HR administrative support role while studying to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and gain a Master’s degree in HR Management.

He then worked as an HR Officer and HR Manager at Cannock Chase District Council before becoming Head of HR at Bromsgrove District Council and then Head of HR Operations and later Head of HR for Regional Collaboration at Lincolnshire Police.

Mr McGowan returned to the West Midlands in 2013 to become Head of HR at Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council, where he remained until moving to United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust as Deputy Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development in 2016.

Married with two children, Mr McGowan supports Luton Town Football Club, is a fan of US rock legend Bruce Springsteen, and also enjoys horseracing and cricket.

Mike Smith, Non Executive Director

Mike was appointed in October 2016 having previously served as a Non Executive Director for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust. When not working in the NHS in Humber, Mike holds a similar position at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust where he was appointed as a Non Executive Director in April 2019.

He has an Honours Degree in Law, a Masters in Business Administration and in June 2016 received his third degree - a Masters in Mental Health Law for which he was given a commendation. 

Mike has extensive experience in the public and private sectors, has been the President of his local Chamber of Commerce and is a volunteer director/trustee of the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham where he lives.

Professor Mike Cooke, Non Executive Director

Mike Cooke joined the Trust in September 2016 bringing with him 32 years experience in NHS provider leadership roles, most recently Chief Executive at Nottinghamshire Healthcare. Mike is delighted to join the Trust to use this experience in any way he can to benefit patients, service users and staff.   

Mike was Founder and First Chair of Mental Health Foundation Trust Network and helped set up and then Chaired East Midlands Leadership Academy.  He has a long held interest in health services research and was Special Professor in Healthcare innovation and Leadership at the University of Nottingham, Chaired several Research collaborations and networks in East Midlands and served two terms on The National Advisory Board of National Institute of Health Research.  He was heavily involved in the success of The Institute of Mental Health and is affiliated with the University of York since his move to the East Riding.

Mike is a long term service user and was lead Chief Executive for ImROC an important recovery movement across sectors in mental health. He was in 2010 awarded a Commander of The Order of the British Empire for services to mental health. 

Mike is a Trustee of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, A University of York Consultant, Executive Mentor and Coach and lives in Storwood on Pocklington Canal.  He enjoys spending time with his family, garden and dog Ruby.

Peter Baren, Non Executive Director

A chartered accountant with a degree in Business Finance, Peter has many years’ experience working in organisational finance at the most senior level.

Peter has held group finance controller positions in engineering and manufacturing companies for almost 30 years, with his most recent post being Group Finance Director of Cheshire-based national house builder and commercial property developer the Emerson Group from 2001 to 2012.

He serves as a non-executive director with Beyond Housing Limited and has been a member of the Finance and Capital Development Committee at York St John University.

Dean Royles, Non Executive Director

Dean Royles has been a highly regarded, leading figure in Human Resources (HR) within the NHS for nearly two decades. He now work independently and provides strategic advice and leadership development to organisations and boards. He is President of the HPMA. Former Chief Executive of NHS Employers, Dean joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals in 2014 as Executive Director of HR and OD. Leeds is one of the largest Trusts in the country employing over 18000 staff. Other notable positions have included Director of Workforce and Education at NHS North West and Deputy Director of Workforce for the NHS in England at the Department of Health. He started his career working in a local authority.

Dean has an MSc in Human Resources and is a member of Sheffield Business School’s Advisory Board. He is former national Chair of the Board of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and was awarded Companionship of the CIPD in 2015. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bradford for his contribution to health services management.

He is a regular conference speaker, published in a number of journals, on the editorial board of HRMJ and the International Journal of Human Resources Development, a social media advocate and provides expert opinion in the national media. His easy style, expertise and high energy approach to HR ensured he was voted UK’s Most Influential HR Practitioner three years running. His book, with Oxford University Press on Human Resource Management was published in February 2018.

Francis Patton, Non Executive Director

Francis has worked in the hospitality sector for over 30 years.  He started as a graduate trainee with Joshua Tetley, part of Allied Breweries, in 1985 and worked his way up through the various incarnations of the company as an area manager, general manager and finally commercial director for Vanguard Pubs and Restaurants, part of Allied Domecq Inns.  In 1999 the pub business of Allied Domecq was bough by Punch Taverns and Francis became the Commercial Director of Punch Taverns as a Board member.  He held that role until 2004 when the role was split into Commercial Director and Customer Service Director (both Board roles) and Francis took the Customer Service role.

Francis retired from Punch at the end of 2007 but moved into a series of Non Executive roles as well as starting his own PR business with some colleagues and becoming a part time lecturer at Leeds Beckett University.  At present Francis teaches part time at Leeds Beckett University, is a Non Executive Chair of the commercial arm of SIBA, is Chair of Cask Marque an accreditation company for quality beer, is a trade advisor for the BII, is Vice Chair and SID for Barnsley Hospital NHSFT and is part owner in and director of Fleet Street Communications, one of the top PR agencies in the Hospitality and Leisure sector.

Francis has extensive experience in corporate strategy, finance, customer services, Public Relations and corporate lobbying.