Lyn Simpson

Chief Executive
North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Lyn was appointed chief executive of North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust in January 2020. She has a wealth of clinical and executive director level experience working in the NHS at a local, regional and national level.

Lyn started her career in the NHS as a nurse and she is also a qualified midwife and health visitor. Since 1992, she has worked as an executive and board director, in roles that have included director of patient services for Newcastle Hospitals trust, regional nurse / director of operations and workforce for the strategic health authorities and nationally as director of NHS operations at the Department of Health.

Lyn has led a number of high profile national programmes of work, for example coordinating the NHS response to the London 2012 Olympics, along with national emergency preparedness response. She was responsible for providing oversight of NHS performance and operations, communications and briefings for NHS operational matters to the director general, ministers and NHS chief executive as well as having national responsibility for the NHS interface with military health.

She was regional director for the north at the NHS Trust Development Authority / NHS Improvement and was involved in providing leadership and engagement for 70 NHS organisations across the North East and Yorkshire and North West regions, including acute, community, mental health and ambulance trusts as well as NHS foundation trusts.