Change at LIVES as director steps down

Doctor Yvonne Owen
Doctor Yvonne Owen

Staff at LIVES have piled the praise on Doctor Yvonne Owen who has stepped down as Clinical Director after 18 years.

Dr Owen‘s decision comes just six months after she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

She will be replaced by Simon Topham, a Wragby based GP.

In a statement, LIVES said: “We have to say a huge thank you to Dr Owen for all her hard work and dedication.”

Dr Owen - a mum of three - is a highly respected GP based at The Wolds practice in Tetford. She was an inspiring and popular figure at LIVES.

Earlier this year, she helped raise thousands of pounds by completing a sponsored walk.

She was nominated for her MBE for her work at LIVES, her continued service to the Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group as a GP and her work leading the clinical model for the redesign of A&E and acute medical service at Louth County Hospital.

At the time, Dr Owen dedicated the MBE to her family and her colleagues at LIVES.

She said: “I’m delighted, not just for myself but for LIVES took because it is just as much an honour for the charity as it is for me.

“LIVES do incredible, lifesaving work.”

Dr Topham, a volunteer with the Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance, admits he has a tough act to follow but said he was “hugely proud” to be appointed.