Northern England Clinical Senate

Meet the Senate Council

Prof Andrew J Cant
Northern England Clinical Senate Chair
Consultant in Paediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals, NHSFT,Director of the Children’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals, NHSFT,  Professor of Paediatric Immunology –    University of Newcastle.
I trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases and paediatrics in London, holding a MRC Fellowship before completing training in paediatric immunology and infectious diseases at Great Ormond Street Hospital and in Paris. A Consultant in Newcastle for 24 years, I set up one of two national referral centres for the treatment of children with severe immunological disorders and I am a world leader in the field of childhood infection, immune disorders, and bone marrow transplantation, also holding clinics in Leeds, Scotland and Ireland. My research in these areas has secured £6 million in grants, and over 150 scientific papers. I am a past President of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases and President Elect of the European Society for Immunodeficiencies. Despite being a very busy full-time NHS clinician, I was awarded a Personal Chair in 2004 for outstanding research arising from a highly regarded clinical service.  I teach at postgraduate events worldwide. My special interests include severe and unusual infection, tuberculosis, immunodeficiency, auto-immunity and allergy. I am a member of the Bubble Foundation UK Management Committee, a local charity that has raised over £2.7 million since 1994 to support the Children’s Bone Marrow Transplant Unit’s work and research; successfully pump priming research posts that now have university or NIHR funding. As Clinical Director for Children’s Services, I led the development of the £100 million 244 bedded Great North Children’s Hospital (GNCH) which opened in November 2010. This landmark development is a focal point for excellence in children’s healthcare in the North of England. Virtually all children’s hospital services in Newcastle have been centralised in a state-of-the-art facility which creates an ultra-modern environment designed to feel as little like a hospital as possible, allowing Newcastle to further develop a world-class service to children in the North East and beyond, as part of the Great North Children’s Network. I have led the GNCH’s participation in the Network of Acute Paediatrics for South of Tyne and Wear. In September 2013 I was appointed to Chair the Clinical Senate for Northern England. I have practiced medicine for 36 years. I am a very committed, fascinated and enthusiastic clinician who loves the mix of patient care, science, teaching and clinical management as a means to improving understanding and care, so more patients lead full and healthy lives.

Dr Lesley Kay
Northern England Clinical Senate Vice Chair
Consultant Rheumatologist, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT.
Qualified in medicine from Oxford University in 1990. I came to Newcastle in 1991 and have trained in medicine and rheumatology in the North East, with public health training in Newcastle and Cambridge. I have been a consultant rheumatologist at the Freeman since 2000, and have been Head of Service for Rheumatology (2006-2013) and Clinical Director for Musculoskeletal Services (2007-2012). I am one of the Clinical Directors for Patient Safety and Quality.  My research interests are in education and in use of biologic drugs. I am on the Steering Group for the British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Register for Ankylosing Spondylitis (2012) and was previously in a similar position for the BSR Biologics Register for Rheumatoid Arthritis (2000-2006). I am a member of the British Society for Rheumatology’s Clinical Affairs Committee, Arthritis Research UK’s Clinical Studies Group for Spondyloarthritis, and a Medical Advisor to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, who gave me a “HealthCare Champion” award. I run the regional specialist clinic for resistant Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis with Dr Ben Thompson and the nurse specialist Michelle Rutherford, and hold occasional combined clinics with Professor Nick Reynolds (Dermatology) and Dr John Mansfield (Gastroenterology).

Dr Jon Scott
Northern England Clinical Senate Vice Chair,Consultant Physician / Geriatrician, South Tyneside NHS FT Northern Foundation School Director, Health Education North East.
Dr Scott graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1992 and after postgraduate training in various hospitals around the North East was appointed as a Consultant in Elderly Care/General Medicine with a Specialist Interest in Stroke Medicine at South Tyneside Hospital in 2003. In addition to leading on Trust stroke and TIA services, Dr Scott is one of the Consultant Acute Physicians within the Trust working on the Emergency Assessment Unit and shares responsibility for elderly care in-patient services.  Dr Scott was appointed as one of 2 clinical advisors for stroke to the Northern Cardiovascular Network between July 2008 and April 2012. Alongside these clinical responsibilities, Dr Scott served for 3 years as an elected staff representative on the Trust’s Board of Governors from 2004 until 2007. Dr Scott was the Trust’s Clinical Lead for Clinical Governance with responsibility for Mortality reviews, Clinical Audit, Clinical Policies and implementation of NICE / NCEPOD guidance from 2006 until 2016. From an educational point of view, Dr Scott served as Foundation Programme Tutor for the Trust between 2006 and 2013 before being appointed to the role of Foundation School Director for Health Education North East in July 2013. This has allowed input into national workstreams such as the FP Curriculum Review Group for 2016 and NACT UK conference organisation. He maintains an active interest in teaching as a Clinical Lecturer for the Wear Base Unit of the University of Newcastle and in educational research as an honorary member of staff in the School of Medical Education. Dr Scott was appointed to the Northern Clinical Senate in 2013 and to senate vice president in 2016. When not working he relaxes by running and maintaining interests in quantum mechanics and astrophysics.

Dr Robin Mitchell
Clinical Director, Clinical Networks and Senate.
Robin  graduated in Medicine from Edinburgh University in 1980. He trained in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care in Lothian and Trent Regions prior to taking up a post as Consultant Anaesthetist in Durham in 1989. Robin was a member of the project team for the new hospital development in North Durham from 1991 to 1998. He was Clinical Director for Anaesthetics from 1993 to 1996, and subsequently was appointed as Medical Director for North Durham from 1996 to 2000.  In his clinical specialty, he maintained a broad range of interests including critical care, obstetric anaesthesia, paediatric anaesthesia and anaesthesia for colorectal surgery. He continued clinical work until 2011.  He undertook a further term as Executive Medical Director for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust from 2011 to 2013, and then continued as Responsible Officer and Deputy Medical Director from 2013 to 2016.  Robin was appointed as Clinical Director for Northern Clinical Networks in 2013 and also holds an ex-officio seat on the Northern Clinical Senate Council.

Prof Chris Gray
Team Medical Director, NHS England.
Professor Chris Gray is currently Medical Director to NHS England (Cumbria and North East). He was previously executive medical director to County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest integrated foundation trusts in the country serving a population of 650,000. His employment history includes senior clinical academic roles at Newcastle (Professor of Clinical Geriatrics) and Edinburgh University (Senior Lecturer) and as a practising NHS consultant physician (Stroke, General and Elderly medicine) in Sunderland, Gateshead and Edinburgh.  He has published widely in the field of stroke treatment and prevention and has an international reputation for his research into diabetes, hyperglycaemia and stroke outcome.  He has considerable experience in medical education as an undergraduate clinical sub dean to Newcastle University, director of medical education at City Hospitals Sunderland and more recently was Postgraduate Dean to the Northern Deanery.  His clinical interests are in the treatment of acute stroke and as graduate of both Medicine and Law, he has a continuing interest in managing and maintaining clinical and professional standards.  Having spent his professional career committed to furthering patient care through clinical service delivery and development, medical research and medical workforce development Professor Gray is now focused on how we can maximise the opportunities afforded by the Five Year Forward View.


Jacqui Old
Director of Children’s & Adult Services, North Tyneside Council.
Jacqui is currently in the combined DASS and DCS role in North Tyneside Council with responsibilities for Adults, Children, Education, and Public Health.  In her current role she has successfully managed a £150 million budget, with responsibility for about 2000 staff.  She is currently leading on the councils Change Programme for Cared for Services, and is undertaking a major review of children’s services.  More recently, she has been instrumental in leading on establishing an Accountable Care Organisation with NHS partners and is heavily involved in the regional devolution work.  Jacqui has experience of leading and undertaking serious case reviews in both children’s and adults and domestic homicide reviews.  She has lead integrated working with the NHS in modernising and developing intermediate and urgent care services.  Jacqui has a passionate interest in alcohol and dementia and works both regionally and nationally on these issues.

Prof Peter Kelly
Centre Director North East. Public Health England,
Peter joined Public Health England in September 2016 as Centre Director for the North East having previously been the Director of Public Health for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council for 4 years.  Previous to this he was a Director of Public Health for 11 years in various NHS posts in the North East of England, including two years as Acting Regional Director of Public Health. His current responsibilities include leading the provision of a high quality, responsive expert public health service to support the work of the Local Authorities and NHS partners in the North East. Peter started his career as a medical statistician following completion of his PhD in statistics in 1987 and he worked as a university lecturer until 1999 when he joined Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for a brief spell before joining the NHS in 2000.  He also had four years experience as an acute hospital

Mr Derek Cruickshank
Secondary Care Doctor, Sunderland & South Tees CCG’s.
Appointed as  consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at South Tees in 1993.  Since 1997 I have set up and developed the Gynaecological Oncology Network Service for Tees Valley (population of 1.1 million), with centralisation of complex gynaecological cancer surgery on the now James Cook University Hospital site.  I also introduced the national standard for “direct referral from cytology to colposcopy” for the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.  I was appointed the first Head of School for Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the Northern Deanery between 2008 and 2011 and was the RCOG Regional College Advisor in the North East of England between 2013 and 2016.  I was Chief of Service for Women & Children services at South Tees (2009 – 2016) and oversaw the major reconfiguration at the Friarage site where inpatient paediatrics was replaced by a short stay paediatric assessment unit and consultant led obstetrics was changed to a standalone midwifery led unit in 2014. I have been working with NICE since 2009, beginning with “ovarian cancer guidelines development” (2008 – 2011) and sat on the National NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee from 2013 – 2016 (author on 15 published quality standards).  I was appointed to the North East Senate Council from its inception in November 2013 and was also appointed in 2016 as the “In Hospital Clinical Lead” for the Better Health Programme (BHP) and subsequently the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Durham, Darlington, Tees, Hambleton, Richmondshire & Whitby.  This programme aims to make a case for reconfiguring acute services along Tees Valley with a focus on more care closer to home with consolidation of acute services, Obstetrics, Paediatrics and Neonates. Between 2012 and 2017 I was appointed Chair/Lead for Colposcopy Quality Assurance for The North East, Yorkshire and Humber NHS Cervical Screening Programme, latterly under the auspices of Public Health England.

Dr Andrew Simpson
Consultant in Emergency Medicine, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS FT.
I been an Emergency and Paediatric Emergency Medicine consultant at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust since 1999, for ten years of which I was Clinical Director stepping down earlier this year. During this time I have had significant involvement in the reconfiguration of emergency medical care North of the Tees which included the closure of the A&E department in Hartlepool. I was previously a member of the Senate assembly and have contributed to reviews of service provision in North Cumbria and South Yorkshire. I am currently Urgent and Emergency Care Lead for the Better Health Project in the South of the region and am a member of the Clinical Advisory Group of the Urgent and Emergency Network.

Dr Mark Hudson
Consultant Hepatologist, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT.
Qualified from Aberdeen University in 1992 and trained in Newcastle Hospitals, King’s College Hospital Liver Failure Unit, The Royal Free Hospital and Aberdeen Hospitals.  I was appointed Consultant Hepatologist & Gastroenterologist in 1995, and subsequently the Clinical Lead for Heptatology.  I am the Chair and Clinical Lead for the North East & North Cumbria Hepatology work.  I am a past member of the Council of the British Society of Gastroenterology.  I am currently a member of the British Association for Studies of the Liver (BASL) Committee and lead for hepatology training and education.  In 2010 I wrote the hepatology curriculum for gastroenterology and sub-speciality training in advanced hepatology.  I am a member of the NHSBT Liver Advisory Group and also a member of the DoH Clinical Advisory Group to the National Clinical Director of Liver services.

Dr Jean M MacLeod
Consultant Diabetologist, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS FT
Consultant in Diabetes and Acute Medicine in North Tees and Hartlepool NHSFT since 2000. Trust roles since then have included diabetes Lead Clinician, Clinical Director for Medicine, Associate Medical Director for Patient Safety, Chair of the Audit and Clinical Effectiveness Committee, Associate Medical Director for Transformation and now GP Liaison Lead. Long term regional commitment to speciality training, especially for trainees in difficulty. Currently standing member of NICE Guidelines Committees and on board of HFMA Costing for Value Institute.

Dr Jeremy Rushmer 
Executive Medical  Director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT.
Dr Rushmer was appointed Executive Medical Director, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust  in March 2016, providing clinical leadership on all aspects of patient safety, quality of care and clinical strategy.  Jeremy has been a consultant with the Trust for over 18 years in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia. He will continue to care for seriously ill patients at Cramlington where he has also been site Medical Director since September 2015. Between 2012 and 2015 Jeremy spent time as Medical Director at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust where he successfully led vital quality improvements, resulting in safer and more effective care for patients.

Dr Paul Goldsmith
Consultant Neurologist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT.
Current other NHS roles U&EC Vanguard. Northumberland Walking and Cycling Committee. Active Cramlington Committee.  Previously neuro lead, Neuro/Mental Health/Dementia northern Clinical Networks.

Debbie Wade
Maternal and Child Health Lead (community) Strategic Clinical Network Infant Feeding Co-ordinator, Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT.
Debbie is a Midwife and Health Visitor with a Masters degree in Public  Health. Currently working as an  Infant Feeding Lead for Northumbria-healthcare NHS Trust, and is the North East Lead for the National Infant Feeding Network, also working in Public Health England as part of the National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Service.

Dr John Bourke
Consultant Cardiologist, Freeman Hospital, NUT Hospitals NHS Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne & Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University
A Lead Clinician for Northern Cardiovascular Strategic Network (Implementation & commissioner advisory role) &  Head of Cardiac Arrhythmia Management Services (Electrophysiology / Pacing / Member of Learned Societies, British Cardiovascular Society; British Heart Rhythm Society; Heart Rhythm Society (Heart Rhythm, USA); European Cardiac Society; World Muscle Society (ICDs), Freeman Hospital.

Dr Katie Elliott
Salaried GP, CRUK Strategic GP NCA Doctor Representative, South Tees FT
I have been working in general practice for 17 years and returned to my roots in the North East 13 years ago. My clinical base is in Blyth with clinical interests in skin, diabetes and palliative care. I am a mother of two and my family are based in the North East.  I have on ongoing interest in quality improvement in all aspects of general practice care including using lean tools and techniques to facilitate improvement work. This perspective has supported my work with the cancer network team over the last 2 years.  My role as one of the CRUK Strategic GP Leads moves into the Northern England Cancer Alliance where I will continue to work with the team to improve cancer services for all in our region.

Prof Mike Bramble
Senior Fellow in Gastroenterology, South Tees Hospitals NHSFT
Appointed in 1982 after training in Newcastle upon Tyne, he became Clinical Director for Gastroenterology in 1991 and Head of Medicine in 1998. He has been Vice-President of the British Society of Gastroenterology and was chairman of the of the British Society of Gastroenterology Endoscopy Committee 2000-2002. From 2000 -2006 he advised the government on decontamination and CJD issues in relation to endoscopy. In April 2005 he became the Trusts Medical Director, retiring in June 2010. He returned to part time clinical and academic work and was appointed to the Board of Sunderland CCG in 2013 as the designated Secondary Care Doctor. He joined the North of England Clinical Senate in Autumn 2016.

Prof Ian Greaves
Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Department of Academic Emergency Medicine, Academic Centre, James Cook University Hospital.        
Professor Ian Greaves was educated at the Manchester Grammar School and graduated from the University of Birmingham Medical School. He joined the British Army in 1999 as a consultant in Emergency Medicine.  Between 2008 and 2014 he was head of Emergency Medicine and clinical lead for Pre-hospital Care for the three Armed Services, responsible for the provision of these specialties in Iraq and Afghanistan. He continues to serve as a Regular Army medical officer in the rank of colonel. He was Honorary Surgeon to HM Queen Elizabeth II from 2011 to 2014. Professor Greaves holds a personal chair at the University of Teesside and is Reader in Military Emergency Medicine at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine.  He is an examiner for the Fellowships in Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine and for postgraduate degrees in trauma at Queen Mary University of London.  He is the author or editor of textbooks on trauma, Pre-hospital Care, major incident management and medical responses to terrorism and is editor of the journal Trauma. Professor Greaves is a member of the Northern Region NHS Clinical Senate and has been actively involved in NHS clinical service provision reviews.

Dr Geoff Lawson
Consultant Paediatrician Obstetrician, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS FT
Qualified from Dundee University 1977.  SHO and Registrar posts in the North East, Senior Registrar in Birmingham. Consultant Paediatrician at Sunderland Royal Hospital since    1991 with special interest in Diabetes and Epilepsy.Clinical   Director of Paediatrics since 1994.  Chair of Strategic Clinical Network for Paediatrics since 2014.  Married to Anne, a paediatric surgeon, and lives in Cleadon.  Have three adult offspring who live in Leeds and London.  Interests in life outside medicine include Junior Church leader at Enon Baptist Church, and acappella singing.                      

Dr Stephen Sturgiss
Consultant Obstetrician, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT & Chair of NE Maternity Network.
A Consultant Obstetrician at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and is also a subspecialist in fetal medicine with a particular interest in providing care for women with complex multiple pregnancies. He is a firm believer in the benefits of collaborative working across organisations, based on the principle of prioritising needs of pregnant women over and above all else – and has been involved in networking projects across the region for many years, most recently as the clinical lead for the North East and Cumbria Maternity Network.

Prof Gerard Stansby
Consultant Vascular Surgeon,Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT & Chair of NE Vascular Advisory Group. 
Professor Gerard Stansby qualified from Cambridge University and Addenbrooke’s Hospital in 1982. After working at the Royal Free Hospital as Lecturer in Surgery and Imperial College London as Senior Lecturer in January 2000, he obtained his current position of Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Newcastle and the Freeman Hospital. Professor Stansby is the author of more than 250 scientific articles and several books on venous and arterial diseases. He is president of the RSM Venous Forum and coordinating editor for the Cochrane Vascular group and several medical journals. He has chaired several NICE guidelines and associated quality standards.  He is vascular lead for the North of England network. His other interests include undergraduate medical education and he is the author of a bestselling surgical text book for undergraduates.

Dr Angela Kennedy
Consultant Psychologist, Tees Esk & Wear Valley NHS FT & member of NE Mental Health Network.    
Dr Kennedy has been a Psychologist in the NHS for 24 years and is a trauma therapist working in Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. She is currently the psychological therapies lead for the North of England Clinical Network (NHS England). Angela is service lead for a specialist psychological therapies team working with people who experience enduring psychotic symptoms.  She is actively creating systems for services to be ‘Trauma-Informed’ and is Project Lead for compassion focused management and culture in TEWV.  Angela is on the board of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation.

Mr Gareth Hosie
Consultant in Paediatric Surgery, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT
I undertook my General Surgical training in Manchester and Specialist Paediatric Surgery training in London. I am past Programme Director for Training.  Currently Clinical Lead for Paediatric Surgery and Chair of the Northern Children’s Surgical Network.

Prof David Colin-Thomé
Independent Healthcare Consultant,
Formerly GP Runcorn and National Clinical Director for Primary Care, Department of Health England. Visiting Professor Manchester Business School.


Dr Debbie Freake
Director of Strategy,  North Cumbria University Hospitals FT
Debbie trained as a GP, practicing in inner-city Newcastle for 12 years. She was Medical Director in Newcastle PCT, before moving into full time management in a variety of Board level roles in both commissioning and provider Trusts. She currently works at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as Director of Integration having recently returned from a 3-year secondment stint as STP/Trust Director of Strategy in North Cumbria. Debbie works part-time in her NHS role alongside work as partner in a small management consultancy.

Mr Barry Slater
Consultant colorectal surgeon, Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT
Mr Slater’s areas of specialty are colorectal cancer and pelvic floor dysfunction.
Other interests are the investigation and management of faecal incontinence and ano-rectal physiology. Barry established first ano-rectal physiology laboratory in the region for the investigation of pelvic floor dysfunction.
Mr Slater graduated from Manchester University before returning to the North East to complete his surgical training and has been a consultant surgeon at the trust since 1999.

Dr Mike Jones

Consultant in Acute Medicine, County Durham and Darlington NHS FT

Dr Jones has held consultant posts in Tayside (as a consultant in Renal Medicine, at the Royal Edinburgh Infirmary (as a consultant physician) before joining County Durham and Darlington NHS FT in 2006.

 He has been Secretary, Vice President and President of the Society for Acute Medicine (1999 to 2007), was National Specialty Adviser to the CMO in Scotland for General Medicine (2010 – 2012) and is a Fellow of all three Royal College of Physicians. Dr Jones was Dean of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (2004 to 2009, then Vice President from 2009 to 2013) before taking up his current role there as Director for both Training and Standards. Since 2018 Dr Jones has been the National Clinical Lead for Acute Medicine for the Get It Right First Time programme (GIRFT).

Lesley Durham
Director and Lead Nurse, North of England Critical Care Network, UK.
Lesley has been an active and supportive member of Critical Care Networks for many years, and believes that Critical Care Operational Delivery Networks are ideally positioned to become integral and enabling structures within the UK NHS architecture. Lesley has spent over 25 years at the coal face in critical care and outreach; she believes emphatically that since their introduction, ‘Critical Care Outreach’ services and the introduction of ‘Early Warning Scores’ have made an immense and invaluable contribution to the quality, safety and effectiveness of care for critically and acutely ill patients in hospital. Lesley also believes that it is only correct that critical care outreach teams are now being referred to as the ‘safety engines of our hospitals’ in the UK. Lesley was a member of the UK Royal College of Physicians (RCP) ‘National Early Warning Score Development and Implementation Group’ (NEWSDIG) and latterly the ‘NEWS Review Group’ which has recently published ‘NEWS2’. Lesley remains a core contributor to the ‘NEWS Chart and Educational Programme’ sub-group which is responsible for developing the on-line training modules for NEWS2. Lesley had the privilege of serving as Chair of the UK National Outreach Forum (NOrF) between 2006 and 2010. She is a founding member and on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Rapid Response Systems (iSRRS) and has been elected to the Advisory Committee and is also the current President Elect. As an active member of both the NOrF (UK) and iSRRS Board’s, Lesley remains committed to providing vision, drive and facilitation to achieve the development of these organisations as recognised credible bodies representing and informing clinicians, patients and carers on all aspects of Critical Care Outreach Services and Rapid Response System’s both within the UK and internationally.Interests: African adventure, family and friends, food and wine.

Mauyra Cushlow
Executive Chief Nurse at the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT
With over 30 years’ experience in the NHS, Maurya started her healthcare career as a registered general nurse in Sunderland and has subsequently enjoyed a varied and successful nursing and management career. With significant board experience as an Executive Director across acute, community and commissioning, which included establishing and leading a CCG as Accountable Officer, Maurya brings a breadth and depth of experience to the role of Chief Nurse. Most recently as Executive Director of Nursing and Governance at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust where she was part of the team which lead the Trust out of the special measures regime. Responsible for the overall leadership and development of all nursing, midwifery and therapy services, Maurya’s role encompasses the broad remit of Patient Services, which includes approximately 7,500 nurses, midwives, allied healthcare professionals and healthcare assistants including portering, domestics and catering services.  This provides strong and professional leadership for our dedicated nurses, midwives and allied healthcare professionals and ensures that the both the workforce and patient experience overall is well represented at Board level. Experienced in partnership working across the boundaries of health and social care, Maurya is committed to improving health and care for the local population.  As a key Board member, she plays a pivotal role in creating the right conditions for staff to flourish and provide the best possible care for the people we serve.


Fiona McEvoy – Head of Nursing, Patient Safety and Quality (North Tees and Hartlepool Trust)
I have over 30 years’ experience working within the NHS and considerable knowledge of emergency pathways, acute medicine and elderly care. During this time I have had significant experience and involvement in reconfiguration of acute medical services onto one site. I have a diverse knowledge base and this compliments the commitment to my own professional core values, creating a person-centered approach to care, embedding a culture that enables staff to add value to patient experience and that is demonstrated through patient safety, high quality and effective delivery. This has enhanced my leadership skills in regards to steering services in the right direction, but at the same time maintaining a safe, effective, efficient and patient focused workforce. I am responsible for leading and managing nursing staff at all levels, engaging with external agencies, networking across specialties and acting as a role model to deliver upon key performance indicators within the Trust. The role is also ensuring professional standards are monitored and maintained in line with the Trust values and beliefs. My career journey to date demonstrates dedication to personal and professional growth as I lead on many initiatives within the Trust at a strategic level. This has been developed over time through a number of roles from staff nurse, specialist nurse, Ward matron, Senior Clinical Matron, Head of Nursing Quality and my current position as Head of Nursing, Patient Safety and Quality. I continue to be focused, proud and passionate about the NHS but also support continuous improvement, transformation and innovation.


Dr Nicola Wesley, Interim Chief Executive Officer, The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC)
Nicola was instrumental in establishing the AHSN NENC in 2013 and has played a crucial role in cementing the organisation within the regional healthcare landscape over the last six years.Led by Nicola as Interim CEO, the AHSN NENC acts as the link between the NHS, academia and industry, to drive forward transformative innovations.She gained a PhD in Chemistry from Durham University and worked in a variety of roles supporting business and industry in the region, before becoming founding member of the AHSN NENC team.Since the inception of the AHSN NENC, Nicola has developed and deployed The Innovation Pathway, and she has also shaped the work programme for the national economic growth agenda for the AHSN Network.


Elaine Henderson
Director of Nursing Delivery at Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT    Awaiting Bio and photo

Sam Bethapudi
GP in Durham City, Post-graduate trainer, member of Public Health England North East and the RCGP North East Faculty   Awaiting Bio and photo

Raj Khanna
GP and Emergency Department Consultant, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS FT   Awaiting Bio and photo

Kerry Benton
 GP in Newcastle and GP Appraiser    Awaiting Bio and photo