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Meet Your Governors

38 Governors sit on the Council of Governors and represent the Trust's public and staff constituencies and stakeholder organisations. Find out more about them here, including how to contact them and share your views.

If you would like to contact any of our Governors, please use the link below and start your message 'message for Governor Name'

cdda-tr.Foundation@nhs.net

Occasionally, Governors may seek views of members on specific issues and details of these can be found on the 'related publications' links on this page.

Public Governors

The Public Governors represent the geographic area covered by the Trust and this is split into nine constituencies:

Chester-le-Street - Kathryn Featherstone

Kathryn Featherstone

Kathryn Featherstone qualified as a pharmacist in 1983. She spent 16 years working as a community pharmacist and pharmacy proprietor before also taking on practice pharmacist work in 1999 and becoming involved with her local PCT, spending time as a pharmacist on the professional executive committee. She later became Head of Medicines Management at South Tyneside PCT for almost four years until September 2007 and then worked as a consultant, primarily with the two Local Pharmaceutical Committees in NHS South of Tyne & Wear, where she was Secretary of Sunderland LPC. She is Clinical Lead for Intelligent Prescribing Solutions Ltd, a company providing prescribing support services to GP practices.  Kathryn helped set up the Listening Friends scheme, a telephone help-line for pharmacists under stress and was one of the National co-ordinators for 20 years. When not at work, Kathryn has a caravan near Bamburgh on the North East coast where (weather permitting) she enjoys beach walks. Favourite thing to do - swim with dolphins - but in warmer water than the UK!

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Chester-le-Street - Dr Lakkur Murthy - new governor

Lakkur Murthy

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Darlington - Liz Sanderson - new governor

Liz SandersonLiz is a retired nurse having qualified whilst serving with the Queen Alexander's Royal Army Nursing Corps. After leaving the forces Liz continued in nursing, predominantly in an accident and emergency setting until she left to raise her two children. She later returned to nursing and worked in many different aspects until her retirement.

Since retirement, Liz has worked as a volunteer with several agencies including MIND and Age UK as well as the NHS.

Liz previously served as a governor with the Trust prior to moving from the area in 2016. On her return she is happy and looking forward to being able to serve again.

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Darlington - Patricia Gordon

Tricia GordonTricia moved to Darlington 38 years ago to start her nurse training in Darlington Memorial Hospital and has spent most of her career within CDDFT.  Tricia is very proud of the NHS and CDDFT in what it achieves daily.  She believes passionately that the people of Darlington should be assured of safe, effective, quality healthcare delivered in a caring environment where they are treated with dignity and respect.

Tricia and her family have had call to use the services of the Trust and have experienced some exceptional care.  From her own experience, she can understand the importance of getting care right and what people expect when they or their families are ill.

Tricia has been a staff governor for the organisation in the past, and as a public governor, she feels she can now build on her previous experience and represent the interests of the people of Darlington.

Tricia feels privileged to be a public governor, to be able to hold the Non-Executive Directors to account; to ensure safe care for all; continue the integrated care partnership transformations; influence and shape future developments, to improve outcomes for all those the Trust serves, and the dedicated, hardworking healthcare workers employed by the Trust.  Tricia is married with three grown up children and when not at work, she can be found helping at her local parish church and social centre, at the gym, or with her head in a good book.

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Darlington - Kath Fawcett

Kath FawcettKath retired in March 2017, after working in the NHS since September 1966 almost continuously apart from breaks to have her two daughters.  She has a 10 year old Grandson who lives in the West Midlands and another Grandchild on the way.  Kath enjoys spending time with her family, walking the dog - Max, and trying to keep her garden under control.

The majority of Kath's career was spent in the area of Elderly Care at DMH which she thoroughly enjoyed as she feels there is something very special about caring for our older generation.

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Derwentside - Nancye Carr

Nanyce CarrNancye has enjoyed a nursing career spanning 25 years: initially working in Newcastle and Gateshead general hospitals.  In 1989, she moved into Primary Care as a Practice Nurse in a large Medical Centre.  During this time, Nancye entered the academic field, receiving multiple Diploma level qualifications and a BSc (hons) in Nursing Science.  In 1998, Nancye was awarded 'Nurse of the Year' for work setting up a private provider service for nurse-led anticoagulation clinics.  After going to London to receive the award from the Minister of Health, Nancye was invited to join the Board of Editors for the Practice Nurse Journal and began writing and reviewing articles for them and other nursing journals. In that same year, Nancye received funding from the RCN and wrote a widely distributed book and teaching pack "Nurse-led Oral Anticoagulation Management" which led to facilitating training programmes and guest speaker invitation to numerous national conferences.

In 1999, Nancye was involved in the development of the Oral Anticoagulation Management module and invited to become a Visiting Scholar at Northumbria University.  In 2001, Nancye took on the challenging role for North Durham Primary Care as Cardiovascular Nurse Co-ordinator, tasked with introducing previously hospital based cardiac services into the community.  With her team of cardiac nurses, they studied at Teesside University for a level 3 Clinical Skills qualification.  In 2007, the team won a national Excellence and Innovation award in Cardiac Rehabilitation.  Nancye retired from her professional career in 2009 and was invited to become involved in local and county patient groups, which she continues to do.

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Derwentside - currently vacant

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Derwentside - currently vacant

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Durham City - currently vacant

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Durham City - Stuart Green

Stuart GreenStuart lives and works in Durham City. He has a professional background in accounting, with specialist experience in taxation, assurance and financial management. In addition he is also an examiner for professional bodies in both accounting and banking.

Stuart has a keen interest in governance and serves in governance roles for several organisations, including Durham Constabulary and the North East Joint Transport Committee.

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Durham City - David Jackson - new governor

David Jackson

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Easington - Chris Boyd

Chris BoydChris is a retired Science Teacher who taught for over 32 years.  He holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Physics with Electronics (Liverpool University) and a PGCE Teaching Certificate.  In his early twenties he served as a local parish councillor.  Chris was a member of the National Union of Teachers and served as a Teacher's School Governor and Health and Safety representative.

As a frequent user of NHS Services because of several lifelong chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and psoriatic arthritis, Chris would like to give back a little for the excellent servce and treatments received.  Suffering a stroke over two years ago, he received treatment from a team of dedicated professionals and this led him to consider contributing to improving the effectiveness of local NHS services in some way, as he feels it can often look confusing and complex.  He has taken part in an active drug trial for a new psoriasis treatment and has also helped in the training of medical students at James Cook University Hospital.

Chris and his wife have three adult children and presently one grandchild.  Since the NHS has been vital to the health and wellbeing of all of his family, Chris is keen to support it in whatever way he can.

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Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland - Lord Ajibola Odu - new governor

Lord Odu

Lord Odu was born to Nigerian parents and attended both private and public schools. He studied law in University and Law School in Nigeria, graduating to become a solicitor and Barrister of the Law. He went on to work in the office of the Executive Governor of Lagos State in the office for the Commissioner for Special Duties. He also worked in private legal practice and then joined the banking industry. He worked in banks such as Diamond Bank (now Access Bank), Guarantee Trust Bank (GT Bank) and United Bank for Africa (otherwise known as UBA). He worked extensively in Risk Management, Credit Risk Management, Enterprise Risk Management and Credit Control. He worked in Santander on various projects. He attended the Durham Business School and was awarded an MBA in Economics, Management and Leadership from the University of Durham. He is also a certified GDPR Practitioner.

In addition Lord Odu is a Deacon of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and also volunteers on weekends helping to coordinate the distribution of food aid to the less privileged in the Durham, Sunderland, Stockton and Middlesbrough areas. Lord Odu currently serves as the Financial Secretary for the Nigerian Committee on Tees (NICOT). Though not a member of the House of Lords, Lord Odu was awarded the title of Lord in 2020.

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Hambleton, Richmondshire and Tees Valley - Frank White

Frank WhiteFrank has been a resident of Darlington and District for the last 45 years and retired in 2014 after working for 48 years in the voluntary (NSPCC) and Local Government (Social Care and Managerial positions) sectors. During his career Frank was involved with child protection services, children with disabilities and those with life threatening illnesses as well as mental health in both adults and paediatrics in the community and acute environments. Frank worked with a range of multi-disciplinary teams through this time including social workers, doctors, psychiatrists, ward staff, the police and legal professionals. In addition Frank undertook other duties which included the chairing of conferences, managing performance, the preparation and liaison of children services inspections and undertaking audits and complaints handling.

After retirement, Frank continued to support the services in which he had worked by taking part in regulatory inspections of children's homes. He also became a Trustee and Director of Healthwatch Darlington for a time, with a remit which included policies, budgeting and staffing issues. This role also included attendance at multi-agency meetings and liaison meetings with the North East Ambulance Service.

Before becoming a governor with the Trust, Frank joined the membership and also volunteered, even taking part in PLACE based inspections of our hospitals.

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Sedgefield - Brian Ferguson

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Sedgefield - Ian Banks

Ian Banks

Ian was commissioned into the Royal Air Force on leaving school and trained initially as a pilot before transferring to the RAF Regiment where he served in Cyprus, Norway and Northern Ireland.

Ian also serves as an Officer in the Army Reserve.  Most recently he has been employed as the Senior Reservist at the Army's School of Infantry utilising his experience gained with 2 local units:  THE RIFLES (7th Battalion Durham Light Infantry) and his three years in command of the 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. On leaving the RAF he joined NatWest and since then has worked for a number of banks and in industry, specialising in corporate asset finance.  Ian currently works as a Director for Lloyds Bank providing funding solutions to regional businesses.

Ian has lived and worked in Newton Aycliffe for over 30 years, married and raised his family here and considers himself a local with a keen interest in local issues He has previously served as a Governor with the Education Services of County Durham and has experience in representing local people and their interests, ensuring that their voices are heard in how services are developed and delivered to best satisfy the needs of the Community.

"My Civilian and Military careers have exposed me to the importance of strategic planning and given me solid experience in working with diverse teams of people, shaping aspirations of today and delivering solutions which meet the demands of tomorrow. As an individual I am driven by a personal desire to improve the way we live our lives, this includes reducing waste, using our resources efficiently and preparing for the future."

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Sedgefield - David Taylor

David Taylor

David is an accomplished, time served finance and administrative professional with the experience of systems in both industry and commerce of both large and complex organisations and also small to medium sized companies.  Though now spending more time keeping fit and fully aware of local and national financial and political events, along with health care developments regionally.  Originally from Yorkshire, David has lived locally now for over 30 years.

 

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Wear Valley and Teesdale - Marilyn Weerasinghe

Marilyn Jan 21 photoMarilyn was born and bred in Bishop Auckland and originally trained to be a Primary School Teacher. After a few years however she decided on a change of career and retrained as a Social Worker, working first with the Durham Dioscesan Family Welfare Council and then, after completing her Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, with the local authority in Crook and later in Bishop Auckland. Following the birth of her daughter, Marilyn made a return to teaching and worked until retirement as a teacher with a focus on Special Educational Needs.

Following her mother's stroke, Marilyn's passion for improving health care services was ignited. She became a member of the Patient and Public Involvement Forum and represented patient views both regionally and nationally on stroke, paediatric, surgical and stem cell research services.

Marilyn volunteers at Durham Cathedral and with the Auckland project and was recently the North East's winner of the Marsh Award for Museum Learning, specifically for working with young people in hard to reach communities.

While there are ever increasing demands on the NHS and health services, Marilyn believes that the best outcomes for patients and communities can continue to be achieved and looks forward to working together with the Council and the Trust to contribute to this.

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Wear Valley and Teesdale - Alan Cartwright

Alan CartwrightElected as a Public Governor in 2017, Alan, is a retired lecturer and college manager.  He is married to Denese with two daughters, a son and five grandchildren.  He currently works part time as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University.  Alan's professional background is in Technical Vocational Training, Higher Education and Management.  A Senior Lecturer and Manager at Newcastle College for 23 years.  Trained as an Electronics Engineer and worked in engineering companies, such as Northern Engineering Industries (NEI).  Prior to taking up a lecturing post at Newcastle College is 1982, worked as a Senior Research Engineer at the International Research and Development Company (IRD).

Awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1977, a Certificate of Education in 1983 and completed a Master of Business Administration Degree in 1992.  Public service includes, an elected member of Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council in the 1990s and as a Magistrate for 21 years on the South Northumbria Bench.  A Rotarian and Past president of Crook Rotary Club, currently the club's International Chairman.

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Wear Valley and Teesdale - Professor Yitka Graham - new governor

Y GrahamYitka is the Head of the Helen McArdle Nursing and Care Research Institute at the University of Sunderland. She is married with a daughter and has lived in Bishop Auckland for 18 years.

Yitka has a strong and sustained background in applied health research which focuses on health services research, for example illuminating patient experiences of healthcare provision and workforce issues surrounding the organisation and delivery of health and care services. Her work has been published widely, influencing national policy and practice, positively impacting patient care and supporting the NHS and care workforces.

She believes in empowering people to have the confidence to take control of their own health and be active partners in healthcare, ensuring that marginalised and underrepresented populations are represented. Yitka strives to ensure that wellbeing of the health and care workforce is taken into account as we continue to live with Covid-19.

Yitka is a Trustee for the National Council of Women and was a governor of New College Durham from 2010-2015. She has a BSc in Public and Community Health, a PhD in patient experience and Fellowship of the Chartered Management Institute.


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Staff Governors

Staff Governors represent the staff group they belong to:

Admin, Clerical and Managers - currently vacant

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AHPs, Professional & Technical and Pharmacists - currently vacant

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Ancillary - currently vacant

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Community based - currently vacant

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Community based - Kevin Morley

Kevin has worked within the Trust for 26 years and has been a member of the Multi-Professional Community team since completing his Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care at Teesside University in 2015. Prior to this he worked in a variety of settings in the Trust including Elderly Care wards, Children's wards and a School Health Community team.  Kevin has a passion for delivering quality and patient centred care and a drive for making a difference to the experience of the patient.

Looking forward to being a part of the Council, Kevin sees this as an opportunity to contribute to the Trust's delivery of the right care at the right time through the work of the Council and holding the Non-Executives to account.

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Medical - Professor Anjan Dhar - new governor

Anjan DharProfessor Dhar is a Professor of Medicine at Teesside University and Consultant Gastroenterologist at Darlington Memorial Hospital and Bishop Auckland Hospitals in County Durham.

He has been a Consultant with the Trust since 2003 and in addition to his clinical role he is involved with a number of leadership roles such as Clinical Lead for Upper GI Cancers and the educational and training lead for Gastroenterology to Health Education England North East. In addition he has leadership roles in the British Society of Gastroenterology and Royal College of Physicians.

Professor Dhar graduated from the University of Delhi with a Presidential Gold Medal and then completed his Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology training at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He came to the UK as a Commonwealth Research Fellow to work with Professor Derek Jewell at Oxford University. Professor Dhar's Gastroenterology training in the UK was at the University of Oxford and the University College London Hospitals. He was appointed as a Consultant in CDDFT in 2003 and Professor of Medicine at Teesside University in 2019.

A National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinician Investigator, Professor Dhar is involved in several national and international clinical trials at County Durham. He holds a tenured Chair in Medicine at the School of Health and Life Sciences at Teesside University for education and clinical research and has previously been a faculty member of the School of Medicine and Health at Durham University.

Throughout his career Professor Dhar has been the recipient of many prestigious awards such as the British Society of Gastroenterology, Endoscopy and Advanced Endoscopy travelling fellowship. He has over 80 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Professor Dhar has a keen interest in the welfare of all medical staff in the organisation, with a special interest in equality and diversity.


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Nursing and Midwifery - Danielle Harrison

Danielle Harrison 21 PhotoDanielle trained to be a midwife with the Trust and since qualifying in 2013 has practiced at UHND. She is currently works in the Pregnancy Assessment triage unit providing frontline care to women and their families experiencing complications of pregnancy. Danielle is also qualified in third trimester sonography which enables her to contribute to increasing the Trust's scanning capacity.

Danielle has a drive for service improvement and is currently studying for a Masters in Global Leadership and Management in Healthcare. She is looking forward to being able to contribute as part of the council to represent the views of the staff membership.

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Nursing and Midwifery - Carley Kane

Carley Jan 21 PhotoCarley's career began as a carer in a nursing home for 7 years before becoming a healthcare assistant (HCA) at UHND.  While in her role as a HCA, it was recommended that she join the trainee nursing associate programme, which she undertook and successfully completed. Carley is now a newly registered Nursing Associate and has a passion for caring, devoted to a career in nursing and dedicated to enhancing patient care and outcomes and experience.  New to the Nursing profession, Carley was described as exemplifying the very heart and spirit of nursing with big plans to encourage and nurture the nursing family of tomorrow, in a feature in the Unison magazine 'A passion for caring'.

Carley was previously a representative for trainee nursing associates at Teesside University and inspired a need to advocate for excellence in healthcare for patients, colleagues and the wider community.  In addition to her day to day job, Carley is involved in various professional undertakings within the Trust; she is a patient safety champion, part of a change team and involved in the 'Civility Saves Lives' work.

Committed to the governor role Carley is passionate about promoting pride and professionalism in nursing, celebrating the good work of colleagues and working collaboratively to ensure optimal standards of care delivery.  She strongly believes that we must value each other, connect and engage with each other, be inclusive, kind, innovate and put our patients and people at the heart of our practice.  Proud to be serving as a Governor Carley strives to positively influence future outcomes and look for transformational change.

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Nursing and Midwifery - currently vacant

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Appointed Governors

We also have a number of Governors nominated by our stakeholder organisations.  Appointed Governors and the organisations they represent are as follows:

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Healthwatch Durham

Chris Cunnington Shore

Chris Cunnington-Shore

Chris is Chair of the Board of Healthwatch County Durham having taken over from Brian Jackson.

He has a broad managerial experience with a background in both the NHS and Civil Service.  Upon his retirement, he has become more involved in a number of voluntary roles supporting the local health and social care agenda.

 

 

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Healthwatch Darlington (shared post)

Dr Robert Upshall

Robert Upshall

A southerner originally, hailing from Bournemouth, Robert graduated as a doctor from University College Hospital in London in 1976.  After hospital jobs and GP training posts in Surrey and Hampshire, Robert arrived to join one of the practices operating out of Parkgate Health Centre in 1981.  The practice moved gradually to the Whinfield site from the following year eventually moving out of the Health Centre completely.  Robert continued in that practice as a partner, eventually senior partner, until 2011.  In addition to being a full time GP, Robert did consultancy work for Cleveland Bridge, for a number of years.  He also worked in the Psychiatry department at Darlington Memorial Hospital as a clinical assistant with a special interest in the Elderly Mentally Infirm for a number of years.  Robert worked as an emergency doctor with Healthcall Ltd from 1981 until 2003.  From 2003 until 2010, he worked with Durham Constabulary as a Forensic Medical Examiner (colloquially known as a police surgeon though one is neither police nor a surgeon!)  Robert was a member, latterly vice-chair, of County Durham and Darlington Local Medical Committee representing Darlington GPs from the 1980s until he retired.

Robert has two adult children - a daughter who is trained as an artist, teacher and psychologist who works for a homeless charity as a Health and Wellbeing Manager, and a son who is a musician performing in a local band and works for Darlington company EE.  Since retirement, Robert and his wife like to travel, spending time in his wife's home country, the USA, and for the last few years, he has been involved with Healthwatch Darlington Ltd, a registered charity, currently the Chair as well as being one of their directors and trustees.  Robert maintains a strong interest in healthcare issues and is passionately concerned that locally it should be of the highest quality, available to all equitably and sensitive to the needs of the local population and that providers should be able to explain and justify their decisions to their patients both on an individual basis and to the population as a whole.  Robert was appointed to the Council of Governors by Healthwatch Darlington, and jointly with Brian Jackson, he takes turns to attend Council meetings representing both Healthwatch Darlington and Healthwatch Durham.

Valerie Johnston

Val JohnstonValerie is a retired Civil Servant with wide-ranging experience in the Departments of Employment; Education and Skills; Children, Schools and Families, latterly Education (DfE) and ACAS.  She has long experience in operational management roles with teams ranging in size from 7 to 45 staff; experience in Human Resource Management, Training and Development, Contract Management, Procurement, Buildings Management and outward facing / representational roles.

Valerie has served as a Trustee for several organisations in the Voluntary and Community sector including Age UK (previously Age Concern), the Women Matter Bursary, and Tees Valley Rural Action, over a period of 25 years.  She is an experienced school governor, currently a Director of Firthmoor Primary School, and a Governor of Corporation Road Community Primary School, both in Darlington.  Valerie's qualifications include; CIPD Certificate in Training, NCFE Certificate in Counselling Skills, ITD Diploma in Training Management, IPM Diploma in Personnel Management, MA Strategic Human Resource Management, ISO 9001/2 Lead Assessor.

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Darlington Borough Council - Lorraine Tostevin

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Durham County Council - Paul Sexton - new governor

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North East Ambulance Service - Jane Farrelly - new governor

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Jane is the Trust Secretary at the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) having joined in September 2021. Prior to this Jane was the Corporate Governance manager for a large women and children's hospital in Doha, Qatar, where she lived and worked for eight years. Before moving to Qatar, Jane worked in the Irish Health Service Executive for 12 years.

Currently pursuing a Masters in Corporate Governance through Leeds Beckett University, Jane is passionately interested in integrated care systems and the importance of good governance for positive patient experiences and healthcare outcomes.

As a resident of Darlington, Jane is delighted to be able to represent NEAS as an appointed governor on the Council. Jane is also a former librarian and in her free time she likes to read, keep fit and explore the best of what the region has to offer.

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Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust - Jennifer Illingworth

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Local Universities - Dr Ann French

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Dr Ann French is an Associate Dean for Marketing and Recruitment at Teesside University.

Ann qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1988, and since then she has worked in a variety of clinical areas, but her expertise is in palliative and end of life care.  Ann worked at Teesside Hospice when it first opened in 1994 as the sister of the inpatient unit. After several years she became a community Macmillan Nurse before moving into education at Teesside University in 2006. Ann gained her PhD in Palliative Care at the International Observatory in End-of-Life Care at Lancaster University, her research focused on how people cope when they are dying.

Ann's role at the university now involves the recruitment of students into courses within the School of Health & Life Science.

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NHS Tees Valley CCG - Dr Boleslaw Posmyk

Dr Posmyk qualified as a doctor in Leeds in 1981 and became a GP in Hartlepool from 1986 where he still practices while living in Wolviston.  He additionally started regular sessions at the Rockliffe Court Surgery, Hurworth in July 2018.  He gradually became interested in medical management via the Diabetes Local Implementation Team, and then joined the Hartlepool PCT Professional Executive Committee.  He then became a representative on the Hartlepool PBC Group prior to becoming Chair.  Dr Posmyk was elected to be the Locality GP Representative and Chair of the then Hartlepool Shadow Pathfinder Committee and has now been elected to his third term as the Chair of the Governing Body for the CCG.

Dr Posmyk gained an understanding of issues affecting healthcare in Darlington while working for several years on the SEQIHS and follow-on Better Health programmes looking at planning of healthcare in the wider Darlington, Dales, Durham and Tees areas.  From July 2018, he has also been elected to serve as Chair of Darlington CCG.

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NHS County Durham CCG - Joseph Chandy

Joseph ChandyJoseph joined the NHS in 1996 as a Practice Manager in Easington.  He led on GP fundholding within his practice and developed his local GP Out of Hours Co-operative from 1998-2004.  He was elected Chair of Easington Practice Based Commissioning Group from 2005 to 2012.  In 2011 he was appointed as Director of Practice Based Commissioning for Durham Primary Care Trust (PCT).  In 2012 Joseph founded South Durham Federation.  In 2013, he was appointed Director of Performance for NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG before being appointed as Director of Primary Care in 2014.  Joseph took up the role of Director of Primary Care for North Durham CCG in April 2016 also and was working across both CCGs in this shared role.  In April 2019, this was extended across five CCGs with a new title of Director of Commissioning Strategy and Delivery with specific responsibility for Primary care in County Durham.  Joseph was non-clinical partner in four GP practices which are now amalgamated into East Durham Medical Group where he is managing partner.  Joseph is also a GP surgery property developer.

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham