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Two New Board Members Appointed

COUNTY Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has appointed two new directors to its Board.


 Professor Christopher Gray

 Professor Chris Gray is the new executive medical director, taking over from Dr Robin Mitchell, who fulfilled the role on a temporary basis from 2011.

 Peter Dawson has been appointed director of finance, taking over from Tom Hunt who carried out the role alongside his commercial director duties since former finance director, Sue Jacques, was made the Trust's chief executive in 2012.

 North East born and bred, Prof Gray was professor of clinical geriatrics at Newcastle University where he established a stroke service in Sunderland and the North East Stroke Research Network.

 He was also founder sub-dean for the Newcastle University regional medical school, which includes medical students training at the University Hospital of North Durham (UHND).

 He said, "I've worked with CDDFT previously, overseeing undergraduate teaching at the Trust on behalf of the university and the medical director role was a fantastic opportunity to join the team. I will have responsibility for driving up the quality of patient care. My ambitions are to make the Trust a centre for excellence for patient care, respected both locally and nationally."


Peter Dawson


Peter Dawson is also a North East native, having been born at Shotley Bridge Hospital, from which the Trust now provides some health services. His 30 year career in the health service has included roles within the Regional Health Authority and the Department for Health. He joined County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust as senior associate director of finance in 2003.

 Mr Dawson said, "We are developing our clinical strategy to provide better outcomes and experiences for patients within some very tough financial constraints. It's very challenging but my role is to help to take that strategy forwards in a sustainable way, providing excellent services to residents across County Durham and Darlington."

'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we have this service at all and well done to you all.'

Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley Bridge Community Hospital