COUNTY Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has appointed
two new directors to its Board.
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
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
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
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
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community