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Board of Directors

These pages give you information about the Newcastle Hospitals Trust Board of Directors.

You can find details of the Board members below, and also find pages about:

Executive Directors

Sir John Burn, Chairman

Sir John became Chairman of the Trust on 1 December 2017. He obtained a first class honours degree in human genetics and an MD with distinction from Newcastle University, where he has been Professor of Clinical Genetics since 1991. He was appointed as a consultant specialist in Newcastle in 1984 and led the regional NHS Genetics Service for 20 years.

As well as helping to create the Centre for Life - which houses an education and science centre alongside the Institute of Genetic Medicine - Sir John chairs Newcastle based DNA device company QuantuMDx Ltd.

He was knighted in 2010 and chosen as one of the first 20 'local heroes' to have a brass plaque on Newcastle Quayside in 2014. He also received the Living North award in 2015 for services to the North East 2000 - 2015 and is also Treasurer and Co-Director of the international organisation, Global Variome, which seeks to share knowledge of genetic variation for clinical benefit.

Previous roles include President of the European Society of Human Genetics, Head Clinician of the Northern Strategic Authority and Non-Executive Director at NHS England.

As Trust Chairman, Sir John:

  • chairs the Board of Directors and ensures that a corporate vision and strategy is developed and maintained
  • chairs the Council of Governors (CoG)and acts as a bridge between the CoGs and theBoard of Directors
  • ensures the CoG has appropriate arrangements in place to hold the Board of Directors to account through the Non-Executive Directors
  • has a close working relationship with the Trust's Chief Executive
  • is an Ambassador for Newcastle Hospitals and the wider healthcare system
  • Represents the Trust as local, national and international level

Dame Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive

Dame Jackie Daniel has been Chief Executive at Newcastle Hospitals since 1 May 2018 and began her NHS professional career as a nurse before moving into NHS management.

She has been a Chief Executive Officer for almost 20 years, leading Acute, Mental Health and Specialist Trusts and before joining Newcastle, was Chief Executive of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust which she led out of special measures.

In 2017, Dame Jackie was recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours for her services to health care. She has a degree in Nursing Studies, a Masters' degree in Quality Assurance in Health and Social Care and is a qualified business and personal coach. She is also an Executive in Residence at Lancaster University Management School.

In 2019, Dame Jackie was appointed to the NHS Assembly. She has been influential in developing the NHS Long Term plan and has been appointed as vice Chair of the Shelford Group (representing the ten largest teaching and research hospitals in the NHS)

As Chief Executive Officer, Dame Jackie is responsible for:

  • ensuring good governance - Corporate, Clinical, Research, Employment, Statutory, Regulatory
  • sustaining a 'going concern'
  • ensuring service provision and delivery to optimal standards in the public interest
  • ensuring good internal and external relations
  • providing organisational leadership

Mrs Angela Dragone, Finance Director

An NHS Career Accountant, Angela has more than 20 years senior leadership experience and is also Director of the Trust's subsidiary company, Newgene.

On a national level, she has influenced the development of funding and contracting mechanisms and the training and education of finance staff.

Angela's responsibilities as Finance Director include strategic financial planning (capital and revenue), leading the finance function (financial services, income, financial management), ensuring financial governance and effective financial reporting, financial transformation, supplies and procurement and the Trust's charitable funds.

Ms Maurya Cushlow, Executive Chief Nurse

Maurya was appointed as Executive Chief Nurse in December 2018, having held the post of Interim Chief Nurse at Newcastle Hospitals since April 2018.

With over 30 years' experience in the NHS, Maurya started off her healthcare career as a registered general nurse in Sunderland and has subsequently enjoyed a varied and successful nursing and management career at executive director level, most recently as Executive Director of Nursing and Governance at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust.

Prior to this, her roles included Accountable Chief Officer for North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group, Director of Operations at the NHS North of Tyne and Managing Director of Newcastle and North Tyneside Community Health Services. In parallel, Maurya has also pursued her academic qualifications, achieving an MBA from Durham University in 2000.

Mr Andrew Welch, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive

Andy has been Medical Director for six years having previously been Associate Medical Director and Cancer Lead. He currently chairs the Northern Cancer Alliance and continues to be actively involved clinically as a Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon.

Andy advises on clinical / strategic issues and is the Trust's Responsible Officer and Caldicott Guardian. His team includes eight Associate Medical Directors and six Corporate Clinical Directors, whose extensive portfolios include:

  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Cancer Lead
  • Clinical Governance / Clinical Risk Management / Clinical Audit
  • Clinical Research and Innovation
  • Deputy Responsible Officer
  • Medical Education and Training
  • Director of Trauma
  • Clinical Effectiveness/ New Procedures/Drugs
  • Medical Staff Health and Wellbeing/Performance
  • Efficient use of resources - Theatre efficiency / patient flow/ job planning / remuneration / working patterns / service sustainabilty and improvement.

The Director of Clinical Risk and Director of Pharmacy also report directly to the Medical Director and in addition there are 21 Clinical Directors who report jointly to the Medical Director and Chief Operating Officer.

Martin Wilson, Chief Operating Officer

Martin's role as chief operating officer is to support the thousands of hard working staff who work within our hospitals and community services in delivering great care to patients and improving how we work.

He works closely with the medical director, executive chief nurse and other directors, and leads and oversees the teams of clinical directors and directorate managers who together lead each of the Trust's 16 clinical directorates.

Martin is responsible for ensuring that the trust deliversthe highest possible standards of performance, and leads our partnership working with Newcastle City Council around integrated health and care services

Martin joined Newcastle Hospitals in October 2018 from national roles atthe Department of Health and Social Care, and atNHS England at NHS Improvement, where he was the Director of Strategy / Deputy National Director responsible for emergency and elective care across England.

Martin is a registered nurse and a graduate of the NHS Management Training Scheme. Having grown up and lived most of his life in Newcastle, he worked for a number of years at Northumbria Healthcare before taking on a number of director roles within the former North East Strategic Health Authority, St George's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and McKinsey & Company.

Non-Executive Directors

The roles of the Non-Executive Directors are to:

  • contribute to the setting and achievement of strategic objectives, including liaison and working with the Governors of the Trust to achieve uniformity of purpose
  • ensure that the highest standards of corporate and clinical governance are maintained
  • constructively challenge and contribute to the development of strategy
  • scrutinise the performance of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives, monitor the reporting of performance and contribute corporately to the work of the Board
  • satisfy themselves that financial information is accurate and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible
  • determine the appropriate levels of remuneration of executive directors and have a role in the appointment, and where necessary removal, of senior managers and in succession planning
  • ensure that the Board acts in the best interests of the public and is fully accountable to the public for the services provided by the public and the public funds it uses
  • help to ensure that the Trust promotes equality of opportunity in its treatment of staff and patients

Professor David Burn, Non-Executive Director

Professor Burn was appointed as a Trust Non-Executive Director in July 2017 and is Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University. He is also a Professor of Movement Disorders Neurology and Honorary Consultant Neurologist for Newcastle Hospitals.

His first degree was at Oxford (Physiological Sciences), returning to his native North East for clinical training and early medical jobs, including neurology.After further neurology training and undertaking research in London (National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square and Hammersmith Hospital) he was appointed as a Consultant Neurologist and Senior Lecturer in Newcastle in 1994.

Professor Burn has an international reputation for research in dementia associated with Parkinson's. He is an National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator, chairs the NIHR Translational Research Collaboration for Dementia and from July 2018 has been Chair of the Northern Health Science Alliance.He is a Trustee of Parkinson's UK.

Keith Godfrey, Clinical Non-Executive Director

Keith joined the Board as Clinical Non-Executive Director in July 2017 and since December 2018 has been the Senior Independent Director.

After graduating from Manchester Victoria University Medical School in 1973, he initially trained in general surgery, obstetrics & gynaecology and came to Newcastle in 1979 to join the Medical Research Council based in the Princess Mary Hospital, Jesmond.

He subsequently worked for Newcastle University before becoming a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology in Sunderland in 1985, where he was elected chairman of the Medical Staff Committee and BMA Place of Work Accredited Representative.

Keith returned to Gateshead Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2001 to head up the Northern Gynaecological Oncology Centre (NGOC) and as Regional Chairman of the Gynaecological Oncology Site Specific Group, implemented the national guidance on centralisation of gynaecological oncology surgery. He became Deputy Medical Director at Gateshead in 2009 and subsequently Medical Director in 2012 until his retirement in December 2016. Keith is the Trustee and Chair of the Northern Cancer Care & Research Society.

Steven Morgan, Non-Executive Director

A dual American and UK citizen, Steven is a former director at Sellafield and was the executive director for capital programmes and projects at Heathrow where he was responsible for the design and construction of Terminal 2 and finishing the Terminal 5 complex.

Steven retired from the Ministry of Defence as Commercial Director in 2017 where he led the largest procurement function in Europe and is a retired US Navy rear admiral and expert in nuclear projects and major systems acquisition. In America he was Logistics Director of the Defense Logistics Agency.

He was also chairman of the board of directors for a mental health hospital and president of a city economic development commission in Washington State as well as president of an environmental remediation company and chief financial officer of several companies including a shipbuilding company and a nuclear reactor fabrication business.In addition to his role as a Non-Executive Director, Steven is currently involved on the Hinkley Point Nuclear construction board and is chairman of the Calderwood House, a hostel for homeless military veterans and victims of domestic violence in West Cumbria. In May 2019, he was also elected as independent councillor of Copeland Council.

Steven holds an MBA from George Washington University and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and the Institute of Civil Engineers.

Jill Baker, Non-Executive Director

Jill joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 July 2019. Jill has over 30 years' experience of working in the charity, health and local authority sectors specialising in children's social care, criminal justice and community development. The 'thread' that runs through her career is that of reducing inequalities and in improving outcomes for people and communities. In the course of her career she has worked in a women's refuge, in a number of community projects in the west end of Newcastle and in Scotland as well as leading on a range of regional and national strategies for young offenders; as well as setting up and successfully running a local charity.

Jill is now Director of Development at Lloyds Bank Foundation - an independent charitable trust which supports small charities across England and Wales through grant funding, capacity building and working to influence and shape their future by working across all sectors to ensure those small community based organisations remain at the forefront of dealing with a range of difficult issues, such as homelessness or drug and alcohol dependency.

Jill has a Masters in social research, is a Churchill Fellow, and a Trustee of the Community Foundation in Tyne and Wear and has previously served as a Non-Executive Director with the North East Ambulance Service as well as being a school governor.

David Stout OBE, Non-Executive Director

David, a CIPFA chartered accountant, joined the Trust Board in August 2012 and was formerly the Director of Finance and Communications at the North East Strategic Health Authority (NESHA).

David has significant health expertise having worked in Director of Finance roles across a number of NHS organisations and also undertook the role of Acting Chief Executive at the NESHA for a 26 month period.

He is also an experienced Local Government finance professional who has held finance roles at three North East local authorities over a 13 year period. David ha also undertaken a number of advisory roles including being part of the Arbitration Panel for NHS contracting disputes.

Jonathan Jowett, Non-Executive Director

Jonathan joined the Board in November 2016. His executive role is Company Secretary & General Counsel at Greggs plc, where he is a member of the Operating Board, reporting to the Chief Executive.

He is a lawyer by profession and has spent most of his career working in-house in international manufacturing companies across a variety of sectors including medical product and consumer healthcare.

Jonathan's responsibilities in Greggs include legal and government affairs, risk management & insurances, internal audit, food safety, health and safety, corporate communications, social responsibility, and pensions' administration. He is Secretary to the PLC board and its committees, and so responsible for governance and corporate policies, and the efficient and effective administration of the Board.

He is also Chair of the Percy Hedley Foundation, which provides educational and care services to children, young people and adults with cerebral palsy, communication and sensory impairments and complex learning, social care and therapeutic needs.

Jonathan read Business Law at Huddersfield Polytechnic, qualified as a Solicitor in 1989, and attained a Masters Degree in European Union law from the University of Leicester. He gained national recognition from his peers in the 2012 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers awards for his contribution to developing the law on VAT on hot food. In his spare time, he is an advisor to the Board of Darlington Football Club.

Professor Kath McCourt, Non-Executive Director

Professor McCourt joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director in December 2015 and has had an extensive career as a nurse, midwife and educationalist in the UK and overseas. On retirement as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, she became a Pro Chancellor at Northumbria University.

During her career Kath has been nominated, elected and represented her employer and the nursing profession in a variety of regional, national and international settings. She has significant Board level experience through chairing committees and groups and has been an advisory consultant to a number of overseas governments and organisations including the World Health Organisation and is presently the President of the Commonwealth Nurses and Midwives Federation.

Kath is an Honorary Colonel, 201 Field Hospital - Newcastle upon Tyne, Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and received the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2012 for services to nursing.

Other directors who attend the Board

Angela O'Brien, Director of Quality & Effectiveness

The Director of Quality and Effectiveness reports to the Medical Director with responsibility for:


Development and delivery of the Trust Quality Strategy and Quality Account

Patient safety and risk management

Health and Safety

Quality assurance and quality improvement

Clinical audit and effectiveness

Legal Services

Robert Smith, Director of Estates

Robert, a Chartered Engineer, joined the Trust in January 2017 and as Director of Estates, he is professionally accountable for hospital facilities, its infrastructure and the built environment.

As well as Engineering and Building, his estates portfolio includes healthcare planning, construction, renovation and Electro-medical engineering as well as Emergency Planning, Sustainability & Environmental Services, Transport and Fire Safety.

Rob has significant senior level experience in Estates Management both in the UK and abroad and he is a member of IHEEM (Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estates Management) and EFM (Estates Managers) Group, in which he actively participates.

Since joining Newcastle Hospitals, Rob has worked with Clinical Directorates, Business Development, Finance and other colleagues to develop the five-year Estates Strategy with planned investment of over 350million.

Dee Fawcett, Director of Human Resources

Dee joined Newcastle Hospitals as Director of HR in 2009 and her remit comprises of leadership for development of the people and OD strategy, including multi professional education and workforce development, leadership development and talent management, staff engagement, health and wellbeing and volunteering services.

A graduate and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Dee started her professional career in the media sector working for independent television companies in London and Newcastle before transferring into the FMCG sector, where she worked for blue chip multi-national organisations including Nestle and SCA Consumer Products in HR.

Dee has significant experience in training and operational management roles with extensive knowledge in change and performance management, increasing equality of opportunity and facilitating continuous improvement through the development of people. Before moving into the NHS, Dee was HR Director in the further education sector.

She is currently Chair of the HRD Shelford Group of top ten teaching hospitals, Deputy Chair of the Regional HRD Group, a member of the North East Regional HR Streamlining Programme Board, as well as a member of HEE North LETB, the NHSi North Regional Talent Board and the NHS Employers Workforce Supply Reference Group. On behalf of the Trust, Dee is also Partner Board member of the Ouseburn Learning Trust.

Graham King, Chief Information Officer

As Chief Information Officer, Mr King is responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing the Trust's Information and Technology Strategy
  • Maintenance and operation of the Trust's IT infrastructure and services
  • Leading the digital innovation and delivery of new services
  • Information Services
  • Clinical Coding
  • Telephony services

Caroline Docking, Director of Communications and Engagement

Caroline joined the Trust as Director of Communications and Engagement in October 2018. Her role is to ensure that the Trust communicates well with our patients, staff and other stakeholders.

Previously, Caroline has extensive experience of partnership working, communications, public involvement and NHS governance. She has worked in the private and voluntary sectors and well as NHS commissioning and mental health provider organisations.

Caroline is a graduate of Liverpool University and the John Lewis Partnership Graduate Training scheme. She became a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (Chart.PR) in 2019.

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