Meet our Board of directors.

You can read about our non-executive directors here

David Evans - Chief Executive

David Evans became chief executive in November 2015, having been the trust's medical director and a practicing consultant obstetrician. Previously he was clinical director for obstetrics and gynaecology.

He has also been the trust's Caldicott Guardian and the lead for risk management for a number of years.

In addition David is an assessor for the National Clinical Assessment Authority.

Ann Wright - Executive Director of Operations

Ann Wright has been executive director for elective care since 2004. She has extensive experience in health service management, having joined the NHS in 1979.

Ann’s previous roles include operational management in Durham and Newcastle hospitals and Cheviot and Wansbeck Trust. She also has experience working for the Regional Health Authority.

Paul Dunn - Executive Director of Finance

Paul Dunn has been executive director of finance since 2004.

He is a qualified accountant with over 25 years experience of working in the health service.

Paul helped develop the trust's successful application for foundation status and long-term financial strategy.


Birju Bartoli - Executive Director of Performance and Governance

Birju Bartoli has been director of performance and governance since 2012. She was the project director for the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital which opened in June 2015, the first hospital of its kind in the UK.  

Birju has worked for the trust since 2003 when she joined as an NHS management trainee and over the years has worked in a number of operational areas from manager to deputy director level.

She holds a number of healthcare qualifications including an applied biochemistry degree and a PhD in cancer research.

Jeremy Rushmer, Executive Medical Director

Dr Jeremy Rushmer was appointed executive medical director 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 Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in 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. 

Ann Stringer - Executive Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

Ann Stringer has been a director of human resources and organisational development for the Trust since 2005.

After graduating from Newcastle University in sociology and social administration, she joined a large supermarket retailer on their graduate scheme as an HR trainee.  Ann progressed to being regional HR manager for the North East and Cumbria before joining Rowntree Mackintosh as the training manager then site HR manager. She then moved to Findus as the site HR manager and became the UK HR director responsible for manufacturing, sales and marketing as well as the European head office.

Ann then moved to Northumbria Healthcare in 2005 and since then has worked hard to build a strong and proactive HR function, with constructive and open employee relations contributing to a steady improvement in staff survey results. 

In April 2011 the Trust acquired a further 2200 staff as the result of the transfer of community staff and the work to integrate these staff and develop a new and combined culture is underway.

Daljit Lally - Executive Director of Community Services

Daljit Lally is the Executive Director of Wellbeing and Community Health employed in a formal joint role between Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland County Council. In this role Daljit is the combined Executive Director of Adult Social Services and Community Health,  and Executive Director of Childrens, Housing and Public Health. Daljit is jointly responsible to the Chief Executive of Northumberland County Council and the Chief Executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. She is a qualified Registered General Nurse (RGN), holds a BA(Hons) Business and Finance and an MBA (2002) from Durham University.

Daljit has held a number of clinical and management roles in the private and public sectors. 

Claire Riley - Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs

Claire Riley joined the Trust as Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs in 2010.

She brings with her extensive experience in business, marketing and communications across both the public and private sectors.

Claire joined the Trust from her role as Director of Communications for the North East Strategic Health Authority. 

Annie Laverty - Director of Patient Experience

Annie Laverty was appointed as Director of Patient Experience in December 2009. This was a new senior leadership role for the Trust, designed to ensure visibility and momentum for a Trustwide patient experience programme.

Annie qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1990.  She has worked as part of the Trust's stroke team for the past twenty years and has recognised expertise in engaging patients and carers in service redesign and improvement.

Mark Thomas - Director of Health Informatics

Mark Thomas has been Director of Health Informatics at the trust since 2012, joining us from another trust. He has extensive experience of providing integrated health services across a large area and is leading the way for clinical integration, ensuring clinicians have information required to deliver safe high quality care

Prior to health, Mark had senior roles within Cumbria County Council and spent several years within social services having moved from the private sector in 1991. 

Steven Bannister - Director of Estates and Facilities

Steven Bannister has been Director of Estates and Facilities at the trust since April 2012. He holds a dual role which also encompasses being Managing Director of Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Ltd.

Prior to his appointment at Northumbria Healthcare, he held similar roles at Newcastle University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust.

Steven holds several professional memberships including Chartered Builder and Fellow status, in addition to his B.Sc. (Hons) in Building Surveying and Estate management.

Debbie Reape - Interim Executive Director of Nursing

Debbie was appointed interim director of nursing in March 2016, having been lead nurse and deputy director of nursing and child health since 2009.

As a qualified nurse, Debbie has over 30 years’ experience in healthcare. She has extensive experience of clinical leadership and management, with responsibility for over 3,000 nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.

Debbie has been influencial in nurse recruitment, retention and mentoring across the trust. She is highly experienced in managing the delivery of new models of care, creation of new nursing roles and the integration of clinical teams during service change, as well as successfully delivering numerous quality and safety projects to benefit patients.

From 2013-2015 Debbie also took on responsibility for child health services at North Cumbria University Hospitals. 

Declaration of interests

Our Board of Directors and Council of Governors are required to declare any interests, directly or indirectly relevant to the work of the trust. Should you have any queries regarding declarations, please contact the Company Secretary on 0191 203 2759.   

Register of Interests, April 2015