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Non Executive Directors

Meet our Chairman and Non-Executive Directors

You can read about our Board of directors here and other directors here.

Professor Alan Richardson


Chairman

Professor Alan Richardson was appointed as chairman in January 2016, officially taking up the post in March.

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Professor Sir Alan Craft


Non-Executive Director

Professor Sir Alan Craft joined the trust as a non-executive director in October 2018 following a 40-year career as a doctor, educator and innovator.

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Martin Knowles


Non-Executive Director

As part of Martin’s role as a Non-Executive Director at the trust, he is the Senior Independent Director.

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Moira Davison


Non-Executive Director

Moira joined the trust as a Non-Executive Director in May 2017 and has considerable experience over many years in NHS management working across the North East and Cumbria.

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Ruth Connorton


Non-Executive Director

Ruth joined the trust as a Non-Executive Director in January 2020 following a career spent as a commercial lawyer, she was previously a partner in two large law firms in Newcastle.

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Bernie McCardle


Non-Executive Director

Bernie McCardle joined the trust in July 2018 as a Non-Executive Director following an extensive career in public service, including Northumbria Police.

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Andrew Besford


Non-Executive Director

Andrew joined the trust as a Non-Executive Director in December 2019, having previously held a range of senior digital transformation roles in both the public and private sectors.

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Steve McKinlay


Non-Executive Director

Steve joined the trust as a Non-Executive Director in February 2022 and is currently chief executive of Tyne Housing Group.

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Phil Lobb


Non-Executive Director

Phil joined as a Non-Executive Director in February 2022 following a 40-year career in accountancy and financial services, mainly with Deloitte.

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