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Board of Directors

Meet our Board of directors.

You can read about our other board members here and non-executive directors here.


Sir James Mackey


Chief Executive

Sir James returned to his role as Chief Executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT in November 2017 after a two-year secondment in a national role as Chief Executive of NHS Improvement. He was knighted in 2018 for services to healthcare and has been at the forefront of the region’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw his Trust set up its own factory to make PPE.

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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.

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Marion Dickson


Executive Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals, and Executive Director for Surgery and Community Services

Marion is our Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, and also our Chief Operating Officer for surgery.

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Birju Bartoli


Chief Operating Officer

Birju Bartoli was named Chief Operating Officer in 2022, after previously being Executive Director of Performance and Improvement since 2018. Before both of these roles, Birju was Executive Director of Systems, Strategy and Transformation.

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Kate Thompson


Executive Director of People and Organisational Development

Kate Thompson was appointed Executive Director of People and Organisational Development in April 2022, having previously held the role of Deputy Director.

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Paul Dunn


Executive Director of Finance

Paul Dunn has been executive director of finance since 2004.

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Alistair Blair


Executive Medical Director

Dr Alistair Blair was appointed Executive Medical Director in April 2021, having previously held the role of GP medical director since 2018 where his role was to lend a clinical voice to the leadership team and advocate for the patient at the organisation’s highest levels. He continues to work clinically as a GP in Northumberland.

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Declaration of interests

Register of interests - Board of Directors

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


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