Cllr Karen Clark

Portrait of Councillor Karen Clark

North Tyneside Council

Karen is a Councillor on North Tyneside Council and represents the Longbenton Ward. She is the Cabinet Member responsible for Public Health and Wellbeing. 

Cllr John Harrison

North Tyneside CouncilPortrait of Councillor John Harrison

John has a wide range of experience and skills of working within the community and professionally as a senior manager in the transport industry prior to his retirement.

John’s main attribute as a governor is his understanding and record of local accountability and engagement with all the communities in North Tyneside.

John is keen to support the trust in developing resilient plans to recover from the pandemic and meet future health needs and deliver a fair health service to the communities we serve.

Cllr Gordon Stewart

Northumberland County CouncilPortrait of Councillor Gordon Stewart

Gordon is county councillor in Northumberland serving the Prudhoe South Ward.

Cllr Veronica Jones

Northumberland County Council 

Veronica is a County Councillor serving the Ponteland West Ward.

She is also the portfolio Holder for Improving Public Health and Wellbeing.

Catherine Exley

Newcastle University cath exley- newcastle uni.jpg

Catherine is Dean of Newcastle University Population Health Sciences Institute. She is a medical sociologist and Professor of Qualitative Health Research with experience of leading and collaborating with a range of different academic and clinical colleagues to deliver applied health research. Her research is concerned with understanding and examining experiences of, and decisions about, health and health care. She has a strong interest and commitment to supporting careers and career development.

Dianne Ford

Northumbria UniversityPortrait of Dianne Ford

As Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Dianne leads the largest of Northumbria University’s four faculties. The Faculty consists of the departments of:

  • Applied Sciences
  • Nursing, Midwifery and Health
  • Psychology
  • Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
  • Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Dianne represents the Faculty on the University Executive and, supported by Deputy FPVCs for Education and for Research and Knowledge Exchange, leads on implementation of the University Strategy in the Faculty.  Dianne is of Professor of Molecular Nutrition.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a Fellow of the Physiological Society. 

Abi Conway

Northumberland VCS  Portrait of Abi Conway

Abi is chief executive of Northumberland Citizens Advice and brings her extensive experience of the voluntary sector to the role.

Vicky Smith

North Tyneside VODA 

Vicky is chief executive at North Tyneside VODA responsible for leading their strategic development and income generation and also ensuring that North Tyneside’s voluntary and community sector is represented at a local, regional and national level.

Kirsty Allan

Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and wear NHS Foundation Trust kirsty allan - CNTW co-opted.jpg

Kirsty is a Corporate Governance Manager / Deputy Trust Secretary and represents Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS FT (CNTW).

She has a keen interest in healthcare governance which forms most of her role within CNTW. 

Kirsty has a strong interest in the promotion and provision of high standards of healthcare and passionate about the patients voice is always heard.

As Deputy Trust Secretary, Kirsty supports the Council of Governors in CNTW to fulfil their role and fully appreciates the value that the Council of Governors, and public engagement adds to NHS Foundation Trusts to ensure NHS organisations are truly accountable to those they serve.

Scott Wilkes

Sunderland University Medical School Scott Wilkes Sunderland Univeristy co-opted governor.jpg

Scott is Head of the School of Medicine, Professor of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Sunderland, and part-time GP in North Tyneside. Since 2018 he led the multi-year General Medical Council Quality Assurance process to establish the new medical school at the University of Sunderland. The Medical School attracts local talent from non-traditional backgrounds delivering on the philosophy to widen access to medicine to ensure that the profession reflects the communities it serves.

With over 30 years of experience as a GP and 24 years of experience as an NHS researcher, Scott has worked in several roles nationally and in the North East including Northumberland Local Research Ethics Committee, non-Exec Director of the Academic Health Science Network, chaired the National Institute for Health Research Yorkshire and North East Research for Patient Benefit Panel and led the NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria Primary Care Specialty Group.