John Ostle
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Geoff Mann
As a chartered quantity surveyor in both the private and public sectors Geoff has worked on the procurement of many hospital projects and other health facilities. Geoff moved to the estates department of the regional health authority in Yorkshire in 1978 with a subsequent move to the Northern regional Health Authority. He is an active member of the North Tyneside Hospital HVS and has lived in Whitley Bay with his family since 1982.
Tony Newton
Tony’s ten years in dental practice and time as Ministerial appointee on a Family Practitioner Committee gave him a good understanding of clinical and management issues. He left practice in 1992 to pursue interests in science and medical journalism and corporate communications (asthma, eyecare, cardiovascular and urology) before undertaking the Sloan Masters Fellowship at London Business School in 1997. That led to employment in a transnational clinical trials organisation which yielded insights into just what it takes to get a new drug, device or therapy to the patient. He subsequently set up a consultancy which since 2001 has seen him teach at some 25 business schools in the UK and abroad, plus corporates and ‘not for profits’.   A firm believer in lifelong learning, Tony gained a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Durham Business School in 2014 after seven years part-time research, picking up the ‘Best DBA thesis’ prize. He received a Tercentenary Award for Excellence from Edinburgh University and as an RAF Reservist has been awarded a Chief of the Air Staff Fellowship for part–time study for a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics (LLM). In July 2016, he took over as Chair of the Tynedale Talking Newspaper for which he’s been a volunteer reader for some time.
Eugene Cooke
Eugene qualified via an indentured apprenticeship as an Electro/Mechanical Engineer. He married his wife Elaine in 1961 and has two children, a daughter and a son, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren, life is good! He moved to the North East from Yorkshire in 1976 to manage Butterwell Coal DP, in 1994 with the help of his wife formed their own company which they successfully ran until retirement in 2012. Eugene and his family have experienced health problems which included hospitalisations and feels these experiences will help a great deal as a governor.
Barry Allison
Barry has worked in Primary Care as a pharmacist, senior store manager and a training and development officer with a large multinational company. Hi is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and a founder member of the College of Pharmacy Practice. For ten years he was a member of the Northumberland Local Pharmaceutical Committee (L.P.C.), and the Drug Reference Group and also past Chairman of North Northumberland Community Safety Strategy. He sits on the Pharmacists’ Defence Association’s (P.D.A.) national group representing employee community pharmacists.   Barry has been Chair of Governors at Berwick Middle School and a governor at Berwick High School and served for many years as a General Commissioner of Income Tax for the Berwick-upon-Tweed division. He is a director of Berwick Town Team Ltd., the Portas group responsible for improving/developing the High Street area with a budget of £200K. and is a member of Berwick Portas Management Group currently responsible for the spend.   Barry has been Secretary of Berwick-upon-Tweed Chamber of Trade and Commerce for 32 years and has been awarded honorary life membership.
Gabrielle Stewart
Gaby trained at the London School of Occupational Therapy back in the mid 1980’s.  After a 2 year rotation she initially worked in mental health and spent some time abroad working in Jordan, Australia and Germany. On her return to the UK in the mid-1990s she completed a foundation in Art therapy at the Edinburgh Foundation followed by a stint of 16 years working for social services in Falkirk, East and West Lothian finally settling in the Borders both as a practitioner and then a manager. She has always had a keen interest in policy and legislation and its’ impact on the profession. She also has a keen interest in both Human Rights and the Social determinants of Health. This has led to her involvement in campaigning for Occupational Therapists within criminal justice services. She has lived in Berwick upon Tweed for the last 11 years and has three teenage daughters, lots of pets and loves to cook and travel.
Mary Laver
Mary Laver is 68 years old and has lived in Forest Hall for 30 years. Mary has been involved in various charities, health committees, and inspection teams over the last 20 years. Mary became interested in the health system around 25 years ago when she became severely disabled with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Her condition left her very quickly totally wheelchair and human dependent. Mary has a lot of personal experience of being a hospital inpatient and outpatient, she therefore decided to put this experience to good use and nominated herself to become a governor in 2015.
Andrew Gray
Andrew and his family live in Newton-on-the-Moor, near Alnwick.  He has a lifetime of academic and practical involvement in health and social care services, particularly in the care of people with long-term conditions and in clinical safety and related aspects of clinical governance. He is Emeritus Professor in Public Management, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, Durham University (where he was the founding Head of School that reconstituted Durham’s Medical School).  He also has a Visiting Professorship at Nottingham University where he works on the changing relationship of users with health and social care services. He currently provides freelance Academic Services for Public Management, bringing research and teaching to meet the needs of health and social care.  His recent work has included: ·         Avoiding hospital admissions ·         Clinical governance, performance and patient safety ·         Clinical management of acute and long-term conditions ·         Corporate governance in the NHS ·         Information sharing in services for former military personnel ·         Integrated care of the vulnerable ·         Offender health ·         Safeguarding children His practical experience of the NHS includes as Vice-Chair of Durham and Chester-Le-Street PCT (2002-6) and County Durham Primary Care Trust (2006-9)
Gill Close
Gill retired from the NHS in 2012 after 40 years service as a Speech and Language Therapist and feels privileged to have a rewarding and interesting career most recently as Clinical Lead, specialising in Deafness and ‘Early Years.’ Since retiring she has been able to spend more time enjoying other hobbies particularly walking the Northumberland coast.   She has had voluntary roles helping in a local Primary School, as a Governor for a North Shields School and working in the Bay FoodBank.   Gills daughter is Profoundly Deaf and has had ongoing treatment for Crohns Disease. She has also have been able to support her Grandson who was diagnosed with ‘Bubble Baby Syndrome.’ Alongside his parents and the nursing team he was cared for from six weeks to nine months in a sterile hospital setting. Since receiving a Stem Cell transplant he has made wonderful progress. This experience demonstrated the importance of bio-security, team working, listening to parents and the importance of cultural awareness.
Isobel Johnson
1935 -2014 Schools in Hexhamshire, Hexham and Carlisle.  Trained as an SRN at Shotley Bridge General Hospital – experience in medicine, surgery, coronary care, ITU and elderly care.  Also agencies work in the community and Nursing home. Specialty – Cardio Thoracic for many years. Retired 23 years ago Lived in Hexhamshire, Consett, USA, Devon, Canada and Hexham.  Came to live in Hexham 13 years ago. Volunteered with CRUK from 2002 until 2012 at Hexham Shop also fundraising in Retail and Community.  Chaired Relay for Life in 2007 at Hexham Race Course and raised £16,000.  Participated in Race for Life and marshalled at two events.  Involved with setting up of CRUK Befriending scheme and then Cancer Chat. In 2011 I became a Board member with Hexham Community Partnership. Volunteered in Hexham Hospital Café/Shop 2012 – 2014 In 2012 I set up the Hexham Branch of the National Health Service Retirement Fellowship and was secretary until March 2014. In 2013 I became the Tynedale Co coordinator for Contact the Elderly. In May 2014 I joined Tynedale Hospice at Home as a Bereavement Support Volunteer.
Sean Fahey
Sean has been a Public Governor for Blyth since August 2014. He was appointed to the Medicines Management Committee in 2015.  Outside of the NHS he is actively involved in the issues effecting the elderly in the North East as: Regional Secretary of the North East Pensioners Association, Vice Chair Of Years Ahead in partnership with the Age and Vitality Faculty of Newcastle University and is Regional Chair of the Associate and Retired Members of the PCS. Background: he retired from HMRC in 2006 after nearly 40 years, served as a school governor for 12 years until 2011, Trustee director Ugandan NGO for 3 years until 2011 (working to reduce school and domestic fire fatalities) and Trustee Director and Company Secretary for Newcastle Law Centre until 2014 (working for 5 years to help those with no resources to access the justice system). Married in 1973 he has 4 children, 7 grandchildren and has lived in Blyth for over 40 years.
Mavis Wilkinson-Hamilton
I joined Nursing for the NHS in 1960.  I went from cadet, State Registration, State Certified Midwife, Children’s Nursing, Sister on Children’s Ward, District Midwife, Midwifery Degree, Teachers Certificate, Sister in hospital (Midwifery), Nottingham for Neonatal Intensive training and then in charge of Neonatal Intensive Care. When I retired I came to live in Northumberland. My son lived up here and after my husband died I was on my own. I am a member of North Tyneside NHS retirement Fellowship and I am also branch representative of the fellowship for the North East.
Heather Carr
Background:  Worked as a secretary in education and healthcare. Has worked on initiatives including ‘Living with Stroke’. Involved in local charity work. Areas of interest: The quality of information given to patients and service users.
Eunice Weatherhead
Background: Eunice is married, has three grown-up children and has lived in Whitley Bay for the past 25 years. From the age of eighteen she was employed by the NHS completing RFN, SRN and diploma in nursing science, and rising from student nurse to ward sister working mostly in cardiothoracic nursing in the Newcastle hospitals. She then moved into nursing education and training in 1999 as a training officer with responsibility for introducing NVQ's into the Newcastle Hospitals and training both support workers, and supervisors. After completing her BSC and PGCE she was successful in her application as a senior lecturer in the faculty of nursing at Northumbria University, with responsibilities for teaching courses at both diploma and degree level.  Areas of interest: Since Eunice retired in 2004, she has been involved in the delivery of pastoral care for her local church and voluntary work for a first school.
Julia Mann
Background: Julia has worked in areas of social work and youth advocacy. Areas of Interest: Julia is a member of the Trust's Hospital Volunteer Service and is carer for her mother and has recent experience of caring for other relatives with dementia and other physical needs.
Brian Kipling
Background: Senior engineering training officer for the northern region of British Gas, responsible for the training and development of engineers. Brian was also responsible for the further and higher education of all of the region’s employees, from evening classes and day release through to those attending University. He also operated work-based schemes, which provided job and development experience for school leavers. Areas of interest: Brian is a carer for his wife who is disabled and this prompted him to take an active part in the Trust’s ‘living with stroke’ programme. He also has a great interest in the environment and energy saving in all its forms and is a member of the Trust’s Sustainability Management Implementation Group.
David Wilkinson
Background: David has worked in industry from the age of 17, ending up as Advertising and PR manager for a local company.  Areas of interest: David feels as a governor, he can offer time, commitment and management experience and will offer his services to the people of the Wansbeck constituency.
Ian McKee
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Tony Turnbull
Having retired from the Civil Service and North Tyneside Council, Tony wanted to give something back to the residents of Wallsend, by becoming a Governor. Tony is keen to see the interests of members and the public represented whilst safeguarding the values of the organisation so that patients always come first. He is keen to involve users of the services and their families, helping to improve their experiences. 
Peter Latham
Background: Teacher for 12 years, college governor for 14 years and National Executive Member of Lecturers Union. Areas of interest:  Education and local government affairs. Has been a councillor in North Tyneside for six years and is Chair of Wallsend People’s Centre.
Peter Blair
Background: Peter was running his own financial services business when he had a serious stroke in 2005. He lost over 30 years of memory and the ability to read and write. He has since learned to write  and is learning to read again with the help of a computer program for people with aphasia. Areas of interest: Peter has an active interest in helping stroke patients and their families and is a volunteer with the Trust’s award-winning peer support scheme. He has also helped to produce a successful stroke recovery website which aims to help other people going through the same experience.
Sheila Robson
Background: Government Officer with Tynedale Council for 27 years. Areas of interest: Community work and supporting older people as an executive member of Prudhoe Community Partnership and involvement in Opportunities for Older People’s Group and Health & Well Being group.
Dr Graham Ridley
Background: Retired GP Areas of interest: Retains a keen interest in medical care having previously been Chair of the Northumberland Local Medical Committee. He was also a member of the GP Committee of the BMA and member of the old Northumberland Area Health Authority. Involved in local government and community as a member of Haltwhistle Town Council and Tynedale District Council and Chairman of the Haltwhistle Community Partnership.
Ian Fell
Background:  Ian is visually impaired from birth and his secondary education was at a special school for the blind and partially sighted.  Before moving into teaching physiology and data analysis in higher education, Ian qualified as a physiotherapist and worked in the NHS for a number of years. He was a trustee for many years of the Royal National Institute of Blind People and was involved in issues relations to educations, leisure and finance from a VI standpoint.  When sight problems became a greater problem, Ian left university teaching to become Director or British Blind Sports for several years. Ian was involved in the development of both grassroots and elite sport for the VI and more generally with sight classification for Paralympics GB.  In parallel with this Ian was a member and Vice-Chairman of Rugby NHS Trust. His most recent voluntary activities have been as Chairman of Directors and Governors at New College Worcester a special school for the VI which was re-created as an independent college rather than an integral part of RNIB.
Stephen Prandle
Background:  Stephen has retired (August 2012) after 38 years as a teacher, the last 19 years as a secondary head teacher in North Tyneside and Northumberland schools. He is continuing some part time work for the National College for School Leadership and local universities. Working in the public sector and serving local communities have occupied all his working life so as he retires from headship he wishes to continue to serve the community but in a voluntary capacity.  Areas of interest: Stephen has a commitment not only to our local NHS services in Northumberland and North Tyneside but the wider provision of health services which he believes must continue to be not only highly professional and deeply caring of each individual, but also willing to embrace innovation and new technologies.  As a Public Governor Stephen wants to ensure these conditions are maintained and he hopes to contribute, if possible, to further the success of the Trust.
Ken Patterson
Background: Ken is qualified as a laboratory technician; he has worked in research and pharmaceutical laboratories with seven years service in R.A.F working on radar, aircraft instruments and life support systems. He spent two years in local government in the personnel department. He was employed for twenty five years in sales and service of medical equipment including managing a team of sales and service engineers.  Training:- Associate of Institute of Management Services.  Post Graduate  Diploma in Management Studies. Areas of interest: Member of the Seaton Sluice Community Centre Committee. Member of Blyth Valley Fair Shares Panel.
Bill Dowse
Background: Extensive experience in science and engineering and worked as an engineer for an international manufacturing company. Areas of interest: Service provision at Blyth Community Hospital.
Linda Pepper
Linda has a lifetime's experience in the public sector, especially with the NHS, adult education, regeneration projects and Sure Start Children's Centres. Linda has a wide experience of facilitating patient and public involvement in the NHS, both at national strategic and at local levels. She has just stepped down from being a lay member on the  Independent Reconfiguration Panel (which advises the Secretary of State on contested health service reconfigurations).  She is currently a member of  Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Women’s Network, is a lay assessor for the College on Invited Reviews, and she is also involved in College doctor training.  She sits on the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health Council, and is a lay member on the National Cancer Advisory Group.  Locally, she is a member of her GP Practice Patient Panel. For the past two years she ran a monthly drop-in at Berwick library. She is keen to work with others in relation to ensuring the best possible services for patients at the new Berwick Infirmary