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Meet our governors

Our council of governors is made up of service users, carers, staff and others. They hold the board and its decisions to account.

Partner Governor for Newcastle City Council

Cllr Alex Hay

Appointed July 1, 2021

Fiona Grant

Governor for Adult Services

Fiona Grant

Appointed December 1, 2014

Tom Rebair

Governor for Adult Services

Tom Rebair

Appointed March 1, 2021

Kat Boulton

Governor for Children & Young People’s Services

Kat Boulton

Appointed December 1, 2019

Andrew Davidson

Governor for Learning Disability Services

Andrew Davidson

Appointed December 1, 2018

Russell Bowman

Governor for Neuro Disability Services

Russell Bowman

Appointed December 1, 2018

Mary Laver

Governor for Older People’s Services

Mary Laver

Appointed December 1, 2019

Grace Wood

Carer Governor for Adult Services

Grace Wood

Appointed March 1, 2021

Carer Governor for Adult Services

Anne Carlile

Appointed April 1, 2016

Janice Santos

Carer Governor for Children and Young People Services

Janice Santos

Appointed December 1, 2018

Fiona Regan

Carer Governor for Learning Disability Services

Fiona Regan

Appointed December 1, 2018

Carer Governor for Older People's Services

Colin Browne

Appointed December 1, 2013

Colin taught people to drive until his retirement in 2008. This was first while living in London, and then later in the North East where he settled and made his home.

Tom Bentley

Public Governor for Gateshead

Tom Bentley

Appointed December 1, 2019

Stephen Blair

Public Governor for Newcastle and Rest of England/Wales

Stephen Blair

Appointed December 1, 2018

Public Governor for Northumberland

Bill Scott

Appointed December 1, 2014

Having a long-term interest in mental health, from lived experience and by working in the field, Bill has a passion for developing meaningful projects.

Public Governor for South Tyneside

Margaret Adams

Appointed March 1, 2014

Before her retirement Margaret held senior managerial posts in both NHS and a number of local authorities across the UK.

Sharon Boyd

Public Governor for Sunderland

Sharon Boyd

Appointed December 1, 2018

Cllr Paul Richardson

Partner Governor for North Tyneside Council

Cllr Paul Richardson

Appointed March 1, 2021

Cllr Richardson is a Labour Councillor for Monkseaton North on North Tyneside Council.

Evelyn Bitcon

Public Governor for Cumbria

Evelyn Bitcon

Appointed March 1, 2021

Cllr Maria Hall

Partner Governor for Gateshead Council

Cllr Maria Hall

Appointed August 1, 2019

Councillor Maria Hall is a Labour councillor, representing the Winlaton and High Spen

Cllr Veronica Jones

Partner Governor for Northumberland County Council

Cllr Veronica Jones

Appointed July 11, 2017

Cllr Wilf Flynn

Partner Governor for South Tyneside Council

Cllr Wilf Flynn

Appointed April 25, 2018

Cllr Kelly Chequer

Partner Governor for Sunderland City Council

Cllr Kelly Chequer

Appointed July 29, 2019

Revell Cornell

Non-Clinical Staff Governor

Revell Cornell

Appointed December 1, 2019

Governor for Non-Clinical Staff

Bob Waddell

Appointed December 1, 2012

Bob is the trust's procurement and logistics manager. He heads up the team responsible for providing most of the goods and services needed by our wards and departments on a daily basis.

Allan Brownrigg

Staff Clinical Governor

Allan Brownrigg

Appointed March 1, 2021

Dr Uma Ruppa Geethanath

Governor for Medical Staff

Dr Uma Ruppa Geethanath

Appointed December 1, 2018

Governor for Clinical Staff

Claire Keys

Appointed December 1, 2015

Claire Keys is one of the Governors for Clinical Staff at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

Annie Murphy

Partner Governor for Community and Voluntary Sector

Annie Murphy

Partner Governor for Community and Voluntary Sector

Denise Porter

Appointed April 1, 2017

Denise Porter is a Partner Governor for Community and Voluntary Sector for Northumberland,Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Jacqui Rodgers

Partner Governor for Newcastle University

Professor Jacqui Rodgers

Appointed December 1, 2017

Professor Kim Holt

Partner Governor for Northumbria University

Professor Kim Holt

Appointed January 16, 2012

Mohammad Rahman

Staff Clinical Governor

Mohammad Rahman

Appointed March 1, 2021