Professor Richard Scothon was appointed as Chairman of County
Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust with effect from 1
March 2023, having previously been a Non Executive Director.
With senior oversight experience in Health Research &
Innovation, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, as well as Audit
and Operational Performance.
Richard was previously Chair of the CDDFT
Charity and is an advocate for enabling the Charity's fantastic
Beyond the Trust, Richard has a wide range of community roles,
including sitting as a Justice. He holds an MBA from Durham
Appointed as Chief Executive on 1
March 2012, having previously held the position of Deputy
Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer at the Trust, Sue
Jacques has been a Director of Finance for more than ten years and
holds an MA in financial management.
Noel Scanlon has been a registered nurse for over thirty
years and spent the last ten or so in senior nursing roles in the
NHS, including two Executive Director of Nursing positions and
Deputy Chief Executive in large acute secondary hospital
trusts. He has also spent three years in a senior nursing
role for the state health provider in Qatar.
Mr Jeremy Cundall
- Executive Medical Director
Jeremy is a consultant surgeon at the Trust and has
worked for the organisation since 2008. He has held the
position of Care Group Director for Surgery since August 2014.
Jeremy trained at St George's hospital medical school in London,
graduating in 1995 and then achieved an MD thesis at Hull before
completing his higher surgical training in the North East.
His clinical interests include general and colorectal surgery
with a subspecialist interest in pelvic floor conditions such as
rectal prolapse, constipation and incontinence.
Lorraine has 30 years' experience in the NHS. She brings
expertise and experience from a wide range of functions including
finance and operational management. Most recently being divisional
director for surgery and elective recover lead at a neighbouring
David Brown became Executive Financial Director in 2017 and is a
Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with
many years of experience in NHS Finance. He has held positions
within Acute Hospitals, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care
Trusts and Foundation Trusts.
Kathryn has been a Trust governor
for eight years, including a period as lead governor, working to
ensure patients' and carers' concerns are considered when the Trust
is developing strategies and work plans. Kathryn has spent
her career in healthcare, qualifying as a pharmacist in 1983.
She has many years' experience working as a community pharmacist,
in NHS management and currently as a primary care pharmacist
working within GP practices.
Kathryn is also clinical director
for a company providing pharmacy support to GP practices. She
also played a key role in setting up the Listening Friends
scheme, a telephone help-line for pharmacists under stress and was
one of the national co-ordinators for 20 years.
Shirley is medically qualified with membership of the Royal
College of General Practitioners, Fellowship of the Faculty of
Public Health UK and Fellowship of the New Zealand College of
Public Health Medicine. She has held senior posts in the NHS and
Department of Health UK for over twenty-five years and worked at
local, regional, national and international levels.
She has a research and teaching background with wide experience
in public health, epidemiology, health economics, health policy,
governance and NHS management. In addition, she has maintained her
skills as a clinician in clinical General Practice and worked in
several practices and in the Prison Service in UK. Shirley has a
keen interest in how the Trust can be can be instrumental in
tackling the large inequalities demonstrated in the public health
Appointed 1 June 2016 until
31 May 2019. Michael is an experienced
non-executive director, having served on the Board of North Tees
and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and with the housing
association Tees Valley Housing.
A former Principal and Chief Executive of Hartlepool College of
Further Education, Michael oversaw the building of the college's
new £55m campus, and served on numerous local, regional and
national committees in a career that spanned 34 years in further
education. Michael serves on the Boards of two local
charities and as a Director of a local primary school.
Appointed 1 June 2018 until 31 May 2021. Steve began his
career in the public sector where he spent ten years working in
economic regeneration, bringing inward investment to the North
East. He then took his skills into the private sector working
for utility providers, where he developed a specialty in HR,
ultimately working at Director level and subsequently working as a
HR Director in the aviation sector.
Steve now runs his own HR consultancy, working for clients close
to home and as far afield as Kazakhstan. Steve is also a
Non-Executive Director of Port of Tyne and operates his own UK wide
mediation practice with a number of UK and European clients in a
variety of sectors covering chemicals and processing, transport and
logistics. media services, financial services and higher
education. Through a Birmingham-based charity, Steve
undertakes mediation for children with special educational
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