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Trust Board

Trust Board poster Jan 2024

Professor Richard Scothon - Trust Chairman

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 work.

Beyond the Trust, Richard has a wide range of community roles, including sitting as a Justice. He holds an MBA from Durham University.

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Mrs Sue Jacques - Chief Executive

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.

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Mr Noel Scanlon - Executive Director of Nursing and Patient Experience

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.

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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.

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Ms Lorraine Nelson - Executive Director of Operations

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 trust. Lorraine is also the Trust's Accountable Emergency Officer.

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Mr David Brown- Executive Finance Director

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.

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Ms Kathryn Featherstone - Non Executive Director

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.

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Shirley Crawshaw - Non Executive Director

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 profile.

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Mr Michael Bretherick - Non Executive Director and Vice Chairman

Appointed 1 June 2016.  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.

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Lisa Quinn - Non Executive Director

Lisa began her career as part of the finance department of the then Newcastle Heath Authority at the age of 17. She has gone on to develop a broad knowledge and experience of NHS services working in mental health and learning disabilities across several organisations - all in the North East.  Lisa has held posts including deputy director of Finance and executive director at Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust  (CNTWFT) with a wide portfolio that included commissioning, quality assurance, governance, risk and technology.  Lisa also spent seven years as an inspector for the Care Quality Commission.


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Steve Crosland - Non Executive Director

Appointed 1 June 2018.  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 needs.


David Jackson - Non Executive Director

David brings a wealth of experience to his role as non-executive director. He has held roles in retail management and within the media industry. He later became managing director of David Hall Partnership where he led a period of substantial growth. Later taking a key role with A4E, he developed experience and expertise on an international platform before moving his focus to volunteering, serving as a Trustee for various charities and becoming an active member of Rotary Durham.

David chairs the Trust Board Audit Committee, leads on security and business continuity planning, and serves as a workforce wellbeing guardian.

'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we have this service at all and well done to you all.'

Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley Bridge Community Hospital