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Trust Board

Professor Paul Keane, OBE - Trust Chairman

RMN, SChairman - Professor Paul KeaneRN, RCNT, RNT Dip N (London) , BA Ed , MPhil

Paul joined the National Health Service in 1966 and worked in both mental health and acute care settings including a six month secondment with the Overseas Development Administration to the Island of St Helena in 1987.  He has also advised and helped to implement new health care programmes in many countries world-wide.  He took up teaching in the late 1970s and progressed into management becoming Director of the Durham College of Health in 1989.  He was responsible for delivering cost effective non-medical health care education and rationalised a number of Teaching Centres under the auspices of the then Northern Regional Health Authority. He was appointed Chief Executive of the amalgamated Durham and Teesside College of Health in 1993 and further rationalised teaching centres across the combined area.

He transferred with his College to Teesside University in April 1995 and became Dean of the new School of Health & Social Care in the year 2000.  Under his leadership, the School grew from 3000 to over 14,000 students and was renowned for the excellence of its teaching, innovation, research and employer engagement.  The School was focused on meeting the education and training requirements of the Health and Social care workforce and consequently its activities continued to evolve and diversify over the years.  Whilst its core business related to delivering full-time pre-registration programmes for all the non-medical and social work professions, it had an extensive portfolio of part-time awards and  developments included programmes on Leadership, Service Improvement, Psychological Therapies, Human Factors, Commissioning, Paramedic , Dental , Foundation degrees and apprenticeships.    Programmes were delivered internationally using innovative electronic and virtual learning tools.  All education and training activity was delivered from the perspective of the patient needs and indeed was the first University Health School to establish a service user committee.

Paul was appointed Professor in March 2004 in recognition of his professional and academic leadership and received an OBE in the 2010 New Year Honors for services to health care.  In March 2014, he received a personal achievement award from the Vice-Chancellor for his outstanding contribution to Teesside University.  He was appointed Chairman of County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust with effect from 1 March 2015.

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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 ScanlonNoel 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 CundellJeremy 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 nelsonLorraine 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.

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Mr David Brown- Executive Finance Director

David Brown

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 featherstoneKathryn 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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Dr Richard Scothon - Non Executive Director

richard scothonv3Dr Richard Scothon was appointed to the Board on 1st January 2021 having previously been a Governor for 7 years, serving as Lead Governor and as member of the Council of Governors' Strategy and Audit & Governance Committees.
With previous Trustee Board experience and a senior professional background in industry and investments, Richard brings a wealth of expertise to the Board in governance, finance, strategic planning and research, as well as insight from a wide range of community involvement roles, including sitting as a Justice.

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Mr Michael Bretherick - Non Executive Director and Vice Chairman

Michael BretherickAppointed 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.

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Mr Paul Forster-Jones - Non Executive Director

Paul Forster-JonesAppointed 1 June 2016 until 31 May 2019.  Paul has worked as a management consultant, helping businesses improve their commercial performance and specialises in turn arounds, re-engineering, large tender and contract negotiation.

Prior to this, Paul has spent most of his working life in commercial roles where he was Chief Executive, Commercial Director and Trading Director within large organisations including Black & Decker, Bryant & May, The Body Shop, EMI Music Celesio and Alliance Boots.

Paul is also a Non-Executive Director of Synchronicity Care Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Trust.

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Steve Crosland - Non Executive Director

Steve Crosland

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 needs.

'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very thankful and relieved patient'.

Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital of North Durham