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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 Carole Langrick - Executive Director of Operations

Carole LangrickCarole Langrick joined the Trust in February 2015.  She is a former Director of Strategic Development and a former Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive with an extensive health service career commencing as a nurse and moving into a variety of clinical, managerial and leadership roles.  Page break - green

Mr David Brown- Executive Finance Director

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David Brown is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with over 22 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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Mrs Jennifer Flynn MBE - Non Executive Director and Senior Independant Director

Mrs Jennifer Flynn

Mrs Jennifer Flynn MBE was appointed on 1 October 2014 by the Council of Governors as a non-executive director. Jenny is an experienced non-executive director in the NHS having served on the Board of the Durham Dales PCT and then County Durham PCT previously. She is also member of the Joint Audit Committee for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Durham Constabulary. Jenny is also active within the local community and was awarded the MBE for services to her community of Tow Law in the birthday honours of 2001 and in 2005 was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for County Durham. Jenny is also a qualified solicitor and still practices part-time in Consett, specialising in elderly client work.

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Dr Richard Scothon - Non Executive Director

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Dr 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

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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.

'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital