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.

Carer Governor for Neuro Disability Services

Diane Kirtley

Carer Governor for Children and Young People Services

Vacant

Appointed December 1, 2015

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Governor for Learning Disability Services

Rachel Simpson

Appointed December 1, 2012

Our Governor for Learning Disability Services, Rachel, would like give people more confidence who have a learning disability like herself.

Governor for Neuro Disability Services

Lucy Reynolds

Appointed December 1, 2012

Lucy is a disabled person and a service user at Walkergate Park Centre for Neurorehabilitation and Neuropsychiatry.

Governor for Adult Services

Dave Twist

Appointed December 1, 2014

Governor for Adult Services

Fiona Grant

Appointed December 1, 2014

Governor for Older People’s Services

Marian Moore

Appointed March 1, 2011

For more than ten years, Marian Moore has dedicated herself to tackling the stigma and discrimination associated with mental ill health.

Governor for Children & Young People’s Services

Jack S Wilson

Appointed December 1, 2013

Jack wanted to be the Service Users Children and Young Peoples Governor to be a voice for young people with mental health problems to get their voice heard.

Public Governor for Sunderland

Michael Butler

Appointed December 1, 2015

Public Governor for Newcastle and Rest of England/Wales

Austin O’Malley

Appointed December 1, 2012

Austin has worked in the NHS for the past eight years, with six of those as a senior podiatrist in London, as well as at City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust.

Public Governor for North Tyneside

Catherine Hepburn

Appointed December 1, 2016

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.

Public Governor for Gateshead

Julia Allison

Appointed December 1, 2014

Julia has lived in Gateshead all of her life and works for the local authority. During the past 18 years she has had much involvement with NHS services as a carer for both her parents, now deceased.

Governor for Public 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.

Governor for Public South Tyneside

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.

Governor Partner Governor for Community and Voluntary Sector

Alisdair Cameron

Appointed December 1, 2012

Alisdair Cameron has variously been an academic historian, a lawyer and a user of mental health services, in between stretches of generalised community activism.

Partner Governor Newcastle University

Professor Barry Hirst

Appointed December 1, 2009

Barry Hirst is Professor of Cellular Physiology, and Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Medical Sciences, at Newcastle University.

Cllr Felicity Mendelson

Partner Governor for Newcastle City Council

Cllr Felicity Mendelson

Appointed February 1, 2016

Cllr Mendelson is a Labour councillor, representing the South Jesmond ward.

Partner Governor Northumbria University

Revd Professor Pauline Pearson

Appointed January 16, 2012

As a health visitor, Pauline is committed to undertaking studies which engage with the improvement of health care, and the development of an appropriate workforce to do this.

Partner Governor for Sunderland City Council

Cllr Graeme Miller

Appointed May 16, 2012

Graeme is Portfolio Holder for Health, Housing and Adult Services for Sunderland City Council.

Cllr Veronica Jones

Partner Governor for Northumberland County Council

Cllr Veronica Jones

Appointed July 11, 2017

Cllr Lynne Caffrey

Partner Governor for Gateshead Council

Cllr Lynne Caffrey

Appointed November 18, 2016

Cllr Caffrey is Labour councillor for Chopwell and Rowlands Gill.

Cllr David Townsley

Partner Governor for South Tyneside Council

Cllr David Townsley

Appointed April 20, 2017

Cllr Townsley is a Labour councillor representing Cleadon and East Boldon.

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.

Cllr Margaret Hall

Partner Governor for North Tyneside Council

Cllr Margaret Hall

Cllr Hall is a Labour councillor for Whitley Bay on North Tyneside Council.

Governor for Non-Clinical Staff

Grahame Ellis

Appointed December 1, 2012

In his governor role, Grahame wants to improve communications with staff he by identifying issues and providing feedback on how these are being addressed.

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.

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.

Governor for Clinical Staff

Lisa Strong

Appointed December 1, 2015

Lisa has worked in NTW for 20 years. Her career has centred on adult mental health care within acute, rehabilitation, residential and community services.

Governor for Medical Staff

Dr Peter Okey

Appointed April 1, 2016

Dr Peter Okey is Governor for Medical Staff at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

Vacant

Carer Governor for Adult Services

Vacant

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Carer Governor for Adult Services

Anne Carlile

Appointed April 1, 2016

Carer Governor for Learning Disability Services

George Hardy

Appointed April 1, 2016