Our board of directors include:

Executive Directors

Ken Bremner MBE - Chief Executive

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Ken has worked in the NHS since 1982, having joined as graduate NHS finance trainee.  He began working in Sunderland in 1988, initially working with Sunderland Health Authority and then at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust where his previously roles include Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive before being appointed Chief Executive in February 2004.

In September 2016, Ken was also appointed as Chief Executive of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust.  Since then, he has led a single executive management team covering both NHS Foundations Trusts prior to the formal merger to create South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in April 2019. 

In 2018 Ken was awarded an MBE for his services to NHS leadership.  He is a passionate advocate for supporting the armed forces community and developing research, innovation and education in the NHS.  He played an instrumental role in the founding of a School of Nursing at the University of Sunderland in 2016 and helped secure a successful bid for the University of Sunderland to become one of five new medical schools across England in 2018. Ken is Chair of the Sunderland Partnership Board, a member of the Foundation of Light Audit Committee and member of the North East and North Cumbria Academic Health Science Network.


Dr Shaz Wahid - Medical Director

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Shaz completed his medical education and training in the North East and began his consultant career at South Tyneside District Hospital in October 2003. 

He is a Consultant Physician with a specialist interest in Diabetes and Endocrinology as well as Acute and General Medicine.  Widely respected as a doctor, manager and an educator, in 2006 he became the clinical lead for emergency care at South Tyneside District Hospital where he led the development of the hospital’s integrated Emergency Care Centre which opened in November 2012.

Dr Wahid became Medical Director at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust in December 2015 and was appointed as the Medical Director of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in December 2018. 


Melanie Johnson - Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals

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Melanie is a registered nurse who has worked in the NHS since 1985.  She qualified at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and held a variety of clinical and management posts in London and Leeds during the early part of her career.

Prior to joining City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in January 2016, she was Director of Nursing at Newcastle Hospitals and at NHS Lothian Health Board in Edinburgh.  In November 2016, Melanie was appointed as Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals as part of the single executive management team for South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.

She is the professional lead for nursing and allied health professionals and executive lead for patient experience, research and innovation and safeguarding.  Her key professional interests are the unique contribution of the registered nurse, safe staffing levels, and leadership.  She is Chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s Professional Nursing Committee.


Julia Pattison - Director of Finance

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Julia is a Qualified Accountant and has worked in the NHS since 1989.  She joined City Hospital Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in May 2006 as Head of Finance and Contracting and became Director of Finance in July 2008.  She previously worked as Head of Finance and Service Level Agreements at North of Tyne Commissioning Consortium.  In November 2016, Julia was appointed as Director of Finance as part of the single executive management team for South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.


Kath Griffin – Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development

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Kath is a qualified HR professional who joined the NHS in Sunderland in 2003.   She became Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development for South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust in May 2016 and was appointed as part of the single executive management team across South Tyneside and Sunderland  in November 2016


Peter Sutton – Director of Planning and Business Development

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Peter has worked in the NHS since 1995 and joined City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in 1999.  He previously held the post of Director of Service Transformation working on behalf of NHS South of Tyne and Wear, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.  He became Director of Strategy and Business Development in September 2013 and was appointed as part of the single executive management team for South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust in November 2016.

Non-executive directors

 

John Anderson – Chair

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John was initially appointed as Chair of City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in October 2008 and was successfully reappointed in 2011, 2014 and 2017.  He was appointed as Chair of the Interim Board* of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in 2018.  John sold his main business (Mill Garage Group) in 1993 and has since devoted his time to public/private partnerships. He is Regional Chairman of Coutts & Co (Private Banking), RBS Group, Sun FM and Durham FM Radio.  He is Executive Chairman of Milltech Training Ltd, a company that assists young people into work through apprenticeships. He is Chairman of the North East Business and Innovation Centre. In 1996 Mr Anderson was honoured with the CBE for his services to education and training and in 2006 was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion. He has been a member of the NHS Providers Board since 2013.


David Barnes

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David was initially appointed at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in 2012 and was reappointed in 2015.  He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Interim Board* of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in 2018.  David is a Chartered Accountant and retired Non-Executive Chairman of TTR Barnes Ltd based in Sunderland. He was a Trustee and Audit Chair of United Learning, a national group of schools and academies until his retirement on 31 March 2013. He was a Non-Executive Director of Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust and also held its appointed Governor position to the Trust’s Council of Governors until December 2011. He is currently Chair of AuditOne who provide internal audit, counter fraud and advisory services to the public sector in the North of England.


Alan Clarke

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Alan was initially appointed at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust in 2012 and was reappointed in 2015.  He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Interim Board* of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in 2018.  Alan has had a long career in local government, working for South Tyneside and Newcastle City Councils before becoming Assistant Chief Executive at Sunderland City Council in 1995 and Chief Executive of Northumberland County Council in 2000.  Alan was Chief Executive of One Northeast from 2003 to 2012 and was awarded a CBE in 2011 for services to regeneration in the North East.


Lyn Cole

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Lyn was initially appointed at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust in 2018 and was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Interim Board* of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in 2018.  Lyn has extensive experience at Director level of delivering high impact strategic change programmes working with large, multi-site and multi-functional teams.  Experienced at customer service excellence, underpinned by high quality relationships.  She is Deputy Chair of the Appointments Committee for the General Pharmaceutical Council and a Non-Executive Director for South Tyneside Integrated Care Ltd.  Lyn is a Trustee of the EY Foundation and was named in the 2016 ‘New View 50’ list as one of the most influential BAME people working in the public sector


Stewart Hindmarsh

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Stewart was initially appointed at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in 2012 and reappointed in 2014 and in 2017 for a further one year term.  He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Interim Board* of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in 2018.  Stewart is Chairman and Managing Director of SHA Advertising and Marketing in Sunderland. He is also Chairman and Managing Director of The Cedars Nursery Ltd, Chairman and Managing Director of A and R Healthy Living and Grainger CD, Chairman and Director of JG Windows, the music store and Managing Director of Cedar Grove Developments.


Dr Mike Laker

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Mike was initially appointed at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in 2014 and has been reappointed annually in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Interim Board* of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in 2018.  Mike was Medical Director at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from 1998 until 2006. He was also an adviser in Patient Safety for the North East Strategic Health Authority until 2010. He was lead clinician in the Independent Case Note Reviews at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust.


Paul McEldon

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Paul was initially appointed at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in 2017 and was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Interim Board* of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in 2018.  Paul is a Chartered Accountant and Chief Executive of the North East of England BIC Ltd since 2001. He was previously a Non-Executive Director for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust until July 2017. He is a member of the North East LEP Business Support Board and Sunderland Economic Leadership Board. He is Vice Chair and a Governor at Sunderland College since 2013.


Neil Mundy - Vice Chair

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Neil joined South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust as Chair in 2016 and was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Interim Board* of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in 2018. He  has extensive previous experience in both executive and non-executive roles in public, private and third sector organisations in the North East and London. He is Vice Chair of the Joint Audit Committee for the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, Treasurer and Trustee of Holy Island Development Trust and a Non-Executive Director of Northumberland Theatre Company. Neil was previously a Non-Executive Director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Director of Finance at One North East and Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at the Port of Tyne Authority. He was also Principal Finance Officer for a large London borough; Deputy Chief Executive of the Tyne and Wear Development Corporation and, as a senior management consultant, has advised on major city regeneration projects.


Allison Thompson

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Allison was initially appointed at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust in 2012 and was reappointed in 2015.  She was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the Interim Board* of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in 2018. Allison has built her career on solid, business, commercial and marketing foundations over a 24 year period and latterly held Executive positions as Chief Operating Officer and HR Director at Northern Rock.  Mrs Thompson has a track record of significant commercial and restructuring success throughout her career.


*Interim Board of Directors

As part of the process of merging two NHS Foundation Trusts, there is a requirement to have in place an Interim Board of Directors prior to the substantive appointment of the Board of Directors for the newly established South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust. The Interim Board fulfils two core functions:

to provide oversight of the merger transaction process, receiving assurance on the delivery of the Full Business Case, pre and post-transaction integration planning, and ensuring associated risks are appropriately managed, leading up to the completion of the transaction; and to provide the leadership function for the newly established South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust from ‘day one’, until the appointment process for the substantive Board of Directors is complete (which is anticipated to between April 2019 – August 2019).

Interim Board of Directors