Governing Body members

Our Governing Body meetings are open to the public. You are welcome to observe and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Please visit our Documents section to view the register of interests for our Governing Body members.

Dr Neil O’Brien, Accountable Officer

Dr O’Brien has been a local GP in Chester-le-Street for 16 years. He has developed a special interest in cardiology and has previously worked as a GP with special interest in this area. Neil Chairs the Northern CCG Forum and is the SRO lead for the regional demand management work stream. Neil is a practicing clinician which strengthens his influence with local practices and other clinicians. Neil has also been a director of the AHSN and the clinical lead of the Better Health Programme. Neil is a member of the STP oversight group taking a lead in developing new governance arrangements in order to optimise the effectiveness of regional transformation and STP delivery.

Nicola Bailey, Chief Officer

Nicola was the acting Chief Executive for Hartlepool Borough Council and has previously held posts such as Director of Child and Adult Services. Nicola began her early career by training and working as a nurse in the NHS before moving to working in integrated services between the NHS and the Local Government in Cheshire. With over 20 years of working in a managerial and leadership capacity within health and Local Government she has had extensive experience of managing and leading organisations through change, developing integrated services and solutions and working at a senior board level. Nicola now works as a shared Chief Operating Officer between North Durham CCG and DDES CCG.

Andie Mackay, Lay Member

Andie served as a firefighter for over 28 years, gaining strategic management experience with the County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service. Andie joined Stockton BC as a senior manager leading Construction and Facility Services as part of the Community Services directorate of the council. .





Dr Adam Din has joined NHS Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as a Governing Body Member. We will add additional information to this section very soon but in the meantime we welcome Dr Din on board!

Dr Andrea Jones, Chief Clinical Officer, has worked as a Darlington GP for over 20 years and is now working alongside other clinicians and managers in supporting NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-On-Tees CCG and NHS Darlington CCG in improving NHS services for the people of Hartlepool, Stockton-On-Tees and Darlington. Originally from Leeds, Dr Jones, gained her MB BS medical qualification in 1986 at Newcastle University before undertaking GP training at Denmark Street Surgery in Darlington. Qualifying as a GP in 1990, she joined the former Netherlaw Surgery, now Blacketts, in 1991.
Dr Jones, whose involvement with the former Primary Care Trust began when, as musculoskeletal lead, she established a service based in the community for patients with arthritis, joint and soft tissue problems, aiming was to improve access to support and treatment for patients, without necessarily needing to attend hospital. With her background and experience, she has supported a team improving the services for the most common cause of back problems, that is currently being rolled out across the North East.

Dr Posmyk qualified as a doctor in Leeds in 1981 and became a GP in Hartlepool from 1986 where he still practices while living in Wolviston.
He gradually became interested in medical management via the Diabetes Local Implementation Team, and then joined the Hartlepool PCT Professional Executive Committee. He then became a representative on the Hartlepool PBC Group prior to becoming Chair. Dr Posmyk was elected to be the Locality GP Representative and Chair of the then Hartlepool Shadow Pathfinder Committee and has now been elected to his third term as the Chair of the Governing Body for the CCG.
He gained an understanding of more general issues affecting healthcare while working for several years on the SEQIHS and follow-on Better Health programmes looking at planning of healthcare in the wider Darlington, Dales, Durham and Tees areas.
From July 2018 he has also been elected to serve as Chair of Darlington CCG, and has started regular sessions at the Rockliffe Court Surgery, Hurworth in July 2018.

Dr Charles Stanley

Dr Stanley is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist and currently undertakes this role in Leeds. He is an honorary senior lecturer in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Leeds. He is also an associate medical director at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. Prior to training in psychiatry, he worked as a hospital-based paediatrician. Charles is the Secondary Care Consultant on the Governing Body.

Dr Judith Donkin has joined NHS Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees Clinical Commissioning Group as a Governing Body member. Dr Donkin started her health care career as a registered general nurse, qualifying and working at Hartlepool then North Tees Hospital. She made the decision to retrain as a doctor and graduated from Leicester in 1999 and completed the Tees GP vocational training scheme in 2005. Since that time she has worked as a GP in Billingham. Along side her GP role she developed her interests in medical education and completed a Masters in Medical Education. She has the pleasure of teaching medical students for Durham and Newcastle University.

Dr Nick Timlin

Dr Timlin qualified as a doctor in Manchester in 1984 and completed the Cleveland vocational training scheme, starting work as a GP principal in 1990. Nick is also a fully qualified forensic medical examiner and occupational physician and has worked for Cleveland police and local firms. He is also a GP trainer, working at Durham and Tees Valley Vocational Training Scheme. He currently practices as a GP in Hartlepool.


Dr Saleem Hassan

Dr Hassan qualified as a doctor in Aberdeen in 2000 and completed the Northumbria GP vocational training scheme in 2005. He has been working as a GP in a large Stockton surgery since then. He also performs minor surgery within his practice. He joined the CCG in June 2016. He also has extensive experience of working in local urgent care services for many years.


Graeme Niven

Mr Niven is an experienced NHS Executive Director and has worked Teesside since 2003. He qualified as a Chartered Institute of Management Accountant in 1994. He was appointed as Chief Finance Officer in April 2013 following a period as Chief Finance Officer Designate for the CCG. He has worked in the NHS for 32 years in varying roles including in a community and mental health provider, regional role and commissioning roles.


Hilary Thompson

Mrs Thompson taught for many years in nursery and primary schools in both Stockton and Hartlepool. In 1993, she became a full-time lecturer in Early Years at New College, Durham and later taught part-time at Middlesbrough College and New College. In 2009, Hilary was elected Hartlepool Borough Councillor for Elwick Ward and held cabinet posts with responsibility for Culture, Leisure and Tourism and Performance and Adult Services and Public Health, before stepping down in 2012. Hilary has special responsibility for patient and public involvement and serves as Deputy Chair of the Governing Body.

Jean Golightly

As a Registered Nurse, Ms Golightly has previous experience of working in areas from across the healthcare landscape, including time spent overseas. Following this, she returned to the NHS to work in a number of large hospital Trusts, holding posts in Clinical Governance and management of a variety of clinical services, prior to joining the CCG. Ms Golightly’s role is a joint appointment with South Tees CCG. As the CCGs’ Executive Nurse, in addition to Child and Adult Safeguarding, her portfolio includes monitoring the quality and safety of patient care, as well the experiences that patients have when receiving care from our commissioned services.

John Flook, Lay Member

As lay member for Governance and Audit, John will draw on his wealth of NHS and financial expertise. A qualified accountant, he has worked in the Health Service for forty eight years including twenty as Director of Finance in the North East. He has advised Ministers and served on several national bodies including the NHS Counter Fraud Authority, the General Pharmaceutical Council and Sport England Audit Committee. He is also currently the Senior Non Executive Board member on NHS Professionals. John is also the Conflicts of Interest Guardian for the CCG.