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.

Ali Wilson

Ms Wilson has worked in the public sector for more than 30 years, the last ten of those on Teesside. Ali has many years’ experience in health services commissioning working at Board level. This is informed by a background that includes health services research, service improvement, medical education, and in hospital and general practice based clinical practice. Ali was one of the country’s first Master’s nurse practitioner graduates. As a former Fulbright Fellow in the University of Minnesota, USA, Ali maintains a keen interest in patient and public participation, the focus of her Fulbright experience. She was appointed as (Accountable) Chief Officer in January 2013.

Andie Mackay, Lay Member

Andie will help the CCG to continue to commission high quality services. Andie is a serving Fire Fighter with over 27 years’ experience with the County Durham and Darlington Fire & Rescue Service.





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 Boleslaw Posmyk

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 second two year term as the Chair of the Governing Body for the CCG.


Dr Charles Stanley

Dr Charles Stanley is a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in Leeds and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the University of Leeds. He is also the Associate Medical Director in the Adult Business Unit of Leeds Community Health Care NHS Trust with a specific remit for the development of community based intermediate care services for adults with complex medical needs. Prior to training in Psychiatry, he worked as a Hospital based Paediatrician. Although Dr Stanley works in Leeds he lives in the Teesside area with his family.

Dr David Hodges

Dr Hodges works as a full-time GP at Alma Medical Practice in Stockton.





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.


Dr Salvi Patel

Dr Patel qualified from The University of Liverpool in 2007, after this she obtained a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, qualifying as a GP in 2012. after this she worked as a GP in inner city Liverpool before moving back to the North East. She is a GP at seaton Surgery in Hartlepool. Salvi is a non executive board member for Hartlepool on the Governing Body.


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. John has significant experience in the NHS, having worked as a Director of Finance in the North East for 20 years.