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.
Governing Body members
Dr Neil O’Brien, Accountable Officer
Dr O’Brien has been a local GP in Chester-le-Street for over 20 years. He has developed a special interest in cardiology and has previously worked as a GP with special interest in this area. Neil is the Senior Responsible Officer lead for the regional demand management work stream and Breast Cancer. Neil is a practicing clinician which strengthens his influence with local practices and other clinicians. Neil is also the Chief Clinical Officer for 4 other CCG’s that work collaboratively as part of a shared management arrangement in County Durham and the Tees Valley. Neil is a member of the ICS management group representing the needs of local populations as Cumbria and the North East progress to become a shadow ICS.
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 was the shared Chief Operating Officer between North Durham CCG and DDES CCG prior to the development of the shared management arrangement for the 5 CCGs in the southern collaborative.
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. .
Secondary Care Clinician – Derek Cruickshank
Derek qualified in Aberdeen in 1980 and worked in Teesside since 1993 as a Consultant at South Tees Foundation Trust, retiring from clinical practice in 2017. He set up and led the Tertiary Gynaecological Oncology Network Service in the south of the region, with the centralisation of complex gynaecological cancer surgery at the now James Cook University Hospital. He also introduced the national standard of ‘direct referral from cytology to colposcopy’ for The NHS Cervical Screening Programme.
He was appointed the first Head of School for Obstetrics and Gynaecology in The Northern Deanery (2008-2011) and was the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Regional College Advisor in the North East (2013-16). As Chief of Service for ‘Women & Children Services’ (2009-16), Derek oversaw the reconfiguration, at The Friarage Hospital, where a short stay paediatric assessment unit replaced inpatient paediatrics and Consultant led Obstetrics was changed to a standalone midwifery unit.
He has worked with NICE on Ovarian Cancer Guidelines” (2008-11) and was on their National Quality Standards Advisory Committee (2013-16). Derek was appointed to The Northern England Senate Council from its inception (Nov 2013), and has taken an active part in work looking at the configuration of acute services in the area. Derek has been the Secondary Care Clinician for South Tees CCG since April 2018 and in the same role for Sunderland CCG since June 2017. Derek also is the Secondary Care Clinician for Darlington CCG and Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees CCG since April 2019
Dr Adam Din
Dr Din completed his medical degree and graduated with a BMBS (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery) from the University of Exeter in 2011. Dr Din initially had some experience working within Orthopaedic Surgery in Yorkshire before starting his GP training within the North East. Dr Din joined as partner of Havelock practice in 2017 and continued to work as a GP Partner with an interest in Minor Surgery, also working with the local Urgent Care Centre in the Out of Hours Service.”
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 Janet Walker – Medical Director
Janet has previously been a South Tees CCG Governing Body Member and Chair however since June 2019 was successfully recruited to the role of Medical Director working across the Tees Valley CCGs; Darlington CCG, Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees CCG and South Tees CCG.
Dr Walker has specialist interests in medicines optimisation, palliative care and children and young people. Since becoming Chair she has been working to increase patient and public engagement, with amongst others, the locality Patient Participation Groups (PPG) and the Patient and Public Advisory Group (PPAG). She is passionate about partnership working.
Dr Walker has been a Teesside GP working in Eston since 1998. She played an active role in Practice Based Commissioning (PBC) as group chair, before becoming the lead for the Greater Eston Pathfinder.
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. Dr Timlin was born in Hartlepool and has worked as a GP in Hartlepool since 1990. Dr Timlin 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 and has worked alongside the CCG since it was formed in 2013.
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.
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.
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.
Mrs Karen Dales – Lay Member and Audit Committee Chair for South Tees CCG, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG and Darlington CCG. Karen is also the Conflicts of Interest Guardian for the three CCGs.
Mrs Dales has 30 years’ experience of working in the public sector including Health, Social Care, Local Government and Education. She is currently Assistant Principal: Corporate Services at Hartlepool College of Further Education.
A qualified accountant, her roles have included Finance Director, planning, policy development, performance, governance, procurement and contract management as well as managerial responsibility for HR, data services, facilities and IT.
Steve Rose – Lay Member Patient and Public Involvement
Steve Rose’s career has included working in theatre, youth work and regeneration mostly in the voluntary sector. Graduating from Royal Central School Speech & Drama in 1982 he enjoyed a career in London that included six years being Chief Executive of a Youth Homelessness Day Centre in Kings Cross.
As a result of being a community representative in the Kings Cross/Eurostar developments he became more active and adept at developing partnerships between sectors and to wider aspects of social and environmental regeneration finally becoming Executive Director of a Groundwork Trust in the East of England.
Steve moved to Darlington in 2003 to be with his partner who later became his wife. He was Chief Executive of the Darlington Partnership for six years followed by becoming an independent consultant with many clients including the IDeA. As a consultant Steve worked for Catalyst Stockton-on-Tees to develop the Community Asset Transfer Programme which also led to the opportunity to become Chief Executive in 2013.
Steve has recently left Catalyst and is now working again as an independent consultant developing projects between sectors. He is also a Lay Member of the Governing Body of the local CCG and is chair of two charities – ONsite Community Building Trust and Darlington Football Club Foundation – both of which he was a founding member. Steve is also an active Rotarian and will be District Governor in the North East in 2022.
Steve is the CCG’s Governing Body Lay Member for patient and public involvement and is also a member of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee, Audit and Assurance Committee and the Remuneration Committee.