My role as Chief Officer is to ensure that the CCG functions effectively, efficiently and economically with the aims of improving the safety and quality of services provided for patients, the health of the local population and the delivery of value for money.
I also ensure that the working arrangements of the CCG reflect good practice, as identified through organisations such as the National Audit Office and NHS England. This includes complying with duties in relation to the delivery of accounts, audit and the provision of information to NHS England.
Another part of my role is to ensure that the CCG conduct themselves in an environment that is well governed and that they make prudent decisions in an open and transparent way, through collaborative working with the public and partners in the health and social care system. By doing this, secure continuous improvements in service quality and outcomes.
Dr Graham Syers
Graham is a GP partner at Alnwick Medical Group, having worked at The Bondgate Practice in Alnwick since 1998. During that time he was initially a GP trainer and then worked as a GP with a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine. Outside the practice he chaired the North Locality Practice Based Commissioning Group until the inception of the CCG in 2013 when he was appointed as North Locality Director. During his time with the CCG he has developed his role as Prescribing Lead and is currently Vice Chair of the North Tyneside, Gateshead and North Cumbria Area Prescribing Committee and Chairs the North East and North Cumbria Prescribing Forum.
Chief Operating Officer
Siobhan has worked in healthcare for over 25 years, the majority of this time has been working for the NHS; but she also spent as a number of years working in the South African and New Zealand health systems. Siobhan’s work roles have covered provider management within acute hospitals, primary and community settings, as well as mental health and learning disability services. In 2013 Siobhan joined the CCG as Transformation Director, she was later appointed as Chief Operating Officer in 2018. Siobhan’s areas of particular interest include the delivery of care in rural settings, delivering health outcomes through effective whole system working; and looking ahead, working closely with the population to co-design future models of care and self-care.
Chief Finance Officer
Jon joined the CCG in February 2019 as Chief Finance Officer, which is a joint role between Northumberland and North Tyneside CCG. Jon began his career with the Audit Commission, joining the NHS in 2007. He has held senior finance positions in a number of NHS organisations. These include spells as finance director at South Tees Hospitals NHS FT, Gateshead Healthcare NHS FT and most recently NHS England (Cumbria and the North East).
Dr John Warrington
Medical Director - Central Locality Director, business director for finance and performance and director for planned care
John trained locally as a GP and has been working as a GP for fifteen years, currently in Cramlington and Seaton Delaval.
He has been involved with commissioning in Northumberland for over ten years and was previously the practice-based commissioning lead for both the Blyth Valley locality and Northumberland.
John also sat on the Professional Executive Committee for NHS North of Tyne and has been a long-standing member of the Northumberland Local Medical Committee.
Dr Robin Hudson
Robin has been a practising GP for 20 years and has previously been a GP trainer and postgraduate GP tutor. He has worked for the CCG since 2013 and was clinical director for the Northumberland PACS Vanguard programme from 2015-2018.
In addition to chairing the clinical management board he oversees primary care development and assurance, learning disabilities, mental health and children’s’ services. He is also the Macmillan GP cancer lead. He is passionate about developing the population health agenda in Northumberland.
Dr Paula Batsford
Blyth Valley Locality Director and clinical lead for long term conditions and adult mental health
Paula trained to be a GP in Yorkshire. She moved with her family to Northumberland 14 years ago and has been working as a GP here since then. She currently is a GP partner in a practice in Cramlington.
Paula’s main clinical focus within the CCG is on improving the detection, management and outcomes of long term medical conditions and adult mental health conditions and ensuring that individuals with these problems overall health and wellbeing is the optimum that can be achieved. She also is a Locality Director for Blyth Valley and is focused on the quality and sustainability of General Practice and ensuring good engagement between the GP practices and the CCG.
Paula is also a GP appraiser, a role she has been involved with for the last 9 years.
Dr Ben Frankel
West Locality Director - Clinical lead for Newcastle pathways, demand management and contract
Ben qualified at Newcastle Medical School in 2000 having completed a Masters in public health in 1996. He has been a partner at The Sele Medical practice in Hexham since 2008. Alongside his core GP work Ben teaches medical students, conducts research and carries out minor surgery. More recently, he provided a vasectomy service for patients in Northumberland. Ben joined the CCG in late 2017 before becoming Locality Director for the West in May 2018.
Dr Chris Waite
Joint North Locality Director
Chris has been a GP for 18 years. He is currently a GP working in Felton & Widdrington.
Chris trains Medical Students as well as Doctors in their Foundation years and on the GP training scheme.
He shares the role of North Locality Director with Tony Brown. Chris is Clinical lead for the CCG Medicines Optimisation Group.
Joint North Locality Director
Tony joined the CCG in 2019 as Joint Locality Director for North Northumberland, leading on future workforce planning and primary care development around the county.
Previously a commercial manager in the Railway, Telecoms and Finance sector, he has worked in NHS management roles since 2008 and is currently Managing Partner at Alnwick Medical Group.
Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Safety
Annie has been appointed as our director of quality and patient safety. She is a registered nurse.
She has an in-depth understanding of quality issues gained as a commissioner and provider in both primary and secondary care sectors including Foundation Trust, General Practice and Healthwatch.
Annie is one of the 100 health leaders on the Nuffield Trust Panel, and also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the University Campus Suffolk.
Annie also holds a Master degree in Business Administration from Henley Management College
Director of Contracting and Commissioning
Paul has worked in the NHS for the last 14 years at regional, national and local level and brings significant commissioning knowledge and expertise; having held several senior commissioning positions over the last 10 years at a large Primary Care Trust and more recently at Northumberland CCG.
Janet spent her professional career as a solicitor practising in Northumberland and Tyneside, initially in family and criminal law and more recently in probate, wills and trusts.
Over the past twenty years she has worked at board level in the public sector, gaining considerable experience in the field of corporate governance in health, policing, probation and education. She has also worked with a variety of voluntary organisations.
Janet is also an independent member of the Northumbria Police and Crime Panel, a Trustee of Victims First Northumbria and sits as a lay member on disciplinary panels.
Lay Governor for Corporate Finance and Patient and Public Engagement
Karen started out as a primary teacher before moving to local authority to work as a science and technology advisory teacher. She gained a headship in a first school in Blyth, successfully steering the school through the newly introduced Ofsted inspection regime before moving south.
After a series of advisory and school improvement roles, which included work with school governing bodies, Karen returned to Newcastle as a senior adviser. She took early retirement from her senior officer role as Head of School Improvement for early years and primary education, Newcastle City Council and since then has gained experience in a number of organisations in the voluntary sector. She is currently serving her third term of office on the CCG Governing Body.
Lay Governor for Audit and Conflicts of Interests
Since 1996 Stephen has worked as a finance professional within a large central government department. Prior to this he trained at KPMG, undertaking audits, as junior, senior and audit manager. After leaving KPMG he undertook a number of private sector roles, principally within financial services.
He is a chartered accountant and has extensive experience in the public and private sector.
Prof Marios Adamou
Governing Body Secondary Care Doctor
Professor Adamou is a Consultant Psychiatrist in neurodevelopmental psychiatry at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield, Board member of the East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group and Regional Advisor for the Yorkshire and Humber Region. He heads one of the largest neurodevelopmental services in the country, providing assessments and interventions for people with ADHD and ASD.
Professor Adamou is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (FRCPsych), Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FFOM), Higher Education Academy (FHEA), the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and the Royal Society of Public Health. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr FCMI) and Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors (CDir FIOD).