Meet the board

Executive directors

Siobhan McArdle

Siobhan McArdle

Chief executive and transformation director

Siobhan became chief executive on 1 October 2015 and also leads our developing transformation office, working with staff across our community and hospital services to identify and deliver opportunities to work more efficiently and drive out waste. As a supervising consultant with PWC, Siobhan worked with a number of major national companies before setting up her own management consultancy in 1998. Since then she has worked nationally and internationally on strategic reviews, performance improvement and transformational change for a number of high profile private companies, as well as NHS organisations in the north east.


 

Ruth James

Ruth James

Director of quality

Ruth James was appointed as the trust’s director of quality in 2015 having previously had the role of deputy director of quality assurance. She trained as a biomedical scientist  and was a laboratory manager for a number of years before moving on to a number of business and operational management roles within the NHS.


Gill Hunt

Gill Hunt

Director of nursing

Gill Hunt was appointed as the director of nursing / director of infection prevention and control in November 2015 having previously had the role of deputy director of nursing within the trust.  With 29 years experience in the NHS, Gill has held a number of senior nursing and management posts in the region and is also currently the Board lead for safeguarding. 


Simon Kendall

Medical director – clinical and diagnostic support services

Simon has been a cardiothoracic surgeon since 1994. He has been chairman of the Senior Medical Staff Committee, clinical director and chief of service. Nationally he is the Honorary Secretary for the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery.


David Chadwick

Medical director – planned care

David Chadwick has worked as a consultant urologist in the trust for 20 years and is the clinical lead for prostate cancer and robotic surgery.  Previous roles include clinical director of urology and chief of service for surgical services centre.


Mike Stewart

Medical director – specialist care

Mike was chief of service for cardiothoracic services before taking on the role of medical director for specialist care following the trust’s organisation restructure in 2016.


Adrian Clements

Medical director – urgent and emergency care

Adrian commenced the new role of medical director for the urgent and emergency care centre on 1 April 2016. He was appointed to the trust as a consultant in accident and emergency medicine in March 2001 and more recently had served as clinical director for the previous nine years.


Sath Nag

Medical director – community care

Sath Nag is a consultant in acute medicine, diabetes and endocrinology and was appointed medical director for community care following the trust’s organisation restructure in 2016. Prior to this Sath held the  posts of deputy medical director and clinical director for the diabetes and endocrine directorate.

Non-executive directors

Amanda Hullick

Amanda Hullick

Interim chair

Amanda took up post as a non-executive director with the trust in September 2014 after an international career in human resources and organisational development. She has worked at a senior level in a number of major private companies including Shell, ICI and Rolls Royce. In the public sector Amanda worked for British Rail and was instrumental in the work carried out to privatise the national railway service. An Australian by birth, Amanda is married with two children and lives in York.


Richard Carter-Ferris

Richard Carter-Ferris

Non-executive member

Richard joined the board in September 2015.  He is an experienced finance professional who has worked at senior level in a number of very large complex businesses.  Previous roles include  director of internal audit at Asda Wal*Mart, global financial controller for GE Plastics,  finance director of National Express, East Coast and finance director of Vantage Airport Group.  He is currently a self-employed consultant providing financial and non-executive support to a range of clients. 


David Heslop

David Heslop

Non-executive member

David joined the board in September 2015 bringing with him decades of expertise developed in the finance and insurance industry. David became director for the teachers’ pension scheme at Capita in 2015. Prior to joining Capita, David was COO for the Pension Protection Fund and had a 20 year career at Aviva, one of the UK’s largest insurance and savings groups. David read statistics at City University and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and the Institute of Actuaries.


Hugh Lang

Hugh Lang

Non-executive member

Hugh Lang became group airports director of Peel Airports Group in 2008, with responsibility for the management and operation of Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport. In both his airport capacity and as Chairman of Tees Valley Unlimited (the governing body of the Tees Valley City region), Mr Lang has particular interests in the long term economic development of the region and the key drivers required to deliver positive growth.


Maureen Rutter

Maureen Rutter

Non-executive member

Maureen is a registered nurse with an MBA and post graduate qualifications in teaching and palliative care. Following 25 years in the NHS she worked in the voluntary sector as a director of Macmillan Cancer Support responsible for East Midlands and the North of England and later Direct Services UK wide. Maureen was an appointed governor of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust prior to becoming a non executive director in 2013. 


Jake Tompkins

Jake Tompkins

Non-executive member

Jake Tompkins has worked in the subsea construction industry for nearly 20 years, providing services internationally to major operators and contractors.  In 2008 Jake established Darlington based Modus Seabed Intervention, now one of the subsea sectors leading providers of autonomous and remotely operated vehicle services.  Jake has a particular focus on technology and innovation.  He is also a NED / Executive Committee member for a number of private, public and third sector organisations.  Jake is married with three children and lives in rural County Durham, he joined the Board in December 2016.