Meet the board

Executive directors

Sue Page

Sue Page

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Sue has worked in the NHS for more than 30 years as Chief Executive in London, Cumbria, the North East and Liverpool. She has led hospital and community trusts, with a particular focus on improving organisations and leading them through significant change. Sue has previously worked in the northern region, leading hospital and community services in Northumberland and North Tyneside from 1990 to 2005, resulting in the creation of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in 1998. She also ran NHS Cumbria for seven years from 2006 to 2013 and received a CBE for services to the NHS in 2000.

Appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer on 1 October 2019


Steven Mason

Steven Mason

Director of Finance

Steven is a qualified accountant and has 35 years experience within the public sector mainly within health and local government. His previous role was Chief Executive and Director of Finance with Northumberland County Council, leaving following the County Council elections in May 2017. He was formerly Chief Executive and Director of Finance with North Durham University Hospital and Deputy Finance Director at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.


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. 


Adrian Clements

Medical director – urgent and emergency care and deputy CEO

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.


David Chadwick

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.


Sath Nag

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.


Andrew Owens

Andy Owens

Medical Director for Education, Research and Innovation

Andrew was appointed consultant cardiac surgeon at South Tees in 2002 and has served as Clinical Director for Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of R&D. He holds a substantive academic position at the Institute of Genetic Medicine in Newcastle University and has previously been an executive member of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in UK and Ireland and the NIHR Clinical Research Network North East and North Cumbria.

Non-executive directors

Alan Downey

Alan Downey

Chairman

Alan began his career as a Civil Servant in 1981, gaining experience in a wide range of policy areas and working closely with Ministers. He left the Civil Service in 1989 to join KPMG as a management consultant and was promoted to partner in 1997. Over his 25 year career with KPMG he held various Board level positions including Chief Operating Officer of the company’s UK consulting business and Chair of KPMG’s public sector practices across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Following his retirement from KPMG in June 2014 he was for four years a Non-executive Director at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and for three years a member of the Charity Commission’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Appointed as Chair Designate from 1 January 2018 and
Chairman from 1 April 2018 for a three year term


Amanda Hullick

Amanda Hullick

Deputy 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.


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. 


Mike Ducker

Mike Ducker

Non-executive member

Mike Ducker has over 30 years experience in the petrochemicals manufacturing industry on Teesside, with ICI, Huntsman and SABIC. Mike has worked across a broad range of functions from Operations to HR within the Tees Valley, and spent 10 years as the Chairman of the SABIC UK Pension Fund. He is a Trustee for two UK charities, and an advisor to the UK Government on Chemicals Sector Resilience. Mike is married with four sons and two grandchildren, and lives near Thirsk, North Yorkshire. He joined the Board in February 2018.


Debbie Reape

Debbie Reape

Non-executive member

Debbie is a registered general nurse and a registered sick children nurse who has worked in the NHS for 38 years in a number of senior nursing and management roles. Debbie joined South Tees NHS Trust as a non executive director on the 1st November 2018 following on from her retirement in 2017 from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust where her last role was as Executive Director of Nursing.
Debbie lives in Newcastle Upon Tyne and has one son.


Ada Burns

Ada Burns

Non-executive member

Ada has had a lengthy career in local government and public policy. She worked for 25 years in London in roles focussed on housing and regeneration. In 2005 Ada was appointed Chief Executive of Darlington Borough Council, a position she held until 2018. During her time in Darlington Ada was instrumental in the development of the Tees Valley Mayoral Combined Authority, and had a particular interest in programmes to address health inequalities. Ada is a Governor and Resources Committee Chair for Teesside University, Vice Chair of the New Local Government Network (NLGN), and a Director of a Community Arts Centre.


Board register of interest (192kb)
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