Organising committee

Find out more about the STart (South Tees art competition) 2021 organising committee.

Audrey Quinn

Dr Audrey QuinnAudrey Quinn is a consultant obstetric and neuro-anaesthetist at The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough with specific national and local interests in caring for the sicker women in maternity, the difficult airway and brain haemorrhage.

Audrey is lead obstetric anaesthetist and proud to say the James Cook maternity unit received CQC “outstanding” for leadership 2019. The anaesthetic department also received a Parliamentary award last year supported by Simon Clarke MP and Royal College RCoA recognition, ACSA 2019.

Audrey was chair and lead author of national intercollegiate guideline document “Care for the Critically Ill Woman in Childbirth: Enhanced Maternal Care” 2018 and advisor NHSE Yorks and Humber “task and finish” benchmark of these guidelines 2016. She’s pleased to say we’re presently undertaking this work in the NE maternities. The James Cook Enhanced Maternal Care EMC unit features in Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine FICM Enhanced Care RCoA 2020. And most importantly, the trust’s obstetric patients report high patient satisfaction scores and excellent outcome.

Audrey has recently developed an interest in art, in particular in oil painting during lockdown. She said: “I  recognise the immense wellbeing benefits I’ve had from this, and have seen my James Cook colleagues produce wonderful work throughout the pandemic. This has given me the idea to organise the trust art competition to be launched on International Women’s Day 2021.  I am looking forward to see the entries come in, although I may get busy as I learned recently that there are 9,000 employees at the trust!”


Jo Cresswell

Jo Cresswell

Jo Cresswell is clinical director and consultant urological surgeon at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Jo graduated in medicine from the University of Newcastle and was awarded a PhD in bladder cancer immunology in 2002. Her clinical work focuses on the management of bladder cancer, with expertise in the management of all stages of disease including intravesical therapies, endoscopic management and radical pelvic surgery (open and robotic).

Jo is currently the vice-president of the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) and will become president in 2022.


Diane Monkhouse

Di Monkhouse

Diane Monkhouse is a consultant in critical care at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. She joined the trust in 2005 and has several other roles including lead medical examiner and chair of the senior medical staff forum.

Diane’s main areas of interest include teaching, recovery from critical illness and learning from deaths. She is actively involved in charity work in Sudan to promote acute and critical care.


Denise Curtis-Haigh

Denise Curtis-Haigh

Denise Curtis-Haigh is a HR business partner (strategy) at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Denise has worked in the HR profession for 30 years and is a member of the Chartered Institute of People and Development (CIPD). During her career she has worked in both private and public sector, with the first 15 years spent in HR roles in the retail services sector, including working for seven years for Boots. Following this she moved into public sector and has worked in local government and then policing. She joined the NHS in January 2020 to undertake an interim role supporting the pathology collaboration.

After two months service COVID-19 hit the NHS and she spent five months supporting the setting up and delivery of COVID testing for both staff and patients. In October 2020 she moved into her current role supporting the development and delivery of the trust’s People Plan. She has a number of years of experience working on areas such as equalities, diversity and inclusion, as well as staff wellbeing and engagement.


Ian Willis

Head of digital programmes, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Mark Graham

Communications director, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Paddy Whaley

Communications officer, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust