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Our team

Executive leadership team


Dr Neil O'Brien

Executive medical director


David Purdue

Executive chief nurse


Professor Graham Evans

Executive chief digital and information officer


Claire Riley

Executive director of corporate governance, communications and involvement


Annie Laverty

Executive director of people


Aejaz Zahid

Executive director of innovation


Dave Gallagher

Executive director of place based delivery (Central and Tees Valley)


Mark Adams

Executive director of place based delivery (North and North Cumbria)


Jacqueline Myers

Executive director of strategy and system oversight


Jon Connolly

Executive director of finance

Non executive directors

Professor Eileen Kaner

Currently director of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) for the North East and North. Her research aims to improve health and well-being via the development and evaluation of interventions focused on reducing risk due to alcohol, substance use and links to mental health problems. You can read more about Professor Kaner here.


Jon Rush

Jon Rush is chair of the North Cumbria Integrated Care Partnership System Leadership Board and is a strong advocate for involving people in service change and improvement and working with the third sector. You can read more about Jon here.

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