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Area ICP chairs

Our area ICP chairs

North Area ICP Chair - Councillor Lynne Caffrey

An experienced Chair of the Gateshead Health and Wellbeing Board for the last 8 years, and the Joint North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System Overview and Scrutiny Committee, for the North and central areas, since its inception until October 2022.

Councillor Caffrey has served as a Councillor in Gateshead for 14 years for the Chopwell and Rowlands Gill Ward, a historic and scenic area.

Central Area ICP Chair: Councillor Kelly Chequer

For the last 5 years Councillor Chequer has worked as the Mental Health Nurse Consultant for the Mental Health Services at Gateshead Health FT.

In addition to the NHS service, Cllr Chequer holds a senior strategic leadership position within the community.

A democratically elected Councillor at Sunderland City Council (since 2016), as a cabinet member for "Healthy City" which encompasses a large portfolio including Adult Social Care, Safeguarding Adults, Public Health, Domestic Abuse and VAWG, and chair of the Sunderland Health and Wellbeing Board.

Tees Valley Area ICP – Councillor Bob Cook

Councillor Robert (Bob) Cook has been the leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council since 2011 and a serving Councillor for more than 35 years.

In addition to his appointment as Leader of the Council, Councillor Cook is a Cabinet member on the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) with a portfolio for Education, Employment and Skills. The chair of the Education, Employment and Skills Advisory Panel for the TVCA which leads on the delivery of the Local Skills Improvement Plan and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund as well as other employment-based initiatives in the region.

Councillor Cook is also the Group Leader of the local Labour Group.

North Cumbria Area ICP: Councillor Mark Fryer

Councillor Fryer is the leader of the new Cumberland Council.

The council leader for Allerdale Borough Council on two occasions. The first time was between 1995 and 2003 and then for a further eight years between 2011 and 2019.

Councillor Fryer has been both Leader and Deputy Leader on the council. On 5 May 2022, elected to the Cumberland Council seat of St John’s and Great Clifton ward in Workington. Involvement in political scene in Allerdale for most of his adult life

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