Chief Operating Officer
Tel: 0191 3713220
Nicola was the acting Chief Executive for Hartlepool Borough Council and has previously held posts such as Director of Child and Adult Services. Nicola began her early career by training and working as a nurse in the NHS before moving to working in integrated services between the NHS and the Local Government in Cheshire. With over 20 years of working in a managerial and leadership capacity within Health and Local Government she has had extensive experience of managing and leading organisations through change, developing integrated services and solutions and working at a senior board level. Nicola now works as a shared Chief Operating Officer between NHS DDES CCG and NHS North Durham CCG.
Dr Neil O’Brien
Clinical Chief Officer
Dr O’Brien has been a local GP in Chester-le-Street for over 20 years. He has developed a special interest in cardiology and has previously worked as a GP with special interest in this area. Neil is the Senior Responsible Officer lead for the regional demand management work stream and Breast Cancer. Neil is a practicing clinician which strengthens his influence with local practices and other clinicians. Neil is also the Chief Clinical Officer for 4 other CCG’s that work collaboratively as part of a shared management arrangement in County Durham and the Tees Valley. Neil is a member of the ICS management group representing the needs of local populations as Cumbria and the North East progress to become a shadow ICS.
Dr Stewart Findlay
Executive Assistant: Margaret Coyle
091 371 3220
Stewart was a GP Partner at Bishopgate Medical Centre in Bishop Auckland from 1983 and retired from clinical practice in August 2015. He has been involved in commissioning health care services for the local population for over 25 years. In addition to his current role as Chief Clinical Officer he is also Vice Chair of the County Durham Health and Wellbeing Board, Vice Chair of the County Durham and Darlington Local A+E Delivery Board and Co-Chair of the North East and North Cumbria Urgent and Emergency Care Network. He is also a member of the national Technical Advisory Group for Primary Care Home.
Chief Finance Officer
Tel: 0191 3713221
Mark is a qualified accountant, a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), a member of The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and has a master’s degree in Applied Financial Management.
He has worked in finance and performance for a variety of NHS and Local Government organisations over a 27 year career (with 17 years spent working in the NHS in County Durham), covering various sectors including healthcare commissioning, acute secondary care, mental health services and community care. Mark lives in Washington with his wife and son.