Meet the team

Dr Matthew Walmsley

GP Chair

Matthew trained in the north east and has spent his entire career in the region. He has been a partner at Marsden Road Health Centre for eight years. His main areas of interest are mental health and substance misuse. He has been involved in teaching medical students and training junior doctors for a number of years.

When he’s not at work, Matthew likes to spend time with his young children and he is a volunteer for the Scout Association.

Dr David Hambleton

Chief executive officer

David Hambleton studied medicine at Manchester and worked in Chester, Liverpool and the West Midlands before returning to his native North East as Consultant Geriatrician at City Hospitals Sunderland.

Before taking up his current role, he was Director of Commissioning and Reform at NHS South of Tyne and Wear and held a number of clinical managerial posts, including Head of Performance and Clinical Governance and Director of Surgery.

Kate Hudson

Chief finance officer

Kate has worked extensively in the NHS; most recently as Head of Finance for NHS South of Tyne and Wear working on behalf of Sunderland Teaching PCT, South Tyneside and Gateshead PCTs.

Prior to this Kate was based in Essex and was Joint Acting Director of Finance for Epping Forest Primary Care Trust for four years.

Stephen Clark

Deputy chair and lay member

Stephen previously served as PCT Chair for South Tyneside and latterly PCT Cluster Chair for NHS South of Tyne and Wear.

Until his retirement in 2007, he was Chief Executive of Tyne and Wear Enterprise Trust (ENTRUST), one of the largest business development organisations in the north east. A town planer by profession, Stephen spent 27 years in local government and held the post of Chief Executive of South Tyneside Council.

As well as operating as Chair of the quality patient safety and risk committee, Stephen will also Chair the remuneration committee, act as  Deputy Chair of the governing body and lead the governing body’s response to Francis Report recommendations.

Tarquin Cross

Secondary care consultant

Tarquin moved from London to Newcastle in 1991 to study medicine and has stayed in his adopted North East ever since.

He has trained and worked in numerous hospitals across the region before taking up a consultant post in Elderly Medicine with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in 2007. He is currently Associate Head of Service for Acute Elderly Medicine and is involved in the development of Northumbria’s new Specialist Emergency Care Hospital and base sites project.

He has a young family and in the small amount of remaining time he enjoys playing football, running and snowboarding.

Jeff Gosling

Lay member – Public and patientiInvolvement (PPI)

Jeff recently operated as audit chair of South Tyneside Primary Care Trust.  He has been a  Non-Executive Director since 2002 following his retirement from the post of Managing Director of a manufacturing firm.

An accountant by profession, Jeff has had a successful career in industry primarily in the manufacture of textile machinery. This included five years in South Korea where he was involved in establishing a joint venture company.

Paul Morgan

Lay member – Governance

Paul qualified as a solicitor in London before moving to the North East in 1980. He has spent over 30 years as a lawyer and senior executive in the engineering industry, principally as a director of operating companies in the Rolls-Royce Group. He is currently a director and founding shareholder in a process engineering company. He is also Chair of the Board of East Durham Homes, an Arm’s Length Management Organisation which manages 8,500 homes on behalf of Durham County Council.

Paul is married with three children. His personal interests include history, particularly the history of Roman Britain, and military history.

Dr Vis Nathan

GP member

Vis has been working as a GP in South Tyneside for over 30 years. During this time he has been actively involved in local committees, acting as Chair of both the Local Medical Committee and the Practice Based Commissioning group. He is passionate about the health of the local community and the NHS.

In his spare time he enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time with his family.

Jeanette Scott-Thomas

Director of nursing, quality and safety

Jeanette’s bio will be published here.

Christine Briggs

Director chief executive/Director of operations

Christine has worked extensively in the NHS for past 26 years, having carried out a range of roles relating to primary care commissioning, general management  and commissioning more generally.

She has worked across a range of organisations in the NHS across the North East.  Most recently she was Head of Commissioning Development for NHS South of Tyne and Wear, leading a small team working with GPs in South Tyneside to set up the new Clinical Commissioning Group.

Prior to this Christine was Head of Commissioning for Community Services and Joint Commissioning, working on behalf of Sunderland Teaching PCT, South Tyneside and Gateshead PCTs.

As Director of Operations at the CCG, Christine is responsible for its day–to-day management and is a member of the CCG’s Executive Committee and Governing Body (non voting).

Responsibilities include oversight of the CCG’s commissioning responsibilities for children and adults;  planning and performance; patient and public involvement; organisational development; and, governance and corporate services.