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.

Jeanette Scott-Thomas

Director of nursing, quality and safety

Jeanette is passionate about the quality and safety of care experienced by patients.  Jeanette trained as a nurse in South Tyneside and has held a number of senior positions in both provider and commissioning organisations during her 39 years NHS experience.

She is a qualified Nurse and Health Visitor and has completed an Executive MBA as well as numerous leadership programmes. Jeanette is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sunderland.

When not at work Jeanette enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and is an avid reader and follower of The Archers.

Matt Brown

Director of operations

Matt is passionate about working to improve services and outcomes for patients, having spent 15 years working in the NHS around the country, particularly in Cumbria and the North East.

During that time, Matt has worked for a number of commissioner and provider organisations, across a range of strategic and operational roles, latterly as Head of Primary Care and Head of Strategic Planning for NHS England.

Following a degree in Actuarial Mathematics, Matt undertook an Executive MBA and an MSc in Public Health, before becoming a graduate of the Nye Bevan Executive Healthcare Leadership programme.

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.

Paul Cuskin

Lay member

Paul had a 30 year career with the UK Civil Service during which time he worked with both the public and private sectors in the development of Employment & Skills to deliver Welfare to Work, and between 1999 and 2011 worked as Strategic Director for the North-East Employer Coalition working with employers and agencies to tackle long-term unemployment.

Previously, Paul was the inaugural Chair of Healthwatch South Tyneside, and was appointed to the committee of Healthwatch England to help represent the views of patients, care users and the public at a national level.

Paul also chaired the multi-agency Local Quality Surveillance Group and was a previous board member of South Tyneside Health and Wellbeing and Integrated Health Boards.  Paul is a former international athlete representing Great Britain at road, cross-country and track racing.

He was also a dementia carer.

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.

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.