Our board


The board is responsible for the effective running of the hospital in line with established objectives and priorities.  It also has a duty to consult and involve governors in the strategic planning of the organisation.

The board is made up of eight non-executive directors, one of whom is the chairman and six executive directors.

Members of the public are invited to attend open meetings of the Board which are held six times a year in January, March, May, July, September and November.

For further details or registered interests please contact the Company Secretary on 0191 445 3712.


Alison Marshall, chair of the board

Chair - Alison Marshall

Alison is a qualified lawyer and a former partner at Dickinson Dees LLP. She joined Gateshead Health as Chair in October 2019. She joined the organisation from Northumbria Healthcare where she was a non-executive director since 2017. She is also a non-executive director at Northern Powergrid.



Yvonne Ormston, chief executive

Chief Executive - Yvonne Ormston MBE

Yvonne joined the organisation from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), where she has been the chief executive for more than four years, and brings a wealth of experience from across the NHS.





Executive Directors

Chief Operating Officer - Joanne Baxter

Joanne is an experienced executive director with more than 30 years’ experience in the NHS. She joined from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) where she spent seven years as the Executive Director of Quality, Safety, Innovation and Improvement. 


Andy Beeby, medical director

Medical Director - Andrew Beeby

Mr Andy Beeby is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and has worked at the Trust for 21 years. He trained in the North East has over 30 years of clinical experience with a special interest in urogynaecology. He was the lead clinician for Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the Trust for 11 years a department that has recently been rated as Outstanding after CQC inspection. 



Deputy Chief Executive/Group Director of Finance & Digital -  Jackie Bilcliff       


Jackie Bilcliff is our Group Director of Finance & Digital and has worked for the Trust since 2014. Jackie qualified in 1996 with CIPFA and has held a number of positions within the private, health and criminal justice sectors..  




Lisa Crichton-JonesDirector of People and OD - Lisa Crichton-Jones

Lisa joined the Trust in October 2020 and is an experienced NHS HR Director, having worked at Executive level since 2012 and in the NHS since 1999.  She brings experience of working in a large complex trust as well as recent experience as Director of Workforce for the NENC Integrated Care System.  She is a Governor at East Durham College, a trustee at Museums North and Chairs the local and regional NHS social partnership forums.



 Chief Nurse and Professional Lead for Midwifery and AHPs - Gillian Findley

 Gillian joined the Trust in August 2021. Gillian has extensive experience of working at Director level across   both commissioning and provider sectors. Most recently Gillian was the Director of Nursing and Quality at   County Durham Clinical Commissioning Group, during which time she undertook secondments at both   Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust. 



Non Executive Directors

Hilary Parker

Hilary qualified as a solicitor in 1985. She was previously a university lecturer. She was a partner at Sintons solicitors until 2015. She specialised in healthcare law and remains a consultant with Sintons. Hilary was a non-executive director at the Newcastle Hospitals Foundation Trust for many years. She chairs the Newcastle University Development Trust ( a charity) and is on the board of Kingston Properties Limited a wholly owned subsidiary of Bernicia Housing ( a registered housing association)


 Anna Stabler

 Anna has worked in the NHS for over 35 years and has worked clinically as a Nurse, Midwife and         Health   Visitor. Anna has worked in senior leadership positions across the NHS in commissioning,   regulation and   provider services. Her most recent role was as the Executive Chief Nurse in Cumbria she maintains her   registration as a nurse and midwife.


Andrew Moffat (CBE)

During his executive career he has gained experience in the water, telecommunications and ports sectors occupying senior financial, commercial and strategic roles.  He joined Port of Tyne as Finance and Commercial Director in 2007 and was Chief Executive for 10 years. He was Chair of the CBI’s Regional Council in 2018 and Deputy Chair in 2019 and is currently a private sector, North East LEP Board Member and also chairs its Investment Board.


Ruth Bonnington, non-executive directorRuth Bonnington
Ruth has been a GP in Gateshead for 22 years and works in a small practice in Bensham where she has been a partner since 1995. 





Martin Gannon, non-executive director

Martin Gannon

Cllr Gannon is the leader of Gateshead Council.





 Maggie Pavlou

 Maggie joined the Trust in October 2021. Maggie is a qualified HR professional with extensive experience at   operating at Board level. Most recently Maggie was the Chief People Officer for Parkdean Resorts. Maggie   also has significant experience of non-executive director and trustee roles and was the first female president   and chair of the North East Chamber of Commerce. Maggie is passionate about charitable work and is a   trustee and volunteer at the Peoples Kitchen. 


Mike Robson, non-executive director

Mike Robson

Mike is a public sector accountant. He worked in the NHS for over 34 years having been Director of Finance and Corporate Governance and Deputy Chief Executive at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. He previously carried out a similar role at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle. Mike is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St Oswald’s Hospice. Having previously served as Honorary Treasurer he was appointed as a Vice President in 2007.


Balance of Board Membership and Independence

The Board of Directors is satisfied that its balance and knowledge, skills and experience is appropriate to the Board and its sub-committees.  The Board has evaluated the circumstances and relationships of individual Non-Executive Directors which are relevant to the determination of the presumption of independence and determines all of its Non-Executive Directors to be independent in character and judgement.

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