Eastern Governors

Our Eastern Governors cover Felling, Windy Nook and White Hills, Pelaw and Heworth, Wardley and Leam Lane, and parts of Jarrow and Hebburn.

Below you'll find a little bit of information on why our governors got involved and what they offer to the Trust. Click on the question to reveal their answers.


Desmond Costello
As a long-standing & participative resident of Felling, East Gateshead, for over sixty years, I have had recourse to access the Trust’s services as a patient on several occasions AND received first-class medical and nursing care every time; giving me a powerful insight into the patient experience.
While passionate about and proud of the excellent services and standards of the Trust, I am equally passionate about healthcare provision for senior citizens. This is a group who still have an important part to play in society, but whose voice is not always heard. My role, therefore, would be a dual role – vigorously supporting staff and senior management in maintaining their service levels of excellence, whilst also acting as an active advocate for the physical, mental and emotional welfare of Gateshead’s elderly sectors.


Alan Dougall
I was a governor at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital until 2017, and I am pleased to be a governor again.
I was born and raised in Felling, was in the R.A.F. for 10 years, worked overseas for 8 years, then worked in the Team Valley until I retired. My outside interests are, in Gateshead:- Trustee of the Older People’s Assembly, Member of the Council Veterans Committee, Member of the Council Diversity Forum. And, in Newcastle, Member of Voice North Research panel, Member of P.I.M.S., at the Freeman Hospital, And a member of Unite, the Union, Retired Members Committee.


Esther Ward

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