Meet the Directors Team

David Gallgher Chief Officer

David Gallagher

Chief officer

With previous experience of working with CCG’s in Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham and Darlington, David has been involved with the NHS in both clinical and strategic roles his whole career. He joined Sunderland CCG as Chief Officer in 2012 and is a member of the governing body and Executive Committee.

David Chandler

Chief Finance Officer & Deputy Chief Officer

David Chandler is the Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Chief Officer for Sunderland CCG.  He has worked in the NHS for over 20 years and has experience in most sectors including acute care, community, mental health and commissioning with Gateshead, Durham and Sunderland.

Director Nursing Ann Fox

Ann Fox

Director of nursing, quality and safety

As a registered nurse and with a career in the NHS spanning 29 years, Ann has always been an advocate for improving the quality of patient care, their safety and their overall experience. She has been instrumental in developing new services and clinical pathways in haematology/oncology, palliative care and in her role as Nurse Director for the North of England Cancer Network.

From 2009 Ann was Director of Clinical Care and Patient Safety (Executive Nurse) at the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Ann is a visiting professor at the University of Sunderland in the department of nursing and health sciences.

Scott Watson

Director of Contracting and Informatics

Scott was born and raised in Sunderland and has spent over twenty years working for local health and social care services in the city.

Scott is a qualified health informatician, with postgraduate and masters qualifications in information management.  He graduated the NHS Leadership Academy’s Nye Bevan Programme in 2014 with an award in Executive Healthcare Leadership.

Dr Claire Bradford

Medical director

Dr Claire Bradford has worked in the NHS since 1984. Originally from North London she trained at Nottingham University and worked subsequently in Nottingham and Plymouth prior to moving (and staying) in the North East in 1989.

Her proudest clinical achievement when a haematologist was setting up the bone marrow transplant unit in Plymouth which enabled patients to get their treatment within Devon and Cornwall.

Claire has been a Public Health physician since 1994 working in Newcastle (DPH Newcastle PCT, Health Protection Agency, North East Public Health Observatory and NHS England.  During her Public Health career her achievements have included leading teams to develop the English health profiles and the National Library for Public Health.

Claire has worked at European level including the development of the European regional health profiles (I2SARE) and as an advisor to the Portuguese School for Public Health. Claire is committed to using her skills and experience to improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities.

Claire lives in Gosforth with her husband and has two teenage children.  When not working she can usually be found on her yoga mat or planning the next trip to her home from home in the Costa de la Luz.