Meet the Directors Team

David Gallgher Chief Officer

David Gallagher

Chief officer

With previous experience of working with CCGs in Newcastle, Gateshead, County Durham and Darlington, David has been involved with the NHS in both clinical and strategic roles as a commissioner and provider. He has lived locally all his life and has extensive management experience including in hospitals and commissioning. He started his career in 1982 at Sunderland Royal Infirmary and joined the CCG as chief officer in 2012.

David chairs the Sunderland A&E Delivery Board and Sunderland’s Children’s Strategic Partnership, is vice chair of the Sunderland Safeguarding Children’s Board and a member of the Health and Wellbeing Board and Sunderland Partnership. On a wider footprint he chairs the CNE Armed Forces Network and the Estates strategy group and is a member of the Workforce Strategy Group.

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 at a senior level for over 20 years and has experience in most sectors including acute care, community, mental health and commissioning with Gateshead, County Durham, Darlington and Sunderland.  He is also the chair of the Northern Branch of HFMA and the chair of the National HFMA Commissioning Forum.

Ann Fox

Director of nursing, quality and safety

Ann is a registered nurse with a career in the NHS spanning over 34 years. Ann trained and has lived in Sunderland all of her life. 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 many areas including haematology/oncology and palliative care throughout her career and in her role as Nurse Director for the North of England Cancer Network. During this time Ann was a founder board member of the United Kingdom Oncology Nursing Society, (UKONS).

From 2009 Ann was Director of Clinical Care and Patient Safety (Executive Nurse) at the North East Ambulance Service NHS, a new role introduced to support the successful transition of the organisation to Foundation Trust status.

Ann has been Executive Director of Nursing, Quality & Safety for the CCG since 2013 and 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.  He is currently the CCG’s director lead on the development of the All Together Better Alliance and the transformation of local hospital services via the Path to Excellence programme.

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

Originally from North London, Dr Bradford trained at Nottingham University and worked in Nottingham and Plymouth prior to moving (and staying) in the North East in 1989. She has worked in the NHS since 1984 as a haematologist after junior doctor posts.  Since 1994 Claire has been a public health physician as DPH in Newcastle Primary Care Trust, 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, European health profiles and the National Library for Public Health.

Clare Nesbit

Director of Primary Care and People

Clare has lived and worked across the North East all her life, and worked in the NHS for over 20 years. Clare is an experienced Director of Organisational Development and Primary Care with a history of working in both commissioner and provider organisations.

Clare has a background in strategic partnership working, HR, training and development, reform and transformation and culture change. Clare has also worked for the private sector as a qualified engineer in production management and lean working

As a qualified OD practitioner Clare recognises that its people are the most valuable asset an organisation can have.

When not travelling Clare enjoys cooking and planning the next family adventure