Governing Body Regular Attendees

The governing body is responsible for reviewing decisions and formally approving all the plans for Sunderland’s Clinical Commissioning Group. Sunderland’s governing body meet up five times a year and these meetings are open to the public.

Gillian Gibson

Director of Public Health, Sunderland City Council

Gillian has lived in Sunderland most of her life and worked in the NHS from 1984 until 2013 when responsibility for Public Health transferred to local government.

She is a registered public health specialist and has been a consultant in Public Health in Sunderland since 2011, taking responsibility for the integration of public health services. She became Acting Director of Public Health in April 2015.

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.

Fiona Brown

Executive director of people's services, Sunderland City Council

Fiona has a number of years’ experience in Local Government and Health, especially in health & social care integration, events and designing new forms of service delivery vehicles.

All of her career has been spent in the North east, working for a number of Local authorities and acute health trusts.

She is particularly known for her work on Strategic Commissioning and creating innovative community solutions for independent living.  Fiona is an active member of a number of Associations.

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.

Deborah Cornell

Head of Corporate affairs