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 Neighbourhoods (non-voting)

Fiona has a number of years’ experience in local government and health, especially in health and 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 (non-voting)

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.

Recently, Scott has taken on a wider NHS system leadership role as director for commissioning of ambulance services, working on behalf of all commissioners in the north east.

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

Deborah has over 20 years’ experience of working in the public sector.  She started her career in HM Prison Service in London in 1997, moving to the Home Office in 1999 and then back to the North East in 2001 to join the NHS.  Deborah has held several senior level corporate governance roles within the NHS and has been the Head of Corporate Affairs in Sunderland CCG since 2013. She has also been an affiliated member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators since 2016.

Clare Nesbit

Director of People and Primary Care

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.

Patricia Harle MBE

Lay Member - Primary Care Commissioning (non voting) and Quality Safety Committee Chair

Pat has over 40 years NHS experience, in acute, community , teaching hospital, and consultancy, the last 20 years at board level in NHS commissioning and provider services. Most recently she was a non-Executive Director at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust prior to joining the CCG in January 2018.  Pat has held a number of national offices, and was awarded a MBE, a ‘Probe Lifetime achievement award ‘and presented with a Medal of Distinction from the British Dental Association.