Dr O’Brien has been a local GP in Chester-le-Street for 16 years. He has developed a special interest in cardiology and has previously worked as a GP with special interest in this area. Neil Chairs the Northern CCG Forum and is the SRO lead for the regional demand management work stream. Neil is a practicing clinician which strengthens his influence with local practices and other clinicians. Neil has also been a director of the AHSN and the clinical lead of the Better Health Programme. Neil is a member of the STP oversight group taking a lead in developing new governance arrangements in order to optimise the effectiveness of regional transformation and STP delivery.
Nicola was the acting Chief Executive for Hartlepool Borough Council and has previously held posts such as Director of Child and Adult Services. Nicola began her early career by training and working as a nurse in the NHS before moving to working in integrated services between the NHS and the Local Government in Cheshire. With over 20 years of working in a managerial and leadership capacity within health and Local Government she has had extensive experience of managing and leading organisations through change, developing integrated services and solutions and working at a senior board level. Nicola now works as a shared Chief Operating Officer between North Durham CCG and DDES CCG.
Dr Posmyk qualified as a doctor in Leeds in 1981 and became a GP in Hartlepool from 1986 where he still practices while living in Wolviston.
He gradually became interested in medical management via the Diabetes Local Implementation Team, and then joined the Hartlepool PCT Professional Executive Committee. He then became a representative on the Hartlepool PBC Group prior to becoming Chair. Dr Posmyk was elected to be the Locality GP Representative and Chair of the then Hartlepool Shadow Pathfinder Committee and has now been elected to his third term as the Chair of the Governing Body for the CCG.
He gained an understanding of more general issues affecting healthcare while working for several years on the SEQIHS and follow-on Better Health programmes looking at planning of healthcare in the wider Darlington, Dales, Durham and Tees areas.
From July 2018 he has also been elected to serve as Chair of Darlington CCG, and has started regular sessions at the Rockliffe Court Surgery, Hurworth in July 2018.
Graeme Niven Chief Finance Officer
Mr Niven is an experienced NHS Executive Director and has worked Teesside since 2003. He qualified as a Chartered Institute of Management Accountant in 1994. He was appointed as Chief Finance Officer in April 2013 following a period as Chief Finance Officer Designate for the CCG. He has worked in the NHS for 32 years in varying roles including in a community and mental health provider, regional role and commissioning roles.
Dr Andrea Jones, who has worked as Darlington GP for over 20 years is now working alongside other clinicians and managers in supporting the CCG in improving NHS services for the people of Darlington. In her role, she has chaired the Governing Body, the decision making board of GPs, clinicians and lay members for NHS Darlington CCG.
Originally from Leeds, Dr Jones, gained her MB BS medical qualification in 1986 at Newcastle University before undertaking GP training at Denmark Street Surgery in Darlington. Qualifying as a GP in 1990, she joined the former Netherlaw Surgery, now Blacketts, in 1991.
Dr Jones, whose involvement with the former Primary Care Trust began when, as musculoskeletal lead, she established a service based in the community for patients with arthritis, joint and soft tissue problems, aiming was to improve access to support and treatment for patients, without necessarily needing to attend hospital. With her background and experience, she has supported a team improving the services for the most common cause of back problems, that is currently being rolled out across the North East.