Speaker Biographies

Dr Daniel Cowie

Clinical Lead

Care Closer to Home

Dan graduated in 1999 from Newcastle University and qualified as GP in 2004. Over the last 14 years he has worked as a GP in various roles with a particular focus on elderly care. Dan has also been a part time clinical author of clinical knowledge summaries and writing guidelines for primary care.

He took up a role in Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning (CCG) Group and has been leading transformation work within the CCG and at a regional level and has particular interest in service redesign in the care and support of older people.

Dr Dawn Moody

Associate National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Person-Centred Care

NHS England


Dawn is a GP with a special interest in the care of older people, working clinically in community and interface services in Derbyshire and Cheshire. Her current roles also include teaching at Keele University and her role as a Clinical Director of Fusion48, with responsibility for their Frailty Toolkit and Training Programme. Dawn was previously a partner in General Practice for 13 years and has also worked extensively with a range of commissioners and providers.​

Dawn has an MPhil for her research in frailty in primary care and holds an MSc in Geriatric Medicine.

Lesley Bainbridge

Clinical Lead

Care Closer to Home


Lesley trained as a nurse and midwife in Gateshead in an apprentice style training that she loved.  She says she laughed through all the student years while making lifelong friends and importantly being privileged to work alongside, and learn from, nurses and midwives she still regards to be among the best in the business.   Since then she has complimented her training with graduations from Northumbria University.  Professionally there are two things that get Lesley out of bed every morning and they are nursing in its fullest sense and the care of older people.  She is very much looking forward therefore to progressing all of the clinical components of the regional frailty programme so as to make a positive contribution towards improving not only the lives of older people and their families; but the working lives of the staff providing the services also.

Dr Adrian Hopper (GIRFT)

Consultant Physician, and Deputy Medical Director

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT)


Dr Adrian Hopper is a Geriatrician working at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He has had a leading role in Patient Safety in South London starting a local network – Safety Connections and is the Patient Safety lead for the local AHSN where his work focuses on catheter safety and community falls prevention. He is part of a team that developed the AMBER carebundle to support decision making in sick patients with uncertain recovery which has spread from a local innovation to a national programme. He has recently started as the Geriatric Medicine speciality lead for GIRFT

Fiona Ottewell

NHS RightCare Delivery Partner

NHS England


Fiona has a clinical background as a Physiotherapist and held various senior management roles in the acute provider sector in the North East.  Fiona has implemented several complex change programmes within many different clinical pathways in collaboration with stakeholders across the health economy.

Fiona continues to develop her passion for system change and is delighted to be part of this event as the NHS RightCare Delivery Partner for the 12 CCGs in the North East and North Cumbria ICS.

Fiona looks forward to bringing her enthusiasm and experience in challenging unwarranted variation.

Dr Andrea Brown

Epidemiological Analyst, NEQOS

Measurement Programme Lead, AHSN NENC



Andrea has worked in analytical roles within the NHS for over 14 years, initially as the prescribing and primary care data analyst for Easington PCT and then as Medical Information Scientist for the Regional Drug and Therapeutics Centre. She was the senior Business Intelligence analyst for NHS County Durham from 2007 to 2013 and epidemiologist at Northumberland CCG until mid-2017. Andrea now works for the North East Quality Observatory Service (NEQOS) with a dual role.

NEQOS are the current provider for the NICE National Collaborating Centre for Indicator Development (NCCID) programme and Andrea is the Project Director of this work. She is also the measurement programme lead for the AHSN NENC, producing the Health and Healthcare Surveillance report and developing the detailed measurement profiles for the Health Improvement programmes. She supports the NEQOS mortality work and was also recently involved in a project to look at Cardiac Outcomes in Mental Illness.

Andrea has a wide range of knowledge and experience of working with NHS data such as primary care and QOF, secondary care, urgent care and prescribing data. She has a degree in medical microbiology, a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences and a PhD in Otitis Media with Effusion from Newcastle University, and has published articles in a number of high impact journals.

Professor Michael Catt

Professor of Practice

Director, National Innovation Centre for Ageing

@MichaelCattNCL ‏

@InnovAgeUK ‏

Michael Catt is Director of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and a Professor of Practice in the Faculty of Medicine, Newcastle University.

Michael is also a member of the senior leadership team for the NIHR Innovation Observatory at Newcastle University.

Prior to moving to Newcastle University under MRC funding in 2009, Michael was Head of the ‘Healthy Ageing’ programme at Unilever Corporate Research Colworth Laboratory and was previously Head of New Technology and Research at Unipath Diagnostics. Michael has subsequently undertaken consultancy for both multinational and SME in-vitro diagnostic and consumer health and wellbeing companies and has been both a founder and active contributor to a number of start-ups, contributing IP, technical and management expertise.

Professor Joe McDonald


Connected Health Cities



Practicing Consultant Psychiatrist  and Deputy Medical Director / Chief Clinical Information Officer at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, England’s largest mental health trust.

Joe also works as Director of Connected Health Cities , North East and North Cumbria. He has previously been Medical Director at NTW and a National Clinical IT Lead.

He has campaigned for better quality mental health services and to improve how they are measured. He is a clinical engagement specialist with a track record of engaging clinicians in difficult circumstances.

Current Chairman of the CCIO Leaders Network. Joe has a  special interest is the usability of clinical software and  owns www.comparethesoftware.co.uk.  He has provided consultancy services to some of the largest global health IT companies.

Joe is currently the UK’s most widely read health IT columnist for Joe’s View (Digital Health).

He is a founding member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and the Founding Chairman of the National Mental Health Informatics Network. An experienced Caldicott Guardian and  accredited Clinical Safety Officer.  He has worked as an inspector for the Commission for Health Improvement since its foundation in 1999 and successor organisations, CHAI, Healthcare Commission and CQC.  He is also founding director of the NHS Open Source Software Foundation.

Dr Mark Dornan


NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG


Mark graduated in 1999 from Newcastle University and qualified as GP in 2004. Over the last 14 years he has worked as a GP in various roles including in elderly care.

Mark is the Chair of http://www.newcastlegatesheadccg.nhs.uk  (a merger of 3 CCGs).

Mark is a GP, a GP Partner and GP trainer in www.teamsmedicalpractice.nhs.uk one of the most deprived practices in Gateshead.

Mark chairs the Regional Digital Care Program which was initially requested by the commissioners to feed into the STP

In all these roles Mark is passionate to support our  public and dedicated staff work together to improve our populations health. Often this will depend of people working together to provide the best care for people, as if they were our family.

Dr Juliana Thompson

Senior Lecturer in Nursing (Adult), Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Northumbria University


Juliana is a senior lecturer in adult nursing at Northumbria University, and a scholar of the Florence Nightingale Foundation. Her teaching, research and publications focus on enhancing the care of older people. Recently, she has led local projects funded by Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group to develop a workforce competency framework for Enhanced Care for Older People with Complex Needs (EnCOP).

Other recent projects have included leading an international comparison study of the UK, European, and USA approaches to developing nurses to work with older people in nursing homes; and leading a project commissioned by Health Education England to scope and explore the advanced clinical practitioner role in primary care, with a view to making recommendations about maximising the role at scale in the primary care sector.

Juliana has co-led the development of a pre-registration nurse integrated health and social care internship – a model which is now being adapted by a number of Trusts and care home providers throughout England. She has also co-led the development of the SUPER initiative, a scheme to promote older people’s involvement in pre-registration and CWD health and social care education.

Alan Foster


Cumbria and the North East

Alan Foster was appointed Chief Executive of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust in September 2007. Born in County Durham, he is committed to improving services and the quality of life for people in the North East. He had previously been Director of Finance and led the Trust through a period of financial recovery during that time.

Alan is a national Board member of NHS Providers and the North East and Cumbria Academic Health Science Network. He has been instrumental in transforming health services through partnerships with commissioners. He has also been actively involved in furthering research and development and medical and nursing training through regional partnership working.

Alan has been nominated by his peers and seconded from his Trust to lead the development of an Integrated Care System for North Cumbria and the North East of England.

His passion for excellent patient care and experience is as strong as it was the day he joined the NHS. His belief in the board to ward approach is clearly demonstrated with quality and patient experience being at the top of every board agenda.

For the past 6 years, Alan has been the Honorary Colonel for the 201 Field Hospital reserves based in Newcastle.

He was awarded an MBE for services to the health service in 2013.

Jane Robinson

Corporate Director – Adult and Health Services

Durham County Council


Jane is a qualified Occupational Therapist, working during the 1990’s in a range of services in Newcastle, with a focus on Orthopaedic rehabilitation & community based services, establishing Occupational Therapy services within GP practices.

In 2000, Jane led the development of intermediate care services in Newcastle.  Leaving Newcastle in 2003 to join Darlington Borough Council as a Commissioning Manager, where Jane led services for older & disabled people.  Jane completed an Executive MBA at Newcastle University Business School in 2006 and became Assistant Director for Adults & Health in Darlington.

In July 2009, Jane moved to South Tyneside Council as Head of Adult Social Care leading on Service Improvement and Quality across a broad range of Services.

In September 2014, Jane was appointed as Head of Commissioning for Durham County Council to lead on the Commissioning of services for Adults, Children & Public Health.

In October 2016, Jane was appointed as the Corporate Director for Adult & Health Services at Durham County Council.

Simon Stevens

Chief Executive

NHS England


Simon Stevens is CEO of NHS England, which leads the NHS’ work nationally to improve health and ensure high quality care for all. As the NHS Accounting Officer he is also accountable to Parliament for over £100 billion of annual Health Service funding.

Simon joined the NHS through its Graduate Training Scheme in 1988. As a frontline NHS manager he subsequently led acute hospitals, mental health and community services, primary care and health commissioning in the North East of England, London and the South Coast. He also served seven years as the Prime Minister’s Health Adviser at 10 Downing Street, and as policy adviser to successive Health Secretaries at the Department of Health.

Simon was born in Birmingham, and was educated at Balliol College, Oxford University; Strathclyde University, Glasgow; and Columbia University, New York where he was Harkness Fellow at the New York City Health Department. He is married with two school-age children, and volunteers as a director of the Commonwealth Fund, a leading international health charity. He has also been a trustee of the Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.

Janet Probert

Accountable Chief Officer

NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG


Janet was appointed as Accountable Chief Officer for Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group in December 2015.

Prior to this Janet worked in various senior nursing and executive roles across North Yorkshire. Having trained as a nurse and midwife in London, she then travelled extensively and worked in Australia and Asia before returning to senior nursing posts initially in London. Janet then moved to Lancashire where both her children were born, before moving to North Yorkshire.

Janet has held posts including Director of Nursing, Managing Director for Community and Mental Health Services, Director in an Acute Foundation Trust and a Director of Partnership Commissioning across Health and Social Care.

In 2012 Janet was awarded the Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholarship, for nurses who show top leadership potential. The scholarship allowed the exploration of healthcare models and good practice in Sweden and the USA.

Outside work Janet enjoys spending time with her family; they are keen walkers, cyclists and skiers.  Recently Janet has discovered parkrun and regularly participates in the Saturday morning 5K jog being very clear “it’s a run not a race”!