Graeme Chapman


Graeme is Chair of both the Newcastle Health Innovation Partners (NHIP) Strategy Board and NHIP Advisory Board.

He has over 30 years’ experience delivering business transformation across a number of industries, including Healthcare, Life Sciences, Central Government, Retail Banking, Manufacturing and Utilities.

Graeme is currently a Non-Executive Director for Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is the Chair of the Trust Quality Committee.

Graeme spent his early career in Energy Engineering but spent the later part in Information Technology. Graeme worked at Microsoft for over 20 years, spending 10 years working in Health and Life Sciences with a significant focus on digital transformation strategy.

Having been born, educated and worked in Newcastle, Graeme has a strong connection with the region and has a passion for its growth
and development.

Professor Ashley Adamson

Ashley is a Professor of Public Health Nutrition at Newcastle University, she was a National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Research Professor 2013-18 and was appointed NIHR Senior Investigator from 2018.

Professor Adamson is a Dietitian and worked in the NHS in London before and after her PhD in nutritional epidemiology in children at Newcastle University. Ashley worked in NHS Trusts in clinical practice, in community nutrition and in primary care before returning to Newcastle University in 1995 to take up a post as Lecturer in the newly created Human Nutrition Research Centre to develop a research programme in Public Health Nutrition; she was awarded a personal chair in 2012.

Ashley is the Director of Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health and National Director of NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR), a member of the NIHR Policy Health Unit in Public Health and leads an NIHR Public Health Responsive Study Team (PHIRST Fusion) which is funded to evaluate interventions implemented by local authorities. As part of the recommissioning of the Research Design Service (RDS) to the Research Support Service (RSS) NIHR have commissioned a bespoke service to support public health research outside the NHS; Ashley is Director of this new £22M national service hosted by Newcastle and partners.

Professor Chris Day CBE

Professor Chris Day has been Vice-Chancellor and President of Newcastle University since January 2017. Previously a Consultant Hepatologist with an international reputation in medical research, he is a Fellow and former Clinical Vice-President of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has served on the Council of the Medical Research Council and the Executive of the Medical Schools Council and chaired the Clinical Medicine Sub-Panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) Exercise. For REF 2021, he chaired the Institutional Environment Pilot Panel, for the assessment of the research environment at institution level.

Professor Day is currently Chair of the Russell Group, a member of the Council of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group and
serves on the Advisory Board of the UPP Foundation. He is a former Chair of the Board of the Office for Strategic Co-ordination of
Health Research (OSCHR) and of the N8 Group of research universities. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear.

Professor Day was awarded a CBE for Health Research and Treatment in the New Year’s Honours List 2023.

Lisa Goodwin MBE

Lisa is the Chief Executive of Connected Voice.

A native of Northern Ireland, Lisa has spent almost 20 years working in the voluntary sector in the North East of England. She is currently Chief Executive of Connected Voice, connecting, supporting and representing the interests of hundreds of VCSE organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Lisa was formerly Chief Executive of North Tyneside VODA, Deputy Chief Executive at VONNE, and received an MBE in 2021 for services to vulnerable people during Covid 19. Lisa is the current Mayoral Ambassador for the VCSE sector at the North of Tyne Combined Authority, and sits on the North of Tyne CA Inclusive Economy Board.

Brendan Hill

Brendan has over 35 years’ experience in both NHS and third sectors, 20 of those in senior leadership positions. He has worked in health and care services since 1984 in both statutory and non-statutory sectors and has a clinical background in mental health nursing.

Brendan was CEO for 17 years at a large third sector mental health provider group (Mental Health Concern and Insight Healthcare – now called Everyturn Mental Health).

He has provided third sector leadership, representation and expertise on local, regional and national forums focused on cross-sector development of health and social care; helping voluntary and community sector providers come together with statutory organisations to deliver better for our communities.

He is currently a Non-Executive Director of CNTW NHS Foundation Trust and North East based charity Ways to Wellness. He is also a partner of the Human Learning Systems Collaborative.

Dr Henry Kippin

Dr Henry Kippin is the Chief Executive of the North of Tyne Combined Authority, responsible for its delivery programme spanning inclusive economic growth, skills, housing, public service innovation, net zero and devolution.

He is also interim Chief Executive of the North East Mayoral Combined Authority – which will be established in May 2024 following the signing of a new North East Devolution Deal. Henry was formerly an Executive Director at the West Midlands Combined Authority, and prior to this held a number of roles in UK and international public policy, including as CEO of Collaborate and managing the cross-party RSA Public Services Commission.

He is a Trustee of the Young Foundation, a visiting Professor at Newcastle University and was a visiting Fellow of the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence from 2013 – 2018.

Heidi Mottram CBE

Heidi is the CEO of Northumbrian Water Group and Northumbrian Water Limited.

She is a member of the CBI North East Regional Council, the Vice-Chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and is on the board of Centrica PLC.

She was previously awarded North East Business Executive of the Year

Dr Jonathan Sheffield CBE

Dr Sheffield has over 40 years’ experience working in the NHS as a doctor, medical and general manager.

He is a qualified Consultant Histopathologist and became Medical Director for University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust in 2004. In 2010 he was appointed CEO of the NIHR CRN. He stepped down from that role in March 2020 and spent two years on both the Vaccines and Therapeutics Taskforces during the COVID pandemic.
He is currently a non executive Director for the NHSA.

He received a CBE in 2021 for services to Research in the NHS.

Nitin Shukla

Nitin is the Programme Lead for EDI & Hate Crime, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria.

He is a lay member of Council at Newcastle University, is a Development Board Member of Marie Curie Hospice and the Chair of Governors at Bridgewater Primary School.

He is the Chair of Haven Tyneside, a Trustee of the Newcastle Cathedral and Past President of Tyneside Rotary Club.

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