Meet the committee

Jill Baker

Chair

Jill is Chair of our Charity Committee since September 2020 and she has been a Non-Executive Director on the Committee since July 2019. She is bringing to the role her 30 years of experience of working in the charity, health and local authority sectors specialising in children's social care, criminal justice and community development.

Jonathan Jowett

Vice Chair

Jonathan's executive role is Company Secretary General Counsel at Greggs plc, where he is a member of the Operating Board, reporting to the Chief Executive.

He is a lawyer by profession and has spent most of his career working in-house in international manufacturing companies across a variety of sectors including medical product and consumer healthcare.

Mr Andrew Welch

Andy has been Medical Director at Newcastle Hospitals for six years having previously been Associate Medical Director and Cancer Lead. He currently chairs the Northern Cancer Alliance and continues to be actively involved clinically as a Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon.

Mrs Angela Dragone

An NHS Career Accountant, Angela has more than 20 years senior leadership experience and is also Director of the Trust's subsidiary company, Newgene.

On a national level, she has influenced the development of funding and contracting mechanisms and the training and education of finance staff.

Graeme Chapman

Graeme is a Non Executive Director at the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust. An experienced industry professional, Graeme delivers digital transformation to healthcare and life sciences organisations. He also has vertical industry experience in Central Government, Retail Banking, Insurance, Manufacturing and Utilities.