Meet the committee

Jill Baker


Jill has been the Chair of our Charity Committee since September 2020 and joined the Newcastle Hospitals Board as a Non-Executive Director in July 2019.

She has over 30 years’ experience working in the charity, health and local authority sectors specialising in children’s social care, criminal justice and community development.

Graeme Chapman

Vice Chair

Graeme is the Vice Chair of our Charity Committee and is a Non-Executive Director for Newcastle Hospitals with over 30 years experience delivering business transformation across a number of industries including Healthcare, Lifesciences, Central Government, Retail Banking, Manufacturing and Utilities.

Graeme has been employed at Microsoft for the past 20 years, spending the last 10 years working in Health and Life Sciences.

Having being born, educated and worked in Newcastle, Graeme has a strong passion for the region and the potential for it to further grow and develop.

Jackie Bilcliff

Jackie is Newcastle Hospitals Chief Finance Officer and has worked for the Trust since September 2022.

Jackie was previously Group Director of Finance and Digital at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust and worked for the Trust since 2014. She was also Deputy Chief Executive and had been in this post since January 2022. Jackie qualified in 1996 with CIPFA and has held several positions within the private, health, and criminal justice sectors.

Caroline Docking

Caroline joined Newcastle Hospitals as Director of Communications and Engagement in October 2018, and became Assistant Chief Executive in September 2019.

Her role encompasses ensuring that the Trust communicates well with our patients, staff and other stakeholders. She is also responsible for Corporate Governance, External Affairs, the Chief Executive's Directorate and the Trust's Charity.

Previously, Caroline has extensive experience of partnership working, communications, public involvement and NHS governance. She has worked in the private and voluntary sectors as well as NHS commissioning and mental health provider organisations.

Caroline is a graduate of Liverpool University and the John Lewis Partnership Graduate Training scheme. She became a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (Chart.PR) in 2019.

Bill Macleod

Bill is a Non Executive Director at Newcastle Hospitals and Chair of the Audit Committee. He is a Chartered Accountant and was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for 25 years specialising in Audit.

He held a number of senior positions with the firm including Senior Partner of the Newcastle office. On a national basis, he served on PricewaterhouseCoopers UK’s Supervisory Board, chaired the firm’s own Audit and Risk Committee and his final role was as the firm’s Ethics Partner with oversight of professional ethics and conduct.

Bill has chaired the International Advisory Board at Newcastle University Business School since 2015 and joined the Council of Newcastle University in 2020. He is also a director of Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, chairing its Finance Group, as well as a member of the Ethics Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Mr Andy Welch OBE

Andy has been Medical Director at Newcastle Hospitals since 2013 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.

Andy advises on clinical and strategic issues and is the Trust’s Responsible Officer and Caldicott Guardian.