Meet the committee

Jill Baker


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 for the Trust 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.