Peter Sutton - Chairman

Peter Sutton.pngPeter has been the Chair and a member of the Board at Haven Court since July 2017. Peter has worked in the NHS since 1995 and joined City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust in 1999. He previously held the post of Director of Service Transformation working on behalf of NHS South of Tyne and Wear, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust. He became Director of Strategy and Business Development in September 2013 and was appointed as part of the single executive management team for both City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust in November 2016.

Melanie Johnson - Director of Care, Quality and Safety

Melanie Johnson.pngMelanie is a registered nurse who has worked in the NHS since 1985. She qualified at St Thomas’ Hospital in London and held a variety of clinical and management posts in London and Leeds during the early part of her career.

She is currently Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals for South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2017 Melanie joined the Board of Haven Court as Director of Care Quality and Safety.

Gavin McPake - Director of Finance

Gavin McPake.JPGGavin joined the NHS as part of the graduate training scheme in 2006 becoming a qualified accountant in 2009 and has held a number of senior finance posts before coming into current role in 2017. He has combined his Trust role with that of Finance Director within Haven Court since 2017.

Gavin has control and responsibility for all financial aspects for Haven Court. He ensures that financial systems are robust, compliant and support current activities and future developments.

Prior to joining the health service he worked in banking at the Newcastle Building Society.




Diane Palmer - Deputy Director of Care, Quality and Safety

Diane Palmer.JPGDiane Palmer has been the senior operational manager at Haven Court and a part of the board since November 2018.

She has held senior management positions at York Teaching Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne Foundation Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospital. Prior to management roles she was a lecturer at University of Hull and held senior clinical nursing and research positions in the speciality of gastroenterology and nutrition support. Diane has a keen interest in evidence based care, patient safety and quality improvement in addition to the principles of human factors.

Roy McLachlan – Non Executive Director

Roy McLachlan.JPGRoy has been a member of the Board at Haven Court since late August 2018 after retiring from senior management in the NHS in 2018. Roy enjoyed a career that spanned nearly 40 years, he has held a range of senior posts including being Chief Executive of four NHS statutory bodies. One of these was South Tyneside Primary Care Trust and another was Priority Health Wearside NHS Trust which at the time provided mental health, community and disability services for Sunderland.

Roy has extensive knowledge of the health and social care sector and has considerable experience of manging and commissioning care services across hospital, community and primary care sectors.

He also has significant experience as a trustee in the third sector since 1999, starting with Community Foundation for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, then becoming chair of St Oswald’s Hospice for six years and joined Age UK, Sunderland in late 2017/early 2018.

As Non Execuitive Director at Haven Court, Roy provides independent, constructive challenge to the Directors, offering advice or suggestions in solving problems, and being an ambassador for the organisation with partners such as the Local Authority and CCG.