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Mark Philpott

Occupation: Managing Director
Qualifications: RAMC (Retd) BSc (Hons) BSc (Hons) MSc

Mark Philpott

Mark has the business responsibility for NPH Group.  With over 27 years’ experience in the health sector, he began his career in 1996 at The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a Chartered Physiotherapist.

On completion of his medical rotations, in 1998 he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as an Officer, retiring in 2008 in the rank of Major. During his military career he served in Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany, developing extensive knowledge and skills, delivering hospital and community rehabilitation services in the UK and abroad, including the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, (Headley Court), Surrey.

Having completed a master’s degree in 2006 from University College London, in 2008 he joined Connect Health Ltd, the largest independent provider of musculoskeletal services in the UK, acquiring extensive knowledge and experience as an Advanced Physiotherapist and Operations Manager.  His last appointment for Connect was as their Head of Operations, with oversight of both the Corporate Occupational Physiotherapy and the UKs National Health Services portfolio with a Turnover £10M.

In 2014, Mark completed a two-year Advanced Management and Leadership Programme at Ashridge Business School, subsequently joining NPH in 2016 as the Business Director, assuming responsibility as Managing Director in January 2018.

He is now retired from clinical practice, using his knowledge and experience in the development of Occupational Health and Health and Well-being services, whilst encouraging people to adopt healthy and active lifestyles. To that end, Mark is passionate about the delivery of value driven, innovative and positive quality health care experiences for all clients.

Dr Mark McCaldin

Occupation: Clinical Executive Director, Occupational Physician and Family Practitioner
Qualifications: MBBS DCH DRCOG MRCGP DipOccMed

Dr Mark McCaldin

Mark graduated from Newcastle University in 1993, completing his postgraduate training in the North East and as a medical officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Mark has served as a military GP and Regimental Medical Officer in Germany, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, and has participated in adventurous training expeditions in Africa and South America.

Having left the Army in 2001 Mark worked as an honorary clinical lecturer at Newcastle University until joining Ponteland Medical Group as a partner in 2003.  He has since obtained the Diploma in Occupational Medicine and is an HSE Approved Examiner for Divers, a Maritime and Coastguard Agency Approved Doctor, and an Oil and Gas UK approved examiner for offshore workers.

Mark has lectured for Expedition Medicine UK Ltd, and led teaching expeditions to Costa Rica and Namibia.  In 2009 he joined Development Direct for a trip to Mbita, Kenya where he spent a week providing medical aid and teaching in a community clinic.

Mark’s interests include musculoskeletal medicine and the management of sports injuries, travel medicine, respiratory medicine and medical politics.

He is a member of the Northumberland Local Medical Committee holds the Executive Director role at NPH.

Dr Matt Thomas

Occupation: Executive Director, Occupational Physician and Family Practitioner
Qualifications: BMedSci(Hons), MB, BS, MRCGP, DTher, DOccMed

Dr Matt Thomas

Matt graduated from Newcastle University in 2000. During undergraduate training he undertook a period of research in the Royal Victoria Infirmary Haematology department, gaining a Bachelor of Medical Science degree. Following postgraduate training in the central Newcastle hospitals he joined the Northumbria Vocational Training Scheme for General Practice.  Completing his final training post at Ponteland Medical Group in February 2004, he remained there as a salaried doctor before becoming a partner in May 2010.

In 2006 Matt was awarded the Diploma in Therapeutics from the University of Newcastle.  This qualification involved the in-depth study of pharmaceutical drugs and the methods of their administration in the treatment of disease.   Matt went on to become a CAA Aeromedical Examiner (AME) number 10414, accredited to carry out EASA Class 1, Class 2, Euro Class 3 and LAPL medical examinations and he is accredited by Oil and Gas UK to undertake medical examinations for offshore workers.   Matt subsequently gained the Diploma of Occupational Medicine in 2013.  His medical interests include therapeutics and cardiology.

Dr Sue Clugston

Occupation: Non-executive Director, Occupational Physician and Family Practitioner
Qualifications: BMUS BM MRCGP DipOccMed

Dr Sue Clugston

Sue graduated from Southampton University Medical School in 1987 and completed postgraduate training in General Practice in Birmingham.

Having initially worked as a GP partner at two medical centers in the Birmingham area, Sue was then appointed as the lead GP for diabetes care in Birmingham.  In this role she compiled the Birmingham Diabetes Guidelines on behalf of primary and secondary care.

During her time in Birmingham Sue became a GP trainer and also developed expertise in occupational medicine working for the West Midlands Fire Service and Birmingham City Council.

Sue was one of the first graduates of the University Of Warwick to obtain the Diploma in Diabetes Care and has been a visiting lecturer on subsequent courses.

Sue and her family moved to Northumberland in 2001. She joined Ponteland Medical Group as a partner, subsequently completing the Diploma in Occupational Medicine and becoming an HSE approved examiner for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome.

Sue is also an HSE appointed doctor for Lead and Asbestos monitoring. Her other areas of medical interest include paediatrics, women’s health and the care of older people.

Sue is married with two teenage children. Away from work she is keen to support rare British agricultural breeds and enjoys long distance family bike rides and rugby!

Dr Nigel Twelves

Occupation: Non-executive Director, Occupational Physician and Family Practitioner
Qualifications: MBBS, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG, DipOccMed

Dr Nigel Twelves

Nigel graduated from Newcastle University Medical School in 1988 having studied at Ponteland Community High School. Following graduation he trained as a GP in the Northumbria Vocational Training Scheme before obtaining a partnership at Ponteland Medical Group in 1994.

In 1997 Nigel became an accredited GP trainer and later obtained qualifications in occupational and aviation medicine.

Nigel is an accredited Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Aeromedical Examiner 10392 (EASA Class 1, Class 2, LAPL and Euro Class 3) and a Health and Safety Executive Appointed Doctor for Asbestos, Lead and Ionising Radiation Medicals and Surveillance. He is also an approved Oil and Gas UK offshore examiner.

Nigel’s areas of interest include orthopaedics and musculoskeletal medicine, paediatrics and palliative care. He is married with four children; his hobbies include flying, sailing, hill walking.

Gill Reay

Occupation: Quality Assurance Manager
Qualifications: CIPD

Gill Reay

Gill is an experienced Manager, who has developed a successful track record throughout her career. Having spent time in the Women’s Royal Naval Service, she went on to progress her career initially within the retail and latterly the private health sector. During her career, she has gained extensive experience in HR, Information Governance, Quality Assurance and Change Management. She has managed and developed large support teams working into the provision of national NHS and Occupational Health service contracts, providing virtual leadership to clients and operators in the field. She has been instrumental in the development of staff team values and working practices in previous roles, ensuring they remained motivated, driven and engaged. Her previous role allowed her to gain extensive experience of upholding regulated quality assurance standards within the Health Sector. Her primary role at NPH is to develop and maintain the high Quality Accredited Standards that NPH is aligned to and which are key to maintaining our reputation for quality. These standards include, Care Quality Commission (CQC), Information Governance (IGSoC), ISO9001(2008), benchmarks we are proud to have attained. Gill is working towards the business becoming accredited by a nationally recognised Occupational Health Standard (SEQOHS).

Amy Harrison

Occupation: Team Leader
Qualifications: NVQ Level 2 Business & Administration, NVQ Level 2 Customer Service

Amy Harrison

Amy started her career in further education in 2011 where she studied Sports Leadership and Coaching at Gateshead Academy for Sport.

Amy now has over 5 years’ experience working within the medical sector. She initially started in 2012 as an apprentice at a NHS GP practice in South Shields studying NVQ Level 2 Business & Administration and then continued on for a further year studying NVQ Level 2 Customer Service.  Amy was offered a permanent contract in 2014 and continued to work for the NHS until 2016.  She joined NPH in February 2016 as a Business Support Administrator. She was appointed to Acting Team Leader in October 2016 and the role was made substantive in January 2018. She now has responsibility for leading and developing the Administrative Support Team, ensuring the business is able to deliver support services to our clients.

Julie Gibson

Occupation: Finance Manager

Julie Gibson

Julie manages our financial functions and data within the business. She produces all company statistics for NPH and oversees our data management systems.

Julie holds many years’ experience of working alongside medical professionals and delivering excellent customer service in a healthcare environment. She holds NVQ Management and Customer Service qualifications and AAT accountancy qualification.

Lloyd van Konijnenburg

Occupation: Business Development Executive
Qualifications: Advanced Diploma in Web Design & Development

Lloyd van Konijnenburg

Lloyd began his career in digital marketing, taking the lead and developing strategies in award-winning agencies. Collecting 7 years’ industry experience, he later realised his passion for business development and sales.

Since graduating from Newcastle College; Lloyd has developed a well-rounded skill set which he practices on a daily basis as part of his role as Business Development Executive.

Lloyd is in a unique position as his role is split between customer relations, business development, sales and digital marketing. Responsibilities include building and retaining strong customer relations, managing and growing sales as well as implementing digital marketing campaigns.