Angela Hawkes 

Having initially trained and worked as an accountant in industry, Angela changed direction and studied languages, literature and philosophy in the UK and abroad, including researching for a Ph.D. She worked in UNESCO and in Eastern Europe managing VSO staff and volunteers in a number of complex programmes before returning to the UK to work in the NHS. 

Angela enjoyed 20 years in the NHS as an Executive Director and Chief Executive, in Health Authorities, Mental Health and Primary Care and Community Trusts. She commissioned and delivered the closure of asylums in London and Essex and commissioned the first fully integrated community mental health and social care teams. In South Tyneside and later in Hartlepool, while Chief Executive, she chaired Health and Social Care Partnerships which delivered integrated service teams working with children, older people and people with mental health challenges.

Angela has considerable experience leading whole system partnerships and is a strong advocate for active involvement of the voluntary and community sector and proactive engagement with users of services in shaping appropriate responses to their needs. Over her career she chaired national and regional clinical networks, and became a member of the House of Lords Senior Women in Health working group.

Angela lives in Weardale and is very proud to serve as a Parish Councillor. She provided voluntary support to NHS and social care staff during the pandemic and is committed to the growth and sustainability of local rural communities.