Jim Mackey is a qualified accountant who joined the NHS in 1990, becoming Director of Finance at North Tyneside Healthcare NHS Trust and then Deputy Chief Executive for the new Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust.
He spent 18 months on secondment as Regional Director of Finance, before returning to Northumbria as Chief Operating Officer in the summer of 2002. Jim was appointed Joint Chief Executive in November 2003 and sole Chief Executive April 2005. He spent 18 months as Interim Chief Executive of Northumberland Care Trust in 2004/5. He has a keen interest in quality of care, especially patient and family experience.