Our Team

Clive Spencer



Clive has over 20 years of management experience. He initially trained and qualified as an Industrial Engineer in the private sector and utilised these skills in the NHS in the north east and London holding posts in finance, HR/OD, training & development and senior operational management. These roles were punctuated with posts in regeneration for a local authority and as a self-employed management consultant.

Clive has extensive experience as a service improvement and organisational development practitioner and while working in a regional OD team (Learning Alliance) he trained over 1,000 NHS employees and assisted teams in over 80 organisations.

A qualified executive coach and trained in psychometric techniques he continues to practice in his current role as Director of the North East Leadership Academy.

Clive enjoys coaching a local youth football team and playing golf. Any spare time is spent being a financial advisor and chauffeur for his three children.

Angela Graham

Associate Director


Angela Graham joined the NHS in 2008 and is currently Associate Director for the NHS North East Leadership Academy.

An experienced organisational development practitioner, Angela has managed several large-scale organisational change programmes throughout her career. She is an experienced coach and leads coaching, team development, marketing & communications, and stakeholder engagement at the Academy. Additionally, she continues to develop the Academy’s offering and proposition.

Prior to the NHS, Angela worked for private sector organisations within the areas of FMCG, legal, domiciliary care and telecommunications. She spent 10 years at Orange (now Everything Everywhere) in roles covering marketing, brand, corporate customer support and training.

Sarah Knowles

Business Manager


After joining the NHS in 2006, Sarah worked first at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and then at the North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA) within the leadership and talent management team.

Part of the Academy team since its establishment in 2010, Sarah leads on business management including performance and finance. She is a trained Healthcare Leadership Model 360 trainer and facilitator, coach, and MSP practitioner.

Sarah recently returned to the team full time from a secondment as Strategy and Organisational Development Manager at NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group. 

Nicky Spencer

Programme Lead


Nicky joined the team in 2015.

Her biography coming soon!

Jackie Kerr

Programme Co-ordinator

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Jackie joined the NELA team in 2010 having previously worked in the financial sector as a senior customer service advisor.

Jackie is a trained workplace coach and staff support officer and is passionate about developing those around her. She has an NVQ Level 4 diploma in Business and Administration and is currently in the process of completing the Edward Jenner, National Leadership Development Programme.

Jackie  is responsible for coordinating applications from the North East for the national leadership development programmes and the North East Clinical Fellowship programme. She continues to lead on events planning for Chairs, Non-Executive Directors and CCG Lay Members and also assist with NELA administration.

Stephanie Wilton

Business Administrator

STEPHAfter working as a Nursery Practitioner for seven years, Stephanie joined the  academy as an apprentice in 2011 studying business and administration.

Stephanie won the Apprentice of the Year award whilst studying her NVQ Level 2 and has recently completed her NVQ Level 3 in business and administration.

Steph is now working towards a Foundation Degree in Business and leads on office management, diary management, events planning for the Academy, as well as supporting communications and marketing.