Robert Alabaster

Robert AlabasterI am 59 and live in Barnard Castle. 

My first taste of the NHS was as a Hospital Porter, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham!

I came to Durham to take my degree at Collingwood College. 

Having been 'bitten by the NHS bug' I followed a career in Management: firstly in London, then Edinburgh. I returned to the North East in 1994 as Chief Executive of Durham County Ambulance Service and then as a Director with NEAS. 

Following my retirement in 2007 I spent some time travelling: this included a memorable Road Trip (Route101) in the US.

I also established a management consultancy service. 

I have two daughters, Imogen is an artist living in Edinburgh and Olivia is a journalist based in the Lebanon. 

My interests include walking, photography and listening to my rather excessive collection of vinyl!

This year, when time permits, I hope to travel to see my daughters and also my friends in California. 

I am really looking forward to making a contribution to the new Foundation Trust as a member of the Council of Governors.

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