Conflict of Interest Guardian

As part of the CCG’s arrangement to manage conflicts of interest, a Conflict of Interest Guardian has been appointed. John Whitehouse, Lay Member for Governance and Audit can contacted by email on

John is supported in his role by Amanda Coates, Corporate Administrator who can also be contacted by email on or by telephone on 0191 3898592 with any queries relating to conflicts of interest.

John Whitehouse, Lay Member for Governance and Audit

Amanda Coates


Conflict of Interest Guardian

The Conflict of Interest Guardian will:

    • act as the main point of contact for GP practice staff, members of the public and healthcare professionals who have any concerns relating to conflicts of interest,
    • be a safe point of contact for employees or workers of the CCG to raise concerns in relation to conflicts of interest,
    • provide independent advice and judgement where there is any doubt about how to apply the conflicts of interest policies and principles in an individual situation,
    • provide advice on minimising the risks of conflicts of interest.