The Lead Employer Trust (LET)  team itself is a dedicated group of talented and friendly HR professionals and support staff that are available to ensure that your employment whilst training runs as smoothly as possible.

The LET has a dedicated Helpdesk to assist you with your queries. You can contact the Helpdesk on 0191 275 4782 or at

Each specialty has a designated HR Officer, HR Assistant and Payroll Officer.

HR Officers provide generalist HR advice to trainees and stakeholders in relation to terms and conditions of service, employment law, good employment practice, immigration and HR policies and procedures. HR Officers work closely with Training Programme Directors with regards to the operational practicalities of trainees rotating within their training programme. HR Officers also attend Trust inductions, Specialty Training Committees, School Boards and ARCP panels to provide HR advice and guidance.

HR Assistants support the HR Officers in their role to ensure a complete and timely service. HR Assistants are responsible for ensuring all pre-employment and return to work checks are completed, DBS checks and GMC/GDC registrations are renewed in a timely manner, maintaining employment records and assisting with assessment centres.

Payroll Officers process payments to all junior doctors on a training programme with Health Education England in the North East and North Cumbria. This includes salary, maternity pay, enhancements, etc. They also deal with all payroll-related queries in relation to trainee doctors and dentists.

In addition, we also have Expenses Officers who process all travel expenses claims and provide advice on the process, and a Recharge Officer who liaises directly with Trusts regarding funding and are also responsible for recovering salaries paid via Payroll.

LET Management




Linsey Richards

Head of Human Resources

0191 275 4773

Laura Sams

Deputy Head of Human Resources

0191 275 4768

Dorothy Gibas

Personal Assistant

0191 275 4755


Human Resources




Laura Dodds

Human Resources Manager

0191 275 4662

Louise Wymer

Senior Human Resources Officer - Employment

0191 275 4699

Leanne Lowe

Senior Human Resources Officer - Recruitment

0191 275 4769

Nicola Morton

Human Resources Officer

0191 275 4675

Allyson Ashwell

Human Resources Officer

0191 275 4753

Allison Hutchinson

Human Resources Officer

0191 275 4622

Jenny Lear

Human Resources Officer

0191 275 4654

Adam Booth

Human Resources Officer

0191 275 4733

Lucy Turnbull

Human Resources Officer

0191 275 4651

Steven Callender

Human Resources Officer

0191 275 4751

Amber Minto

Human Resources Officer

0191 275 4680

Jonathan Armstrong

Human Resources Assistant

0191 275 4765

Laura Ward

Human Resources Assistant

0191 275 4663

Scott Hunter

Human Resources Assistant

0191 275 4760

Donna Gould

Help Desk Administrator

0191 275 4782






Wendy Burney

Payroll Manager

0191 210 6473

Jackie Allman

Senior Payroll Officer

0191 275 4763

Carol Bain

Payroll Officer

0191 275 4781

Gillian Barker

Payroll Officer

0191 275 4770

Peter Christodoulou

Payroll Officer

0191 275 4657

Paula Peacock

Payroll Officer

0191 275 4727

Emma Iveson

Payroll Administrator

0191 275 4758






Natascha Bonnar

Finance Manager

0191 275 4783

Helen Ross

Finance Officer

0191 275 4762


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