About us


Anthony Langan

Applications Trainer

I’ve enjoyed working as a trainer in the NHS since 2010. Outside of work, my kids keep me busy.
When spare time comes along, I enjoy playing the guitar and drums, weight training and running.


Cath Waters

Clinical Systems Specialist

Clinical Systems Trainer with 11 years’ experience working in and with GP practices.

Recently become semi-retired in order to spend time with elderly parents, large allotment and small RomaHome for outings including music festivals.


Christine Burn

Clinical Systems Specialist

I have been part of the training team for over 7 years now, starting as IT trainer and rapidly progressed to training a whole range of IT and clinical systems as well as looking after the award winning Microsoft Academy at Ridley House.
Out of work I enjoy evenings relaxing at home. Most weekends are spent at the caravan, in Berwick, with family and friends, visiting castles and other attractions around Northumberland.


Claire Crossley

Clinical Systems Specialist

I have worked in the NHS since leaving school, first as a dental nurse then moving to general practice where I stayed for twenty years. Then three years ago I joined the training team, since joining them I have learned so much more about the clinical systems and other applications, things that as an end user in GP you are not aware of.

When not at work I enjoy socialising, cinema and theatre and best of all being a grandmother and teaching my granddaughter all the things only a grandmother can teach.


David Blanchard

Applications Trainer

I graduated from Sunderland University and have held a number of different IT roles, technical and training, in both the Public & Private sector. I’ve worked in the NHS for 10 years now as both a clinical systems and applications trainer.

Outside of work I like to try to keep fit and go on camping holidays with the family.


Dawn Purdy

Clinical Systems Specialist

I have worked for the NHS since I was 18 and have been a Clinical System Specialist for many years training on SystmOne and Emis Web rollouts of GP, Out of Hours and Community Services.

Apart from socialising with friends and sampling the odd glass of champagne, I also like keeping fit and travelling and have been fortunate to have seen some beautiful places.

Jo Foster

Jo Foster

Clinical Systems Specialist

I’ve worked for the NHS since 2009 and I’ve been a clinical systems trainer since 2013, originally at the Royal Derby Hospital and now for NECSU. I got my teaching qualification at Derby College in 2015.

I love training because I love problem solving, studying and finding answers to tricky questions.

Outside of work I like coming up with fun things to entertain my daughter. Once I’ve tired her out, I might read a detective novel, or change my hair colour!


Karen Lockyer

Clinical Systems Specialist

I have been a Clinical Systems Trainer for the last 9 years and before that I was a Practice Manager for 18 years so a long time with the NHS.

When I am not at work I used to enjoy a variety of exercise, however these days I get my exercise running after 8 grandchildren who keep me on my toes. I love travelling, music and family time.


Laura Slack

Clinical Systems Specialist

I have worked in the NHS for over five years in primary care where I had the opportunity to work in numerous roles which allowed me to expand my skill sets. Working as an IT trainer has gave me the opportunity to put my knowledge into practice and broaden my horizons.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling to different countries where I enjoy experiencing various cultures and partaking in extreme sports such as swimming with sharks and deep sea diving.


Marc Watson

Applications Trainer

I have been part of the NHS family since 2008 working for PCT and FT in IT and Training positions before returning to NECS in 2014 as an applications trainer.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and I also play gigs in local pubs and clubs as a solo guitar/vocalist and attending local acoustic events arranged by Mark Scott, one of our other apps trainers.


Mark Scott

Applications Trainer

I started working for NECS in 2014 and love my role which offers me the variety of delivering face to face training and working with subject matter experts to turn their experience into bespoke interactive e-learning.

When I’m not working for NECS, I can be found performing in KitchyRetro Americana Duo or hosting events for Cestria Community Events CIC.


Paul Cowgill

Clinical Systems Specialist

I have been a Clinical Systems Trainer for 9 years now and also used to teach guitar and bass at a local studio. I am also a semi-professional bass player and have been playing musical instruments for over 30 years now so hopefully I’ll get it right soon…

Before becoming a trainer I was interested in Networking and IT in general and gained some technical qualifications but soon realised that I enjoyed teaching more.


Robin Warrilow

Training Manager

I graduated in Chemistry from Birmingham University and somehow ended up in IT Training, initially self-employed and then with the NHS since 2000.

Outside of work I enjoy running, cricket, and tennis.


Ross Naylor

Clinical Systems Specialist

I joined the NHS in 2011, after completing a Masters in Norse and Viking Studies (Yes…Really!) Since then, I’ve worked both in General Practice and as a Clinical Systems trainer, covering everything from deployment to support and troubleshooting.

When I’m not picking apart reporting queries or building protocols, I’m likely to be found either abusing my eardrums to live music, or pushing my stress levels through the roof watching Derby County.


Sue Poppelwell

Training Lead

After a career in the hotel industry I joined the NHS some 14 years ago. Being a bit of a geek, this is the perfect job for me as I love learning new things and am very passionate about teaching and learning.

When not a work, I am an avid paper crafter – my kit started off in a small box, and now it’s taking over my living room!