Our Company Board

Each member of our company board brings extensive experience and expertise in their specialism. Together, they endeavour to keep the people we support at the heart of all our decisions, developing high standards of support services and ensuring our staff are motivated to be the best they can be.

Find out more about the NTW Solutions company board below


Malcolm Aiston

Mananging Director


Tracey Sopp

Director of Finance and Deputy Managing Director

Paul McCabe

Director of Estates & Facilities


Peter Studd

Non Executive Director - Chairman

James Duncan

Non Executive Director

Andrew Buckley

Non Executive Director


Malcolm Aiston, Managing Director

Malcolm started his career as an apprentice in the NHS in 1978. As a Chartered Engineer Malcolm has been the Professional Lead for Estates and Facilities services for NTW and its predecessor organisation now for over 19 years overseeing both operational, capital development and strategic planning functions.

As part of his wider involvement in the industry Malcolm has sat on National NHS Capital Procurement forums, been an active member of Hefma for 20 years and a North East committee member of IHEEM over the same period, championing the importance of high quality support services.

As Chair of the Northern and Yorkshire Apprentice Training Scheme for more than 10 years he has overseen the training of Estates and Medical Engineering apprentices across the North of England and presents regularly at Local and National Conferences sharing his experiences and challenges encountered in the NHS.

In 2016 as part of his role as Director of Estates and Facilities he acted as Project Director overseeing the development of NTW Solutions which included the transfer of over 600 staff from NTW NHS FT to NTW Solutions.

As Managing Director Malcolm see’s his role as ensuring high quality safe services are provided by NTW Solutions as well as diversifying and developing the company into a sustainable and profitable business and one which supports the development of its staff to achieve their potential in their individual careers.

Tracey Sopp, Director of Finance

Tracey has been a Company Director since 1st April 2017 and has extensive senior management experience in finance including production of annual accounts, taxation, cash management and forecasting and financial governance and systems.

Tracey has over 25 years of NHS experience in finance and in more recent years other transactional services including procurement, workforce and lease cars and salary sacrifice schemes. Prior to the NHS, Tracey has private sector experience in auditing and accountancy.

Tracey has led high performing services for a number of years, she has led a significant amount of business transformation and has delivered a diverse range of business efficiencies and process improvements.

Tracey is the senior officer for information governance for the Company.

Qualifications include Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants (CIPFA).


Paul McCabe, Director of Estates and Facilities

Paul started his career as an apprentice engineer in 1980 and following a move into an office based role left in 1986 to undertake a full time degree in engineering. He commenced his career in the NHS in 1990 working at the District Headquarters in Newcastle as part of the Specialist Engineering Services (SES) team. The SES team operated as a commercial unit and Paul worked across the UK for a range of organisations including the RAF, Inland Revenue and PwC. As a Chartered Engineer and member of CIBSE, Paul has held a range of positions across various health service organisations in the North East, covering operational, capital development and strategic management roles.

As part of his wider involvement in the industry Paul has sat on the North East Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers Committee as Secretary for a number of years and served as both Secretary and Chair of the Northern and Yorkshire Energy and Environmental group which promotes the effective implementation of energy management and sustainability across the NHS for over 25 years

As Director of Estates and Facilities, Paul recognises the contribution his role has in ensuring high quality safe services are provided by NTW Solutions as well as ensuring the company is seen by the staff as being a great place to work and that staff can be developed in their careers to maximise their potential.

Peter Studd, Non Executive Director - Chairman

Peter is an experienced Board level business leader with a passion for delivering excellence in public services. He has a successful track record of delivering major change in complex customer facing and back office operations, transforming customer services, creating shared services, delivering cost efficiencies and improving service performance.

He has worked in senior positions for major blue chip companies in the IT, outsourcing and business services sectors, working in partnership with both central and local government to deliver service improvements and efficiencies on a variety of £multi-million contracts, responsible for transforming services including Property & Estates, Finance, IT, HR advisory, HR Admin, Payroll and Pensions Admin, front line Customer Services and back office administration.

Peter was appointed Non-Executive Director on the Board of Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust in January 2016, where he is also Chair of the Resources & Business Assurance Committee and Non-Executive member of the Audit Committee. He was appointed Chair and Non-Executive Director of NTW Solutions Ltd from its inception in April 2017.

He also has Board level experience within both the Housing and the Further Education sectors. He remains a Governor at Middlesbrough College and served as an Independent Board Member at Dales & Valley Homes. He has also supported regional re-generation in the North East and Cumbria, including serving as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Cumbria Inward Investment Agency and being a private sector representative on Local Strategic Partnerships in both Middlesbrough and Darlington.

Peter is a graduate of UWIST in Cardiff, with a B.Sc. (Econ) hons in Business Administration.


James Duncan, Non Executive Director

James has worked in the NHS for 26 years, of which 18 have been as Director of Finance in NTW or its predecessor organisations.  He has in that time held Board responsibility at different times for Finance, Business Development,  Estates and Facilities, Transformation and Quality Improvement, Commercial management, Workforce, Informatics, Commissioning and Performance.  

He has worked at a national level on developing outcomes and payment approaches for mental health, and is Vice Chair of the Mental Health Faculty of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).  

At a Regional Level he programme lead for the Integrated Care System Mental Health Workstream, and a member of The ICS Finance Steering Group.  

He joined the Board of NTW Solutions as a Non-Executive Director from 1st April 2017, and is passionate about the company, its staff, its services and the opportunities it brings. 

Andrew Buckley, Non Executive Director

Andrew has over 30 years commercial experience gained across a range of business sectors for organisations including Stanley Tools, Britvic Soft Drinks, Seagram, Sage, FTSE and Make UK. Latterly, he was Chief Executive of RTC North, which delivers a portfolio of business support programmes across the North of England, helping organisations to innovate, compete and grow.

Andrew brings particular expertise in marketing, communications, sales, business development and customer service, as well as in leading organisational change. Andrew has a BA in Modern Languages from Bristol University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Cass Business School. He is also a Graduate Member of the Institute of Export.

Joining the Board of NTW Solutions on March 1st 2019 as an independent Non Executive Director, Andrew brings an external perspective to both the company’s current operations and its future plans.