Keith Gull - From a start at Eston Grammar School, Dr. Keith Gull has become a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Molecular Microbiology at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford. He was Chairman of the Biochemical Society (1999-2002), and is a trustee of Cancer Research UK.
Sir Liam Joseph Donaldson - Born in Middlesbrough, this award-winning physician and surgeon is the Chief Medical Officer for England, the 15th occupant of the post since it was established in 1855. He is principal advisor to the United Kingdom Government on health matters and is one of the most senior officials in the National Health Service (NHS). In the 2002 New Year Honours List, Liam Donaldson received a knighthood in recognition of his achievements in health and health care.
On 1 August 2009 Donaldson became Chancellor of Newcastle University. He is also Chair of the World Alliance for Patient Safety, which was established by the Director-General of the World Health Organization in October 2004.