Our Governing Body
Our CCG is led by a Governing Body whose role is to ensure that the CCG has appropriate arrangements in place to exercise its functions efficiently, effectively and economically, and in accordance with principles of good governance.
Made up of GPs and health care professionals, members of the executive leadership team, and lay members (who bring independent perspectives, and non-clinical expertise and experience), our Governing Body help us to work together to empower people to lead their best life.
The Governing Body’s key roles include:
- Setting our vision and strategy
- Approving our commissioning plans and financial policies
- Monitoring local providers’ performance and quality
- Approving annual reports
- Ensuring that we debate issues in an open and transparent way
- Promoting a culture of strong engagement with patients, their carers, members, the public and other stakeholders about the activity and progress of the CCG
- Overseeing risk assessment and securing assurance actions to mitigate identified strategic risks
- Ensuring good governance through making sure we have the systems and processes in place to achieve our organisation objectives
Our CCG is also led by an Executive Leadership Team, who make recommendations on strategy and commissioning plans to our Governing Body and ensure ensure the decisions taken by our Governing Body are carried out.
Who's on our Governing Body?
Dr Andrew Girdher - Clinical Chair
Andrew was elected as the BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG Clinical Chair on 1 April 2020.
Andrew is a GP Partner at Box Surgery, where he has worked since 2010. Prior to this he was a salaried GP in Bath and a Portfolio GP in London before this. He is an established GP Trainer and Appraiser and the Senior Medical Office at MOD Corsham. Andrew was previously the Clinical Chair at North and East Wiltshire CCG, Clinical Chair for Primary Care, the Diabetes Program Board and Training Hub.
Andrew has worked in different healthcare systems around the country and indeed the world including Vancouver in Canada and last year spent four months in India doing voluntary work for a Charity for girls from under-privileged backgrounds who wouldn’t normally have access to education or healthcare. He is passionate about General Practice and strongly believes that a happy and healthy workforce in turn means better patient care and outcomes.
Dr Ruth Grabham - Medical Director
Ruth was appointed as the Medical Director on 1 April 2020.
Dr Ruth Grabham qualified in London, from Charing Cross Hospital, in 1987 and has worked as a GP and managing partner in Bath for nearly 30 years.
Ruth became Medical Director of Bath and North East Somerset CCG in April 2014,taking the opportunity to support clinically led commissioning, bringing the experience of working in the community with patients to improve the design and delivery of our health services.
Ruth is particularly interested in bringing colleagues together from across our health and care system, to improve the quality of care for our patients.
Tracey Cox - Chief Executive Officer
Tracey was appointed as the Chief Executive in March 2019, to oversee the merger of the former BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCGs to BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG in April 2020. Tracey also serves as the Senior Responsible Officer for the BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire Sustainability Transformation Partnership.
Tracey has 30 years’ experience of working in healthcare, having joined the health service in 1990 as a management trainee. She has worked in both the provider and commissioning sector, working in several London hospitals including Whipps Cross, the Whittington Hospital and the Royal United Hospitals Bath prior to moving into commissioning in 2001.
Tracey was previously the Accountable Officer for Bath and North East Somerset CCG (BaNES CCG). Tracey has a particular interest in organisational development and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Organisational Development and Leadership at the University of the West of England in 2015.
Tracey joined the NHS Clinical Commissioners Board in July 2017 as a representative for South West England.
Caroline Gregory - Chief Finance Officer
Caroline was appointed as the Chief Finance Officer from June 2019 as part of the joint management structure put into place to manage and oversee the merger of the former BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCGs to BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG in April 2020.
Caroline has more than 20 years of NHS experience and has spent more than 80 per cent of that period at senior management and board level. Caroline's extensive career with numerous provider and commissioner organisations across the Thames Valley region has provided her with an in-depth knowledge of a range of key NHS areas, such as mental health, community services, learning disabilities and primary care groups.
Gill May - Director of Nursing & Quality
Gill May was appointed as the Director of Nursing and Quality from July 2019 as part of the joint management structure put into place to manage and oversee the merger of the former BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCGs to BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG in April 2020.
Gill has more than 25 years of experience of the NHS and has worked in both acute (hospital) and community environments. She attended Southampton University to become a trained practice teacher for district nurses. Gill moved into commissioning in 2004, when she took on the role of Board Lead Nurse for the former Swindon Primary Care Trust. In 2013, she became Executive Nurse for the CCG and, in 2018; Gill's job title was amended to Director of Nursing and Transformation to reflect her extensive work portfolio.
Richard Smale - Director of Strategy & Transformation
Richard was appointed as the Director of Strategy and Transformation on 14 April 2020.
Richard began his career with the NHS in 1991 as a graduate trainee on the financial management programme. He has worked for a community provider in Plymouth and spent nine years at the RUH in Bath, during which time he had roles as a Directorate Accountant, General Manager and Head of IT Services. After two years working for a health consultancy firm, Richard returned to the NHS leading on the reconfiguration of services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG).
Following the 2013 reforms, Richard spent seven years developing the transformation services provided by South Central and West CSU, providing support to a range of NHS organisation and systems across England.
Richard is passionate about the improvement of health and care services and addressing the wider determinants of health. He has studied both organisational development and quality improvement and is a Teaching Associate on the Quality, Service Improvement and Redesign (QSIR) Programme. He also provides mentoring support to a range of NHS colleagues.
Richard lives in Keynsham, is married, has three grown up children and a springer spaniel. Outside of work he coaches young children to play football, has joined the local walking football team and enjoys traveling around in a converted VW Transporter.
Dr Paul Kennedy - Secondary Care Specialist
Paul was appointed as the Secondary Care Specialist on 1 April 2020.
Paul is a graduate of St Georges Hospital medical school, London and a consultant in emergency medicine. He is a medical examiner for the coroner and a medical legal expert in emergency medicine.
He has a habit of looking at systems and objects and trying to improve them and as a result is involved in the development of several medical and non-medical devices.
He has in interest in the development of the physician’s associate program and is working nationally to develop the program.
Maggie Arnold - Registered Nurse
Maggie was appointed as the Registered Nurse on 1 April 2020.
Maggie has been a qualified nurse for more than 40 years, with her time split between the NHS and armed forces. In 2007, she was appointed as Executive Nursing and Midwifery Director at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a position which had responsibility for a number of areas including mental health, safeguarding and infection control. Maggie was also an executive member of Gloucestershire’s Safeguarding Board based in Shire Hall.
Maggie joined Swindon CCG as the Governing Body Registered Nurse in 2017, and likewise joined BaNES CCG in 2019.
Maggie is passionate about excellent patient care and the wellbeing of all staff, both clinical and non-clinical.
Peter Lucas - Lay Member Audit and Governance
Peter was appointed as the Lay Member Audit and Governance on 1 April 2020.
Peter’s background is in industry, commercial and investment banking and local community activities. His involvement in the NHS began as chair of the Patient Partnership Group of his local GP practice before holding several non-executive and lay member roles with health authorities in the South West.
Julian Kirby - Lay Member Patient and Public Engagement
Julian was appointed as the Lay Member Patient and Public Engagement on 1 April 2020.
Julian has worked in various MOD establishments as a civilian before joining the Wiltshire Constabulary in the mid-eighties. He served in all parts of the County and was selected for the national High Potential Scheme at the Police Staff College. Having risen through the ranks, Julian was appointed Divisional Commander for the County Division. In this role he was also a member of the Wiltshire Public Service Board, and Chair of the Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership.
In 2010 Julian was appointed Assistant Chief Constable of South Wales Police, one of the biggest and busiest forces in the country. Julian was responsible for Territorial policing with over 3400 officers and staff and a devolved budged of £180million. As well as delivering local policing he also led the delivery of high threat Firearms, Public Order and Critical Incidents and more than 140 major a year including, Premiership Football, Six Nations Rugby and the Olympic events at the 75,000 capacity Principality Stadium.
In addition to his operational duties Julian delivered the largest and most challenging elements of the Corporate Change Programme, radically reshaping the mission critical systems and structures to improve front line service whilst saving millions in cost. In the partnership arena Julian was Chair of the South Wales Local Resilience Forum, co-ordinating 7 Unitary Authorities, 2 Fire and Rescue Services, 3 Health Boards, Welsh Government officers, the Military and many others.
On retiring from policing in 2014 Julian joined Age UK Salisbury as CEO, merging the Charity with Age UK Wiltshire & Swindon in 2016.
Julian was appointed as a Governing Body Lay Member for Wiltshire CCG in December 2018.
Julian is passionate about addressing health and care inequality and delivering efficient and high-quality public services.
Outside of work Julian enjoys motorcycling, playing football and spending time with his family.
Ian James - Lay Member Finance
Ian was appointed as the Lay Member Finance on 1 April 2020.
Ian is a chartered accountant, who has a broad range of business experience from working with leading financial organisations such as Allied Dunbar, Eagle Star and Zurich Financial Services. In 2006, Ian became a non-executive director of the former Swindon Primary Care Trust and was vice chairman of its audit committee. Aside from the CCG, Ian was a trustee of Citizens Advice in Swindon for 10 years.
Suzannah Power - Lay Member Primary Care Commissioning and Deputy Chair
Suzannah was appointed as thePrimary Care Commissioning Lay Member and BSW CCG Deputy Chairon 1 April 2020. She is a Wiltshire resident and has many years' Board level experience.
She started her career in political research, focussing on the impacts of small group dynamics on political strategy. Her career then took her into marketing and customer research in classical music and international education, and from there into the NHS. Suzannah brings the CCG her experience from roles in acute trusts, community trusts and commissioning organisations.
Suzannah has been an advisor on several NICE Guideline Development Groups, including Prevention of CVD at Population Level, Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Infective Endocarditis, Patient Experience in Adult NHS Services, Heart Valve Disease, and Management of Atrial Fibrillation, and she was for some years a member of the British Heart Foundation Council and Chair of the Health Literacy Collaborative.
Suzannah is a regular funding application reviewer for Research for Patient Benefit . Her focus is always on meeting the needs of patients and carers, and the vital role of sustaining high quality primary care services co-ordinated around the needs of patients and communities.
Dr Brynn Bird - Locality Clinical Lead (B&NES)
Bryn was appointed as the Locality Clinical Lead (BaNES) on 1 April 2020.
Bryn trained in the Midlands and practiced in Worcester, Kent and Scotland before coming to live in BaNES a few years ago. He has been involved in commissioning for nearly five years, starting as a Children’s and Maternity Clinical lead elsewhere before moving on to support long-term conditions as a Board representative for BaNES CCG. He believes in focusing on population outcomes, health inequalities and wellbeing as important benefits in working across the system.
Outside of work, Bryn enjoys football, cricket and triathlon, eighties and blues music, and modern history.
Dr Amanda Webb - Locality Clinical Lead (Swindon)
Amanda was appointed as the Locality Clinical Lead (Swindon) on 1 April 2020.
Amanda trained at both Cambridge and Oxford University, before qualifying as a GP in 2012 and joining Westrop Medical Practice in 2014. She has specialist clinical interests in paediatrics and women's health, and is involved in medical education, both as a GP trainer and teaching medical students. Amanda has a particular interest in GP retention and career development and founded the national Phoenix GP Programme.
Amanda was previously a member of the Governing Body of Swindon CCG as well as Clinical Director for the Brunel 1 Primary Care Network. She believes in a health and care system which empowers our population, mobilises our communities and addresses the causes of illness and social determinants of health. As Locality Clinical Lead, she aims to build on the partnership across health and care services to enable whole system working and truly integrated care.
Dr Edward Rendell - Locality Clinical Lead (Wiltshire)
Edward was appointed as the Locality Clinical Lead (Wiltshire) on 1 April 2020.
Edward is a General Practitioner based in Salisbury, where he has lived since 2004. He works as a Portfolio GP which includes being an Appraiser, working as a Locum GP and recently, holding the role of Diabetes GP Champion for South Wiltshire.
In his spare time he enjoys running and spending time with his young family.
Dr Tim Sephton - Locality Healthcare Professional (B&NES)
Tim was appointed as the Locality Healthcare Professional (BaNES) on 1 April 2020.
Previously Tim was a Board member for the BaNES CCG, and his portfolio included Individual Fund Requests and Urgent Care. He has been a partner at Chew Medical Practice in the Chew Valley since 2001. As well as running a busy surgery, his other interests include teaching Medical Students.
In his free time he is kept busy with family life and his small-holding in the Mendip Hills.
Dr Francis Campbell - Locality Healthcare Professional (Swindon)
Francis was appointed as the Locality Healthcare Professional (Swindon) on 1 April 2020.
Having completed his training in Swindon, Francis qualified as a GP in 2014 and, following a brief period of locum work, became a partner at Elm Tree Surgery in Shrivenham in 2015. Francis has an interest in medicines management, diabetes and the primary care IT infrastructure. Prior to joining the Governing Body in April 2019, Francis held the role of Clinical Evidence Fellow at the CCG.
Outside of work, Francis enjoys gardening and spending time outdoors with his young family.
Dr Catrinel Wright - Locality Healthcare Professional (Wiltshire)
Catrinel was appointed as the Locality Healthcare Professional (Wiltshire) on 1 April 2020.
Catrinel qualified in 1996 and worked in a variety of hospitals in England and Scotland before completing GP training in West Sussex. Her interest in quality improvement has led her in recent years to work for the Care Quality Commission as a Specialist Advisor, as well as a GP Appraiser for NHS England. More recently she has decided to focus on her clinical and CCG roles, and continue the GP Appraiser work. Catrinel’s clinical special interests are Dermatology and Minor Surgery.
Dr Sam Dominey - Locality Healthcare Professional (Wiltshire)
Sam was appointed as the Locality Healthcare Professional (Wiltshire) on 1 April 2020.
Sam has been working as a GP partner in the city of Salisbury since 2013. He has been GP lead for dispensing and medicine management and has recently started as a GP trainer. Their practice has recently been through a complex merger, providing him with an experience that he hopes will help him support the new BSW CCG and the development of local healthcare systems.
He lives in a village outside Salisbury and enjoys exploring this beautiful area, with two children keeping him busy.
Dr Nick Ware - Locality Healthcare Professional (Wiltshire)
Nick was appointed as the Locality Healthcare Professional (Wiltshire) on 1 April 2020.
Nick realised early on in medical school in central London that he wanted to be a GP. His lightbulb moment was during a placement outside London in Somerset. He tested this out by doing one of the first junior doctor foundation rotations to include primary care, based around East London.
He trained as a GP in Bath and did his final year in Corsham, Wiltshire. He became a GP partner immediately afterwards and has worked ever since in Calne, Wiltshire. Since the inception of practice based commissioning he became his practice lead and was subsequently invited to be part of the Wiltshire CCG North and East Executive.
As well as being a partner, he also supervises junior doctors both in specialist training and foundation level.
Outside Medicine his three young sons keep him busy, somewhat limiting his other hobbies of skiing and coaching rowing.