Governing Body

The Governing Body of NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group comprises a number of local GPs, clinicians, health professionals and lay members. See below for more information.

Governing Body members

Dr Charles Parker, Clinical Chair

April 2020 - Present

Charles has lived and worked in Hambleton for 30 years. Having trained in London, he moved up to work in Northallerton for a year or two and stayed. He trained to be a GP in Northallerton working at the Friarage Hospital, where his two sons were born.

Charles joined Topcliffe Surgery as a partner in 1992. The priority for the practice has been accessible, evidence based care. For 16 years he also worked as a civilian medical practitioner for the local barracks at Topcliffe.

He joined NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG as a Lead GP and when it was fully established, was appointed as a GP member of the Governing Body. He was appointed as Clinical Chair in December 2015, a role he now has with NHS North Yorkshire CCG.

Amanda Bloor, Accountable Officer

April 2020 - Present 

Amanda was appointed as the Accountable Officer for the three North Yorkshire CCGs (Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby, Harrogate and Rural District and Scarborough and Ryedale) in December 2018. Prior to this she served as Accountable Officer for Harrogate and Rural District CCG since it was established in 2013.

Amanda trained as a diagnostic radiographer and worked in hospitals across Newcastle upon Tyne and York, reaching the position of Superintendent Radiographer, with a particular interest in trauma and orthopaedics. After becoming involved in clinical redesign and service improvement Amanda decided to pursue a career in management. She has held senior management roles within the acute sector, strategic health authority and Primary Care Trusts. Amanda has undertaken significant work in service delivery and system redesign across both primary care and acute pathways and her experience includes leading and implementing policy and performance improvement.

Amanda is a strong advocate of prevention, self-care and supporting our population to lead healthy lives. She is passionate about mental health services and working in partnership to help achieve the best health outcomes for the people who live in our area. When not working Amanda enjoys yoga and running and spending time walking in the Yorkshire countryside with her family and two dogs.

Jane Hawkard, Chief Finance Officer

April 2020 - Present

Jane joined the team as Chief Finance Officer in November 2019 after six years as Chief Officer of East Riding CCG.

Jane qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and worked as a financial accountant at Yorkshire Bank in their store card, leasing and central office divisions before joining the NHS in 1994. Since joining the NHS Jane has worked for mental health, community, acute trusts and the former North East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire (NEYNL) Strategic Health Authority. She has worked at a senior level in finance, contracting and strategy prior to her Chief Officer role. Jane was also a Director on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council senior management team.

In her role as Chief Finance Officer Jane is committed to ensuring a sustainable financial future for the North Yorkshire health economy working with trusts, local authorities and CCG partners.

Wendy Balmain, Director of Strategy and Integration

April 2020 - Present

Wendy was appointed Director of Strategy and Integration for the three North Yorkshire clinical commissioning groups in June 2019 and continues with that role in the new organisation.

Wendy previously served as Director of Transformation and Delivery for NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG where she was responsible for delivering health care commissioning for the CCG and led work to integrate community and adult social care services. Wendy brings extensive experience across health and social care both at a national and local level to the role.

As Director of Strategy and Integration she is responsible for primary care transformation and commissioning, including implementation of primary care networks, working closely with partners across North Yorkshire to expand integrated service models.

Simon Cox, Director of Acute Commissioning

April 2020 - Present

Simon assumed the role of permanent Director of Acute Commissioning for the three North Yorkshire CCGs in June 2019, having served in this role temporarily since January 2019. Prior to this he was Chief Officer of NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG.

Simon started his career as a practitioner in operating theatres in Leeds General Infirmary and brings 30 years of NHS experience to his role. As Director of Acute Commissioning he oversees the relationship with acute providers across the three North Yorkshire CCGs, including commissioning and performance. He will also support transformation and service redesign initiatives ensuring that acute care best serves the needs of North Yorkshire.

Sue Peckitt, Chief Nurse

April 2020 - Present

Sue was appointed Chief Nurse for the three North Yorkshire CCGs in June 2019. She is a registered nurse with more than 30 years' NHS experience in a wide variety of nursing and clinical quality roles in both secondary care organisations and clinical commissioning groups. Sue worked as Deputy Chief Nurse level for six years prior to her current appointment and holds an MSc in Health Sciences and a post graduate diploma in management.

Sue is responsible for clinical quality and safety, safeguarding of adults and children, and patient experience. Sue is committed to working closely with colleagues across the health and social care system in North Yorkshire in order to reduce health inequalities and improve the quality of care for our population.

Julie Warren, Director of Corporate Services, Governance and Performance

April 2020 - Present

Julie was appointed Director of Corporate Services, Governance and Performance for the three North Yorkshire CCGs in June 2019. She has worked in the NHS for more than 26 years in different organisations across Yorkshire and the Humber including setting up one of the first Surestart programmes for 0-5 year olds and their families and carers.

Qualified in health promotion, Julie strongly promotes being proactive in raising awareness and self-care. She is committed to ensuring local priorities are delivered learning from best practice across the country.

Dr Peter Billingsley, GP Clinical Lead for hospital-based care and vulnerable people

April 2020 - Present

Peter has lived in Scarborough for 20 years. It is his hometown and he is a stakeholder in its future. He has an in depth knowledge of local care provision, where it excels and where it falls short.

Dr Chris Ives, GP Clinical Lead for hospital-based care

April 2020 - Present

Chris graduated from Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and has remained mainly in the area working in various specialities. He has spent time as a tutor at HYMS before then becoming a local Ryedale GP. He has gained a good range of experience of how the local health system works and how best we can provide care for patients who live in the area. He has interests in many aspects of medicine including both respiratory medicine and palliative care.

Dr Bruce Willoughby, GP Clinical Lead for integrated / community care

April 2020 - Present

Bruce qualified from Newcastle University in 1993 and went on to become a GP in Northumberland. After a number of years of working with the Primacy Care Group on stroke improvement, he left General Practice and trained as a specialist in public health across the North East including working in a variety of PCTs, a Care Trust, Government Office for the North East and a hospital trust.

In 2008 he moved to his native Yorkshire and took up a consultant post in Public Health Medicine in North Yorkshire and York PCT. In 2012, after feeling he was in need of getting back to the coal face and missing patient contact, he returned to General Practice. He has worked since then as a GP at a number of practices within Harrogate and the surrounding area and now is part of Sterling Medical Chambers which provides GP locum services to local practices.

Dr Mark Hodgson, GP Clinical Lead for integrated / community care

April 2020 - Present

Mark qualified at Manchester University in 1982 and he has worked as a GP in Aldbrough St John since 1988.  It is a small, rural practice serving 3,250 patients over a wide area.

During his time as a Governing Body with NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG, Mark's portfolio of responsibility included being Clinical Lead for Transformation of Community Services, end of life care and innovation and technology. He is also the Caldicott Guardian for the CCG.

Ken Readshaw, Lay Member for Audit and Governance

April 2020 - Present

Ken is a chartered accountant who trained with KPMG. He then moved into industry and has considerable experience of the chemical and power generation sectors, both in the UK and abroad.

He has been Chair of the Governing Body of The Wensleydale School and Sixth Form for seven years and is passionate about helping to provide communities with the best possible public services.

Ken is married with three children, all born and bred in North Yorkshire, and works with the CCG and the local community to improve health services.

Kate Kennady, Lay Member for Patient and Public Engagement

April 2020 - Present

Kate is retired having spent her working life in the NHS latterly as a senior nurse and has worked in a number of acute hospital trusts. Her last post was as Director of Quality at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust. Kate then worked for the Royal College of Nursing as a Professional Learning and Development Facilitator for the Yorkshire and Humber and Northern regions. Kate is a registered nurse and undertook her training in Liverpool.  She also has a Master Degree from the University of Leeds in Health Service Studies.

Sheenagh Powell, Lay Member for Financial Performance

April 2020 - Present

Sheenagh has many years' experience of working in the NHS including roles as a board member, finance director and chief executive. Sheenagh's career crosses NHS organisations including Primary Care Trusts, an NHS Foundation Trust and NHS England.

Dr Ian Woods, Secondary Care Doctor

April 2020 - Present

Ian qualified in Medicine in 1979, and after specialist training became a Consultant Anaesthetist in 1988. His special interests included Intensive Care and also Patient Safety - he became the Specialty Advisor at the National Patient Safety Agency. During the latter part of his clinical career he was Medical Director of a Foundation Trust for four years. Ian lives with his family in North Yorkshire, and enjoys walking and photography.

Other Clinical Leads

Dr Sarah Hay, GP Clinical Lead for quality

April 2020 - Present

Sarah qualified in 1995 from St Mary's Hospital, Paddington. She moved to Yorkshire in 1999 to train as a GP. As a GP Registrar she was the Yorkshire representative at the BMA. She is a part-time partner in a small practice in Harrogate, her interests include Information technology, GP Appraisal and her clinical interest is palliative care, having worked in three hospices over the years. Prior to joining her practice she worked as both a locum and salaried GP in Leeds and Harrogate and also spent a year working as a GP in New Zealand.

In addition to being a partner she does regular sessions at the out-of-hours service in Harrogate and also works as a GP Appraiser.

Dr Tim Rider, GP Clinical Lead for medicines management

April 2020 - Present

More details to follow.

Dr Omnia Hefni, GP Clinical Lead for workforce development

April 2020 - Present

Omnia started her career in General Practice in Lincoln in 2004 where she trained as a GP registrar. She has had involvement within the management aspect of Primary Care as well as involvement in undergraduate teaching for medical students. Dr Hefni has a special interest in diabetes, family planning and sexual health.

Dr George Campbell, GP Clinical Lead for hospital-based care

April 2020 - Present

George lives in Whitby. After 24 years he retired as a partner from Whitby Group Practice in 2017. He still does GP locum sessions in Whitby. He has an interest in dermatology and worked in community and hospital clinics.

George has been involved in clinical management for some years. He has in the past been a non-executive director of the old North Yorkshire Health Authority, a fundholding clinical lead and chair of a practice based commissioning consortium. More recently he has been deputy chair of the clinical executive of NHS North Yorkshire & York.