Our Governing Body

Meet our Governing Body

The members of our Governing Body are a combination of local GPs, lay members, CCG directors and other healthcare professionals. Our Governing Body members are separated into voting and non-voting members.

Members with voting rights

Dr Richard Sandford-Hill –  Chair

Richard qualified from St. George’s Hospital Medical School in 1988. In 1994, after completing his General Practice training in West Dorset, Richard became a partner in the Market Lavington Surgery, where he has been a senior partner since 2006.  Richard’s specific clinical interests include minor surgery and palliative care.


Tracey Cox – Chief Executive BSW

Tracey joined the health service in 1990 as a management trainee. She worked in several London hospitals managing different specialties prior to moving to Bath in 1997 where she worked at the RUH until 2001. Tracey’s commissioning career began with Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES) Primary Care Trust and transferred to BaNES CCG in April 2013 when she joined the Board.

Tracey was Accountable Officer for BaNES CCG and Interim Senior Responsible Officer for the STP. From March 2019, Tracey has been appointed to oversee the ongoing improvement and integration of health and care services across the region as Chief Executive of Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCGs and lead for the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

Tracey will oversee closer working between the three local Clinical Commissioning Groups, which will operate with a single senior management team, use their collective resources more efficiently and streamline their respective decision-making arrangements.

Caroline Gregory – Director of Finance BSW

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 – Executive Director
of Nursing and Quality BSW

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

Mark Harris – Chief Operating Officer

Mark has worked for 25 years in NHS commissioning organisations throughout the south; in Wiltshire, Surrey, Hampshire, South West London and Berkshire.  Over that time Mark has led the commissioning of acute, mental health, community and ambulance services in a variety of roles. Throughout those roles Mark has been responsible for improving service performance and delivering change programmes and projects.


Dr Toby Davies – GP Chair, Sarum

Toby qualified in 1985 at Birmingham University and completed his GP training in Devon after working in Australia.  Since 1994 he has been a partner at the Castle Practice in Ludgershall, Wiltshire and his specialisms include asthma, cardiology and minor surgery.

Dr Andrew Girdher – GP Chair, North and East Wiltshire

Andrew is a GP Partner at Box Surgery and is the Chair of the North and East Wiltshire locality. Andrew is the Clinical Commissioning Group lead for diabetes in Wiltshire, the GP Federation in North Wiltshire and is also the sustainability and transformation lead for primary care. He is an established trainer and a GP Appraiser.


Dr Catrinel Wright – GP Chair, West

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 to become a GP Specialist Advisor for the Care Quality Commission and more recently, a GP Appraiser for NHS England. Catrinel’s clinical special interests are Dermatology and Minor surgery.

Dr Mark Smithies – Secondary Care Doctor

Mark qualified in 1981 at the University of London.  Prior to becoming Director of Intensive Care at the University Hospital of Wales, in Cardiff, he was a consultant in Intensive Care at Guys Hospital in London.


Peter Lucas – Lay Member, Audit Chair

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 a number of health roles in the South West.

Christine Reid – Lay Member, Vice Chair of the Governing Body, Primary Care Commissioning Committee Chair, Audit Committee Vice Chair, Remuneration Committee Vice Chair

Christine served as a councillor in Wiltshire until 1998 during which time she held many health related roles.  She also served on the national Local Government Association as lead member for rural local authorities and was awarded the OBE for this work. Christine has an ongoing interest in mental health services, carer services, delivering the Equality and Diversity agenda, and working with stakeholders.


Julian Kirby – Lay Member, Remuneration Committee Chair, Primary Care Commissioning Committee Vice Chair

Julian is the Chief Executive of Age UK Wiltshire, a position he took up following a 30 year career in the Police – 25 years in Wiltshire and five years as Assistant Chief Constable in South Wales . Over his career in Policing and in the voluntary and community sector, Julian has worked alongside health professionals and partners in Wiltshire to tackle the different challenges facing communities and will bring this valuable experience to the Governing Body.

Members without voting rights

Linda Prosser – Interim Deputy Chief Executive (Wiltshire)

Linda has worked in the NHS for 36 years. Initially trained as a physiotherapist she worked in both the UK and overseas before developing her career in NHS management. This included managing services in the acute sector and then community services.

Linda moved into commissioning 15 years ago and has worked in several health and social care commissioning organisations. Linda enjoys working in a collaborative way with her teams and across organisational boundaries, seeking new ways to meet the challenge of ensuring that a limited budget purchases the best possible patient and population health outcomes.


Lucy Baker – Group Director – Sarum, Acting Commissioning Director (Maternity, Children and Mental health)

Lucy initially trained and worked as a journalist, specialising in health reporting. She joined the NHS 19 years ago and has 16 years’ experience of working in senior operational roles across both planned and urgent care services within acute hospitals. She has been heavily involved in service redesign and the development of patient-centric pathways to improve access times and experience.

Lucy joined Wiltshire CCG three years ago and became Deputy Director of Acute Commissioning in September 2015. She is now Acting Director of Acute Commissioning. Lucy has completed her masters in strategy, change and leadership at the University of Bristol and is the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership lead for elective demand management and maternity.

Jo Cullen – Director of Primary Care and Urgent Care/Group Director – West

Jo has worked for the NHS for over 30 years, qualifying as a Registered Nurse from Guy’s Hospital in London in 1986, and graduating from University of Bath in 1991. She has worked clinically in the Royal United Hospital, Bath; in a GP practice in Bath on a Department of Health funded mental health project, and since 1996 worked in Wiltshire across previous predecessor NHS organisations, always with a focus on primary care.


Ted Wilson – Director of Community and Joint Commissioning/Group Director – North and East Wiltshire

Ted has worked for the NHS for over 35 years.  His previous positions include: Director of Operations for Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, Joint Director of Service Delivery at NHS Swindon and Swindon Borough Council as well as substantial NHS experience in Wales.

Helen Osborn – GP Medical Advisor, Safeguarding (Children) and Clinical Exceptions

Helen qualified in 1988 from the University of London.  She is a GP and senior partner at Courtyard Surgery in West Lavington, near Devizes. Her clinical interests are all aspects of family medicine, family planning, care of the elderly and palliative care.