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 Peter Jenkins, Chair

Peter qualified from St Mary’s Hospital, London, in 1975 and was a GP in Avon Valley Practice for more than 30 years, leaving the Practice in 2015. In the past he was a GP Trainer and GP Tutor for Salisbury and remains a GP Appraiser.  Previously, he was a Board Member and Clinical Governance Lead for South Wiltshire Primary Care Trust until March 2010.  Before taking up his post as Chair of the CCG, Peter was the Medical Adviser and named GP for safeguarding children for Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group.


Tracey Cox, Interim Accountable Officer

Tracey has over 26 years’ experience of working in healthcare, having joined the health service in 1990 as a management trainee. She has worked in the provider and commissioning sectors, working in several London hospitals and the Royal United Hospitals, Bath prior to moving into commissioning in 2001. 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.

Mark Harris, Chief Operating Officer

Mark has worked for 23 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.


Steve Perkins, Chief Financial Officer

Steve has worked for the NHS since 2003 and is a qualified accountant. Having completed his MSc at the University of Southampton, he joined the NHS as a graduate National Financial Management Trainee and has gone on to gain experience of NHS finances across a number of organisations. Steve joined the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groupin 2013 and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Dr Richard Sandford-Hill – GP Chair, West

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.


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 Co-Chair, NEW

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 Vice 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 Chet Sheth – GP Vice Chair, Sarum

Chet qualified in 2003 at Imperial College in London. He has worked in several hospitals prior to joining St Ann’s Street Surgery in Salisbury in 2009. His clinical interests include all aspects of family medicine, elderly and palliative care.


Dr Anna Collings – GP Co-Chair, NEW

Anna was born and brought up in Wiltshire and is passionate about local services.  Anna graduated in London in 1992 and previously worked as a locality chair in Swindon, now practicing in the village where she was brought up.

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, Governance and Vice 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, Patient and Public Involvement

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.


Jill Crook – Registered Nurse Member

Jill qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1980 and a Registered General Nurse in 1982. Jill has held a range of clinical and management roles including Director of Nursing roles within provider and commissioning organisations, as well as national and regional bodies. Jill retired in 2013 and has subsequently been taking up a variety of roles with a focus on the patient safety and quality improvement agenda.

Members without voting rights

David Noyes – Director of Planning, Performance & Corporate Services / Senior Information Risk Officer

David retired from the Royal Navy in March 2013, after 28 years service. After spending the majority of his early career at sea, David was undertook a variety of strategic planning and corporate support roles in both the Ministry of Defence and Fleet Headquarters. 


Ted Wilson – Director of Community and Joint Commissioning/Group Director – NEW

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.

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.



Lucy Baker – Acting Director of Acute Commissioning/ Group Director – Sarum (from October 2016)

Lucy initially trained and worked as a journalist, specialising in health reporting. She joined the NHS 18 years ago and has 16 years’ experience of working in senior operational roles across planned and urgent care services within acute hospitals. She has been  involved in service redesign and the development of patient-centric pathways to improve access times and experience. Lucy has just completed her Masters in Strategy, Change and Leadership at the University of Bristol.

Dina McAlpine – Director of Quality / Caldicott Guardian

Dina qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1993, specialising in adult intensive care.  Dina has held a number of senior manager roles in the the health and social care sector including Service Improvement Commissioner and Associate Director where she was  responsible for continuing healthcare and specialist placements.


Dr 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.