Our Governing Body
Our Governing Body comprises of a number of local GPs, clinicians, health professionals and lay members.
Dr Stephen Rowlands, Chairman
Steve Rowlands has been a GP in Trowbridge since 1985. He retired as senior partner from Bradford Road Medical Centre in July 2013 but still maintains his role as a GP working as a locum.
Whilst working in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, Steve got involved with public health and medical politics. He has been involved in medical management in this country since the days of the Family Health Services Authority, originally sitting on the ‘medical service committee’ and has always had an interest in quality. Steve has worked for a Primary Care Group and latterly the Primary Care Trust as a Professional Executive Committee and board member and clinical governance lead. He has worked as appraisal lead for Wiltshire and instigated the current appraisal system in the county.
Stephen is a great advocate of clinicians leading the way in the NHS and has enjoyed helping to develop the Clinical Commissioning Group into an organisation that is clinically led, patient focused, and works well with all relevant stakeholders
Deborah Fielding, Chief Officer
Deborah Fielding’s extensive experience includes Deputy CEO at NHS Havering as well as seven years in a commissioning role as Director of Strategy and Transformation in Essex.
Deborah has led performance and service transformation in one of the top 30 PCTs in the country with a team of six associate directors by developing innovative collaboration between organisations and teams. Her achievements in transforming services and performance in South East Essex and Havering drew on her extensive knowledge and experience of clinical policy and clinical governance One of her successful transformation projects included system redesign of GP led commissioning in South East Essex with integrated community and primary care, and the frail elderly acute/community pathway. Deborah is a strategic thinker focused on building influential partnerships with a commitment and passion to improve services resulting in improved performance impact, quality improvement and financial outcomes.
Simon Truelove, Chief Finance Officer
Simon is a member of the Chartered Institute of the Public Finance and Accountancy having qualified in 1995. He started working in the National Health Service (NHS) in 1990 after completing his degree at Bristol Polytechnic. He has worked as an accountant in a number of NHS provider and commissioning organisations as well as working across Adult Social Care. He secured his first Director of Finance role in 2002 at Swindon Primary Care Trust (PCT) as a job share with his wife and has operated in a senior director role ever since. In 2007, after the rationalisation of PCTs, he worked on behalf of the Strategic Health Authority (SHA) across a number of different organisations including Great Western Ambulance Service, NHS Bristol and Swindon Adult NHS Community and Adult Social Care services. He started with NHS Wiltshire as a Group Director for North East Wiltshire (NEW) in April 2011 and secured the permanent Chief Financial Officer role for the aspiring Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group in July 2012.
He is passionate about making the finances of any organisation clear and transparent and ensuring that finance supports the strategic direction and vision of its leaders.
Dr Simon Burrell, GP Chair, NEW
Simon qualified in Bristol in 1979 and worked in several hospitals in Bristol and Bath for some years in various specialties, but particularly in obstetrics. He joined the partnership in Corsham in 1985. Like all the partners he is keen to consider health and illness in the context of the whole person and to ensure an understanding of the balance of the benefits and hazards of modern treatments. He looks after the residents in local residential and nursing homes and through this has significant experience of helping older people and providing palliative care.
For ten years Simon was a medical officer for Bath Rugby Club, and has an interest in sports health. For some time now he has been involved in some of the wider aspects of organising health care in Wiltshire, providing clinical input into decisions about how NHS funds are spent. He is also involved in appraising other GPs in Wiltshire.
Dr Helen Osborn, GP Chair, WWYKD
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. She is very involved in medical education as GP trainer and appraiser. Helen is also a staff-grade doctor in reproductive medicine/family planning.
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 specialists include asthma, cardiology and minor surgery. As well as serving on the board of the Clinical Commissioning Group he is a committee member of the Local Medical Committee. Toby is married and his wife is a consultant anaesthetist in Swindon.
Dr Jonathan Rayner, GP Vice Chair, NEW
Jonathan qualified in 1983 from the University of London. In 1991, he joined the Ramsbury Practice, near Marlborough, as a GP.
Dr Debbie Beale, GP Vice Chair, WWYKD
Debbie is originally from Wales. She qualified in 1983 from Manchester Medical School and moved to Wiltshire in 1985, qualifying as a GP in 1987 and began working at Eastleigh Surgery in 1988; she became Senior Partner there in 2004.
Debbie is an experience practitioner in the care of the elderly and in palliative medicine and has post-graduate qualifications in palliative medicine, acupuncture, family planning and chronic respiratory medicine. As well as being a GP appraiser, she is a fundraiser and trustee for Dorothy House and a governor of Matravers School.
Dr Celia Grummitt, GP Vice Chair, SARUM
Celia qualified from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1982. After she qualified she served a short service commission in the army, gaining experience across the world.
She completed her GP training in Wiltshire in 1991 and has worked in General Practice throughout her career which has included practicing in secure settings such as prisons and Immigration centres. She has an enduring interest in mental health and substance misuse holding extra qualifications in these fields. She is currently the military families and veterans’ health lead for the county representing Wiltshire at regional level.
Celia has been involved in leadership and management throughout her career and has completed the National Public Health Leadership Course in 2002.
Celia is a part time partner in a Salisbury Pain practice and volunteer CEO of an Outdoor Therapy Centre.
Mary Monnington, Registered Nurse
Mary qualified as a nurse in 1972 and has worked in a range of nursing posts including Night Sister, Ward Sister, Specialist Nurse for Infection Control, Clinical Teacher, Senior Clinical Nurse in Surgery and Tutor to the Staff Nurse Development Programme.
In 1978 she migrated to Australia to work at the Alfred Hospital, undertaking a joint appointment in Orthopaedics and Education. Upon her return to the UK, she studied for an economics degree at the London School of Economics before completing a Master’s degree in Nursing at King’s College, London in 1986.
In 1987, Mary moved into general management at Princess Margaret Hospital in Swindon, Wessex Regional Health Authority and Dorset Health Commission. In 1994 she returned to a senior nursing post as Director of Nursing and Performance Management at Salisbury Healthcare NHS Trust.
In 2001, Mary began working for South Somerset Primary Care Trust and latterly for NHS Somerset as Director of Nursing. In September 2011, Mary commenced a long-term secondment as Cluster Director of Nursing for Bath and North East Somerset and Wiltshire Primary Care Trusts and was involved in the transitional process leading up to their dissolution in March 2013.
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.
As well as being a member of the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body, Mark is a Clinical Director of Critical Care Service for Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan NHS Trust. He has also been increasingly involved in the development, organisation and management of critical care services throughout Wales, and in numerous research projects nationally and in Europe.
Peter Lucas, Lay Member
Peter’s background is in industry, commercial and investment banking and local community activities. He left the City in 2002 and retired to Donhead St Mary, a small village on the Wiltshire/Dorset border.
His involvement with the NHS first started in London, where for five years he chaired the Patient Partnership Group of his local GP practice. After moving to the country, he was appointed Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit of Dorset & Somerset Strategic Health Authority. This then led to further involvement with the NHS with his appointment as a non-executive director to NHS Wiltshire in 2007. In April 2013 he was appointed Vice and Audit Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Christine Reid, Lay Member
Christine has been involved in the NHS since 1984, when she was appointed by North Wiltshire District Council as a councillor member on Bath District Health Authority, a post she held until 1990 when she moved to Bath Continuing Health Care. In early 1996 she became a non-executive director for Wiltshire Health Authority until December 1997 when she was appointed Chair of Bath Mental Health Care Trust (BMHCT), which served Bath and North and West Wiltshire.
Over the next several years, Christine oversaw the BMHCT expansion into Bristol, north Somerset and south Gloucestershire, then finally the rest of Wiltshire; the Trust then became known as the Avon and Wiltshire Partnership. She remained a councillor until 1998, having also served on the national Local Government Association as lead member for rural local authorities and was awarded.
In attendance (No voting rights)
David Noyes, Director of Planning, Performance & Corporate Services
Ted Wilson, NEW Group Director
Jo Cullen, WWYKD Group Director
Mark Harris, Sarum Group Director
Jacqui Chidgey-Clark, Director of Quality and Patient Safety
Helen Robinson-Gordon, Head of Communications and Engagement
Dr Peter Jenkins, GP Medical Advisor, Safeguarding (children) and Clinical Exceptions
Rob Hayday, Head of Project Management
Maggie Rae, Corporate Director, Wiltshire Council
Julia Cramp, Service Director, Commissioning and Performance, Wiltshire Council
James Cawley, Service Director, Commissioning Procurement and Strategy, Wiltshire Council
Diana Hargreaves, Board Administrator, CCG
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