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The Board

As described in our constitution, the CCG is run by a governing body which we call the CCG Board. The Board is accountable to the members of the CCG (the GP practices) and has responsibility for the commissioning of secondary health care across the Herts Valleys area and for assuring themselves of the quality and effectiveness of that healthcare in the interests of patients.

The Board holds a meeting in public every two months, with the the next meeting held on Thursday 3 September at 12:00 am. Papers presented at these meetings can be found here
 

Dr Nicolas Small, ChairDr Nicolas Small, Chair, Board GP Hertsmere                             

I trained at St Mary's Hospital London, and have been a GP Partner at Schopwick Surgery, Elstree since 1996. As Chair of Herts Valleys CCG Board, I represent Hertsmere locality and am clinical lead for training and education.  I am also especially interested in support for carers and making sure that patients and the public are fully engaged in our work. In my spare time I enjoy holidaying in my motor home and am also a Health Coordinator for Pekingese Dogs - working in liaison with the Kennel Club to try and address some of the breed's health issues.

Dr Trevor Fernandes, Dr Trevor Fernandes, Board GP Dacorum, Deputy Clinical Chair                                                                                            

I qualified in Medicine from St. Thomas’s Hospital in London in 1988 and have been a GP in Dacorum for 22 years. I am Deputy Clinical Chair and Clinical Lead for the contract with West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust. I live in Dacorum with my family and when not working I enjoy theatre, opera, cinema, tennis and have to work hard in a limited time at the gym to keep fit.

Keith-HodgeDr Keith Hodge, Board GP Dacorum                                          

After attending Cambridge and Kings College Hospital London, I qualified in 1981. I live locally and have been a partner at Fernville Surgery in Hemel Hempstead since 1986. I am the Urgent Care Lead on the Board. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, Liverpool FC, music and a wide range of sports.  

Mike-Walton-125x125aDr Mike Walton, Board GP St Albans and Harpenden                 

I qualified in Medicine from Birmingham University in 1988 and have been a GP in St Albans for 16 years. I am CCIO for the CCG and currently Clinical Lead for Diabetes and for Pathology within Herts Valleys CCG. I live in St Albans with my family and when not working I enjoy theatre, cooking, eating, socialising and music.

Dr Richard PileDr Richard Pile, Board GP St Albans and Harpenden                  

I graduated from Nottingham University Medical School in 1996 and have been a GP partner at Parkbury House in St Albans since August 2000. I am a GP with a Special Interest in Echocardiography and Cardiology, Telemedicine and Vascular Medicine. I am the Board lead for communications. As well as working as a GP I do a weekly echocardiogram clinic for patients with suspected heart failure and I am also part of the team behind the Starpace website, which supports education in primary care. Outside of work my interests include archery, cycling, running, real ale, pub quizzing and Manchester United.

Dr Clair MoringDr Clair Moring, Board GP Watford and Three Rivers                 

I qualified in Medicine from Cambridge and the Royal Free hospital in London in 1991. I have been a GP in Watford for 18 years and I work at Callowland Practice. I am the clinical lead for the contract with Hertfordshire Community Trust and medicines optimisation. I am passionate about maintaining high quality health services while ensuring individual responsibility for their health care and use of resources. When not working I enjoy theatre, good food and wine as well as walking and cycling. I also provide an extensive taxi and restaurant service for my boys!

Dr Romi EliadDr Rami Eliad, Board GP Watford and Three Rivers                   

I qualified from Sheffield University in 1985 and completed my GP training in Derbyshire before becoming a partner at Garston Medical Centre. As a local GP for the last 25 years, I am an LMC member, GP trainer and appraiser. I am the CCGs clinical lead for Children, Young People and Maternity and a member of the Audit Committee. I enjoy cycling, jogging, socialising and travel.  

Dr Mike EdwardsDr Mike Edwards, Board GP Hertsmere                                       

I qualified as a doctor in 1985 from Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, and after a period of working in hospital medicine, became a GP partner at Fairbrook Medical Centre in Borehamwood. I particularly support the Nursing and Quality Team and am closely involved with the Royal Free Hospital contract and the recent acquisition by them of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals. I am an enthusiastic golfer and avid sports fan. I enjoy travel and my family life.  

Nicola-Bell-125x125Nicola Bell, Accountable Officer                                                   

I joined the CCG in April 2013 after 27 years in a variety of senior NHS roles including at Director and Deputy Chief Executive level in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. I am responsible for making sure that Herts Valleys meets our statutory duties and that we have a vision and sustainable long-term improvement plan for our population. Your Care Your Future will help us achieve this. Completing this review with our clinicians and our patients then implementing the recommendations will be a major focus of my job over the next year or two. Away from work my four children  and dog take up much of my time.  I love to read, watch cricket and walk in the local countryside.

Alan-Warren-125x125Alan Warren, Chief Finance Officer                                             

I qualified as a member of Chartered Institute of Finance and Accountancy in 1981 direct from the NHS Finance Training Scheme. I have spent my whole career working in the NHS and have experience of both provider and commissioner finance roles. I have been a Board level director for over 20 years. I live in Lincolnshire with my wife and children, when they're home from university, and our two dogs.

Jan Norman, Board NurseJan Norman, Director of Nursing and Quality                              

I qualified as a nurse at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington in 1983 and have held a variety of clinical, managerial and executive roles since then. I have a broad portfolio of responsibilities in the CCG including quality, infection control and safeguarding adults and children. I work closely with all of our provider trusts and partners such as the county council. When I am not at work I enjoy swimming, pilates, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

 

Alison Gardner - Lay memberAlison Gardner, Lay Member

I have more than 35 years of professional management experience working in the Civil Service and more recently within the health sector here and in Ireland.  I am the Lay Board Member lead for Patient and Public Involvement and I am committed to giving our patient representatives and volunteers a real opportunity to have an impact on the development of services for the whole of Herts Valleys community and a meaningful role in all our decision making processes. I am a Parish Councillor in Redbourn and enjoy live contemporary music, walking my dog, gardening and the occasional attendance at rugby matches.

Dr Robert GhoshDr Robert Ghosh, secondary care consultant  

I am the non-executive Board member responsible for providing specific guidance to the Board and the CCG on secondary care issues, and also generic non-executive challenges. I have been working in the NHS for 27 years and my consultant duties are neurology, acute medicine and intensive care. My non-clinical roles in acute trusts have involved matters concerning revalidation, clinical effectiveness and change management. In 5 years I would like the CCG to truly represent the patients, clinicians and stakeholders, and find whole-health-economy solutions with joined-up health and social care. I am a passionate skier, and I am terrible at DIY, though this does not stop me from trying!  

Paul Smith - Lay memberPaul Smith, Lay Member

I am the Board lay member responsible for governance, including chairing the Audit and Remuneration Committees. I have been involved with the NHS since 2006 when I joined West Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust at a Non-Executive Director. Previously, I worked for the Ford Motor Company for 28 years in a variety of finance roles including as Finance Director for three years. I also have a number of other Non-Executive positions within the public and private sector. I live in Shenley with my family and 2 dogs.

Stuart Bloom - Lay memberStuart Bloom, Lay Member, Deputy Chair 

I am Chair of the Quality and Performance Committee at Herts Valleys CCG. Since 2003 I have been a non-executive director and chair of a number of NHS primary care trusts in Hertfordshire. I am currently Chair of Health Education East of England, which covers Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge, Peterborough, Essex, Hertfordshire and Befordshire. I set up my own management consultancy in 1999, prior to which I held a number of senior management roles in BT, where I was responsible for developing its High Street presence opening 100 BT Shops across the UK.

 

 Also attending the Board in an advisory capacity as non-voting members are:

Charles new3Charles Allan, Director of Contracting and Resilience

I have worked in and with the NHS for 30 years and have experience in most areas of the NHS. I was a first wave Primary Care Trust Chief Executive between 1999-2005, for Newark & Sherwood PCT and have held senior positions in Strategic Health Authorities, Acute and Community Providers. I have 6 years of experience as an independent consultant working with both the NHS and private sectors, until in 2013, I re-joined the NHS in this role with Herts Valleys CCG. I am responsible for the CCGs contracts with all of our providers and also support the local health and social care system in ensuring that planned and urgent care run smoothly. I live in Nottinghamshire and still harbour ambitions to own a part of a Cheltenham Festival winner.  

  

Juliet Rodgers

 Juliet Rodgers, Associate Director of Communications and Engagement

I joined the NHS in 2009, working initially for Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust. I was brought in as the lead for communications and engagement with Herts Valleys in 2013. My previous roles were mostly in London housing associations, in various roles, most recently in policy and communications. Here at Herts Valleys I head up a team that manages communications with staff, our member practices and the wider local population, including running campaigns and handling social and traditional media. In our team we also lead on patient and public participation - encouraging local people to get involved and making sure that happens. Away from work I run, I am an enthusiastic outdoor swimmer (including in the chilly winter months), I sing with a choir and am a member of a literary discussion club. My grown up kids still take up a whole chunk of my time too.

 

Louise GaffneyLouise Gaffney, Interim Director of Strategy 

I joined Herts Valleys CCG in 2014 in an innovative role to support the programme of change and have since taken the lead for strategic development and transformation. My role includes managing the team that supports our four localities and the team that is responsible for developing planned and primary care. Other areas within my remit are IM&T, strategic workforce planning, organisational development and estates and premises. I have worked in the NHS for over 20 years and have a wide range of experience in senior roles. I have two daughters and we enjoy many outdoor and watersports activities. I am also a Brownie leader for a girl guiding group.

 

Brian Gunson

Brian Gunson, Healthwatch Hertfordshire (Observer)

I studied Biochemistry at Birmingham University and since then I have worked in healthcare for over 40 years with experience of the NHS, medical charities, pharmaceuticals and consultancy. I joined Munro and Forster Communications in 1990 and have been Chairman there since 2002. The company is a specialist healthcare communications consultancy. I am passionate about patient engagement and public involvement. I am currently a Director of Healthwatch Hertfordshire and in the past have been a trustee of the Patients Association and a non-executive director of a Primary Care Trust. Currently I am a trustee of the British Liver Trust and a Forum Member of the Royal Society of Medicine. In my spare time, I enjoy racket ball, tennis, skiing, walking and travelling.

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 Caroline Sutherland, Patient Representative (Volunteer)

My role is to be a progressive and an active member of the Board, and the voice of patients from the four localities. I believe my role is important because it means that the patient view is brought directly into board decisions. Through my involvement with the localities and patient groups, I am able to bring an informed view and where necessary challenge for a better understanding of patient concerns across Herts Valleys. I am an active member of Saint Albans City Women's Institute and Saint Albans Afternoon Townswomen's Guild. I have an interest in architecture and architectural photography.

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