Our 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 9 June at 1:30 pm. 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 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.  


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.  


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 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 CCG's Clinical Lead for Children, Young People and Maternity and a member of the Audit Committee.

I enjoy cycling, jogging, socialising and travel.  


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!


Cameron Ward, Interim Accountable Officer                                                   

Cameron is an independent management consultant having worked in the NHS for over 25 years, leaving in 2015. During his time in the NHS Cameron filled a number of executive and chief executive level roles in acute hospitals, PCTs and SHAs. His last role was Area Director for Durham, Darlington and Teesside in NHS England. Cameron has an interest in managing change, highlights the importance of values and behaviours and has undertaken a variety of roles over the last year.

He is married to Sharon a community midwife, has two grown up children and is a keen Sunderland football club supporter.



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.


Diane CurbishleyDiane Curbishley, Director of Nursing and Quality                                             

I have over 29 years’ experience in the NHS, qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1989 at the Royal Free Hospital. I specialised in infection control for 12 years before doing an MA in Health Law and Ethics and moving into NHS commissioning. I have been a Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality for over five years, joining Herts Valleys CCG in September 2013 in that role. I have been the Director of Nursing and Quality since the beginning of 2016. I am passionate about driving improvements in the quality and safety of NHS services for West Hertfordshire residents.

I live in Barnet with my partner and teenage son. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading and sunshine holidays.


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 that, 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.


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.


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 two dogs.


DSC00681Thelma Stober, Lay Member

I am a practising Solicitor and Commercial Mediator, having initially qualified as a Barrister with over 20 years’ experience working in governmental and other high profile public sector bodies and boards as Director of Law Governance and Procurement. I sit on the Governments Victims Panel advising on improving the criminal justice system for victims of crime. I am a non-Executive Director of Sanctuary Group Board, its Group Housing and Remuneration Committees. I am also a motivational speaker with a particular focus on young people. I am passionate about serving my local community and together with my interest in health care provision, my extensive background and insight into the operation of central and  government, governance and the law, this position offers me a real opportunity to contribute to the work of the CCG and making a positive difference.

I live in Berkhamsted with my husband and son and enjoy reading, meditation, charitable work and travelling.


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


Charles Allan 125x125Charles 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 six years of experience as an independent consultant working with both the NHS and private sectors. In 2013, I re-joined the NHS in this role with Herts Valleys CCG. I am responsible for the CCG's 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.  


 Simon Eckett 125x125Simon Eckett, Director of Strategy, Planning and Delivery

I have 20 years’ experience in the healthcare sector. Having worked at Eli Lilly, the global pharmaceutical company, with a focus on health economics and mental health care, I advised a range of UK and global healthcare companies both at Braxton Associates, the Strategic Consultancy arm of Deloitte Consulting, and at PwC Corporate Finance. I joined the NHS in 2014 as Head of Strategy and Commercial Development at South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, transforming local health services, generating income and re-positioning the Trust towards Service Lines and Business Units. I have an MBA from London Business School, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from Durham University.

I live in Buckinghamshire, enjoy travel and the arts.


Hein Sheffer 125x125Hein Scheffer, Director of Workforce

I have more than 24 years’ experience in Human Resources. I managed both a Human Resources and Employment Law Consulting Firm and a Hospitality Management Company before relocating to the UK from South Africa in 2009. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; hold a LLB (Hons) from the Open University and a Master’s Degree in Personnel and Development from UCLAN. Before joining Herts Valleys CCG, I worked as Deputy Director of Human Resources at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and most recently as Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. During my time in Devon, I held a number of regional positions, including Vice Chair of the South West HRD’s network; the Employers Chair of the South West Social Partnership Forum and Vice President of the HPMA in the South West.


 JulietRodgersJuliet 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.


Rod WhileRod While, Head of Corporate Governance

I joined the CCG in August 2015 after spending six years at Luton PCT/CCG. Before this, I spent 20 years working in the Pharmaceutical Industry in a variety of senior sales and marketing roles. I am responsible for all aspects of Corporate  Governance including supporting the Board, Board Committees, ensuring we deliver all of our statutory duties, managing conflicts of interest and the CCG Constitution.

Outside of work I run to keep fit, play guitar and am also kept busy by my three children and two dogs.


David BuckleDr David Buckle, Director of General Practice development

In March 2016 I became Director of General Practice development for Herts Valleys CCG. As Medical Director I am responsible for medicines optimisation (MO). I believe that clinical leadership should work at all levels within the NHS and that skilled, accessible primary care is the foundation of all effective high quality healthcare systems.

I feel privileged to be able to contribute to the future development of general practice by virtue of my various NHS roles and my knowledge and experience of primary care from both a provider and commissioner perspective.


 Brian Gunson 125x125Brian 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.


 Caroline Sutherland 125x125Caroline 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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