Governing Body

Our Governing Body meetings are open to the public. You are welcome to observe and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Amanda Hume – Chair of Executive Group and member of QPF Committee and Primary Care Commissioning Committee

Appointed on 1 April 2013

Key strengths

Mrs Hume has significant experience working within commissioning, workforce development, organisational development and HR. Mrs Hume’s skills include strategic planning and expertise in contracting and performance.

Experience

Mrs Hume has over 20 years NHS experience, having worked across primary and secondary care, mental health and education. Her roles have included Director of Commissioning, planning and performance, strategy, workforce, HR and OD. She has managed a number of major change programmes across the North East health system. She graduated with joint honours in Management and Psychology from Leeds University, is a chartered fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development and has an MBA from Durham University. Mrs Hume is passionate about partnership and collaborative working.

Other committee membership

Chair of Executive Group; Quality, Performance and Finance Committee and Primary Care Commissioning Committee.

Caroline Gitsham – Lay Member

I have over 30 years’ experience working in the Public Sector, including 15 years working at an Executive Level. I am passionate about customer service and making a difference and have worked with a variety of partners across my career including working in an advisory capacity to the government and other bodies. I have managed a range of complex services and a number of new and innovative service offers have been developed under my leadership, many of which are award winning with tangible outcomes. I have experience of managing significant resources in challenging environments across a range of agendas. I have also led on a number of significant key corporate agendas.

My previous employer describes me as ‘a consistent top quartile performer, demonstrating passionate, energised leadership, a role model for others and a force for positive change. Caroline brings a different dynamic, she challenges the norm and encourages a greater focus on cultural and values alignment, outcomes monitoring and social impact. Her strengths are many, she has an extraordinary belief in people and their ability to achieve their potential. A supportive leader, well networked who enjoys challenges and variety’.

Dr Ali Tahmassebi – Strategic Clinical Lead

Appointed on 9 October 2015. Dr Tahmassebi’s term of office expires in October 2018.

Key strengths

Dr Tahmassebi has a specialist interest in improving quality in primary care, and providing challenge to ensure quality is a leading driver for change. He encourages innovation and promotes a culture of joint working between organisations and practices. He also has extensive knowledge of service redesign.

Experience

A GP since 1999, Dr Tahmassebi has led the Langbaurgh locality since 2006, engaging closely with practices and clinicians in making Practice Based Commissioning (PBC) and later the CCG successful. He has played a key role in the development of services including community services, MSK integration, medicines management and the role of pharmacists. He is also the clinical lead for the CCG’s IMProVE programme.

Other committee membership

Chair of Health Inequalities Steering Group and Co-Chair of the Clinical Executive Steering Group, Locality Lead for Langbaurgh.

Dr Janet Walker – Chair

Reappointed as Governing Body member 9 October 2015 and elected as Governing Body Chair in November 2014. Dr Walker’s term of office expires in November 2017.

Key strengths

Dr Walker has specialist interests in medicines optimisation, palliative care and children and young people. Since becoming Chair she has been working to increase patient and public engagement, with amongst others, the locality Patient Participation Groups (PPG) and the Patient and Public Advisory Group (PPAG). She is passionate about partnership working.

Experience

Dr Walker has been a Teesside GP working in Eston since 1998. She played an active role in Practice Based Commissioning (PBC) as group chair, before becoming the lead for the Greater Eston Pathfinder.

Other committee membership

Member of Remuneration Committee; Tees Medicines Governance Group, Non-voting member of Primary Care Commissioning Committee. Locality Lead for Eston. Redcar and Eston, and Midldlesbrough PPGs. Dr Walker also attends the Patient and Public Advisory Group (PPAG) .

Dr John Drury – Secondary Care Doctor

Reappointed in March 2015 for a second term of two to three years.

Key strengths

Extensive experience at management and board level in healthcare and broad knowledge of NHS landscape.

Experience

Dr Drury is retired, having previously worked for South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a Consultant. John came to Middlesbrough in 1983 as Consultant Chemical Pathologist. He was General Manager of Middlesbrough General Hospital and was Medical Director of South Tees Hospitals Trust from 1992 to 1997; other NHS roles included Chair of Policy Advisory Group – NHS Litigation Authority and the local research ethics committee.

Other committee membership

Member of Audit Committee; Member of Remuneration Committee, Primary Care Commissioning Committee.and Chair of Quality, Performance and Finance Committee.

Dr Mike Milner – GP Member

Appointed on 9 October 2015. Dr Milner’s term of office expires in October 2018.

Key strengths

Dr Milner has extensive experience in out of hours care services and general medical practice.

Experience

Dr Milner has been a GP since 1982 and has special interests in epilepsy and urgent care. Involved in the Langbaurgh Pathfinder and PCG for many years, he is the Clinical Lead for the NHS South Tees CCG Systems Resilience Group workstream and is actively involved in the delivery of the Urgent Care Strategy.

Other committee membership

Member of Urgent Care Chairs’ Network; Chair of Systems Resilience Group (SRG) and member of Quality, Performance and Finance Committee.

Dr Rajesh Khapra- GP Member

Appointed on 2 January 2015. Dr Khapra’s term of office expires in December 2018.

Key strengths

Dr Khapra has worked in the NHS since 1997 and has worked in hospitals across the country within surgical specialities. His particular area of interest is musculoskeletal conditions.

Experience

Dr Khapra has been a GP since 2005 and has spent a number of years working in South Tees. He was appointed as a Governing Body GP in January 2015. Dr Khapra is passionate about improving patient care and maintaining and developing good relationships with colleagues. He is the CCG Caldicott Guardian.

Other committee membership

Member of Quality, Performance and Finance Committee; Governance and Risk Committee, Non-voting member of Primary Care Commissioning Committee.

Dr Sangeeta Shah – GP Member

I graduated from Leicester in 1994 and completed my GP training there. I worked in Birmingham as a partner before coming back to the North. I grew up in Yarm.

I am now senior partner in my practice and have been with the practice since 2003.
I am qualified as trainer for GPR and also train FY2, 5th year medical students and pharmacy students.

Dr Vaishali Nanda- GP Member

Appointed on 9 October 2015. Dr Nanda’s term of office expires in October 2018.

Key strengths

Dr Nanda is ready to adapt to change and strives to improve services for patients. She has a good understanding of challenges facing primary care and has a commitment to understanding and improving the quality of care. She works with colleagues to improve the morale of staff delivering care.

Experience

Dr Nanda is a GP at Discovery Practice, Middlesbrough and has practiced as a GP since 2005. She is passionate about improving services; this passion has led to working beyond her own practice and she is the GP Quality Lead for the CCG. Within this role she works with the CCG’s major providers, the two local authorities, NHS England’s Area Team and primary care.

Other committee membership

Locality Clinical Lead for Middlesbrough; Member of Health Inequalities Steering Group and Co-Chair of the Clinical Executive Steering Group; Chair of Clinical Quality Review Groups.

Gary Groom – Lay Member

Key strengths

Mr Groom has significant experience of public and private sector partnership working, he has chaired and developed a variety of strategic partnerships focused on quality improvement, skills and employability across the Tees Valley and the North East.

Experience

With twenty-six-years’ experience working in the public sector for Further Education and Skills Mr Groom has held Strategic management and Leadership roles including the role of Principal and Chief Executive at Redcar & Cleveland College from 2005 to 2014.

Latterly Mr Groom has created his own successful business which has provided Interim leadership supporting Colleges during times of transformation and change and has also developed a Celebrancy service for lifetime events.

He has a particular interest in the strategic provision of health services in communities, together with the benefits of sustained proactive and preventative approaches to the provision of healthcare and is the Lay member for Governance & Risk.

Other Committee membership.

Chair of Governance & Risk committee, Member of Audit Committee, member of Primary Care Commissioning Committee, member of CCG Board.

Jean Golightly – Executive Nurse

Appointed on 25 April 2013

Key strengths

Ms Golightly has extensive healthcare experience including management of clinical services, clinical governance, risk management and education.

Experience

Ms Golightly has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of healthcare and geographic settings, including Europe and the United States. More recently she was working in acute hospital trusts prior to joining the CCG. She is the Executive Lead for Learning Disability.

Other committee membership

Member of Quality, Performance and Finance Committee; Governance and Risk Committee and Primary Care Commissioning Committee.

Mrs Karen Dales – Lay Member

Appointed in September 2015 for three years.

Key strengths

Mrs Dales has 30 years’ experience of working in the public sector including Health, Social Care, Local Government and Education.

Experience

A qualified accountant, her roles have included Finance Director, planning, policy development, performance, governance, procurement and contract management as well as managerial responsibility for HR, data services, facilities and IT.

She is currently Assistant Principal: Corporate Services at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Other committee membership

Chiar of Governance and Risk Committee and Member of Primary Care Commissioning Committee, Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Simon Gregory – Chief Finance Officer

Appointed on 1 April 2013

Key strengths

Mr Gregory has extensive knowledge of NHS finance, with expertise in NHS tariff mechanisms, contracting and funding systems.

Experience

Mr Gregory is a qualified accountant with over 30 years’ experience in the NHS.

He trained as an accountant at a London teaching hospital and has previously worked in district general hospitals, large trusts and Middlesbrough PCT. He previously worked at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as the finance lead for commissioning. Mr Gregory is the Governing Body lead for mental health for the CCG and the Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO). Simon is also the Governing Body lead for emergency preparedness, resilience and response

Other committee membership

Member of Quality, Performance and Finance Committee, Governance and Risk Commitee and Primary Care Commissioning Committee. .