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Working together for excellent healthcare in North Norfolk and rural Broadland


This is made up of the five elected GPs, two elected practice managers, the Chief Officer and Chief Financial Officer from NN CCG, two lay members, a hospital doctor and a registered nurse. It is here that the decisions of the Council of Members are discussed and considered alongside additional factors such as the financial context, the views of patients and the public, and the perspective of hospital and nursing colleagues. Recommendations can then be fed back into the Council of Members.

For further information about the Governing Body, future meeting dates and papers.

Members of the Governing Body:

My role as Chief Officer for North and South Norfolk CCGs started in July 2018, following a year as Deputy Chief Executive at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust. I have also worked at Chief Officer level across hospital and community providers and in commissioner organisations in London and the South East. This, along with my national role as the lead for the financial special measures programme with NHS Improvement and an advisor to the Department of Health, has helped my understanding of the wider health system and the pressures we face.

Whilst I am keen to promote the benefits of the joint management structure between the two CCGs, I am also aware of the distinct local identities that exist within the areas, and I'm really looking forward to working with all our members, partners and patients to drive improvements for the people we serve.

Chief Officer Frank Sims

I joined North Norfolk CCG as Chief Finance Officer on the 1st May 2013, having held various senior finance roles in the NHS. My NHS career started in 1978 in Lancashire and after having a break of 8 years during which I ran my own business, I came back to the NHS in 1996.

Since then my roles have been mainly in commissioning, in Essex and Suffolk, but I have also worked for a learning disabilities provider and in an acute hospital as Deputy Finance Director.

On July 1st 2016 my role became a shared position managing a joint finance team across both North and South Norfolk CCGS.

Chief Finance Officer Helen Stratton

I qualified in 1986 from Westminster Medical School and entered a vocational training scheme in Croydon for general practice. I have been a full time partner at Birchwood Surgery in North Walsham since 1990.

I have previously been a clinical governance lead for North Norfolk PCG and I am currently the clinical lead for NN CCG around commissioning community services including Long-Term Conditions, End of Life and Continuing Care, and safe guarding children.

GP in North Walsham Dr James Gair

I graduated in medicine from Oxford University in 1997. I have lived and worked in North Norfolk since 2005. I am currently working part time as a GP partner in Reepham. As well as my commissioning interests and commitments around Mental Health and Learning Difficulties I am also clinical governance lead for NHS 111.

GP in Aylsham & Reepham Dr Penny Ayling

Stephen has thirty year's experience working for national organisations, including being chief executive of two national care charities. He has also been the leader of a London borough and vice-chair of a primary care trust. Currently he is director of two social enterprises and is on the board of several housing, care and older people's organisations in North Norfolk and nationally.

Lay Member, Finance and Performance Stephen Burke

I am an experienced Chartered Accountant, with particular interest in governance and using skills gained in the private sector to support charities and third sector organisations.

I have served on a number of charity boards and school governing bodies around the UK.

I am currently Vice Chair of Victory Housing Trust, and I mentor for the Princes Trust Enterprise Program.

Lay Member - Audit and Governance Doris Jamieson

My Primary Care journey began in 1998 when I joined Acle Medical Partnership. After four years at Aviva working in pensions and enhanced annuities as a medical underwriter, I returned to Acle in 2008 and I have been Practice Manager since 2013. I joined the NNCCG in June 2016 and I am embracing the opportunity to be involved in commissioning.

Practice Manager Member of the Governing Body Teresa Randall

Having qualified at Cambridge University, I am a practicing GP at Staithe Surgery in Stalham, where I have been a Partner since 1993. I have been involved in local NHS development since 1998 as former chair of Broadland and North Norfolk Primary Care Groups, and serving on Norfolk Primary Care Trust Board in a variety of roles.

During the last 6 years I have been leading on increasing the involvement of general practices in planning healthcare in North Norfolk, initially through Practice Based Commissioning, and through my current role as Chair of NNCCG.

Chair Dr Anoop Dhesi

I am the General Manager at Birchwood Medical Practice in North Walsham but prior to this I have been involved in both the insurance and mobile telecommunications industries. I sit on the NNCCG Executive and provide management representation in respect of mental health. I have been actively involved in commissioning since 2005.

Business Manager, Birchwood Surgery, North WalshamTony Belham

I trained at Guys Hospital in London and qualified in 1988. I undertook GP training scheme in Norfolk and I am currently a senior partner at Hoveton and Wroxham Medical Centre.

I am the Vice Chair of North Norfolk CCG and I lead on Clinical prescribing and cancer. Previously I have been a GP member of Norfolk Health authority, GP Commissioning Group and on the board of Broadland and the North Norfolk Primary Care Groups.

Executive Team member GP Dr Linda Hunter

I qualified as a solicitor in 1979 and have practised on my own as a sole practitioner, partner in a large regional firm and latterly in a large national/ international firm, retiring from full time legal work in 2011. During this period I practised law in many areas including crime, matrimonial and general litigation. However over the last 20 years or so I specialised in real estate work and in particular acting for a number of well know Housing Associations including Joseph Rowntree, Circle, Peabody Trust and many others.

Over the years that I have held a number of voluntary positions including board member and chair of Leeds Federated Housing Association. I currently serve as a Board Director of Havebury Housing Partnership, a 6000 unit housing association based in Suffolk. I am also a Board Director of Julian Support - an East of England charity which works with people with mental health difficulties to assist them lead an independent life of their choice.

I have a particular interest in the connection between housing and health and a keen interest in making organisations responsive to its customers' needs.

Lay Member Clive Gardner

I worked as a journalist for over 30 years, and for the last 16 of those as the Editor of the Eastern Daily Press. This role gave me a unique insight into what makes Norfolk tick, with a good understanding of the needs and concerns of the county.

After I retired from newspapers, I joined the board of the James Paget University Hospital at Gorleston, and soon took over the role of chairman following a poor CQC report that led to several members of the board resigning. It was a difficult journey but once the Paget was on the road to recovery, I stepped back to a role of deputy chairman and senior independent director. I am pleased to say that like North Norfolk CCG, the hospital now has a "good rating".

Having served the maximum six-year term, I am delighted with the challenge of changing my role from provider to commissioner with North Norfolk's CCG.

Outside the health arena I am a trustee and founding member of Norfolk Community Foundation, chair of South Norfolk Council remuneration panel, independent member on the Standards Committee of Norwich City Council, and founder, with others, of the EDP We Care Appeal, Open Youth Project and SOS Bus Project.

Lay Member Peter Franzen