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Meet the Board

Dr Julian Povey - Clinical Chair

Dr Povey has been a GP in Shropshire since 1994, and since 1995 has been a GP, and subsequently a partner since 1997, at Pontesbury Medical Practice.

If he had to pick key priorities his top five would be tackling health inequalities; promoting healthy lifestyles; maintaining and developing local services; maintaining and improving patient experience and safety within the NHS; and protecting the role of general practice as the cornerstone of patient access into the health system.

As Clinical Chair, he provides clinical leadership within the CCG.

Dr Simon Freeman - Accountable Officer

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Simon has undertaken a wide range of Director roles in PCTs and NHS Trusts including Chief Operating Officer for NHS Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit and Accountable Officer for NHS Leicester City CCG. Prior to joining the NHS Simon worked for Ernst & Young’s Strategy & Transformation practice and NatWest Group, bringing substantial experience of re-engineering and building high-performing organisations.

Simon is an avid reader, an ardent follower of Liverpool FC and a big Bob Dylan fan.

Claire Skidmore - Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Accountable Officer

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Claire Skidmore has worked in NHS finance for over 20 years and has held a number of senior positions.  

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds a MBA from Warwick University.

In her role Claire is keen to work with local stakeholders in order to strengthen working relationships, tackle health inequalities and improve outcomes for patients.

As Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Accountable Officer Claire is responsible for ensuring the CCG meets all of its statutory duties in relation to finance.

Dr Jessica Sokolov - GP Member, Deputy Clinical Chair and Clinical Director for Women's and Children

Jessica Sokolov imageDr Sokolov graduated from Leicester University in 2003, and moved to Market Drayton Medical Practice in 2010, where she is now a GP partner.  She served on the Local Medical Committee (LMC) between 2013 and 2015, and is one of the lead GPs for undergraduate training at the practice.
As a CCG board member, Dr Sokolov looks forward to being part of a team that works hard to deliver the best care possible to the people of Shropshire, who are very much at the heart of what we're trying to do.

Dr Stephen James - GP Member, Clinical Director for Primary Care

Stephen James picDr James has been a GP since 1989. Having been a partner in a practice over the border in Powys for more than 20 years he returned to Shropshire in 2010. He is now working as the Local Medical Director for Malling Health and has overall clinical responsibility for all three walk-in centres in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

Dr James has been involved in commissioning since 1997 and served on Powys Local Health Board for six years. He has a keen interest in making the best use of our resources to drive up quality and take advantage of new technologies whilst maintaining our financial sustainability.

Dr Finola Lynch - GP Member, Clinical Director for Communications and Engagement

Finola LynchDr Finola Lynch grew up in Shrewsbury.  She studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University and trained as a news reporter before moving into feature writing for several national newspapers.  She also trained in medicine and moved back to Shropshire in 2009.  She qualified as a GP in 2015 on the local vocational training scheme and combines sessional clinical work with her CCG commitments.  From patients to GPs, local media to secondary care and community providers, she hopes to encourage better communication channels with the ultimate outcome of improving and promoting excellence in patient care.

Kevin Morris - Practice Member Representative

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Dr Deborah Shepherd - Locality Chair (Shrewsbury & Atcham)

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Dr Shailendra Allen - Locality Chair (South)

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Dr Tim Lyttle - Locality Chair (North) 

Tim Lyttle, trained at Queen’s University Belfast and completed his GP training in Bromley, Kent before moving to Shropshire in 2000. He has been a GP Partner in Bridgewater Family Medical Practice, Whitchurch, since 2012 and also works as a GP with a special interest in drug and alcohol addiction in Burton upon Trent.

Prior to 2012, Tim held clinical and leadership roles in several healthcare organisations, both in England and Wales.

Both professionally and in his personal life Tim is passionate about personal health improvement and self-care, following a personal health crisis. Tim is a keen runner and cyclist and an enthusiast for emotional health and wellbeing.

Dr Ed Rysdale - Clinical Member, Secondary Care

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Dr Julie Davies - Director of Performance and Delivery

Julie Davies imageAfter completing a PhD in Electrochemistry, Julie worked in the Electronic Manufacturing Services industry for 10 years in a variety of industrial engineering, operational management and market development roles across Europe, North America and the Far East.  She joined the NHS via the Gateway to Leadership programme at the end of 2004. Since then she has worked in Shropshire in several commissioning roles including contracting, performance, service redesign and locality commissioning lead for the north of the county.

As Director of Performance and Delivery, Julie works closely with GP Board members and other clinical and executive leaders across health and local authority areas. Her role is to lead the development of service strategy and re-design programmes and to ensure that these are effectively translated into better clinical outcomes and patient experience for the people of Shropshire. She ensures that the CCG makes the most effective use of opportunities for collaborative commissioning with the Local Authority, other CCGs, clinical networks and NHS England. She leads both local and cross economy performance improvement projects. She is also responsible for leading the annual planning process, ensuring that the CCG has operational plans and internal performance review and management arrangements which deliver key priorities, targets and programmes of work.

Dawn Clarke - Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Experience

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Dawn qualified as a registered nurse from the University Hospital of Wales in 1984 and has held a number of roles in the NHS, including Infection Control Nurse, Clinical Governance lead, Primary Care Contracting and Performance Lead, Assistant Director of Patient Safety and Clinical Quality at the NHS North West Strategic Health Authority and most recently as Director of Nursing and Quality at Bath and North East Somerset CCG.

Dawn is passionate about improving patient safety and quality of care and about working to reduce unwarranted clinical variation and improved outcomes for patients. She does not underestimate the challenge for CCGs in commissioning high quality safe and effective services for local residents during a time of challenging financial constraint.  Dawn is delighted to be working with the wider health and care system to deliver service improvements in 2017 and beyond.

As Director for Nursing, Quality and Patient Experience, Dawn will be responsible for ensuring all healthcare services commissioned are safe and of a high standard.

Gail Fortes-Mayer - Director of Contracting and Planning

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Gail received her under graduate degree from Liverpool in Physiology and Psychology and Masters with Distinction from Warwick University. A procurement professional by trade, Gail is an affiliated member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.  In 2015 she was part of the first cohort to graduate from the NHS Leadership Academy of the Nye Bevan Award - Executive Managers.

During her NHS career Gail has been responsible for commissioning all aspects of healthcare services; service improvements and performance management to ensure policy implementation.

Gail is a member of the HFMA policy group for payments by results and is a standing committee member on two NICE committees. Gail has a wide and varied range of NHS commissioning and performance management experience across primary, secondary and tertiary care commissioning, including third sector and non-NHS performers.

As Director of Contracting and Planning, Gail will be responsible for leading the contracting function for Shropshire CCG to deliver the Five Year Forward View, Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) programme, other invest to save initiatives and aspects of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) delivery.

Sam Tilley - Director of Corporate Affairs

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Sam has worked in the NHS for almost 20 years, initially in and around London and more recently in Shropshire. Her roles have spanned community, mental health and acute settings and more latterly have focussed on commissioning roles. Most recently Sam has worked closely with key stakeholders in Shropshire developing partnership work and key strategies for the CCG.

As Director of Corporate Affairs, Sam will focus on key areas of governance, ensuring the CCG operates to the highest standards and in accordance with all statutory and regulatory provisions. Sam is a keen advocate of Patient and Public involvement and oversees the CCG’s communications and engagement function. 

Nicky Wilde, Director of Primary Care

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Nicky Wilde has worked in the NHS for 25 years. She has undertaken a series of leadership roles within primary care and has in-depth knowledge and understanding of NHS commissioning, planning and performance.

In previous roles, Nicky has worked closely with a range of stakeholders and is passionate about the role of patients and public in primary care commissioning.

As Director of Primary Care, Nicky will lead the development and implementation of the CCG strategies and policies for primary care to ensure the delivery of high quality care.

Professor Rod Thomson FRCN FFPH - Director of Public Health

Rod Thomson imageRod has extensive clinical experience across several fields of nursing including mental health and primary care. His work has been recognised nationally and internationally particularly in the specialities of sexual health, alcohol and substance misuse and public health. He is Visiting Professor in Public Health at John Moores University, Liverpool, and Staffordshire University. Rod is also a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.

As Director of Public Health, Rod has a key role in enabling the CCG to carry out its commissioning responsibilities by helping it to assess and interpret health data and the information about evidence based interventions. He also provides a key source of advice regarding health promotion and health protection measures.  As a Director of Shropshire Council, Rod provides a key link to the Local Authority, enabling greater joint working between both bodies.

Keith Timmis - Lay Member Performance

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Keith has many years of experience working for the Audit Commission’s audit practice, where he gained experience of acute, specialist, mental health, ambulance and community trusts, as well as various health authorities.

Keith transferred to Shropshire in 1997 and audited many of the local NHS trusts and councils before commuting to the Audit Commission’s London headquarters for six years.

Keith's main role is to bring a strategic and impartial view of the work of the CCG that is removed from the day-to-day running of the organisation, overseeing key elements of governance and performance, including audit and remuneration.

Meredith Vivian OBE - Lay Member, Patient and Public Involvement

Meredith’s role is to ensure that in all aspects of the CCG‘s business, the public voice of the local population is heard.

After careers in publishing and advocacy, he joined the Department of Health as a policy-maker, initially working on prescription fraud and then the management of the Government’s tobacco education campaign. In 2000 Meredith became policy lead for Patient and Public Involvement, championing peoples’ voice in the health service.  He was involved in the creation of PALS and led work to put in place a range of legal duties and bodies giving people greater power and influence in the NHS.

In 2006 Meredith’s work was recognised when he was awarded an OBE for services to patient and public involvement.

Meredith says: “I have always been keen to be involved at a local level, to make use of my experiences to help foster a closer and more collaborative relationship between the NHS and the people who pay for and use it.  This is particularly important when the NHS needs to adapt and change to the many pressures it has to face.”

Meredith is a trustee of ‘Voiceability’ – a national advocacy organisation which supports and champions greater voice and control for people in society. Meredith is also a bereavement volunteer for Shropshire Cruse. 

Sarah Porter - Lay Member for Transformation

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Sarah joins the Board as Lay Member for Transformation and Change. Having begun her career as a nurse on the Special Care Baby Unit in Shropshire, Sarah went on to spend 15 years heading up the UK's most prominent business improvement district organisation in London. Sarah has now returned to live in her home county.

Sarah has a track record of leading major change in the public environment from the creation of strategic concepts through to implementation by influencing and integrating diverse organisations, multiple stakeholders and interest groups and acting as a catalyst for positive change.

Sarah brings a perspective informed by experience and expertise and sees her role as to ensure that a positive approach is taken to transformation and change, both internally as an organisation and externally in all aspects of the CCG's business. Her focus will be strategic and impartial and will provide an independent view of the work of the CCG. 

Dr John Pepper - Clinical Member

Dr John Pepper has been a GP Principal at Belvidere Medical Practice, Shrewsbury, since 1996. He has also worked as a GP Appraiser for NHS England since 2012.

Having first moved to Shropshire in 1978, he attended Priory Boys’ Grammar School and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College before studying Medicine at Sheffield University. After completing his GP training in Derbyshire he worked in Nottingham before returning to Shropshire with his family.

In his role with Shropshire CCG, Dr Pepper aims to contribute to CCG decision making to maintain and develop the best possible services for patients. He is particularly interested in the interface between primary and secondary care, enabling organisations to work together effectively for the patients they serve.


William Hutton - Lay Member for Governance and Audit

William Hutton imageWilliam has more than 30 years of commercial and technical experience gained in a number of manufacturing and technology organisations and is currently a programme manager in a leading international IT Company. He is also Chairman of Trustees for the Oracle UK Pension Plan. 

He was a Non Executive Director in the NHS before taking up his current post with the CCG. As a Lay Member of the Board he chairs the Audit Committee which has responsibility for scrutinising the governance and assurance processes in place to help ensure that the organisation meets its objectives.