The CCG Governing Body

The CCG Governing Body

Dr Prag Moodley, GP Governing Body Member, Stevenage Dr Prag Moodley, CCG Chair
Prag has been a GP for over 20 years and a GP Partner in Stevenage since 2004.  Prag took up the role of CCG Chair in September 2018, and has held various roles in CCG commissioning over the last ten years.  Prior to becoming CCG Chair, Prag’s Governing Body responsibilities were Mental Health and Learning Disabilities.  
Dr Ashish Shah, Deputy Clinical Chair, Prescribing Lead and GP Governing Body Member, Welwyn and Hatfield
Ashish has been GP principal at Wrafton House surgery, Hatfield since 2009 and an appraiser. He has been the prescribing lead for the CCG and locality lead for Welhat since 2014 and was elected as the Deputy Chair in 2018. He has a special interest in cardiology, respiratory medicine, cancer and frailty. He is the GP Board member on the Primary Care Commissioning Board, Governance and Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee. His other commitments at the CCG include being the Research and Frailty lead and Lead GP for the pathology procurement for the ICS. He is also the lead for Workforce and Education, and locality provider board for Welwyn and Hatfield.
Dr Jane Halpin has been appointed as the joint accountable officer (Chief Executive) for the Hertfordshire and West Essex ICS Dr Jane Halpin, Accountable Officer (jointly with Herts Valleys CCG and West Essex CCG and lead officer for Hertfordshire and West Essex ICS) 
Dr Jane Halpin is a qualified Public Health doctor with over 25 years’ experience in the NHS in the area, including roles as a Medical Director, PCT Chief Executive and NHS England Area Director.  Dr Halpin also has significant private sector experience and was most recently the Clinical Lead for an international consultancy firm.  Jane lives in Hertfordshire.

Governing Body GPs

Dr Rob Graham, GP Governing Body Member, North Herts Dr Tara Belcher, GP Governing Body Member, North Herts
Tara is a GP Partner at The Portmill Surgery in Hitchin, where she has worked since 2003. She is also a GP trainer and Clinical Director of Hitchin and Whitwell Primary Care Network.
Dr Sarah Dixon, GP Governing Body Member, Stort Valley and Villages
Sarah has worked as a GP Partner at South Street Surgery in Bishops Stortford since 2001.   She is the Workforce and Education lead for her locality and is also a GP Trainer and Appraiser. Sarah is a member of the Quality Committee.
Dr Russell Hall, GP Governing Body Member, Stevenage Dr Russell Hall, GP Governing Body Member, Stevenage and Interim GP Governing Body Member for Lower Lea Valley
Russell has an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from Strathclyde Business School. He has worked as a full time GP in Stevenage since 1999. Before joining the CCG Governing Body, he was the prescribing lead for Stevenage. Russell is the CCG’s Quality lead. He has previously been a GP trainer and on the LMC in Scotland.
Dr Prag Moodley, GP Governing Body Member, Stevenage Dr Rini Saha, GP Governing Body Member, Stevenage
Rini qualified from Imperial College London and has practised as a GP since 2002.  She has been a partner at King George Surgery in Stevenage since 2005 and worked as the prescribing lead for the locality until 2019 . In addition, she is the ENHCCG lead for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities.
Dr Mark Andrews, GP Governing Body Member, Upper Lea Valley Dr Rupal Shah, GP Governing Body Member, Upper Lea Valley
Since qualifying in 2009, Rupal has been working in Hertfordshire as a General Practitioner. She is currently working at Hanscombe House Surgery and has a keen interest in diabetes and mental health. Rupal is a member of the locality provider board. She also enjoys doing charitable work and travelling in her spare time.

Lay Members

Diane Desmulie, Lay Member Dianne Desmulie, Lay-member for Primary Care Commissioning (Freedom to Speak-up Guardian)
Dianne has a career background in local government and the NHS. She has experience at director level in Housing, Family Health Services Authority (NHS) and was awarded an MBA (Master of Business Administration) in 1990. Her work as a freelance consultant includes Equality and Human Rights Commission, Department of Health, NHS Modernisation Agency, Hertfordshire Constabulary and Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dianne was a local councillor in East Herts for 8 years and in 2001 was Mayor of Hertford, where she has lived since 1982. She is a member of Hanscombe House Surgery Patient Participation Group and volunteers for Carers in Hertfordshire as a Hub Lead in Hoddesdon.
Linda Farrant, Lay Member - Audit Linda Farrant, Lay-member for Governance and Audit (Conflicts of Interest Guardian)
A qualified accountant, Linda spent much of her career in local government working on finance, regeneration policy and practice and developing devolved public sector services. She has undertaken various non-executive director roles in the voluntary and public sectors and became the Lay Member for Governance and Audit at the CCG in April 2013.
Alison Gardner, Lay-member for Public and Patient Involvement
Alison spent the first 22 years’ of her professional life as a Civil Servant, in the Ministry Of Defence, Home Office and then Department of Trade, mostly as an IT Specialist. After completing a Masters Degree in Change Management she enjoyed a lengthy period of self-employment working as a Change Facilitator and Coach, specialising in transformational and behavioural change, mostly working on projects for the Health Sector in Ireland and for the Royal College of Nursing in the UK. In 2013 Alison joined Herts Valleys CCG as their Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement - a role she continues to perform. Alison has been a Hertfordshire resident for over 25 years

Secondary Care Clinician

Dr Dermot O'Riordan - Secondary Care Doctor Dr Dermot O'Riordan
Dermot is a Consultant General Surgeon at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and previously was Medical Director for 5 years and interim-Chief Executive Officer.  Dermot is also Chief Clinical Information Officer.


Sharn Elton, Director of Operations Sharn Elton, Managing Director
Sharn is the CCG's Managing Director. She originally trained as a nurse and moved into general management in 2003, working in a variety of hospital services across surgery, medicine, women’s and children’s specialities. Through developing her networks beyond the hospital Sharn became interested in the broader aspects of health and subsequently moved to work for NHS England across Hertfordshire and the South Midlands in 2013. Sharn has worked for the CCG since 2015 and was appointed the post of Managing Director in July 2020.
Dr Rachel Joyce, Director of Clinical and Professional Services 
Rachel is a medical doctor, who is both a GP and a public health consultant by background. In the past she has worked as a Director of Public Health and a Medical Director in Bedfordshire, and has been working in the Hertfordshire health system for over 10 years. Rachel has particular expertise in clinical effectiveness (ensuring health services are as safe and effective as possible), the redesign of services from a clinical perspective, including the development of pathways and the prioritisation of scarce resources, wellbeing and the prevention and early identification of illness.
Alan Pond, Director of Finance Alan Pond, Chief Finance Officer (Senior information Risk Owner - [SIRO])
Alan has been a Finance Director/Chief Finance Officer since 2001.  During this time he has worked for numerous NHS commissioning organisations.  He has over 30 years’ experience in the NHS in both provider and commissioner organisations and 2 years at the Department of Health.  He has a broad range of experience within the finance function and also other areas, having been involved in strategy development and implementation and with direct operational responsibility for financial management, costing and pricing, contract negotiation, contract management and business case preparation.
Jane Kinniburgh, Director of Nursing and Quality Jane Kinniburgh, Director of Nursing and Quality (Caldicott Guardian)
Jane trained as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital, gaining further qualifications in Community Specialist Practice and an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice. For over 20 years’ she has worked as a District Nurse in south east London, Harlow and Uttlesford. She has held several senior management positions including Director of Nursing for Uttlesford PCT and Assistant Director for Clinical Service Redesign at Mid Essex PCT, where she led the re-design of integrated community services and palliative care service improvement. In addition Jane joined West Essex CCG in March 2014 as Director of Nursing and Quality and was recently appointed to the Hertfordshire Director of Nursing and Quality role working across the health economy with local communities and partners to embed high quality services and the best possible outcomes for Hertfordshire residents. 
Jo Burlingham, Interim Director of Operations 
Jo is a registered nurse, midwife and Health visitor and has 28 years of experience in the NHS.  Following a number of operational and managerial roles across hospital and community services she joined East and North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group in 2016 to drive and improve both the quality and accessibility of local services.  Jo enjoys working collaboratively across organisational and inter-professional boundaries to commission and support the delivery of high quality patient care and was appointed as Interim Director Of Operations in June 2020.
Beverley Flowers, Director of Integration and Systems Transformation
Beverley joined the East and North Hertfordshire CCG in April 2014 from NHS England. Previous to this she held a range of commissioning, partnership and contracting roles across health and social care organisations in London and the East of England. Beverley was Chief Executive of the CCG from December 2015 until June 2020. From July 2019, Beverley was the Joint Interim Executive Lead for the Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), successfully leading it to full Integrated Care System (ICS) status. Since July 2020 Beverley has become the ICS Director of Integration and Systems Transformation.
Avni Shah, Director of Primary Care Transformation Avni Shah, Director of Primary Care Transformation
Avni is a pharmacist by profession.  She has a Master’s degree in Public Health and has worked in the NHS across acute, community and medicines optimisation teams.  Avni has over 10 years’ experience in commissioning, transformation and procurement across various programmes, initially in London before joining Herts Valleys CCG in 2013. She is passionate about working collaboratively to redesign end-to-end patient pathways, commission new models of care and transform services across organisation boundaries in order to improve outcomes for patients
Phil Turnock, Chief Digital Officer
As a fellow of the British Computer Society, Phil has held senior ICT leadership positions in both the private and public sectors, including Royal Mail Group, CSC Ltd and the NHS, both acute and commissioning organisations. He currently has a dual functional executive director role for both the CCG and for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Luton ICT (HBL ICT) Shared Services. This includes being executive sponsor for digital process innovation, accountable for and leading the digital portfolio within the CCG, transitioning from analogue to digital ways of working and conducting business. As the Managing Director of HBL ICT Shared Services Partnership, accountable for the provision of ICT services to seven NHS organisations, plus 250 GP Practices across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, supporting 14,500 users across 370 sites.

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19 Mar 2021