Our governing body is chaired by Dr Neville Purssell, and Dr Mona Vaidya is our vice-chair. The governing body also has a further six local GPs representing our member practices, alongside patient representatives and colleagues from public health and our local authority. They make decisions on behalf of the council of members (the group name for our member practices).
The CCG governing body is responsible for making the final decisions within the CCG and is accountable to NHS England and to our member practices, as well as to the public. Every GP practice has a vote to elect its representatives onto the governing body.
Our governing body meetings are held in public and the meeting papers are published on this site.
All governing body members and senior managers are required to declare any relevant and material interests, which are detailed in the register of interests. The CCG's constitution sets out the rules governing declarations of interest and the management of conflicts of interest.
Neville is the Chair of NHS Central London CCG and a GP Partner at Paddington Green Health Centre. He has been a GP in Westminster since 1992 and has been involved in GP education since 1997, and is a GP trainer.×
A GP at King's College Health Centre, Mona completed her medical training in India, as well as doing clinical internships at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago and Salmaniya Medical Center, Bahrain. Experience of healthcare from a multicultural and international perspective enabled her to pursue interests in health economics, service redesign and innovation. She pioneered the CCG's Wellwatch programme which embodies integrated healthcare. Special interests include family planning, women's health, minor surgery and aesthetic medicine.×
Paul is a GP at the Dr Hickey Surgery for homeless people and brings to the Board a specific concern for the needs of the very many homeless people in Westminster. He is also chair of the Local Medical Committee. Prior to this work, he spent five years working with Amerindian peoples in South America.×
Dr Afsana Safa has been a salaried GP at the Marylebone Health Centre since 2011. She trained locally having graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine and worked in North West London Trusts as a junior doctor. After completion of her GP training she undertook a year as a Darzi Fellow - gaining experience and a qualification in healthcare management and leadership from the Kings Fund and Manchester Business School. She is also a GP lead with Transforming Cancer Services for London (TCST) working on local and London wide projects, and is a Macmillan GP for Central London CCG too.×
Philip has a background as a chartered accountant and management consultant with 20 years senior experience within the financial services sector. Philip retired 14 years ago and now holds a range of Non-executive and trustee roles in the public and voluntary sector including Chair of a drug and alcohol Charity and a large primary school. Philip has been a non-executive within the NHS for the past 11 years and is currently chair of the Audit Committee for Central London, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow and West London CCGs and was previously Chair of Ealing Primary Care Trust.
I am a lifelong admirer of the NHS, supporting its principles of first class treatment for all, free at the point of delivery.
Running a business in the USA for a time, I became aware how much working people in that country envy the medical service available to Brits through the NHS.
I became a Lay Member so that I can play a part in maintaining this remarkable service in the face of unprecedented demand and financial pressure.
As an elected Governor of Kings College Hospital for 6 years, I have seen NHS service from a hospital provider perspective. Now I am learning about the workings of the NHS from a commissioner perspective.
For my day job I run a small consumer research business, where clients include shopping centres, High Streets, and councils. So I am well familiar with the concept of constantly delivering more for less.
I have lived in Central London with my family for more than 20 years and my daughter is currently a sixth form student in a Westminster school.
I support the concept of an NHS responsive to patients and potential service users, and want to hear views and ideas from residents and organisations in Central London.×
Lay Member (non-voting)
Dee has come from a background of 15 year's senior management in further education, delivering courses in health & social care and supporting services for diverse student bodies. She has partnership and service level agreement experience across central London with statutory and third sector providers, as well as board experience with Sure Start, is a member of a hospital Ethics Committee and works on projects with local authorities. She is presently working part time for the Citizenship Foundation, increasing knowledge and awareness around public legal education.×
Mark has 30 years of NHS experience, mainly working in the NHS in London, including posts in commissioning, providers and regulation. Most recently he was STP programme director in south east London, and before that undertook a number of chief executive roles including Chief Executive for Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals, Chief Executive for Brent Primary Care Trust and CEO for North central London SHA. Immediately before his appointment Mark was working in North West London as the interim Director for our STP.
Jules joined us on Monday 9 May 2016. She has extensive experience at Director Level / Deputy Chief Executive within the fields of Operational, Service & System Improvement, having worked in a number of acute NHS hospitals including district, teaching, integrated providers, and foundation trusts. In Jules early career she worked clinically within the NHS.
In her tenure, Jules has transformed organisations that have been struggling with complex agendas in difficult health sectors to achieve system wide change.
Jules feels success is not only in improving systems and processes but fundamentally in enabling people. True improvement is generated from the bottom up and driven by the desire to put the patient and their needs at the centre; and is passionate about transforming care to improve quality.
Chief Finance Officer×
Borough Lead Director for Tri-Borough Adult and Social Care (non-voting)
Rachel is the director of finance for adult social care (ASC) for the tri-borough (Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham). She is responsible for finance, IT and the portfolio delivery unit. She is also the lead ASC director for the City of Westminster. She is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant. Prior to tri-borough, Rachel was head of resource management for housing, health and adult social care in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.×
Interim Deputy Managing Director×
Deputy Director, Public Health (non-voting)×
Head of Finance (non-voting)×
Director of Compliance (non-voting)
Since joining the NHS in 1998, Ben has worked in a variety of managerial roles including performance management, strategy and planning, corporate governance and programme management, initially in acute hospitals, before moving to commissioning in North West London in 2008. Ben is an associate of member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and, as a qualified coach, is on the NHS's coaching register supporting the development of the NHS workforce in London.×
Chief Nurse/ Director of Quality
Diane has worked in the NHS for over 25 years and is a Registered Nurse & Midwife. She initially joined Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon CCGs in March 2017 as the Director of Quality and Safety. More recently in July 2018, Diane is now the Chief Nurse and Director of Quality for all eight North West London (NWL) CCGs. Diane has significant leadership experience, having worked at senior management level for the past 12 years. Prior to her role in NWL, Diane has worked with NHS Greenwich CCG as the Director of Integrated Governance as well as Deputy Nurse Director with NHS Redbridge CCG before that.
Diane is a member of the London Clinical Senate and continues to practice as a Midwife.×