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Who's Who

Andy Whitfield

Chair and Clinical Lead – Dr Andy Whitfield

Dr Andy Whitfield has been a GP for 24 years after completing his medical degree at Sheffield University in 1985. He was initially a partner in a GP training practice in Surrey before leaving in 2004 to take over a GP practice in Farnborough, Hampshire

Andy has been involved in commissioning of one form or another since the existence of primary care groups around 14 years ago.

Andy said: “I am passionate about ensuring patients have access to the most appropriate care in the most appropriate place. My work with the CCG helps me to achieve this.”

Maggie MacIsaac

Chief Officer – Maggie Maclsaac

Maggie MacIsaac joined the NHS as a graduate nurse. Since completing the NHS national management training scheme, Maggie has worked in many sectors of the NHS – locally, regionally and nationally - acquiring considerable experience in the value of strong partnerships. During her career she has served for many years in Director and Chief Executive roles.

Maggie joined the CCG in July 2012. She is passionate about working with partners on new ways of delivering change to positively transform healthcare and experiences for patients and the wider community.

Maggie said: “I am committed to improving the way health and social care is delivered in our communities in North East Hampshire and Farnham. Our patients, families and communities will see health services develop and become more accessible in the community and more responsive to their needs as a result of our successful partnerships.”

Peter Cruttenden

Lay Member with Governance Portfolio – Peter Cruttenden

Peter spent 30 years with IBM, including time as Chief Financial Officer and a Board member of IBM’s UK subsidiary.

Being partially deaf, he’s very interested in opportunities for improving services to support deaf and hard-of-hearing people. He spent a decade with the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (now called Action on Hearing Loss) where he was Honorary Treasurer and Vice Chair.

Peter said: “I’m a strong supporter of the ambitions of our CCG to improve the local focus and effectiveness of our health and care services. I want to use my experience of finance, audit and good governance to contribute to the continuing development of the CCG.”

Peter is also the CCG's Conflicts of Interest Guardian.

Lay member for Patient and Public Involvement - Kathy Atkinson

Kathy's background is in the voluntary sector, having led a number of charities at regional and national level. She worked for Voluntary Service Overseas and has also been a management consultant to not-for-profit organisations.

Currently Kathy works part time as Chief Executive for RAISE, a regional charity based in Guildford, which acts as a link between statutory health bodies and the local voluntary sector. 

She said: “I still consider myself a novice in health and social care and hope to turn this to advantage in helping the CCG develop its ability to involve patients and the public throughout its work. I’m also keen to make best use of the varied expertise and networks that already exist here to influence the CCG's work."

Lay Member with Clinical Portfolio – Edward Palfrey OBE

Edward Palfrey is a retired consultant urologist and the former Medical Director of Frimley Park Hospital. He led the clinical integration of services in Frimley Park’s acquisition of Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

During his medical career he worked primarily at Frimley Park, St Thomas’ and BUPA Clare Park Hospitals. He has also held positions on a number of national and regional health quality groups, including serving on the Medical Advisory Committee and Quality Committee of Monitor (now part of NHS Improvement).

He said: “I have always held the beliefs that clinicians and patients were best-placed to shape and lead clinical care, that the quality of that care was one of the most important issues both to be developed and publicised and that the health economy was the body that was best-placed to develop local care.”

Lay Member – Elaine Budd

Elaine is a seasoned senior executive with experience of operating at board level. Before joining the CCG she had spent 21 years working for BT Plc, most recently as Chief Operating Officer.

Elaine has considerable stakeholder management capabilities and commercial experience, all driving towards greater customer focus. Her leadership style is to encourage her teams to continuously improve and deliver better results, whilst maintaining an environment based on trust, respect and professional integrity.

She said: “I’m delighted to have joined the CCG and to have this opportunity to bring my commercial and transformation experience to the organisation at a time when major changes are required to continue to provide the best public health care service in the world.”

Lay Member - Professor Mark Hammond

Mark Hammond joined the Governing Body as a lay member in December 2015.

He has previously worked in a number of leading roles, including as chief executive of West Sussex County Council and chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.   In those roles he worked closely with colleagues in the NHS including leading a major inquiry into the deaths of those with mental illness in prisons, police custody and secure hospitals, and leading work in West Sussex to integrate health and social care services.

Mark is currently a  visiting professor of public policy at Canterbury Christchurch university and a trustee of the charity Council for At-Risk Academics.

Mark said: “I’m delighted to be part of the CCG and to have the chance to work with colleagues in the governing body and across the CCG to deliver on our ambitions for all our population.”

Peter Bibawy

Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency Care – Dr Peter Bibawy

Dr Peter Bibawy is a GP in Aldershot, the Clinical Director for urgent care for North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and chair of the Frimley South System Resilience Group.

Peter has been recently appointed as Medical Director of the CCG and is responsible for clinical oversight of project delivery across all work streams; development of the Clinical Leadership/Leads; and workforce development in New Models of Care

Peter is passionate about improving patient care through delivery and innovation. He has been part of the CCG vanguard team and is the named secondary care integration lead .

Recently he has been selected for a fellowship to join the Forward Institute, which brings together the nation’s most promising emerging leaders to develop their ability to lead organisations and society to a prosperous future.

Steven Clarke

Clinical Director for Primary Care & Planned Care – Dr Steven Clarke

Steven has been GP partner at Branksomewood Healthcare Centre in Fleet since 1991. He has been involved in medical management for many years, and has been part of the CCG’s Governing Body since its inception.

His remit enables him to give a clinical perspective to issues and developments around outpatient services, diagnostics, and elective operations and procedures primarily at Frimley Park Hospital.

Steven also chairs the CCG’s clinical executive sub-committee and the clinical leads meeting.

He said: “It's good to be part of a CCG with an excellent team of managers and local clinicians. By working well together, both internally and with other organisations, we are achieving better care and outcomes for our patients.”

Olive Fairbairn

Clinical Director for Mental Health/Maternity and Children – Dr Olive Fairbairn

Olive qualified as a doctor at Charing Cross Hospital London and completed her GP training in both South East London and Frimley Park Hospital. She has been a partner at her present surgery, in Farnborough, for 30 years.

Olive has interests in mental health and women's and children's health. She leads on mental health for the whole of Surrey, through the mental health collaborative.

She said: “I believe that GPs have ideal skills and experience to contribute to and lead commissioning in the NHS. I’m delighted to be at the heart of the CCG, and to have the opportunity to improve the quality of health and social care for my patients as well as the population of Rushmoor, Hart and Farnham.”

Clinical Director for Quality, Patient Experience and Patient Engagement – Dr Edward Wernick

Edward trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital (Barts) and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, qualifying in 2002. He has been a partner at the Downing Street Group Practice in Farnham for six years.

Edward was elected to the Governing Body in early 2015. He is the CCG’s clinical lead on dementia and elderly care, a role he has already fulfilled for two years.

He said: “I’m passionate about working to integrate services across the whole system and also about the design and delivery of new healthcare models, tailored to our local population and to ageing well.”

Jane Dempster

Clinical Director for Community Care/Integration (and Safeguarding) – Dr Jane Dempster

Jane has been a partner in her present practice since 1995. She qualified at St Thomas' Hospital in London.

She is the CCG’s GP lead for quality, integration and for the North East Hampshire and Farnham Vanguard project. Her background has given her a good understanding of the needs of the local population.

She said: "I became a member of the CCG Governing Body to work towards better integrated care and ever improving healthcare services for our local population. I am passionate about ensuring our patients receive the best possible care appropriate to their needs."

Director of Quality and Nursing – Emma Holden

Emma is a graduate of King’s College, London and has worked as a nurse in the NHS for over 17 years. She has practised in both acute and community services and has extensive experience of nursing, management, commissioning and strategic planning.

Emma joined the CCG in 2012 and currently leads on the Quality and Nursing portfolio.

She said: “I’m committed to ensuring the services we buy for our local population are of a high quality and that people receive compassionate and appropriate care, in the right place and at the right time.”

Roshan Patel

Chief Finance Officer – Roshan Patel

Roshan joined the CCG in October 2013. He previously worked at West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and came through the NHS graduate management trainee scheme. 

His current role is to ensure the CCG operates within its resources and to maintain a high quality patient focus on services.

He said: “I joined the CCG because it is a fantastic opportunity to work hand-in-hand with clinicians to develop high quality services for our patient population.”


Director of Public Health Hampshire  - Dr Sallie Bacon (non-voting member)

Hampshire County Council - Clare Hooke (non-voting member)

Clare is Hampshire County Council’s Area Director for North East Hampshire Adults Services. She is a qualified social worker and nurse.

Clare has considerable experience of working within a variety of community, hospital and management roles and has worked within Hampshire for the past seven years. She is a member of the national reference group for NHS Continuing Healthcare and is particularly determined to ensure that people with complex care needs are able to access services from all sectors to enhance their quality of life.

She said “I am committed to working with the Governing Body to further develop partnerships to improve the outcomes for individuals requiring health and social care services.  I hope to be able to participate in the transformation of innovative models of care that are easily accessible for people living in North East Hampshire and Farnham.”

Surrey County Council – Jean Boddy (non-voting member)

Jean is the Farnham and Surrey Heath Area Director of Adult Social Care for Surrey County Council.  Originally from Glasgow, her career in social care began late, following an extended period as a carer for her own child with serious health problems.

Jean qualified as a social worker and now has 25 years’ experience working in children’s, mental health and learning disability services, and most recently as a lead commissioner for older people’s services.

Jean said: “I’m a firm believer in involving people who may need support as well as carers, friends and the wider local community to deliver better outcomes.”

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