Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group


Dr Forbes Watson

NHS Dorset CCG Chair (appointed 1 April 2013, re-elected 1 April 2016)

Dr Forbes Watson is a GP principal in Lyme Regis.  He trained at the University of Glasgow, and has worked in Glasgow, Cornwall and Australia before moving to Dorset where he has been since 1997.  His interests are in models of care to enable delivery of care closer to home where possible.  Forbes is the Chair of the Clinical Commissioning Group for Dorset and also Vice Chair of the Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board.  

Tim Goodson

Chief Officer (performs the function of Accountable Officer for NHS Dorset CCG) (appointed 1 April 2013)

Tim Goodson is the Sustainability and Transformation lead, as well as the Accountable Care System lead for the Dorset system. These roles have enabled him to take a leadership role across Dorset and promote an integrated approach across health and social care.

Tim originally joined the NHS in 1995 as an internal auditor following his initial accountancy training with chartered accountancy practices in the private sector.  Tim later moved into the provider sector with Dorset Community NHS Trust.  Prior to his current role, Tim held the post of Director of Finance for three Primary Care Trusts spanning nine years.  During Tim's career in the NHS he has had a broad range of executive lead responsibilities including deputy chief executive, capital and estates, performance and information, primary care, information management and technology.  Tim is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Stuart Hunter

Chief Finance Officer (appointed 30 May 2017)

Stuart Hunter is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and joined the NHS in 1983. He has held a number of senior positions within Dorset and joined the CCG having previously been the Finance Director at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Mary Armitage

Secondary Care Consultant Member (appointed 20 September 2017)

Mary was a consultant physician and endocrinologist at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital for 25 years, and Medical Director of the Trust for 4 years, until her retirement in September 2013. She has held a number of senior national roles, including Clinical Vice President, Royal College of Physicians and Deputy Director of Medical Education at the Department of Health. She served on the Committee of Safety of Medicines and chaired the Expert Advisory Group on Medicines for Women's Health  at the Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency for many years. Currently she is the Medical Director of the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards at the Department of Health.

Dr Jenny Bubb

Clinical Chair, Mid Dorset Locality (appointed 1 April 2013, re-elected 1 April 2016)

Dr Jenny Bubb is a GP partner at Cerne Abbas surgery and is currently the Mid Dorset Locality Lead. She qualified from medical school in Southampton in 2001 before moving to Dorchester to complete GP training. She has worked at Cerne Abbas surgery since 2008.

Dr Colin Davidson

Clinical Chair, East Dorset Locality (appointed 1 April 2013, re-elected 1 April 2016)
Dr Colin Davidson has been a principal GP working in Cranborne, Dorset since 1988. He qualified at the Middlesex Hospital in London and worked there and subsequently in Brighton and Bournemouth before following the sunshine again to Australia.

He followed a physician training programme to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, but finds general practice the only place to practice true general medicine.

Dr Nick Evans

Clinical Chair, Poole Bay Locality (appointed 1 April 2016)

Dr Nick Evans qualified from Guy's, King's and St Thomas's Hospital in 2003.  He spent several years in emergency medicine and anaesthesia, including a year in Australia, before heading to Dorset for GP training in 2007.
He has been a GP Principal at Wessex Road Surgery since 2011 before becoming Locality Chair for Poole Bay in April 2016.

Dr David Haines

Clinical Chair, Purbeck Locality (appointed 1 October 2013, re-elected 1 October 2016)

Dr David Haines has been a GP in Swanage for 28 years. Born in Leicester he trained at Kings College Hospital. His GP training was completed in Shaftesbury. After a year working as a single handed locum in New Zealand he returned to Dorset and led fundholding in the 1990s.  David chaired the Purbeck and Blandford PCG and later the Purbeck Locality of the South and East Dorset PCT. He represents Purbeck Practices on the Dorset LMC. He is a member of the Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board.

Teresa Hensman

Lay Member Lead for Governance (appointed 1 April 2013, re-appointed 1 April 2016) Link to profile

David Jenkins

Lay Member Lead for Patient and Public Involvement (appointed 1 April 2013, re-appointed 1 April 2016) Link to profile

Dr Karen Kirkham

Assistant Clinical Chair and Clinical Chair, Weymouth and Portland Locality (appointed 1 April 2013, re-elected 1 April 2016)

Dr Karen Kirkham qualified from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1988 and is now senior GP partner of the Bridges Medical Practice, she has 25 years of primary care experience.  She has a particular clinical interest in sexual health, contraception and fertility and worked at specialty level for 15 years in GUM and fertility services. She is the clinical lead for maternity, family and reproductive services for the CCG.  As locality lead for Weymouth and Portland, she is working with the local practices to develop new local services and improve care for patients, having overseen the development and delivery of key integrated and urgent care projects. She is currently leading the transformational change programme for general practice.

Karen is a change leader for the Dorset health system, working on redesign and transformation of the acute and community services in Dorset and is leading on delivery of the Integrated Community Services and Primary Care component of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Dorset.

Dr Tom Knight

Clinical Chair, North Bournemouth Locality (appointed 21 April 2018)

Dr Tom Knight is a GP principal at Northbourne Surgery, Bournemouth where he has been a partner since 2009. He qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster University in 1997, and did his vocational training for general practice in Dorset.

Dr Blair Millar

Clinical Chair, Dorset West Locality (appointed 1 April 2013, re-elected 1 April 2016)
Dr Alan Blair Millar is a GP principal at The Bridport Medical Centre where he has been since 1994. He trained at King’s College Hospital School of Medicine and he has worked in London, Poole and Exeter which is where he did his GP training.  Blair has been involved in practice-based commissioning since its inception and is now the Clinical Lead for the Dorset West Locality.

Dr Mufeed Ni'man

Clinical Chair, East Bournemouth Locality (appointed 1 April 2016)

Dr Ni'man qualified in 1986 and undertook his vocational training in Dorset to become a GP in Boscombe, where he has practiced for the last 15 years.  He has been involved in primary care commissioning since the start and was the Deputy Lead for East Bournemouth Locality before becoming the Lead in April 2016.  Dr Ni'man has a special interest in both sports and orthopaedic medicine.

Dr Ben Sharland

Clinical Chair, Central Bournemouth Locality (appointed 1 September 2016)

Dr Ben Sharland is a GP Partner at James Fisher Medical Centre, Bournemouth. He qualified from the Royal Free Medical School in 1999 and went on to complete his General Practice training in Dorset. He has been working at his current practice since 2007.

Dr Ravin Ramtohal

Clinical Chair, Christchurch Locality (appointed 10 May 2017)

Dr Ramtohal is a GP at Highcliffe Medical Centre.  He completed his Masters in Pharmacy at Kings College London in 2001 and qualified as a pharmacist in 2002.  He then pursued a career in Medicine and finished his medical degree at Southampton University in 2007.  Working at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Poole Hospital Foundation Trust for the last seven years has provided him with a wide variety of experience in a broad range of specialities, including Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Respiratory, Acute Medicine, Oncology, Haematology, Rheumatology, Elderly Care Medicine and Children’s Medicine.  He continues to work with Royal Bournemouth Hospital through his interest in the emerging Acute Medical Service, which is also helping the surgery forge strong links with the hospital teams. 

Dr David Richardson

Clinical Chair, Poole North Locality (appointed 1 September 2015)

Dr Richardson trained at St Thomas' Hospital London. He undertook his GP vocational training in East Sussex before moving to Poole as a GP in 1990. He is a Hospital Practitioner in genito-urinary medicine at Royal Bournemouth Bournemouth Hospital. David is a GP at the at Canford Heath Group Practice and is the Poole North Locality Lead.

Elaine Spencer

Registered Nurse Member (appointed 1 July 2016)

Elaine Spencer trained and qualified as a registered nurse in 1987 in Brighton working in acute care - including critical care, resuscitation training and cardiac care. Elaine became the first appointed consultant nurse in England working in cardiology at Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust introducing and evaluating nurse-led services. Elaine worked with Bexley CCG designing, commissioning and implementing a community cardiac service and continued to work in the provision of community cardiac services as Clinical Director. Elaine has spent the last three years working in Safety and Quality at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital.

Jacqueline Swift

Lay Member for primary care Link to profile

Dr Simon Watkins

Clinical Chair, Poole Central Locality (appointed 1 October 2015)

Dr Simon Watkins is senior GP partner at The Evergreen Oak Surgery in Poole where he has worked since 2000. He is currently fulfilling two roles for the CCG, those of Clinical Chair for Poole Central Locality, and Chair of the Urgent and Emergency Care Clinical Delivery Group.

Dr Simone Yule

Clinical Chair, North Dorset Locality (appointed 1 April 2016)

Simone Yule qualified in medicine in Cardiff in 1991 and has been practicing at The Blackmore Vale Partnership for the last 21 years. She is a General Practitioner, specialising in substance misuse and treatment, Psychiatry and Women's Health.  Simone says that she loves the variability and unpredictability of her work and the chance to work with people from all walks of life.  Her greatest challenge is juggling home, family, work and hobbies – whilst ‘never judging and always smiling’.

Former Governing Body members

Paul Vater

Chief Finance Officer (appointed 1 April 2013, left 29 May 2017)

Paul Vater has worked in both the private sector and the NHS in a wide range of financial roles including internal and external audit. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).  Paul is the executive lead on finance, procurement, and performance, including contracting. As a member of the South West Healthcare Financial Management Association, he has strategic interest in the training and development of NHS finance professionals across the South West. Prior to his role with the CCG, he was the Deputy Director of Finance for Dorset Primary Care Trust.

Dr George Thomson

Secondary Care Consultant Member (appointed 1 April 2016, left 10 May 2017)

Dr George Thomson qualified in Glasgow in 1988. He became Clinical Director of Medicine in 2001, a visiting professor at Lincoln University in 2006 and an honorary professor at Sheffield Hallam University in 2008.  He has also established a training partnership with Sri Lanka. He was appointed as Director of Medical Education and Associate Medical Director at Sherwood Forest Hospital Foundation Trust in 2007, and Medical Director and Consultant Endocrinologist at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust in 2014.  He joined NHS Erewash CCG as specialist doctor member of the Governing Body in 2012 and continued in that role until joining NHS Dorset CCG in 2016.

Dr Stephen Tomkins

Clinical Chair, Christchurch Locality (appointed 1 January 2015, left 28 February 2017)
Dr Stephen Tomkins qualified from Southampton University in 1992, then took over ownership of The Grove Surgery, Christchurch in 1996. Stephen works three days a week in general practice, one day a week as a programme director at Bournemouth University training future GPs and one day a week as Chair of Christchurch Commissioning group.