Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Lay members

The lay members of the governing body are key appointments for the CCG. They have excellent leadership skills and are able to establish credibility with all stakeholders and partners. The lay members of the governing body bring different perspectives to the CCG, drawn from their different professions, roles, background and experience. These differing insights into the range of challenges and opportunities facing the CCG will ensure that it can take a balanced view across the whole of its business.

Teresa Hensman - Lay Member lead for governance (appointed 1 April 2013 and re-appointed 1 April 2016) and the CCG's Conflicts of Interest Guardian

The role of this lay member is to bring specific expertise and experience to the finance and governance work of the governing body. Their focus will be strategic and impartial, providing an external view of the work of the CCG that is removed from the day-to-day running of the organisation. Their role will be to oversee key elements of governance including audit, remuneration and managing conflicts of interest. They will also chair the audit committee.

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Teresa is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a member of the Association of Fraud Examiners.

Teresa qualified as an accountant in 1996 while working for the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust. She has more senior management experience within housing associations and local government with revenue budgets in excess of £250 million.  Outside of the CCG, Teresa is a Mental Health Act Panel Member for Dorset HealthCare, and Treasurer for Charmouth Primary School PTA.

David Jenkins - Lay Member lead for patient and public involvement and Deputy CCG Chair (appointed 1 April 2013 and re-appointed 1 April 2016)

This lay member brings specific expertise and experience about involvement, as well as their knowledge as a member of the local community, to the work of the governing body. This person helps to ensure that, in all aspects of the CCG’s business the public voice of the local population is heard and that opportunities are created and protected for patient and public empowerment in the work of the CCG.  

David Jenkins

After beginning his working life as a teacher, David qualified as a solicitor, practising mainly in the public service.  He worked with Oxfordshire and Hampshire County Councils, and with the Local Government Ombudsman service, before joining Dorset County Council.  He was their chief executive from 1999 to 2012.  David has chaired the Dorset Connexions company, the Dorset Youth Offending Team Board, the Total Place Board for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole, and the steering group that put in place the arrangements for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events.  Since retiring from Dorset Council Council, David has chaired a committee on waste management for Gloucestershire County Council, and an inquiry on infant cremations for Shropshire. He is chair of the Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, a trustee of a number of local charities, mainly involved with the arts and musical education and a school governor.  He is President of the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils, and a Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset.

Jacqueline Swift - Lay Member, Primary Care Commissioning Committee Chair (appointed 26 May 2015)

The role of this lay member is to bring specific expertise and experience of Primary Care Commissioning together with wider healthcare leadership experience to the work of the Governing Body. Their focus will be to facilitate the development of Primary Care as an integral part of the healthcare system, ensuring objectivity and impartiality as the non-clinical Chair of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee, a committee created with NHS England to undertake and implement certain key Primary Care Commissioning functions.  

 Jacqueline Swift

Jacqueline's early career was spent in the private sector with Imperial Group, Whitbread and Boots before becoming a management consultant specialising the in automotive industry.  Her first NHS post was as a non-executive director for South Bedfordshire Health Authority, and since then she has held a number of chair roles both in NHS provision and commissioning.  Jacqueline worked as a teacher in the prison service and was a member of the Independent Monitoring Board HMP Dorchester.  She has also been a Special Needs School Governor.  Currently Jacqueline is a qualified executive coach, an independent Mental Health Act Manager for Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust and a Deputy Lieutenant for Dorset.


Charles Buckle (appointed 1 April 2013 and re-appointed 1 April 2016)

Charles Buckle was a volunteer Lay Member of the Clinical Governance Working Group of the Dorset PCT for two and a half years.  Charles has previously spent six years as a member of the senior staff and bursar of a large Dorset comprehensive upper school after his principal career in the Royal Navy, from which he retired in the rank of Captain in 1993.  Swanage has been home for most of his life during which he has variously been involved with the community hospital and the lifeboat.

Martin Davies (appointed 1 February 2017)

Before being appointed to this role Martin has served on various committees for the CCG, which included the Quality Group, Medicines Advisory Group, the Patient and Public Engagement Group for the Clinical Services Review and continues to serve the Transformation and Sustainability Quality Assurance Group also the Audit and Quality Committee.

His previous career was in electronics all his working life serving as a Company Director for many decades before his critical illness in 2008 when he spent many weeks in hospital which included 3 weeks in Critical Care at Poole Hospital. For this reason Martin is very passionate about the NHS and he also serves nationally on the NHS England Adult Critical Care Clinical Reference Group as a Lay Member.

He is also a Lay Member of the Faculty of Wessex Academic Health Science Network for the deteriorating patient.

Dorset has been his home for all his life and is now retired and lives in Winterborne Kingston with his wife.