Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group


Tim Goodson

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

Stuart Hunter

Chief Finance Officer (appointed 30 May 2017) Link to profile

Vanessa Read

Director of Nursing and Quality (appointed 1 April 2018)

Vanessa became a registered nurse in 1991. She worked in Weymouth and Dorchester hospitals for many years, progressing to Assistant Director of Nursing and then Deputy Director of Nursing at Dorset County Hospital.  Vanessa joined the PCT/CCG in 2012 as a Deputy Director. During her career she has worked across a number of clinical specialties and therefore brings a wide range of experiences to this post.  Vanessa is an ardent supporter of improving health and care for the benefit of the population, whilst supporting the ongoing development of the professional workforce. Vanessa has a Masters Degree in Leadership.

Phil Richardson

Chief System Integration Officer (appointed 29 September 2014)

Phil Richardson joined the NHS in September 2014 with 30 years commercial experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, digital and consulting industries. In addition to setting up a boutique strategy and change consultancy, previous employers include Amersham International, Deloitte, IBM, Pfizer and BUPA, where he worked in a number of senior roles both nationally and internationally on complex strategy and change programmes. 

Phil is a Chartered Scientist and a Chartered Biologist he has a PhD from the University of Bath in biomimetics and the application of biological modelling to innovation, strategy and change. He also teaches strategy on the Open University MBA and is an examiner for the final year MBA thesis. In his spare time Phil is a senior officer in the RAF Air Cadets. Originally from Newcastle, Phil has lived with his family in the South West for nearly 20 years.

Charles Summers

Director of Engagement and Development (appointed 1 April 2013)

Charles Summers joined the NHS in 1995 and has worked in various health settings, developing organisations and improving people management. Charles has worked at executive level with a number of NHS boards since 2005 and leads our equality and diversity, public engagement, communication, organisational development, and CCG assurance remits.  He provides strategic human resources advice to the Remuneration Committee in the review and setting of executive and clinical leadership pay and their terms of employment.

As part of Dorset’s Sustainability and Transformation, Charles is the STP Portfolio Director for Workforce that works to enable leading and working differently across Dorset. He is a Vice Chair of the Dorset Workforce Action Board. Charles is a member of Dorset’s Social Partnership Forum between trade unions and health and care organisations and a member of the Thames Valley and Wessex Leadership Academy Board, from April 2017, part of Health Education England.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and also a qualified executive coach. 

Sally Sandcraft

Acting Director of Primary and Community Care (appointed January 2018)

Sally started in the NHS when she was 18 years old and completed her registered nurse training in 1989. Following a few years working in the hospital, Sally pursued her passion to work in a community setting and over time became a District Nursing Sister.  Progressing from the nursing roles into a number of management roles, including becoming a Director of Operations and Nursing, this then developed into undertaking commissioning roles at Director level. Sally has worked in the PCT/CCG since 2009, and  particularly champions a focus on quality, clinical and patient and public engagement and joint working with the Local Authorities to support a culture of continuous quality improvement  and transformation. Sally has a Master Degree in Managing and Leading in a Health and Social Care Environment.   

Conrad Lakeman

Secretary and General Counsel (appointed 1 April 2013)

Conrad Lakeman initially graduated in law from the South Bank in 1980 and qualified as a Solicitor in 1983.  He practiced as a litigator before moving into the financial services arena where he held a number of senior and executive roles with regional and national organisations.

Following recognition of the importance of good governance to organisations, he changed specialism, was awarded an MSc in Corporate Governance, the area in which he now specialises.  Prior to joining the NHS, he was a Group Director of Governance with a housing developer and provider. 

Former Directors 

Sally Shead

Director of Nursing and Quality (appointed 9 September 2014 - left 31 March 2018)

Sally Shead qualified as a nurse in 1983 at University College Hospital, London and then as a District Nurse in 1986. She worked for many years as a nurse in both acute and community hospital settings but mainly as a District Nurse in London, Essex and Dorset. Sally has managed community services teams and has been a professional lead for district nursing. She has had a long-standing passion for improving the quality of patient care and moved into a commissioning for quality role in 2009, with Dorset PCT.  She holds a Master of Business Administration qualification.

Mike Wood

Director of Service Delivery (appointed 1 October 2015 - left 31 March 2018)

Mike Wood has a first degree in politics from Warwick University and a Masters degree in health care policy and management from the University of Birmingham.  He has over 25 years experience in the NHS, 12 of which were as Chief Executive of three very different Primary Care Trusts in central London and in East and West Sussex.  He spent a year on secondment to the Department of Health and has worked at most levels, and in most sectors, of the NHS.  He began his NHS career in primary care services.

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.