Governing Body

Dr Forbes WatsonNHS Dorset CCG Chair
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 GoodsonAccountable Officer
Tim Goodson performs the role of Accountable Officer, to the Secretary of State, for NHS Dorset CCG’s £1.2bn funding allocation. Tim is also the Integrated Care System (ICS) lead, as well as the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) lead for the Dorset system. These roles have enabled him to take a leadership role both nationally and across Dorset in promoting an integrated approach across health and social care in order to deliver the best possible patient 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 Chief Officer 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 HunterChief Finance Officer
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 ArmitageSecondary Care Consultant Member
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.
Elaine SpencerRegistered Nurse Member
Elaine Spencer 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 spent the three years prior to appointment working in Safety and Quality at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital, as a clinical investigator and introducing the Duty of Candour. She continues to provide training to organisations on the statutory and best practice requirements to meet the Duty of Candour.

Locality Leads

Dr Jenny BubbLocality Lead, Mid Dorset
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 DavidsonLocality Lead, East Dorset
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 EvansLocality Lead, Poole Bay
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 HainesLocality Lead, Purbeck
Dr David Haines has been a GP in Swanage for 29 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 and represents them on the Local Nature Partnership.
Dr Karen KirkhamAssistant Clinical Chair and Locality Lead, Weymouth and Portland
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 26 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.

She is the integrated care system (ICS) clinical lead and 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.

Karen is also a National Clinical Advisor in Primary Care with NHSE.

Dr Tom KnightLocality Lead, North Bournemouth
Dr Tom Knight is a GP principal at Talbot Medical Centre, Bournemouth and 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 MillarLocality Lead, West Dorset
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'manLocality Lead, East Bournemouth
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 Ravin RamtohalLocality Lead, Christchurch
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 RichardsonLocality Lead, Poole North
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.  David is a GP at the at Canford Heath Group Practice and is the Poole North Locality Lead.
Dr Ben SharlandLocality Lead, Central Bournemouth
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 Simon WatkinsLocality Lead, Poole Central
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 YuleLocality Lead, North Dorset
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’.

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.

Nick RobinsonLead for Governance
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.

Nick has a wealth of experience both within the NHS and in the private sector. He was a Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive of large hospital trusts in London and Hertfordshire for 10 years.

Prior to his retirement he spent 15 years working for Ernst & Young, KPMG, and independently; advising hospitals, CCGs and whole health systems on programmes of major change and financial turnaround. Most recently he was appointed as Accountable Officer for several CCGs who had been placed in special measures, where he used his experience of governance and financial strategy to lead them through recovery programmes.

Nick is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Jacqueline SwiftDeputy CCG Chair and Primary Care Commissioning Committee Chair
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’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.

Kay TaylorLead for Patient and Public Involvement
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.

Kay has worked in education for more than 30 years, starting out in the Highlands of Scotland. Prior to her role as Executive Principal at the Minerva Learning Trust she was Headteacher at Sir John Colfox School in Bridport. Kay has a strong interest in the health of young people, particularly with mental health services.

Kay is well placed to support Dorset, joining at a key time of transformational change, as she has significant experience in reshaping schools and is used to taking parental views into consideration to shape strategic direction.

Independent Lay Members

Martin Davies
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 he is now retired and lives in Winterborne Kingston with his wife.

Paul Turner
Paul retired from the NHS in 2014 as Director of Finance at Poole Hospital and has stepped back from any other public role during this time. Paul will draw on his career experiences in the NHS and management consultancy to offer informed critique and independent perspective on our work.

Declarations of Interest

Pursuant to our values of openness and honesty, it is a requirement that all member practices of Dorset’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Governing Body members, GPs who are paid to provide services to the CCG and all staff, declare any interests that they have which may conflict with the interests of the CCG itself.

Under the revised Statutory Guidance on Managing Conflicts of Interest for CCGs published in June 2017, CCGs were asked to appoint a Conflicts of Interest Guardian to further strengthen scrutiny and transparency of CCGs’ decision-making processes. This role should be undertaken by the CCG’s Audit Chair (provided they have no provider interests).  The role of the Conflicts of Interest Guardian is to act as a conduit for anyone with concerns relating to conflicts of interest; to be a safe point of contact for employees or workers of the CCG to raise concerns; to support the application of the principles and policies for managing conflicts, and to provide independent advice and judgement on managing conflicts of interest.  Nick Robinson, Chair of the Audit Committee is the Conflicts of Interest Guardian for the Dorset CCG.