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).

Nikki RowlandChief Finance Officer
Nikki Rowland is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and joined the NHS in 2003. She has held a number of positions within Dorset and has successfully achieved promotion from her current role as Deputy Chief Finance Officer at the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.
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.
Vanessa AvlonitisRegistered Nurse Member
Vanessa Avlonitis is a registered nurse who has a breadth of experience within the NHS Acute sector, in regulation at Monitor as a Quality Governance Associate and within the charitable sector supporting and developing sound clinical governance structures and compliance to CQC standards. Vanessa currently holds a position as a Clinical non-executive Director for a GP out of hours and IAPTS organisation, a position held for over 4 years and has recently become a Trustee for an independent Hospice. Vanessa is passionate about nursing and the quality of care patients receive. She has a Masters in Nursing Leadership.
Assistant Clinical Chair
Role not currently appointed to.

Governing Body GP Members

Dr Hay-Ming Blunt(representing the Dorset Council area)
Dr Hay-Ming Blunt is a GP partner and trainer working at the Fordington Surgery in Dorchester since 2013. He qualified in 2003 from Guys, King’s and St Thomas Medical Schools, London before working in London, Brisbane Australia, and then heading to the South West. He originally trained in orthopaedics gaining MRCSEd, before switching to General practice, qualifying in 2011.
He is currently Clinical Lead for the Enhanced Health in Care Homes Team at the CCG, and Clinical Lead for the Urgent Care Service for the West Dorset Cluster.
Dr Martin Longley(representing the Dorset Council area)
Dr Longley qualified from Kings College Hospital London and after house jobs did a 6 year commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps. During this time he trained as a GP, as well as experiencing medicine in challenging conditions around the world. On leaving he was fortunate enough to become a partner at Milton Abbas Surgery where he has been for 22 years. He is a GP trainer and is an advocate of integrated care and the continuity this provides. He has an interest in Cardiovascular disease and Musculoskeletal conditions.
Dr Blair Millar(representing the Dorset Council area)
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(representing the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area)
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 Ramtohal(representing the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area)
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(representing the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area)
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.

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.

Dr Maurice Dunster (from 01/02/2021)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.

After a career as a science teacher, Maurice moved to the John Lewis Partnership. There he held a number of posts including HR Director for the John Lewis Department Store division, and finally Corporate Director of Organisational Development. Most recently, Maurice undertook a Non-Executive Director role on the Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Board from June 2012 to January 2021 which included the remit of Chair of the Workforce Committee.

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.